The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-23T03:56:40Z Introducing Family Portraits at Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland 2019-11-23T03:56:40Z introducing-family-portraits-at-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland If you are looking at creating some memorable family portraits of you and loved ones, then the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland have just the answer! With years of experience, a great sitting special and a wonderful range of portrait options available, now is the perfect time to book with us! Available now until Christmas, you can book your professional family photo shoot for just $79 with a fantastic offer! This incredible sitting special includes your in-studio portrait photo shoot (available for up to 8 people) as well as a bonus studio credit that is valid towards all of our beautiful portrait display options. The option to include additional family members is also available, so please enquire with us if this is a possibility. Professional family portraiture is a lifetime investment that never fails to disappoint. Working closely with you and your family, our award-winning team will create and capture contemporary, fun and memorable portraits that offer flattering results and provide treasured memories. A range of our work and further information about our family portrait services can be found by visiting https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz/family-photography-auckland.html. Having photographed countless families over the years, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to evolve their signature style of family portraits. Whether you have a young family with babies or toddlers, through to older families with teenage to adult kids, we pride ourselves on bringing out the best in everyone in front of the camera. In addition, with helpful advice both prior and during your photo shoot, you are ensured a fun-filled day together with a rewarding experience and amazing results! Flexible Photo Shoot Gift Vouchers Also Available  Also, for those of you who are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, we also offer our portrait sittings as a gift voucher! Available as either a beautifully presented physical voucher, or a convenient E-Voucher, this is a highly personalised gift that is guaranteed to keep on giving. You can visit https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz/gift-vouchers.html to find out more about our flexible options. How Do I Find Out More? You are encouraged to contact our friendly team by calling on (09) 522 5123, email or through our company website. Photo shoot bookings and pre-portrait consultations are available by appointment Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). With Christmas just around the corner, be sure to get in touch today to ensure your preferred availability. Boutique Lifestyle Photography (09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz  Studio X Photography to Celebrate 15 Years in 2019 2019-11-18T04:47:03Z studio-x-photography-to-celebrate-15-years-in-2019-1 Studio X Photography is extremely proud to celebrate 15 years of existence in 2019. Having established itself as a leading glamour portrait photographic studio in Auckland as well as across New Zealand, the award-winning team have continued to evolve and expand their portrait services over the years. To help celebrate the occasion, Studio X are launching a series of exciting specials and promotions to mark the anniversary. Available now, the team have launched an amazing $149.00 portrait photo shoot sitting special. Included is an in-studio portrait photo shoot including a pampering hair and makeup session with a bonus studio credit included towards portraits. More details and information about this exciting special can be found by visiting their company website. Further, additional promotions will be announced throughout December and into the start of 2020. About Studio X Photography Studio X offers a premium range of artistic portrait services from their upmarket photographic studio based in Auckland, New Zealand. On offer is beautiful boudoir photography, stylish glamour photography & contemporary makeover portraits. All of their work is designed to be highly artistic, tasteful and something that celebrates everyone's inherent and unique beauty. Having been based in and around the Newmarket and Grafton area since their inception, their upmarket studio is easily accessible to all parts of Auckland. Over the years Studio X Photography has photographed countless clients from all walks of life, and from all parts of the country. Some clients have even traveled from as far abroad as Australia and Indonesia for their photo shoot. More information can be found by visiting Studio X Photography online, or alternatively by contacting the friendly team Monday through Saturday. In-studio consultations are available prior to making your booking where you can meet the team and begin planning your fun-filled session. All bookings are made by appointment. Studio X Photography(09) 309 4646https://www.studiox.co.nz*Some website content may be deemed not safe for work. NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. LOCAL FOLKLORE BROUGHT TO LIFE IN NEW AUSSIE FEATURE FILM 2019-11-18T02:37:36Z local-folklore-brought-to-life-in-new-aussie-feature-film November 2019: Producers Ben McNeill and Katrina Lubans of Brisbane-based production company Intrinsic Story have announced the development of a new feature film based around Australia’s revered ‘Drop Bears’, creatures of folklore with mysterious origins that have haunted tourists and amused locals for generations. A teaser trailer released online with the #ThreatIsReal hashtag has racked up heavy engagement in recent days, with over 