The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-24T21:26:38Z The Theory of Relativity - #1 Top Trending Musical during COVID-19 2021-01-24T21:26:38Z the-theory-of-relativity-1-top-trending-musical Friday 22 January, 1pm AEST From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, this unconventional musical is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives.   Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. Whether you're allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, audience members are sure to find something that they'll resonate with. Featuring a vibrant and diverse cast across Sydney, Whimsical Productions is proud to continue its commitment to promoting creativity, diversity and growth in Australian theatre. The Theory of Relativity is a 1 Act musical (approximately 80-90 minutes) and recommended for a mature audience. PERFORMANCE DATES THURSDAY 18 MARCH 2021 7:30pm (Preview) FRIDAY 19 MARCH 2021 7:30pm (Opening) SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2021 2pm & 7:30pm WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2021 7:30pm THURSDAY 25 MARCH 2021 7:30pm FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021 7:30pm SATURDAY 27 MARCH 2021 2pm & 7:30pm *We recommend you arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to allow for QR barcode scanning and COVID-safe screening. VENUE PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville CAST ADAM: Paul Mai AMY: Claire Broderick CAROLINE: Nicole De Villa CATHERINE: Grace Chim JENNY: Rosanna Lam JULIE: Anne-Marie Cavaco MIKE: Ethan Taylor MIRA: Lisa-Marie Long OLIVER: Matthew Yuen PAUL: Jeremy Kindl RYAN: Konrad Ryzak SARA: Olivia McNamara PRODUCTION TEAM CO-DIRECTOR: Helen Kim CO-DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Michael Osborne MUSIC DIRECTOR: Gianna Cheung PRODUCER: Melody Duan LIGHTING DESIGNER: Mehran Mortezaei STAGE MANAGER: Mellita Kang PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Veronica Clavijo, Edwin Tay, Lisa-Marie Long, Ethan Taylor, Matthew Yuen, Nicole de Villa DANCE CAPTAIN: Olivia McNamara VOICE CAPTAIN: Jeremy Kindl SWINGS: Michael Osborne & Melody Duan CREDITS: Music & Lyrics by NEIL BARTRAM Book by BRIAN HILL The Theory of Relativity was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Originally Produced by Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT. The Musical was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2015. The Theory of Relativity is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by Hal Leonard Australia. COVID-SAFE GUIDELINES Please refer to the latest COVID guidelines on the PACT website http://www.pact.net.au/ ABOUT WHIMSICAL PRODUCTIONS We would like to thank you for supporting Whimsical Productions: The Theory of Relativity! Whimsical Productions is a non-profit, independent theatre company based in Sydney, Australia. Formed in 2016 and officially launched early 2017, Whimsical Production’s objective is: To produce theatrical works in the most creative and diverse way possible. For more information on how to partner with Whimsical, please visit our website: www.whimsicalproductions.com.au or email whimsical.prods@gmail.com Thank you and we look forward to meeting you all! Whimsical Productions Inc. ABN: 27 589 457 440 DEBUT AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR RELEASES THE INCREDIBLE TRUE WWII STORY OF ‘ANNA UND GUNTHER’. 2021-01-20T11:15:10Z debut-australian-author-releases-the-incredible-true-wwii-story-of-anna-und-gunther FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE – PUBLICATION DATE FEB 1 2021 Anna und Gunther is the first novel by Australian author Jacob Hendryx to be released globally by Osmond Press on February 1st, 2021. It is a historical fiction based on a true story that follows the separate storylines of two children forced to grow up too young in Germany during World War 2 and the subsequent Cold War. The dual-storylines merge into one in the third and final part of the book where the protagonists fall in love and emigrate across the world to Australia. As described in the Author's Note, the book was written after the author travelled to his German grandmothers hometown in the Sudetes Mountains of today’s Czech Republic. Returning with photos of one of the few buildings that remained, his grand-mother began to recount stories of growing up in the town in vivid detail she had never shared before. These stories formed the first chapter of the story which Jacob gifted to her, and upon her delight at reading her own stories, encouraged her to share the stories from her life following that chapter that she previously had not shared. It was a series of repeating visits like this, writing only a chapter at a time, that today's novel came together. Anna und Gunther appeals to a broad range of readers young and old and will be favourited by those who enjoyed other notable true stories from the era such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Rich historical content also lends itself to inclusion in high school curriculum and university reading lists. Available in all good book stores, online and via Kindle from Feb 1st. Watch the video trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLjR4IXUAZI “I have never read a book with quite as much authenticity as well as being thoroughly entertained from beginning to end” – Maegan McFall @turningpagesmm “A uniquely innocent take on unfathomable horror, this book is as relatable as it is shocking” – Dr. Sam Nicholls, Australian Historian “The book is well written, jam packed full of historical accuracies that elevate this tale of humanity” – Julie Oakley @bookish.intoxication ELK Publishing Launches Inspirational LILIWIOFE Diaries 2021-01-04T06:18:19Z elk-publishing-launches-inspirational-liliwiofe-diaries 2021 is a new era for ELK Publishing - with the release of their first, annual publication of the inspirational - LILIWIOFE Diaries. 