The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2011-09-01T10:32:56Z ENTRIES OPEN : DESIGNER COASTER COMPETITION 2011-09-01T10:32:56Z entries-open-designer-coaster-competition Drink Outside the Square, a competition that gives students and established designers the chance to have their work retailed as part of a premium homeware product, officially launched today. Entries to the competition, which is hosted by boutique homeware brand Thirst Impressions in collaboration with a new online creative hub, Create or Die, opened today. The competition calls on participants to submit a design for the Thirst Impressions range of creative coasters for the home. Participants have until October 31 to enter. Details and the entry form are at www.createordie.com.au The competition will culminate in an exhibition featuring the work of twenty finalists. Four winning designs, including a people’s choice, will be included in the Thirst Impressions range and retailed in boutique stores and online in 2012. Participants can enter in either the Student, Designer or After Dark categories, the latter of which allows entries from those not employed in, or studying, design. All forms of print-able visual art forms including photography, graphic design and fine arts are encouraged.The judging panel features an impressive line-up from within the design industry, including representatives from Semi Permanent, Creative Conferences and Design is Kinky, and prestigious design school Shillington College. The competition and exhibition is supported by Digitalpress, Coaster Kings, Tyrrell’s Wines and Sushi Ginza by Zushi. Thirst Impressions launched just this year after graphic designer Belle Howie discovered a gap in the market for a product that combined the practicality of the often-pilfered cardboard bar coaster with the visual appeal of high-end homewares. The Australian-made, Sydney-designed coasters are made from plantation stock cardboard, to give them all the liquid-soaking quality of a bar coaster but in beautiful designs for the home. Belle Howie said the aim of the competition was to encourage designers to think about being artistically expressive in a way that was also commercially viable. “Thirst Impressions is proof that sometimes the best designs are the most obvious,” she said. “The product also opens up the imagination as to the possibilities in functional, yet artistic, design. I hope it inspires other creatives to take the plunge and combine art with a commercially viable product, taking art to the masses. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what my product inspires in the budding and established designers who participate in this competition.” Create or Die founder Deb Morgan said the partnership was a natural one for the new online collective which aims to support creatives who don’t make their primary living from their art. Create Or Die (www.createordie.com.au)meshes an online hub and blog with offline events, projects and exhibitions, and even extends to the online store www.robio.com.au, which gives members the chance to launch their creations into the retail space. It also provides opportunities to collaborate with other artists, designers, photographers and writers, and a platform to showcase work. “Create or Die is a platform for people who hold true to the notion that if they are not creating, pieces of them are slowly dying,” Deb Morgan said. “Create or Die is for those among us who, due to the pressures of this modern life, spend their time working for a client and haven’t managed to get their own art out there. “Create or Die looks forward to working with Thirst Impressions to bring Drink Outside the Square to life.”Editor’s notes:Entrants are asked to set their art up at 300dpi, 500mm diameter round canvas with 10mm bleed. They are asked to submit in low-res, but be designed in high-res so that the lucky finalists chosen to feature in the Drink Outside the Square exhibition at Showcase Gallery in Darlinghurst can be produced SAMMY JO (SCISSOR SISTERS) TO TOUR AUSTRALIA 2011-08-25T06:07:30Z sammy-jo-scissor-sisters-to-tour-australia The tour kicks off in Sydney with Sammy Jo making a headline appearance at pure ivy Saturdays, followed by The Beresford Hotel, and venues in Adelaide, and Melbourne. Sammy Jo was approached by the Scissor Sisters in 2004 to be the band’s official tour DJ. The band is most known on the scene for chart hits Comfortably Numb (a Pink Floyd cover), I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ (a collaboration with Elton John) and Filthy/Gorgeous. Recently Sammy Jo added remixing to his list of accomplishments, having completed several for the latest Scissor Sisters release Nightwork, as well as the house classic The Anthem released by Kinetica records in 2010. Tour Dates: DATE VENUE Saturday, September 10 pure ivy, ivy (Sydney) Sunday, September 11 The Beresford Hotel (Sydney) Thursday, September 15 Apple Night Club (Adelaide) Saturday, September 17 Roxy Bar (Melbourne) Experience Entertainment is a club event producer and artist and touring agency specialising in high quality nightclub events. It’s the team behind some of the most successful Sydney club brands ofrecent years (pure ivy, SHE, experience… and hush) as well as the partner of choice for the world’smost recognised & celebrated club-brands on their Sydney visits including