250,000 views across Facebook and Intrinsic’s other social channels. The decision to produce the teaser was made as part of the company’s development approach of building and engaging an audience hard and early, shaping further strategy with deep analysis of the audience data obtained. “Theatrical release for Australian films is a challenging endeavour at the best of times but we have a character that is well loved by Aussies and a compelling story to tell. We have an opportunity to tease that and intrigue an audience from early development, channelling that interest into a production journey that, like our star, can be widely shared”, says Lubans. Titled Drop, the film’s director is yet to be announced, with McNeill penning the 100-minute script as dramatic horror in genre and solemn in tone. Set on a remote sheep farm, the film tells of a family struggling to keep their property and livelihood intact in the face of horrific drought and encroaching bushfires, as the terrifying creature is forced into a world that has elected to forget it. With themes of truth, natural disaster, invasion and differing perspectives of identity, Drop will offer an ambitious and patriotic story for all Australians. McNeill explains “As a nation of nations, we have legends built on legends and we have characters like the drop bear. Everyone knows it, but there is no one story about where it came from or why it exists, and we have a very intriguing idea behind that which goes beyond the idea of the creature as a joke. The film will offer a moving story that challenges us to look within, look to our history, and ask ourselves if this creature is symbolic perhaps of something deeper, something we continue to tussle with as a country. As such, it might not be a story we expect as a nation - but we believe it’s the story we need.” McNeill, 35, was a producer and driving force behind the poignant organ transplant feature Dying to Live, released to cinemas in 2018 by Madman and Demand.Film, and later televised by SBS. The film stirred Australians to think about their future, and its distribution utilised a powerful social impact campaign funded through Documentary Australian Foundation and Good Pitch Australia. The Drop producing duo have launched a $50,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support a ‘Proof of Concept’ short for funders and the wider market, complementing further development funding through screen agencies and private investors. The feature, to be shot in Queensland and New South Wales with an expected budget of $4m, is slated to descend upon cinemas in late 2021 following an expected festival campaign. Media enquiries/interview requests: Ben McNeill (Producer), ben@intrinsicstory.com.au, (07) 3102 4592. Film Website and Teaser Trailer: www.Drop.Movie Development Press Kit: www.Drop.Movie/Media Indiegogo Campaign Site: https://igg.me/at/dropmoviepoc/x/22375536#/ Production Company Website: www.IntrinsicStory.com.au 2020 Fringe Festival will Beam 2019-11-13T12:37:11Z 2020-fringe-festival-will-beam Media Release 2020 Fringe Festival will Beam  E-scooter partnership between Beam and Fringe invests in South Australia  Thursday, 14 November, 2019 Leading micromobility sharing service, Beam Mobility this morning announced it has signed a partnership with Adelaide Fringe as the exclusive e-scooter partner for the 2020 event.   The partnership involves the establishment of several priority Fringe parking zones outside key venues that will make it easy for Fringe festival-goers to travel between the best shows, pop-up bars and secret gigs across the city. Special rider incentives, giveaways and Beam Safety Academy demonstrations are also planned over the four-week period.   A marketing and promotions platform specially developed for the 2020 Fringe will help connect artists with over 50,000 Beam riders, providing a unique way for audiences to discover new and undiscovered talent. Beam is hopeful that it will secure one of the long-term e-scooter permits in the City of Adelaide and other Councils so this partnership can be delivered.    Adelaide Fringe Head of Marketing and Business Development Dean Worthington greeted the announcement with enthusiasm recognising the inherent value e-scooters will provide visitors and residents of Adelaide this festival season.   “We’re excited to partner with Beam for Fringe 2020 to make travel across the city more convenient for Fringe festival-goers. We hope this will allow audiences to see even more events across the CBD, enhancing their Fringe experience and driving audiences to venues across Adelaide,” he said.   The city has embraced e-scooters since the first successful trial as part of last year’s Fringe, where 500 e-scooters were released onto the streets of Adelaide.   Beam’s Community Manager Adam Rossetto said the company was pleased to make a significant investment in South Australia and the collaboration represents a new level of partnership innovation for Adelaide.   “We are thrilled to support this iconic South Australian event. We hope to offer an expanded fleet of e-scooters on the ground, priority parking bays at festival sites, artist-led street art tours and onsite experiential activations.   We’ll also have a sensational line up of surprise activities planned that will add excitement and colour to the festival experience that I’m sure punters will absolutely love.''   Since its success in being chosen to operate e-scooters in March of this year, Beam has made Adelaide its home as a valued member of the community with several partnerships and sponsorships of major events and local businesses, driving economic growth and stimulating employment. It has also created 25 full-time and part-time jobs contributing to the State Government’s economic priorities regarding job creation, technology and innovation. Many thousands of Beam e-scooter trips are taken every week across Adelaide. The company has ambitious plans to expand outside of the CBD in the near future, with tender applications under council review for the Adelaide Coastal Parks region and other Councils such as Campbelltown having already agreed to launch trials with Beam pending State Government approval.     