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"I can’t think of a better way to support those doing it tough, than to just gift a diary to a friend."   You’ve got this!  #makeithappen #liliwiofe For more information on this press release visit: www.elk-publishing.com   ELK Publishing Press and Publicity Officer Phone: +61 0475 923 670 E-mail: contactus@elk-publishing.com Web: www.elk-publishing.com   FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram -  ELK Publishing @  www.instagram.com/elkpublishing Facebook – ELK Publishing @  www.facebook.com/elkpublishing Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2020-12-27T02:59:27Z 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. 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Boutique Lifestyle Photography (09) 522 5123 https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz HOTA ANNOUNCES 2021 LIVE PROGRAM 2020-12-20T22:00:00Z hota-announces-2021-live-program ZING heralds the first chapter of exciting new programming in 2021 for HOTA and is a rich and diverse program inviting audiences to make new memories, splash around, revisit familiar favourites, and celebrate great art. Kicking off on a sweet note with SCOOP! (15-17 January), the three-day festival with an epic line-up of ice cream, world-class circus, live music and more, starts the ZING program with a bang. In 2021, HOTA is planning to bring events and experiences to the HOTA precinct to engage, experience and delight people time and time again. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said HOTA has remained resilient across this year and is now ready to ring in 2021 with ZING. “Reflecting back on the year, I’m proud to say that HOTA has led the way nationally in the arts and culture sector in response to the global pandemic.” “As soon as we were able, we welcomed back our artists and community to HOTA,” she said. “Acknowledging that artists are at the heart of what we do, during a challenging period we launched a quick response artist grant Rage Against the V(irus), supporting over 150 Gold Coast artists and funding their work during a time when they needed it most.” “Since then, we haven’t looked back – programming intimate lakeside sessions with Fireside, the east coast premiere of the major earth installation Gaia during WONDER welcoming over 15,000 visitors and fast tracking a $100,000 commission for artists to be involved in the inaugural HOTA Gallery exhibition SOLID GOLD, to name a few.” “It has been quite the year, but we are excited and optimistic for what’s to come. The local community has been such a big support, and we promise to keep delivering more great art and events to the Gold Coast including the opening of the HOTA Gallery and kicking off 2021 with our new live program ZING,” Criena added. Opening 10 April, the new $60.5 million Gallery will feature an inaugural program of Australian exclusives, celebrations of Queensland artists, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, special events, artist talks, education programs never-before-seen works from the City Collection and more great and surprising art, indoors and out. ZING has something for everyone – art, performance, music, film, and so much more, and will be a welcome return to what audiences love about their Home of the Arts. Full program details are below and more to be announced in early 2021.All events meet social distancing and hygiene guidelines per HOTA’s COVID safe plan and is available on their website. For more information on HOTA’s ZING program, visit: https://hota.com.au/zing/ Here is a LINK TO THE MEDIA KIT with available images.*ZING program details attached. - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 The Butterfly from Bundaberg to captivate at Capricorn Caves 2020-12-14T10:05:32Z the-butterfly-from-bundaberg-to-captivate-at-capricorn-caves Chelsea’s musical performance, Butterfly in a Cave, will take place in the beautiful cathedral caves at Capricorn Caves, north of Rockhampton.   Performance will feature live debut of her single, The Butterfly, written about the years after the loss of her grandfather, feeling that the person is still there, like a butterfly that never flies away.   Chelsea, who has just completed her Honours year of a Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney, is excited to be performing at the Capricorn Film Festival 2021.   “I attended the 2017 Capricorn Film Festival where my sister won an award for her environmental short film, and was impressed with the quality of the event, and the support and recognition it gives to creatives.”   “I love reverberant spaces and experimenting with how my vocals can sound within them, so the acoustics of inside the Caves is something I am very much looking forward to performing in.”   “It is also personally significant as my Great Grandfather was the Federal Member for Capricornia so it is sort of special I’ll be singing in his old home ground. He lived on the hill at Yeppoon in the 1940’s when the 42nd battalion were there training before they went to New Guinea, and my mum was Miss Capricornia for the Miss Australia awards. There is nice family history in the Capricornia region for us,” Chelsea Stutchbury.   Presented by Livingstone Shire Council, the annual festival in its 6th year, will host six feature films and documentary premieres, over the course of five days. The festival has expanded its activities to include many other opportunities for the community to participate in, including visual art, theatre, gaming, projection art and musical performance.   