Pacha, Hed Kandi & PukkaUp Ibiza. ***END*** Media contact: Ilona Marchetta, Experience Entertainment Marketing & PR Executive, 0416 156 136, ilona@experienceentertainment.com.au Bookings: Adam Ruggeri, Experience Entertainment Artist & Touring Manager, 0412 771 046, adam@experienceentertainment.com.au Talented Creatives Called on for Design Competition 2011-07-30T04:39:56Z talented-creatives-called-on-for-design-competition The competition, Drink Outside the Square, calls on students and working creatives to design for the Thirst Impressions range of high-end coasters for the home. The competition will culminate in an exhibition featuring the work of twenty finalists.Three winning designs, including a people’s choice, will be included in the Thirst Impressions range and retailed in boutique stores and online in 2012. Participants can enter in either the Student or Designer categories. Industry partners for Drink Outside the Square are currently being sought. Thirst Impressions launched just this year after graphic designer Annabelle Howie discovered a gap in the market for a product that combined the practicality of the often-pilfered cardboard bar coaster with the visual appeal of high-end homewares. The Australian-made, Sydney-designed coasters are made from plantation stock cardboard, to give them all the liquid-soaking quality of a bar coaster but in beautiful designs for the home. Belle Howie said the aim of the competition was to encourage designers to think about being artistically expressive in a way that was also commercially viable. “Thirst Impressions is proof that sometimes the best designs are the most obvious,” she said. “The product also opens up the imagination as to the possibilities in functional, yet artistic, design. I hope it inspires other creatives to take the plunge and combine art with a commercially viable product, taking art to the masses. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what my product inspires in the budding and established designers who participate in this competition.” Create or Die co-founder Deb Morgan said the partnership was a natural one for the new online collective which aims to support creatives who don’t make their primary living from their art. The platform www.createordie.com.au meshes online projects and a blog with offline events, projects and exhibitions, and even extends to the online store www.robio.com.au, offering creatives the chance to collaborate with other artists, designers, photographers and writers a platform to showcase their work. “Create or Die is a platform for people who hold true to the notion that if they are not creating, pieces of them are slowly dying,” Deb Morgan said.“Create or Die is for those among us who, due to the pressures of this modern life, spend their time working for a client and haven’t managed to get their own art out there. “Create or Die looks forward to working with Thirst Impressions to bring Drink Outside the Square to life.”Drink Outside the Square Key Dates: September 1 Competition launches; entries open October 31 Entries close November 7 Online voting opens for people’s choice award November25 Exhibitionopening night and winners announced November 26 Exhibition closes December Products begin retailing as part of the Thirst Impressions range Drink Outside the Square is seeking industry partners – please contact Pitch PR director Ilona Marchetta, 0416 156 136, ilona@pitch-pr.com.au . Showcase Gallery Launch Puts Creative Professionals in the Spotlight 2011-07-04T08:42:39Z showcase-gallery-launch-puts-creative-professionals-in-the-spotlight Showcase Gallery will officially open in Darlinghurst next month, providing one of the few avenues in Australia that supports creative professionals wanting to develop their artistic profile. The gallery is designed to boost the exposure of a creative's personal work and prompt deeper thought on cultural assumptions regarding the division of art and advertising. The Showcase Gallery Launch Exhibition (26 July – 13 August) features personal pieces by the highly and internationally regarded photographers Mark Mawson, Chuck Bradley and Nicholas Alan Cope, designers Bianca Chang and Terry Chisholm, and art directors Paul Meates and Jed DePyper. From the illustrations of Three Drunk Monkeys art director Jed DePyper to Chuck Bradley’s preference for beautifully lit photography, audiences will see an interesting departure from what these professionals are commercially recognised for. Showcase Gallery Director Kellie Nichol-Smith explains the ethos behind Showcase Gallery: “The work produced by these creative’s is quite diverse and highlights a need to return to their artistic roots. “The space validates and calls to action that artistic and creative impulse which often gets lost as they forge ahead with their commercial careers. “I’ve always been fascinated with advertising and art and how one can inform the other. I want to encourage creative’s to get in touch with, and develop, their artistic side. There's so much talent and insight within the industry and it deserves to be on show and celebrated.” The gallery’s location, in an artistic hub of Darlinghurst, stays true to its celebration of grey areas - it’s right at home within Desk Space, a managed office space for creative’s that encourages commercial collaboration. “When I saw Desk Space, I