The 2020 Adelaide Fringe will run from 14 February to 15 March. For more information, visit adelaidefringe.com.au   About Beam Founded with a passion for new mobility, Beam is changing the way cities flow and optimising the movement of people, goods and services for the betterment of cities and the way of life for everyone. Beam is focused on improving the accessibility of cities via better first-and-last mile connectivity and providing short-distance transport solutions, starting with an e-scooter sharing platform that is now serving riders in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea. Learn more at www.ridebeam.com   Media Enquiries  Brad Kitschke Head of Public Affairs 61 403 809 630 Brad@ridebeam.com  Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2019-11-12T20:00:37Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography(09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz AUSTRALIA’S BEST INDIGENOUS ARTISTS HEAD TO HOTA THIS DECEMBER 2019-11-12T00:21:51Z australias-best-indigenous-artists-head-to-hota-this-december Presented in collaboration with ABC Music and inspired by their Deadly Hearts album, this concert is from the hearts and mouths of a cross-generation of Indigenous Australians. The show features big names such as four-time ARIA accredited platinum seller and one of Australia’s hottest singer-songwriters, Jessica Mauboy, who is the co-headliner alongside Archie Roach, one of the most respected Indigenous Musical Artists of our generation. Audiences will also embrace the heartfelt writing and soulful musicality from Aodhan, who was honoured to win triple j’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiaive; Gold Coast and Brisbane-based psychedelic art rock band, Selve, will also take to the stage creating narrative driven music from Indigenous lead singer songwriter, Loki Liddle, and lead musical composer, Harry Edwards. Making waves in the Australian bass music scene is HWVKS, who will bring it down with his unique sounds ranging from melodic future bass to heavy hitting trap beats. Brisbane-based funny woman and comedian, Steph Tisdell, has also just been announced as MC of Deadly Hearts, with another big name in music being added to the bill in the coming weeks. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the concert will be one of the many highlights people can expect from HOTA’s music programming. “Deadly Hearts will be a celebration of heartfelt music, culture and stories from some of Australia’s best First Nations artists performing here on our stage,” she said, “It’s a huge coup for the Gold Coast to host such a meaningful concert, that welcomes such an incredible calibre of talent to our city.” The Deadly Hearts concert will take place at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on Saturday 14 December from 3.30pm. Part of HOTA’s huge summer series themed HOME, this concert will feature as part of the 20 exciting events and activities over 15 days from December 1 to 15. For more information visit the HOTA website: https://hota.com.au/music/deadly-hearts-a-celebration-of-australian-indigenous-music/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 E: amy@m10.com.au eX de Medici presents The Wreckers at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney 2019-11-08T03:54:30Z ex-de-medici-presents-the-wreckers-at-sullivan-strumpf-sydney One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Australian artist eX de Medici, The Wreckers + Wei Rong Wu in Sydney on 30 November – 21 December 2019. More than 12 months in the making, The Wreckers escalates the artist’s ongoing interrogations of the global political, economic and environmental crisis and the devastating ramifications of power and greed. Comprising of two large works, the exhibition presents an enormous and intricate watercolour illustration, The Wreckers and a landscape painting, Farmer and Foreigner, created in collaboration with Chinese-Australian artist Wei Rong Wu. Spanning six metres, The Wreckers is a sprawling scene of violence and destruction, created in de Medici’s unique aesthetic, drawing on her background as a tattooist. The heavily coded work shows a mass of wrecked cars against a black star-spangled banner, adorned by flowers and interspersed with the names of “the Wreckers – the worst people responsible for doing the worst things in the world”. Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Joanna Strumpf says the exhibition builds on de Medici’s first depiction of a wreckage in Live the (big black) Dream, 2006, which features a train crash and foreshadowed the Global Financial Crisis. “The Wreckers is a boldfaced and thought-provoking prediction by the artist of the next metaphorical car crash to come. De Medici uses the paradox of beauty and ruin to sound the alarm on the unfolding climate catastrophe.” The daughter of a political scientist, eX de Medici said she was raised to ask questions and likes to explore the broader global and political picture. “I can smell a crash at 100 paces. Right now, I’m concerned about the growing opacity of government and indifference of the masses, who are distracted by a tidal wave of entertainment.” says De Medici. Farmer and Foreigner is a large collaborative landscape painting created by de Medici with Rong Wu during a three-week trip the artists took to China earlier this year. The 11-metre-long unfolded Chinese painting album records their shared travel