Opening night curtain will premiere Moon rock for Monday at the Yeppoon Town Hall and promises to be a sellout event with filmmakers Jim Robison, Kurt Martin and lead actor George Pullar, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet.   Festival Director Luke Graham said this year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums.   “We are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region,” Luke Graham, Festival Founder.   Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, The Capricornia, Bishopp and Keppel Coast Arts.   “Our supporters give us the opportunity to be able to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen storytellers.  Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow here on the Capricorn Coast,”  Luke Graham.   The Butterfly is due for release on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all other streaming platforms from 11th January 2021, the anniversary of when Chelsea lost her grandfather.   To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com ENDS - For more information please contact:  Judith Keightley  0418 191 438 or judi.darren@bigpond.com Download Photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/t/UrPJMmQ4PADiy1fT  Bionic Book Subscription – a perfect last minute Christmas gift 2020-12-10T08:15:18Z bionic-book-subscription-a-perfect-last-minute-christmas-gift With all the chaos of this time of year (especially this year), it’s so easy for Christmas Day to sneak up on you and all of a sudden be just around the corner. 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The festival and will be held from Wednesday the 13th to Sunday 17th of January 2021 at the beautiful Capricorn Coast. ·       Capricorn Film Festival 20201 will host six feature films and documentary premieres, over the course of five days. ·       The festival has expanded its activities to include many other opportunities for the community to participate in. These include visual art, theatre, gaming, projection art and musical performance. ·       The 6th annual event will draw back the opening night curtain at Yeppoon Town Hall on Wednesday 13 January at 6.30pm for the premiere of Moon rock for Monday. It promises to be a sellout event with filmmakers Jim Robison, Kurt Martin and lead actor George Pullar, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet. ·       Festival Director Luke Graham say opening night film Moon rock for Monday is sure to be hit. ·       Thursday screening will include the QLD premiere of inspirational coming of age movie Delfin, about a boy who dreams of playing the French horn in a neighbouring village's orchestra.   ·      For the first time, Thursday’s activities conclude with the premiere of environmental documentary, Wild Things and a special musical performance by Bundaberg artist, Chelsea Stutchbury called Butterfly in a Cave, held in the regions natural wonder, the Capricorn Caves. Wild Things tells the story of remarkable activists on the frontline of saving the plant. Director Sally Ingleton will be in attendance and talking after the screening. ·       Friday afternoon screening will be the Australian premiere of Days of Bagnold Summer. Directed by Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners fame, The Guardian calls it a “thoroughly sweet-natured, charming and unassuming British film”.   ·      Friday night, join us for a special night of cinema music and film-themed improv games at the Yeppoon Town Hall called, Cinema Memories. Capricornia Silver Band will take you back to your favourite movie scores with a tribute to the history of cinema and Rocky Improv Group are heading to the movies with a show packed with film themed games. ·       On Saturday compete against video gamers of all ages in the regions first E-Games competition brought to you by The Capricornian Bank. The retro games tournament will include classic games such as Tetris, NBA JAM, Mario Kart and Street Fighter with the winner of each game receiving cash prizes. ·       Two award winning Irish films will conclude Saturday’s events. Rosie tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. Produced by Johnny Depp documentary Crock of Gold is a celebration of Irish punk poet Shane MacGowan, lead singer with The Pogues, combining archive and family footage. ·       CAPS Short Film Festival will conclude the event featuring selected short films from around the world and locally in competition and reviewed by a jury including Australian actors and filmmakers. ·       FREE community art activities Sensory CQ and CAPS Experimental will be available daily. Sensory CQ held nightly, is a visually stimulating and eclectic collection of pop up video art projections activating shop front windows strategically along the esplanade and James Street, Yeppoon. CAPS Experimental will present a series of short form video art screened at The Mill Gallery. ·       This year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums. ·       “We are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region.” Luke Graham, Festival Founder. ·       Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, The Capricornia, Bishopp and Keppel Coast Arts. ·       “Our supporters give us the opportunity to be able to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen storytellers.  Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow here on the Capricorn Coast,” Luke Graham   ·       Capricorn Film Festival will operate in compliance with a COVID Safe procedures as a physical event. Tickets will be pre-sold and available at box office daily with reduced attendance, no exterior screenings and cashless. To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com   Promotional Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXdNfbAkh6Y Download Link for Video and Photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/t/2cOenET3b5WRcf1P The Pandemic Project Championing Sustainability within the Fashion Industry 2020-12-02T01:31:39Z the-pandemic-project-championing-sustainability-within-the-fashion-industry Melbourne, Australia 2nd of December, 2020 h-ours is fashion multi-hyphenate Rong Jake Chen’s community orientated creative hub focused within the fashion industry and his latest iteration named ’02 resilience’ is a pandemic inspired inquiry exploring the future of sustainability within the fashion industry. Joining Rong to undertake this study of the impact of COVID-19 on the fashion industry is storyteller Vy Nguyen, alongside designers Cashmere Malekitsch, Cynthia & Xiao, FFIXXED Studios, Graedance, Jonathan Liang, Karla Laidlaw, Speed Ltd., and Shhorn. The culmination of this exploration is an exhibition opening on the 10th of December presenting, above all, the resilience of the designers, the supply chain and the community. The COVID19 pandemic has left the fashion industry with cut orders and supply chain mayhem resulting in dead stock, over supply of materials, and an overall drop in demand for products. For some people in the supply chain, this means a loss of work and livelihood. h-ours has sought to address some of these concerns by offering guidance and support for designers to adapt to uncertainty by exploring and developing new categories to take advantage of the would-be-waste within their supply chain. In this collaboration, the participating designers have all produced both an exhibition object and commercial product that extend beyond designing for the body to consider designing for homes as well. The designers have utilised leftover resources and materials from different entities to create a limited quantity of special edition items that are individually brand-centric, laden with cultural meaning and each exploring individual designer’s shared experiences through the pandemic via a theme. For example, designer couple, ffixxed studios, rekindled their relationship with intimacy and created new levels of ‘togetherness’ – interpreted through their exhibition blanket fitted with their signature knitted caps and four arm holes, to be experienced as a form of elevated closeness. Alongside this, they’ve created a limited number of pillow cases to share within this theme, made completely out of 100% wool deadstock. Each item reflects each designer’s meditations on how Covid-19 shaped their brands and personal life in 2020, as well as their statement for how this pandemic will inform their future practice. Themes explored were also developed as a way to connect with the viewing community, allowing for conversations on wider shared experiences with the pandemic, whilst also providing a learning platform about these designers and the complexities of the fashion supply chain. shhorn on sleep ffixxed studios on togetherness Jonathan Liang on lazing Cynthia & Xiao on renewed comfort  Cashmere Malekitsch on body dysmorphia  Speed on memories  Graedance (by Rong Jake) on unseen time  emerging feature: Karla Laidlaw on hope Photographers Myles Pedlar, Phebe Schmidt and Tre Koch have also collaborated to document the designer’s offerings for the home, interpreting a selection of objects through their signature lens. The exhibition for h-ours will open on the 10th of December with a limited opening event and will run for three days from the 11th to the 13th December at Le Space in Collingwood, a newly emerged spaced at the intersection of design, art, and education, run by internationally acclaimed photographer, Ying Ang. As part of the digital voyage this year has taken, an online platform has been made in conjunction with the physical exhibition, and features more details on the designers, their works, and allows for the purchasing of the limited edition lifestyle product made for the exhibition. This can all be accessed at www.h-ours.com.au. Event Start Date: 11.12.20Event End Date 13.12.20Location: Le Space Collingwood, 1 Mater Street. Contact: Rong Jake Chen (0401 946 360), rong@h-ours.com.au Due to current Victorian restrictions, participants need to register for attendance, with event caps.Free event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/130516493345  Hi-resolution images of product photography: Dropbox https://bit.ly/33uK28B / Googledrive https://bit.ly/3obBwDq Sponsored by: Creative Victoria Le Space About Rong Jake Chen: Rong Jake Chen (Yuan Rong Chen) is a Chinese designer based in Australia. Hailing from a migrant family, Rong draws inspiration from his cultural identity to design from a liminal place merging themes from his birth place in the east to Australia where he currently resides. Rong has a background of design through practice. From designing t-shirts for his friends, Rong’s design eventually caught the eye of UNIQLO with who he collaborated on a capsule. His work focuses on researching humanistic narratives, such as communities and primal natures, whilst looking into the cyclical nature of our social blueprint. An admirer of contemporary art as a practice, and digital media as a medium, much of Rong’s work integrates and welcomes collaboration in the process. Formerly the co-creative at AMXANDER, a contemporary menswear line that reinvented and explored cultural and social uniforms, he has been nominated twice for the International Woolmark Prize, the National Designer Award and also the Lane Crawford Creative Callout. Since leaving AMXANDER, Rong has increasingly pursued new ways to explore fashion and art projects. He currently has an online residency at Burea of Works, exhibiting alongside contemporary Chinese artists including Xiao Ke and Zi Han on their global series exploring the ‘What is Chinese?’ About h-ours: As the community project arm of Rong Jake, h-ours takes various forms and platforms for its execution but maintains a strong ethos in developing and growing emerging and contemporary talent in Australia. Project 01 took form as a pop up store in St Collins Lane, featuring an array of diverse global and local talent. Contact: Iris Chen hello@h-ours.com.au SYDNEY’S FIRST MAJOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2020-11-26T02:26:29Z sydney-s-first-major-women-s-film-festival-launches FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  23rd November 2020  SYDNEY’S FIRST MAJOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES The Sydney Women’s International Film Festival (SWIFF), supported by the City of Sydney, is to hold its VIP Grand Opening event of its inaugural festival which will run from 27–28 November 2020 at United Cinemas Opera Quays. Walking the red carpet will be Imogen Anthony, Award winning Actress Naomi Sequeira (ROMANCE ON THE MENU, RIPTIDE, DISNEY’S EVERMOOR CHRONICLES), MAFS favourites Natasha Spencer and Ivan Sarkula, Champion SURFER Layne Beachly, Actor Andrew Steel (WISHMAN) and Actor and Writer George Basha (THE COMBINATION, CONVICT, COMBINATION REDEMPTION).  Hosting the event will be award winning Actress, Writer, Singer, Dancer and Director Clare McCann (BENEFITED, CHANNEL [V]), who is also known for launching the famed Marquee Sydney at Sydney’s casino The Star.  Clare McCann, Festival Director and Director of Cherry Productions says “A professionally and fairly run festival that aims to target the inequality in storytelling and filmmaking is long overdue. SWIFF is a festival where committed female and female identifying filmmakers are supported and celebrated. We have an outstanding festival lineup of inspiring films from across the world from incredibly talented storytellers including Malgorzata Szumowska’s The Other Lamb starring Raffey Cassidy and Michiel Huisman that was written by Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen and Victoria Wharfe McIntryre’s The Flood staring Alexis Lane and Shaka Cook who has just been announced to play the lead of Hamilton in the new Tony award-winning musical of the same name.  MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SOCIALLY DISTANCED RED CARPET ARRIVALS.  Please RSVP hello@swiff.org.au or call 0404 678 462 TO INTERVIEW  CLARE MCCANN or the red carpet stars email info@victoriajacksonmanagement.com.au or call  Victoria Jackson 0402 473 079 About SWIFF  The Sydney Women's International Film Festival (SWIFF) is a film festival created to support and promote the work of female (self-identified) film-makers. SWIFF is a female-run, not-for-profit organisation forged from a desire to create a platform to address gender inequity in the film industry. The goals of SWIFF are to enhance professional opportunities, and recognition and exposure for women in film, while simultaneously improving audience access to cinematic stories about women, as told by women. SWIFF launched in 2020 and has welcomed film and screenplay entries across a diversity of categories from both Australian and international female film-makers.  #SWIFF2020 media and images available HERE For more information contact:  SWIFF +61 404 678 462  |  hello@swiff.org.au  www.swiff.org.au        www.instagram.com/swiff.org.au www.facebook.com/swiff.org.au                          www.twitter.com/swifforgau www.linkedin.com/swifforgau Australian Photography Awards 2020 announces winners 2020-11-25T23:04:19Z australian-photography-awards-2020-announces-winners In what was a record breaking year for entries, the Australian Photography Awards (APA) have announced the winners of this year’s awards across all eight categories. The winners are Nicole Reed (Portrait), Tom Putt (Landscape), Christopher Hopkins (Documentary), Claudia Messenger (Student), Natalya Stone (Animal/Wildlife), Cara O’Dowd (Open/Illustrative), Pepijn Thijsse (Travel/Street) and Harper Allen (Junior – 13 and under). For high res images of all the winners, their bios and their winning images go to: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VL3hS5QGisB-dkYBvjPvVMeGwNEVG-6T Australian Photography Awards (APA) co-founder Tom Goldner explained, “In 2020 we received 5,800 entries across our 8 categories making this year the biggest and most diverse celebration of Australian photography yet. APA continues to see a growth of around 30% annually across both entries and audiences. The growth in entries is only important though if we continue to operate at the best possible standard and continue to provide value for those who are involved.” APA was founded in 2015 by creative collaborators Harriet Tarbuck and Tom Goldner both of whom work commercially and creatively within the photographic industry and feel passionately about fostering community engagement through the photographic arts.   Tarbuck added, “APA sets out to celebrate and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers. Since our first campaign in 2016, APA has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated photographic awards in Australia - continually pushing the boundaries of creativity, diversity, originality and inclusiveness.” APA seek to celebrate the quiet, personal and often unseen moments which make up our lives. According to Goldner they are immensely proud of their history in discovering emerging talent and they pride themselves on making photography accessible regardless of experience or status.  