could see it fitting in well with where I wanted to take the gallery,” Ms Nichol-Smith said. “It makes the space more a destination for exchange rather than a strict white box.” Paper artist Bianca Chang, who worked for Frost Design before becoming a freelance designer, praised Showcase Gallery for bringing a much-needed collaborative space to the Australian creative community. “The gallery’s concept is original and creates a meeting ground where ideas can be exchanged through a growing network of peers,” she said. “I originally developed my art practice to appeal to other graphic designers - Showcase will help me to broaden my reach. I believe Kellie has the experience, network and general know-how to be able to communicate with and understand the motives, background and artistic desires of an artist, with a design mode of thinking rather than a fine art one.” Photographer Mark Mawson said Showcase Gallery encouraged a perspective toward art and creativity that exists internationally but has been missing from the local scene. “I’ve had lots of interest in my personal work from international galleries but not a lot in Sydney, there seems to be something missing here,” Mark Mawson said. “Having gallery representation in Sydney is important and will help develop a presence for my work in Australia.” Media representatives are invited to attend the Showcase Gallery Launch Exhibition Opening Night: When: Thursday, July 2 Where: Suite 3, Level 2, 85 William Street, Darlinghurst Time: 6-8pm RSVP: kellie@showcasegallery.com.au Showcase Gallery is located in Suite 3, Level 2, 85 William Street Darlinghurst and is taking expressions of interest. Please email kellie@showcasegallery.com.au for further information. Visit www.showcasegallery.com.au for further details. SHE plays Ibiza, Mykonos + Brighton for Debut European Tour 2011-07-04T05:08:56Z she-plays-ibiza-mykonos-brighton-for-debut-european-tour Club event producer Experience Entertainment has announced that it will take its longest running party, SHE, to Europe for three dates booked at some of the biggest venues in Ibiza, Brighton and Mykonos. SHE (Soulful House Experience) has developed a cult following on the local scene as one of the few parties dedicated to a more soulful and uplifting style of house music. A number of Australian artists have built a strong reputation by association with SHE, while some big international names have toured under the brand, including Bob Sinclar, Ron Carroll, Mark Farina and Junior Jack and Kid Crme to name just a few in just the past 12 months alone. Experience Entertainment director Graham Cordery said that when he threw the first SHE party in November 2004, he never dreamed it would become the firm favourite on the club scene that it is today. The brand has also spawned two compilations CDs (SHE Summer Essentials Volumes 1 and 2) and the record label SHE Recordings. “SHE started as just a one-off party, I was curious to see if the heavy, beat-infested Sydney scene would warm to a more soulful and discerning house sound,” Graham Cordery, originally from the UK, said. “When 700 eager party-people tuned up to the first party, the answer was clear. “Taking SHE to Europe was a natural progression – we’ve built a solid following on the Australian scene, it was time to give European audiences a taste.” “We’ve got big things planned for this tour with Liam Sampras and Robbie Santiago (SHE Resident DJ’s) headlining SHE at Paradise Club Mykonos, myself, Robbie Santiago & Adam Jacob (percussion) will front the Brighton and Ibiza dates wrapping up an exciting debut European tour for the brand, it’s been a long time coming – our label record sales are strong overseas and can’t wait to give European audiences the full SHE experience!” Known for drawing a sophisticated crowd of discerning music lovers, SHE events naturally lend themselves to more premium venues, regularly takes over Ivy Pool Club, and hosting their infamous boat parties always selling out well in advance. The SHE European tour line up:June 26 - SHE @ Paradise Club, Mykynos, Greek Islands ft. Liam Sampras & Robbie Santiago July 16 -SHE@ HoneyClub, Brighton ft Graham Cordery, Robbie Santiago & Adam JacobJuly 22 - Pukka Up presents SHE Boat Party, Ibiza Harbour Experience Entertainment is a club event producer and artist and touring agency specialising in highquality nightclub events. It’s the team behind some of the most successful Sydney club brands of recent years – pure ivy, SHE, experience… and hush - as well as the partner of choice for the world’s most recognised & celebrated club-brands on their Sydney visits including Pacha, Hed Kandi & Pukka Up Ibiza. Graffiti Action Day 2011 2011-02-02T01:06:04Z graffiti-action-day-2011 A day of community action to remove graffiti – Graffiti Action Day – is on again this year following the outstanding success of the inaugural event in 2010, NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos announced today. Graffiti Action Day 2011 is a community-based day of action that will involve hundreds of community minded volunteers, community groups and local councils. Mr Hatzistergos said the joint initiative with Keep Australia Beautiful resulted in an impressive 4178 square metres of illegal graffiti removed from public and private property across NSW last year. “Last year’s inaugural graffiti action day