experiences. The watercolour and ink painting depict the steep, beauty of the mountains, serene ancient town and the variable current water merge into the sky. Rong Wu synthesises the traditional Chinese painting technique and the contemporary concept to draw the freedom of the space, colour, sound and movement. Symbols such as seals carved from tree trunks and stone and calligraphy represent the artists and their feelings during the creation of the work. During the creation of this work, De Medici was influenced by her first visit to China and a book given to her by her father when she was 17 years old, which explores the function of art in post-revolutionary China in 1964. eX de Medici’s The Wreckers + Wei Rong Wu is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 30 November to 21 December 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com Exhibition DetailseX de Medici The Wreckers + Wei Rong WuSullivan+Strumpf Sydney, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW30 November – 21 December 2019  EXHIBITION OPENING Friday, 29 November 6 – 8pm PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday, 30 November from 3.15pm Join us for a panel discussion facilitated by contemporary arts writer, curator and broadcaster Julie Ewington, with Barbara Cleveland (Frances Barrett and Diana Baker Smith) and eX de Medici and Wei Rong Wu to discuss their new show at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney. -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:  Sarah Shields, The Fold PR | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@thefoldpr.com.au   About Sullivan+Strumpf Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 39 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com eX de Medici Bio Although continually shifting in subject matter, eX de Medici’s intricate watercolours form ongoing interrogations of the politics of power and the relationship between life and death. Beneath their beautiful ornamentations, themes of violence and destruction are orchestrated through the imagery of firearms, helmets and other military paraphernalia wreathed by organic detritus. This unique aesthetic draws from the artist’s background as a tattooist and recalls the vanitas tradition. De Medici’s miniaturist technique and technical virtuosity invites close examination through which the spectator becomes caught in a paradoxical vacillation between the beautiful and the repulsive. In her recent watercolours, alive with nests of mobile phone towers, gas masks, clusters of surveillance cameras and rounds of “expanded ammunition”, the language of flower painting is juxtaposed against emblems of power and death. de Medici warns of the dangers of governmental control in an increasingly digitised world. de Medici’s work is held in numerous public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and most State Galleries. Selected solo exhibitions include, Smithereens, Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore (2018);Cold Blooded: eX de Medici, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra (2013); eX de Medici, Urima University, Iran (2013); eX de Medici/Vexed Generation, Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, London, UK (2010); and Soft Steel, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2003). Recent group exhibitions include The Ideal Home, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest (2018/19); Two Houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam YangInstitute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts (2018)Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Conflict: contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2014); Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012); Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2010); and Perspectives, Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2010). In 2009, de Medici participated in the Artist in War Program as an Official War Artist through the Australian War Memorial, ACT, in the Solomon Islands Peace Keeping Mission. De Medici won the National Works on Paper Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the Rockhampton Gold Award 2016. About Wei Rong Wu Wei Rong Wu was born in Shanghai, China and moved to Australia in the early 90’s where she has since been living and working. She is graduated at the Painting workshop at the ANU School of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. She has presented works at the exhibitions “To Fly”, “Dreamland” and “Art of the Collection” held in GAFFA, Gallery Klei Sydney and ANU School of Art and Design Gallery ACT. Barbara Cleveland present This is a stained glass window at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney 2019-11-07T03:05:11Z barbara-cleveland-present-this-is-a-stained-glass-window-at-sullivan-strumpf-sydney [Thursday, 7 November 2019] Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is pleased to announce This is a stained glass window – the first presentation by Sydney artist collective Barbara Cleveland at the gallery on 30 November – 21 December 2019. This is a stained glass window is a single channel video installation that reflects on the 15-year working history of Barbara Cleveland, a collective of four artists: Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Diana Baker Smith and Kelly Doley. Directed by the collective, with original score by Corin Ileto, the new video work is inspired by the description of the friendship between two authors, political theorist Hannah Arendt and novelist Mary McCarthy who describe their friendship as a ‘thinking business for and with each other’. The work enquires into Barbara Cleveland’s 15-year shared intellectual and creative pursuit, positioning their friendship, artistic labour and collaboration as ‘a stained glass window’ – an accumulated density that exists between them. Through a self-reflexive video portrait, which draws on the aesthetics and conventions of cinéma vérité, conceptual art and performance documentation, This is a stained glass window is a tracing of their unique working model and their imbricated lives. Exposing their working method in a film studio, the video is an intimate portrait of the collective that purposefully considers how Barbara Cleveland's specific 'thinking business' can offer an alternative support structure for and with each other. Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Ursula Sullivan says the gallery is proud to be representing Barbara Cleveland and looks forward to unveiling their new work. “Barbara Cleveland is the most important, hardworking and long-standing artist collective in Australia. For their first solo with us, it is fitting that the work is a reflection on the inner relationships of the group, looking back to look forward. It’s also timely with the latest Countess report, that we celebrate the group of dynamic female artists and all that they represent,” said Sullivan. The collective, which takes its name from the mythic feminist performance artist Barbara Cleveland, creates projects that are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of visual and performing arts. This is a stained glass window is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 30 November to 21 December 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com  Exhibition DetailsThis is a stained glass windowBarbara ClevelandSullivan+Strumpf Sydney, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW30 November – 21 December 2019 EXHIBITION OPENING Friday, 29 November 6 – 8pm PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday, 30 November from 3.15pm Join us for a panel discussion facilitated by contemporary arts writer, curator and broadcaster Julie Ewington, with Barbara Cleveland (Frances Barrett and Diana Baker Smith) and eX de Medici and Wei Rong Wu to discuss their new show at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney. -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:  Sarah Shields, The Fold PR | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@thefoldpr.com.au     About Sullivan+Strumpf Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 38 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com About Barbara Cleveland Barbara Cleveland is an Australian artist collective directed by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, and Kelly Doley, working on Gadigal land (Sydney). The collective take their name from the mythic feminist performance artist Barbara Cleveland – who they recovered from the margins of Australian art history – and has been a key feature in their work since 2010. Barbara Cleveland’s projects are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of both the visual and performing arts. Their recent video and performance works are deliberations on history and memory as embodied action, as fiction, as mode of collaboration. Barbara Cleveland’s projects have been presented at Hayward Gallery (London), 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2018 Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney),  Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Artspace (Sydney), The Physics Room (Christchurch), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Performance Space (Sydney), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul) and Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne). Their works are held in the collections of Artbank, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Monash University Museum of Art, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of NSW.  Original Piece of the Berlin Wall Travels from Blacktown to Woollahra For Commemoration 2019-11-01T02:53:27Z original-piece-of-the-berlin-wall-travels-from-blacktown-to-woollahra-for-commemoration An authentic piece of the Berlin Wall hiding away in a storehouse in Blacktown, Sydney for over a decade, is to be transported to the German Cultural Centre, the Goethe-Institut in Woollahra, for permanent public display.    This rare piece of history is not small. Almost 4 metres tall, made from concrete and weighing 2.4 tonnes, the wall is well-preserved, still displaying original graffiti with the words: ‘Jeder hat Kraft’ - ‘Everyone is powerful’.   The official inauguration of the display on 23rd November 2019 will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, one of the most notable events of the 20th century.   The piece of the wall has been donated by the current owner and will be installed and displayed at Euroka Reserve, a small public garden in front of the Institut with the support of international freight company Henning Harders.   Organised by the Goethe-Institut and Woollahra Council, the public celebration will include a welcome by the Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Susan Wynne, the German Consul General Peter Silberberg and the Goethe-Institut Director Sonja Griegoschewski. Guests will have the opportunity to see the poster exhibition “The Power of Emotions” and listen to a panel of witnesses who will share their personal memories of the historic event in 1989. Goethe Institut Director Sonja Griegoschewski shares her excitement about the event: “For almost 50 years the Goethe-Institut in Woollahra has been a cornerstone of German-Australian cultural relations. As a born Berliner, I am deeply touched by the opportunity to share such an important piece of German history with the Australian public.” “What once symbolised division is now a symbol of what brings us together. Having a piece of the Berlin Wall installed in Woollahra on the 30th anniversary of such an iconic event is an important reminder to us not to take for granted the peace and freedom we enjoy,” Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne comments. “It is well placed at the Goethe-Institut, which is dedicated to fostering international cultural cooperation.”   “The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the beginning of a new era of freedom, not only for East Germans, but also for many other people in Central and Eastern Europe” says the German Consul General, Peter Silberberg. “It was the beginning of the processes which led to the unification of the then two German states less than a year later and paved the way to overcome the trenches that had divided Europe into East and West for more than 40 years.”   Event date: 23 November 2019 Time: 3pm to 6pm Address: Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra 2025 NSW Contact: Sonja Griegoschewski Director Australia Goethe-Institut sonja.griegoschewski@goethe.de Phone: 02 8356 8333   www.goethe.de/australia www.facebook.com/goetheinstitut.australien instagram.com/gi_australien twitter.com/GI_Australien   About the Goethe-Institut The Goethe-Institut is the cultural liaison between Germany and Australia. We are a not for profit, independent cultural organisation with a global reach. Our mandate is to promote the study of the German language abroad, and to encourage and facilitate international cultural exchange. The Goethe-Institut has 158 branches in 98 countries. Our branch in Melbourne was founded in 1972, followed by the Sydney branch in 1974. We work with partners and networks across Australia. Sullivan+Strumpf now representing Michael Zavros 2019-10-31T02:53:13Z sullivan-strumpf-now-representing-michael-zavros [Thursday, 31 October 2019] One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf is excited to announce its representation of award-winning Australian artist Michael Zavros. The Brisbane-born artist is best known for his photorealistic, hyper-detailed paintings and drawings, engaging with themes of beauty, desire and often the culture of narcissism. His work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe, and his survey show Magic Mike at the Newcastle Art Gallery opened to much critical acclaim. His subjects include luxury fashion, flowers, cars, jewellery, dressage horses, pedigree chickens and more recently, explorations of the home and self. Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Ursula Sullivan says the gallery is proud to be representing Zavros and they look forward to presenting his work in 2020.  “The work of Michael Zavros is sharp and frighteningly poignant. He catches us, like deer in the headlights, with our judgement, desire, fear and aspiration intimately exposed. We are thrilled to begin working with him as he reaches new heights of technical and conceptual maturity and confidence. He is a master,” said Sullivan. A finalist in the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Zavros has received a number of coveted art awards including the 2012 Bulgari Art Award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the 2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the 2007 Kedumba Drawing Award, the 2005 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, the 2004 MCA Primavera Collex Art Award, the 2002 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, and he has been a multiple Archibald Prize finalist. He has also been the recipient of several international studio residencies, including the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include an upcoming show at Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane on 12 November to 7 December 2019; Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland in 2014; A Private Collection: Artist Choice at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, and The Prince at Rockhampton Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery in 2013. Zavros also held international solo shows at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles in 2016 and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015. Recent Australian group exhibitions include the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at Art Gallery of South Australia and GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2015. Zavros’ work is held in numerous private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, Artbank, National Portrait Gallery, Griffith University Art Collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Gallery. Zavros lives and works outside of Brisbane. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com -ENDS- For media enquiries please contact:  Sarah Shields, The Fold PR | +61 408 283 091 | sarah@thefoldpr.com.au   About Sullivan+Strumpf Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 39 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com Michael Zavros Bio Michael Zavros (b. 1974) graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1996. In 2012 Michael Zavros was awarded the inaugural Bulgari Art Award through the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2010 he was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. He has won three major Australian drawing prizes: the 2002 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the 2005 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize and the 2007 Kedumba Drawing Award, and has been a multiple Archibald Prize finalist. He was the recipient of the 2004 MCA Primavera Collex Art Award. In 2016 Zavros showed a solo exhibition at Art Los Angeles Contemporary and in 2015 a solo at Art Basel Hong Kong. Other shows include Selectively Revealed, an Asialink and Experimenta Media Arts exhibition that toured to Korea, Indonesia and Thailand in 2012, New Nature at Govett Brewster Gallery, New Zealand in 2007 and Uncanny (the unnaturally