He added, “We love seeing original work which excels in storytelling, that is artful and creative and allows us to see the world from a new perspective. Diversity is paramount to our ethos, this can be found in the work we celebrate but also throughout our committee, internal team and our sponsors.” APA’s categories are curated to allow space for all genres within photography, both traditional and contemporary. They seek original, artful and creative work across all categories - not just beautiful technical images, but more soulful photography which has an important message that reflects our current times or reminds us of important events and movements in history. Along with cash prizes APA also offer award winners camera and lighting kits from their sponsors Nikon Australia, Fujifilm Australia and Kayell. They also offer vouchers from Momento Pro so entrants are able to self-publish their projects into photo books. There are also publication opportunities through the APA Annual; a 76 page softcover magazine printed by Momento Pro which features the top 20 finalists from each of the eight categories.  Harriet Tarbuck continued, “Winning an APA category not only gains your work invaluable exposure, but our prizes provide valuable resources in being able to continue and grow your creative practice. We also provide collaborative experience with our tribe through the promotional videos we produce, Q&As, written content and invitations to join the committee. It’s important for us to nurture the APA community and continue to give back after the prizes have been handed out.” APA are doing much more than just award recognition. In 2021 they will be reforming their organisation into the Australian Photographic Collective (APC) with the aim for APC to become the source of creativity for Australian photography. Along with the work they already do in award recognition and producing biannual publications, they will be extending an exciting educational program designed for both emerging artists and practicing professionals.  Goldner said, “We see this as a fantastic opportunity to work alongside our committee and the incredible photographers we already collaborate with. The educational program will include portfolio reviews and mentorship programs designed to help photographers find meaning in their work and fully develop their ideas. We will also be launching a creative directory for photographic projects and photographers. Lastly, though APC we will be partnering with organisations, festivals and institutions across Australia as a reputable resource for photographers to find valuable opportunities beyond our operation.” Tom Goldner and Harriet Tarbuck are also the co-founders of Stories. Launched in 2020, Stories is a new initiative designed to celebrate long-form photographic narratives and sets out to discover, promote and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers.  Tom Goldner explained, “In Stories we call for series based work and photo essays exploring traditional, artful and new modes of storytelling. Three winners receive features in the APC Stories Journal along with 30 shortlisted Stories. Along with the publication opportunities, winners will receive cash, camera kits from Nikon Australia and vouchers from Momento Pro.” Stories 2021 will be launching on 1 March 2021.  For more information on the winners of the 2020 Australian Photography Awards and the inspiration behind their winning images please see the accompanying “2020 Australian Photography Awards – Winners” document. For high res images of all the winners, their bios and their winning images go to: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VL3hS5QGisB-dkYBvjPvVMeGwNEVG-6T For more information on the Australian Photography Awards go to: https://www.australianphotographyawards.com.au SESAME WORKSHOP'S FIRST-EVER ANIMATED SESAME STREET SPECIAL ‘THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS STORY’ LAUNCHES ON ABC KIDS ON SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER AT 9.30AM 2020-11-18T03:39:56Z sesame-workshop-s-first-ever-animated-sesame-street-special-the-monster-at-the-end-of-this-story-launches-on-abc-kids-on-saturday-21st-november-at-9-30am Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind half a century of award-winning children’s television, will launch its first-ever animated Sesame Street special “The Monster at the End of This Story” on Saturday 21st November on ABC Kids, as well as ABC iview and ABC Kids app – and its star, Grover, is begging fans not to watch!   A reimagining of Sesame Street’s all-time best-selling picture book “The Monster at the End of This Book,” the special follows Grover’s reluctant journey to the end of the story, where, based on the title, he believes a monster awaits. Drawn in the unmistakable style of the beloved book first published in 1971, the special adds new sequences, songs and surprises, and introduces other familiar Sesame Street characters, including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Rosita, to the tale. “After nearly 50 years, the lesson in ‘The Monster at the End of This Book’ remains timeless: It‘s okay to feel afraid, but also important to have courage and keep moving forward in spite of those fears,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop’s Executive Vice President of Creative and Production. “We brought this classic story from page to screen in a way that will feel familiar to longtime fans and exciting and engaging for young viewers. By expanding the original narrative and adding new layers, we share a strong lesson in friendship, showing how Grover learns to manage his fear with the support of his friends.” “The Monster at the End of This Story” is the official special of Sesame Street’s 51st season, set to launch in 2021. This special caps off the release of Sesame Workshop’s series of “Monster”-themed content, digital activities, and product releases, which to-date have included an interactive “The Monster at the End of Your Story” video on Sesame Street’s YouTube (link here), a “Monsterize Me!” avatar creator, the release of new editions of “The Monster at the End of This Book,” and more. Further details are available here. Sesame Street content continues to be available via ABC Kids each weekday morning at 9.30am. The episodes are also available any time on ABC iview and the ABC Kids app. About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org. INAUGURAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY, AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST PUBLIC GALLERY OUTSIDE A CAPITAL CITY 2020-11-17T22:00:00Z inaugural-exhibition-program-announced-for-new-hota-gallery-australias-largest-public-gallery-outside-a-capital-city Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021. Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.HOTA Gallery will launch with Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (10 April - 20 June 2021) presented across the Gallery and the HOTA parklands, and featuring major new commissions and art work by emerging and established Australian artists with a connection to the region, including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch,Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward. Celebrating the diversity and richness of the Gold Coast, the exhibition will feature sculpture, painting, video, photography and installations, both indoors and out. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, the major exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (24 July - 03 October 2021) will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time. Coinciding with his 85th year, the exhibition curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will feature the award-winning artist’s monumental multi-panelled paintings alongside intimate studies and prints.In a world premiere exhibition exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, HOTA Gallery will present Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021 - 27 February 2022) featuring approximately 70 works from some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Developed by HOTA Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery and drawn entirely from the Mugrabi’s famed private collection, the exhibition marks the first time these iconic works have been shown in Australia. The inaugural exhibition in the new dedicated Children’s Gallery is World Upside Down (10 April – 10 October 2021). Working with Queensland artists Lowana Skye-Davies and Alinta Krauth, the Children’s Gallery will be an immersive space filled with interactive art and hands-on making activities, inspired by the themes found in the first two major exhibitions, Solid Gold and Lyrical Landscapes.Alongside the premiere exhibitions presented in the main space, HOTA Gallery will also present works from the $32 million City Collection. Consisting of more than 4,400 artworks, the collection includes one the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. Presented across three galleries, HOTA Collects will draw more than 100 works from the City Collection to reflect key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years, spanning abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and twenty-first-century photography. The inaugural hang will include works by Ben Quilty, Tony Albert, Julie Rrap, Jenny Orchard, Nell, Tracey Moffatt, Gordon Bennett, Michael Zavros, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Linde Ivimey, the Huxleys, Scott Redford, John Gollings, Kenneth Macqueen, Vida Lahey, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams, William Robinson and Ethel Carrick Fox.Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, HOTA Gallery will be the centrepiece of Australia’s most dynamic new arts precinct, HOTA, Home of the Arts, sitting on the banks of the Nerang River on the Gold Coast in Queensland, situated within almost 17ha of landscaped parklands, adjoining an outdoor stage and concert lawn. Information on the 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021. ENDS MEDIA CONTACTSTo request interviews, further information or imagery please contact: Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE:amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 IMAGES: Images available for download HEREABOUT THE EXHIBITIONSHOTA Gallery’s inaugural headline exhibition, Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (10 April - 20 June 2021) premieres new works from emerging and established artists celebrating the diversity, richness and ambition of the Gold Coast. Commissioned by HOTA, artists with a national reputation including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward, alongside locally recognised artists and collectives, will present a series of indoor and outdoor works ranging from sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, painting, photography, video and installation works. The project, a $100,000-worth of commissions and artworks, marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA.Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (24 July - 03 October 2021) celebrates one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters William Robinson AO. The Queensland-born artist has been awarded both the Archibald and Wynne prizes and is celebrated for his monumental canvases that transformed perspective and the way we view Australian landscape painting into a thoroughly new direction. Coinciding with his 85th year, Lyrical Landscapes, guest curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, presents Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, together for the first time. Widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, explores his love of classical music. The monumental multi-panelled paintings will be presented alongside intimate studies and prints.The world premiere exhibition Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021 - 27 