was a huge success, pulling together 800 volunteers to remove a total of 4178 square metres of graffiti from more than 230 sites,” Mr Hatzistergos said. “This year we are hoping to do even better and I would urge any community-minded individuals to sign up to lend a hand on May 15.” CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean, said Graffiti Action Day 2011 will be held on Sunday May 15. “Graffiti Action Day puts the power back in the hands of the community, and everyone from community groups to businesses and local government can get involved,” Mr McLean said. “While the event is open to everyone, this year we’re focusing our efforts on hotspots for graffiti vandalism as identified by police data so we can have the biggest possible impact.” Keep Australia Beautiful NSW will work to establish partnerships with local councils to jointly fund graffiti removal and prevention activities as part of Graffiti Action Day 2011. Funding will be used to remove graffiti and also implement other methods such as landscaping, which are known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is proven to be an effective anti-graffiti strategy. Graffiti Action Day and CPTED are important components of the NSW Government’s comprehensive Graffiti Action Plan. To volunteer for Graffiti Action Day 2011 email graffitiactionday@kabnsw.org.au or visit www.kabnsw.org.au for more information. All volunteers will be briefed in techniques for safe and effective graffiti removal and provided with personal protection equipment and refreshments. Media Contacts: Keep Australia Beautiful Communications Manager: Ilona Marchetta 0416 156 136, 9633 3380 NSW Attorney General, John Hatzistergos: Adam Bell 0448 302 533 GRAFFITI ACTION DAY 2011 MEDIA FACT SHEET WHAT? Graffiti Action Day 2011 is aKeep Australia Beautiful NSW initiative in partnership with the NSW Government to promote a community approach to tackling graffiti vandalism. WHY? Graffiti vandalism is a significant problem for many areas in NSW with some councils spending very large sums of money on clean up efforts. Graffiti Action Day is a chance to: Get the community involved in the removal of graffiti at a local level Educate councils and communities about good graffiti removal and on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Help non-government and community repair damage caused by graffiti HOW? Volunteers, businesses, individuals, community groups, schools and anyone who would like to volunteer their time will be assigned to sites. Graffiti will be removed using a number of methods including: Cleaning off with green cleaning products, brushes and water Painting over graffiti for stubborn surfaces which may be difficult to clean To register your interest in participating or to nominate a site please email your name and contact details to graffitiactionday@kabnsw.org.au Top 40 sites are eligible for additional assistance for work such as landscaping carried out as part of a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategy. WHEN? Graffiti Action Day, Sunday May 15, 2011 Pearl Beach Wins Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beach Award 2011-01-14T04:03:40Z pearl-beach-wins-keep-australia-beautiful-nsw-clean-beach-award Pearl Beach is a popular getaway spot on the Central Coast with a thriving bushland and an ecosystem that is protected by proud community volunteers and Gosford City Council. Peter McLean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, presented the award and said restoration work to the Pearl Beach rock pool and dunes as well as a number of educational activities had made Pearl Beach a worthy winner. “Apart from being an amazingly attractive beach and a hidden jewel off the Central Coast, Pearl Beach has a community who are proud guardians and protect the area’s environmental and cultural significance,” Mr McLean said. “The Pearl Beach Progress Association, Bushcare Group and Gosford City Council all need to be praised for their ongoing and dedicated attention to this fantastic beach.” Notable achievements and outcomes at Pearl Beach include: - extensive restoration of dunes by local Dune Care group - non-mechanical beach cleaning to prevent disruption to the beach ecosystem. - a wildlife corridor in the arboretum linking it with Brisbane Waters National Park. - effective community partnerships - interactive educational activities for locals and visitors As the State Overall winner, Pearl Beach is a contender for the National Clean Beaches Awards, vying with other State and Territory Overall winners for the top title of Australia’s Cleanest Beach 2010/11. It will be visited by a national judge on February 8. The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches program raises environmental awareness on the coastline and has been working with coastal communities since 2001. The revitalised NSW Clean Beaches program will be launched this year. It encourages and rewards the efforts of coastal communities that work collaboratively for the sustainability of their beach. Clean Beaches is a Keep Australia Beautiful NSW initiative, partnered with Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, and Sydney Water. For more details about the Clean Beaches program please contact Keep Australia Beautiful NSW on 02 9633 3380 or visit the website www.kabnsw.org.au/OurPrograms/CleanBeaches.aspx