strange), Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand. Zavros’s selected Australian group exhibitions include Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2016 at Art Gallery of South Australia, GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2015, Wilderness at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010, Scott Redford Vs Michael Zavros at the Institute of Modern Art, 2010, Contemporary Australia: Optimism at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008, and Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2000. Solo exhibitions include Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland, 2014, A Private Collection: Artist Choice, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, The Prince, Rockhampton Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery, The Good Son: Works on Paper, a survey exhibition in 2009 at Gold Coast City Art Gallery and Everything I wanted at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2003/2004. Zavros has been the recipient of several international residencies including the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York, 2014 Milan studio residency in 2001, and the Barcelona studio in both 2005 and 2010. In 2003 he was awarded a Cite International des Arts Residency in Paris through the Power Institute, University of Sydney. In 2004 he was awarded a studio residency at the Gunnery Studios, Sydney, from the NSW Ministry for the Arts. In 2013 he was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to paint a portrait of Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith and in 2016 he will paint Dame Quentin Bryce for the National Portrait Gallery. He served on the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts between 2007 and 2011 and currently serves on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) board. His work is held in numerous private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, Artbank, National Portrait Gallery, Griffith University Art Collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Gallery. Hollywood stars support ‘next epic’ Aussie sci-fi franchise 2019-10-30T00:35:18Z hollywood-stars-support-next-epic-aussie-sci-fi-franchise HOLLYWOOD stars including Priscilla Presley, US actor Cliff Simon (aka Stargate’s Lord Ba’al) and Bruce Logan from team Star Wars, have thrown their support behind the work of Hunter Valley author A.J. Cootes, who will officially launch the first book in the Almythea franchise in Australia this November. Almythea has been 20 years in the making and excitement is building worldwide for what is being touted as the next epic franchise in the sci-fi fantasy adventure genre. The main launch will be at Supanova in Brisbane from November 8-10, following other book launches in the Hunter Valley on November 3 and on the Gold Coast on November 7. A percentage of proceeds will go to Beyond Blue to help fight anxiety, depression and suicide. Priscilla Presley will play Petelia (Queen of the ‘fleafs’ – pixie-like creatures that act as her messengers and spies, when they’re not messing up) in the upcoming films and Cliff Simon will play Grey Paw (a rebellious, smouldering, immortal Obi Wan Kenobi type). He has also written the foreword for the book. A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems. Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged his imagination and altruism. His favourites are the Star Wars films, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. The story of Almythea begins with: “In a world ruled by evil, it will take an outcast to save the people.” For centuries, Almythea has been ruled by the tyrannical alien overlord The Lost One and his duplicitous, seductively-sinister lieutenant, Raven Weaver. The once peaceful planet, now enslaved, wastes away as it is mined and stripped of rare refractive crystals. When Little Hawk, a young warrior, confesses to a crime he didn't commit to protect Broken Arrows, the woman he secretly loves, he is exiled to the Badlands. Formidable creatures force him to battle not only for his life but also against his inner demons. On the brink of death, Little Hawk encounters the mysterious and rebellious shaman, Grey Paw – changing the course of Almythea's future…” A.J. Cootes writes from his secluded farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop. There will be six instalments in the Almythea franchise The Chronicles of Almythea – Rise of Wingtar; The battle for our souls; The New Kingdom; Three will fall and one will rise; Battle of the Ancients (prequel part one) and the 1,000 year war begins (prequel part two). Numbers will be limited at the book launches on the Gold Coast and in the Hunter Valley, which will be hosted by nearby resident Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs and ‘Media Queen’ Aldwyn Altuney, from the Gold Coast. For event details, book sales and more information, visit www.almythea.com ENDS Media contact only: For advance copies of the book, interviews with A.J. Cootes or celebrities involved, contact project manager Lynn Santer on 0410 513 009 or marketing manager Aldwyn Altuney on 0409 895 055. Australian Data Champion Partners With the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne To Give Australian Independent Film A Big Data Boost. 2019-10-28T23:33:22Z australian-data-champion-partners-with-the-faculty-of-fine-arts-and-music-university-of-melbourne-to-give-australian-independent-film-a-big-data-boost Hidden Australian tech champion, Arcitecta, has partnered with The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to create and deploy the VCA Film and Television Digital Archive. The archive is a massive achievement; over 50 years of film has been digitised, preserved and made accessible with the big data project ­– totalling over 78TB of historical and socially significant cultural data assets. The archive sets a benchmark for other film schools around the world for teaching, learning, research, and engagement in film.   