February 2022) will feature approximately 70 works from some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Richard Prince to Jeff Koons. Developed by HOTA Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery and drawn entirely from the private collection of famed art collector Jose Mugrabi, the owner of the largest collection of works by Warhol, the exhibition will mark the first time these iconic works have been shown in Australia. Influential, popular and controversial, these artists are a unique cultural phenomenon, whose reach extends far beyond the confines of the art world.Alongside the main exhibition space, HOTA will unveil the dedicated Children’s Gallery with its first exhibition World Upside Down (10 April - 10 October 2021). Inspired by the themes of Solid Gold and Lyrical Landscapes, the exhibition includes interactive art encouraging the young and young-at-heart to be curious and creative, responding to the natural environment to design a world for the future. ABOUT THE HOTA COLLECTIONThe HOTA Collection was established in 1986 and houses more than 4,400 artworks. The collection has been developed around specific collecting themes and strengths and has been predominantly acquired through sponsorship, benefaction and art prizes including the Gold Coast Art Prize, International Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award and The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Through the vision of the Gallery’s first Director Fran Cummings, and later the benefaction of Patrick Corrigan AM, the City of Gold Coast holds an important collection of Indigenous work from across Australia, in particular barks by John Mawurndjul, Charlie Djurritjini and Dorothy Galaledba. Continuing this rich collection theme, recent acquisitions include major paintings by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and Gordon Hookey.Presented across three floors of galleries, HOTA Collects will showcase more than 100 works drawn from the collection reflecting key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years, spanning abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and twenty-first-century photography. The inaugural hang will include works by Ben Quilty, Gordon Hookey, Michael Zavros, Linde Ivimey, Abbey McCulloch, Anna Carey, the Huxleys, Scott Redford, John Gollings, Kenneth Macqueen, Vida Lahey, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams and Ethel Carrick Fox.Alongside these works, Gallery 3 will also premiere a number of recent acquisitions; large-scale installations by Nell and Alex Seton, with major works including Mid Century Modern, a series of 70 photographs by Tony Albert, Emily Floyd’s Literary Parrot (Ver-Vert), and the epic painting Nyinyilki by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori. On Level 5, HOTA Gallery will present works by Australian sculptor Linde Ivimey, including works in HOTA’s Collection, and items on loan from the artist. Art and Storytelling as a Pathway to Reconciliation 2020-11-05T02:11:20Z art-and-storytelling-as-a-pathway-to-reconciliation Media Release –  4 November Photo Opportunity – Newtown Public School Monday 10.00am VIP’s  -  Ms Jenny Leong MP Member for Newtown, Uncle Jimmy Smith, Kerry Johnson, Cecilia Anthony Co-Chair Reconciliation NSW.   Change doesn’t have to take a lifetime/Kids just get it. Understanding reconciliation and making a difference can take place over the course of two hours. A new program developed by Reconciliation NSW and funded by the City of Sydney’s cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program has delivered memorable results in three local City of Sydney Schools. Fort St, Bourke St and Newtown Public Schools welcomed the Pathways to Reconciliation program and were excited to see instant results in their students.  Teachers have commented on a sense of pride in their student’s newfound knowledge of Country that is being shared with other students around the schools. Abbey Proud Principal of Newtown Public School called the program “Practice changing”, and Freya a year 5 student at the school enthused, "Pathways has been a great opportunity to connect with and appreciate the land we stand on. Creating an artwork was a fun way to show our understanding of Country and reconciliation and not just talk about it. We've used the knowledge from Uncle Jimmy and Kerry to pass on to other people so they can share it and then those people can share it. So the knowledge goes on and on forever." Five students from the Pathways program have gone on to become finalists in the Caring for Country - Schools Reconciliation Challenge this year with their moving and insightful poetry and art entries. These entries were created in only one class session after spending time learning and sharing with Uncle Jimmy Smith and Aboriginal dance/cultural educators Kerry Johnson and her daughter Maci Johnson, proof that reconciliation in education touches students’ hearts and minds. The public exhibitions of these students’ Pathways to Reconciliation can be viewed by the whole school and local communities on the schools outward facing fences on Bourke St, Surrey Hills, Norfolk St, Newtown and Wattle St, Ultimo from November 9, throughout NAIDOC week and beyond.  Come and see the artworks and writing of these students whom judges celebrated as providing hope that our next generation will be a kinder, more knowledgeable and understanding generation when it comes to reconciliation and celebrating First Nations people throughout Australia.   Reconciliation NSW For more information go to http://www.reconcilitionnsw.org.au Media contacts:          Rec NSW Thea Butler – 0450 188 554 – thea.butler@reconciliationnsw.org.au   Newtown PS Michael Fitzsimmons - 0413636317 - michael.fitzsimmons5@det.nsw.edu.au