This is not the first time big data has been a big deal at the University of Melbourne. Arcitecta has partnered with the University research platform for over 10 years. Arcitecta provides data management platform, Mediaflux, to improve compute, data and informatics capabilities across its petascale research faculties. Jason Lohrey, founder, and CTO of Arcitecta says the project with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music lives in a truly innovative space at the intersection of science and art.    “We are at an exciting point in the evolution of incredible films; where the art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art. Accessing the data in a larger context than the traditional film school setting, opens up new possibilities to celebrate and discover new aspects of Australian cultural identity and the University’s impact on a global scale.   “It is exciting to empower students, teachers and researchers to engage with films in a much deeper and more sophisticated way. With our technology, they can embark on a journey of insight to patterns otherwise unseen.”    The project was driven by Donna Lyon, an Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at the VCA Film and Television School with the aim to celebrate, explore and engage with the films made by past, current and emerging filmmakers.   “I wanted to democratise the film school archive that remained shut off – inaccessible to staff, students and beyond – and ensure that these films could be seen by not only students and staff, but a diverse array of audiences”.   The project brings the rich collection of student short films to life, offering new context and meaning for current and future filmmakers, historians, researchers and contributes to Australia’s moving image history. The Archive Project has already ingested an impressive 19,270 hours of film equivalent to 214 features.   The VCA alumni are highly and widely regarded on Australian and international screens with wins at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Venice. At the cinema, they are the talent behind films such as Animal Kingdom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and Legally Blonde. On television, VCA graduates are responsible for shows such as True Detective, Top of the Lake, Offspring and Nowhere Boys.   “I was motivated to preserve and make accessible the back catalogue of student short films belonging to Australia’s longest continuing film school and ensure that all current and future short films are available for teaching, learning, research and engagement purposes”. Australian researchers pioneering a new approach to building Empathy and reducing stigma 2019-10-27T21:53:55Z rodeo-4-life-set-to-save-lives-with-electrifying-rodeo-amp-country-music-entertainment-1 MEDIA RELEASE: 28 OCT 2019   Australian researchers pioneering a new approach to building Empathy and reducing stigma   Launched at The Big Anxiety Festival as part of The Empathy Clinic, Course of Empathy https://courseofempathy.org/ is a web-based app for cultivating empathy.   Course of Empathy has been developed by a team of arts and psychology researchers led by Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, Professor Jill Bennett (UNSW) whose ARC-funded Felt Experience & Empathy Lab (fEEL) is focused on addressing the impacts of stigma.   “Empathy and kindness … drive social change.  These are not just sentiments, they are tools.” - Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand   Course of Empathy tests the idea that empathy skills are tools that can be cultivated by anyone.  It offers a more practical approach than the didactic anti-stigma campaigns used in mental health.  “Challenging people’s beliefs or telling them what to think is not enough -- we also need to focus on building empathy skills”, says Professor Bennett.   As a woman with dwarfism, contributing artist and psychology lecturer, Dr Debra Keenahan’s daily experience confirms that many people are uncomfortable with visible difference.  Research shows that we typically direct empathy to people we like or “in-groups”, and we tend to withhold empathy from people we perceive as different.  “We need to provide options for actions” Dr Keenahan says.    Unless we can imaginatively ‘step into someone else’s shoes’ we cannot empathise.   Course of Empathy is unique in combining insights and resources from both science and art.  It features newly commissioned artworks/videos offering unique insights into mental health, disability and marginalization, along with interviews with psychologists and other specialists.    “Imagination and perspective sharing is critical to empathy – and the arts give us the means to understand another’s experience” says Prof Bennett.  Those taking the Course can do it online and also access innovative new artworks and virtual reality experiences at the Empathy Clinic exhibition https://www.thebiganxiety.org/the-empathy-clinic/   Empathy is the theme of The Big Anxiety Festival.  Related outputs include the Listening Panel recording: https://www.thebiganxiety.org/events/art-after-hours/     For more information visit: www.thebiganxiety.org     facebook.com/thebiganxiety | twitter.com/thebiganxiety | Instagram.com/thebiganxiety     Media Centre: Background information, images, biographies of key personnel and the full program can be accessed at:  http://bit.ly/TheBigAnxietyFestivalMC-19     Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T07:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.   www.lauderandhoward.com.au    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or enquiries@lauderandhoward.com.au