The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-04T01:46:11Z ANH DO TAKES OUT 2017 ARCHIBALD PRIZE ANZ PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2017-10-04T01:46:11Z anh-do-takes-out-2017-archibald-prize-anz-people-s-choice-award Do first heard of Charles in a newspaper article that introduced him as “esteemed actor, former heroin addict and jailbird, member of the stolen generation, gay man and latter-day Indigenous activist”, and later went on to interview him and paint him in the latest season of his popular ABC TV show Anh's Brush with Fame. “I feel very lucky that Jack let me paint his portrait for the Archibald prize. He’s an extraordinary Australian with a great face full of character. Jack has lived a big life and I enjoyed getting to know him and painting his portrait immensely,” Do said. Now a legendary figure and role model to many, Charles’ tumultuous life story is vibrantly depicted in the winning ANZ People’s Choice portrait. Charles said he thoroughly enjoyed being in Do’s company as he sat for the portrait. “I am extremely chuffed to be counted as one of Anh Do’s mates, and of his extraordinary portrait of moi. It was a hoot sitting for this legend in his sexy little Sydney studio,” Charles said. “I count him as one of the best extractors of information – from his engaging smile, wit, genuine interest and listening to the dribs and drabs of my story, my reason for living. I’m blessed thrice over,” said Charles. The ANZ People’s Choice win follows Do’s 2014 Archibald finalist portrait of his father, Tam Do.   Congratulating Do on his win, Art Gallery of New South Wales Director Michael Brand said, “Do’s striking portrait of Jack Charles has clearly moved visitors at this year’s Archibald exhibition. It is fantastic to celebrate this vibrant collaboration between two of Australia’s most talented creatives.” The Archibald Prize People’s Choice was first awarded in 1988 – now supported by presenting partner ANZ – and this year was voted for by more than 15,000 members of the public who visited the exhibition before 2 October 2017. This year, the ANZ People’s Choice award carries a $3500 cash prize for the artist.  One person who voted for the People’s Choice award-winning painting was also selected at random to win the People’s Choice voters’ prize. This year, the lucky voter is Michael Harris, who receives a $2000 cash prize from ANZ. “We attended the Archibald Prize as a family with my two children attending for the first time.  It was an incredible experience watching the children explain what they liked and why.  Anh Do’s painting JC was the standout for me and my daughter, Maddie.  I really like the large brush strokes and the character that he has captured in the face,” Harris said. ANZ Group Executive Australia, Fred Ohlsson, said, “Congratulations to Anh Do on winning the ANZ People’s Choice award. It is incredible to see the widespread interest the Archibald continues to generate among the community, and ANZ is very proud of its long history as Presenting Partner of this exhibition. “I am extremely excited that the exhibition will now expand its audience further as it commences its regional tour of Victoria and New South Wales,” Ohlsson said. The winning portrait and finalist works for the 2017 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are on show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday, 22 October. Archibald Prize finalists will then go on a regional tour until October 2018. The MCA and AirBnB get travel down to a fine art 2017-10-03T03:50:54Z the-mca-and-airbnb-get-travel-down-to-a-fine-art Exclusive to Airbnb Experiences, the 2-hour tour is hosted by award-winning Sydney artist Liam Benson. Since joining the MCA as an Artist Educator in 2013, Liam has shared his knowledge, experience and passion for contemporary art with thousands of visitors of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds. During Liam’s Experience, guests will learn about the cultural significance of the land the MCA sits upon and explore the deeper meanings behind some of his favourite artworks in the MCA Collection, including works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Inspired by their gallery walk, guests will then have their turn at being the creators with a hands-on session in the MCA’s creative studios with Liam, experimenting with surprising methods in art-making. They will wind down the evening at the MCA’s rooftop Cafe or Colour Fields pop-up bar over drinks and nibbles, enjoying the breathtaking views over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as dusk settles over the harbour, with extra time to explore the Museum’s temporary exhibitions such as Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean, presented as part of the Sydney International Art Series. Airbnb Experiences is a way for visitors to enjoy a different side of cities, immersing themselves in local communities through authentic experiences, tips, social events and recommendations from local insiders. Experiences are also a great way for local residents to meet new people and discover new things to do in their own neighbourhoods. Since launching in November 2016 with 500 Airbnb Experiences in 12 cities, there are now more than 2,500 available Experiences in 40 cities. Liam Benson comments: “I truly believe that creativity is accessible to everyone. As an Artist Educator, I enjoy challenging people and encouraging them to think and see the world differently. I look forward to meeting with art lovers from all over the world through this experience, and getting them inspired by the amazing artists we have in this country.” Part of Airbnb’s Social Impact Experiences, 100 per cent of the proceeds from the cost of the Experience will go directly to the MCA – a non-profit organisation which raises over 70% of its revenue from non-governmental sources. Social Impact Experiences allow for hosts to partner with nonprofits and eligible charitable organisations to create transformational interactions for local causes. Since launching, more than $500,000 in proceeds has gone to hosts of Social Impact Experiences globally. Sam McDonagh, Country Manager for Airbnb Australia and New Zealand, comments: “Airbnb connects people with unique travel experiences all around the world so they can belong anywhere. We are delighted to be teaming up with the MCA, one of Australia’s most acclaimed cultural institutions, to offer our guests the unique opportunity to meet with an Australian artist and experience firsthand the diversity and vibrancy of the local contemporary art scene. With summer just around the corner, we have almost 100 Experiences available across Sydney available to book on Airbnb, so whether its food, fashion or the outdoors, there is an Airbnb Experience for every interest.” Sydney-based artist Liam Benson is a performance artist who documents his work through embroidery, photography, video and new media – deconstructing the social perceptions of gender, race, culture, sexuality and identity. He has been prolifically exhibiting and performing since 2002 including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2014), Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (2015; 2013), Cutlog New York Art Fair (2013), and the Head On Photo Festival (2012; 2011). He also regularly works in collaboration with Naomi Oliver as the performance based duo, The Motel Sisters. Liam has been the recipient of numerous awards and his works are held in significant public and private collections including those of Artbank, the University of Western Sydney and the Art Gallery of South Australia. His new solo exhibition, I Have a Wealth of Unconditional Love, and It’s Yours If You Want It, will run at Artereal Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney, from 4 to 29 October. $95 per person all inclusive. Most Wednesday evenings 6-8pm throughout summer, starting October 11. Check dates & availability on MEDIA CONTACTS: MCA, Myriam Conrie, 0429 572 869 | Access-DGC, Sarah Shields, 0408 283 091 | BLAK MARKETS BRING ABORIGINAL ART, CRAFTS & BUSHFOOD TO BARANGAROO 2017-09-04T00:33:08Z blak-markets-bring-aboriginal-art-crafts-amp-bushfood-to-barangaroo Presented by First Hand Solutions, the much-loved Blak Markets will pop-up at Stargazer Lawn from 10am to 4pm for a lively open-air market with more than 20 stalls selling a range of unique products and food by Aboriginal makers and food producers from around New South Wales.  Peter Cooley, First Hand Solutions CEO, said: “We’re excited to invite Sydney locals and visitors back to Barangaroo to soak up free, family-friendly entertainment and browse an eclectic range of handmade items, accessories, jewellery, art, photography and bush tucker as part of a vibrant experience of Aboriginal culture. “The Blak Markets is a great chance to buy locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts and products directly from the people who made them in the knowledge that 100 per cent of the profit goes to Aboriginal communities.” The day will begin with a smoking ceremony at 10.15am by Margret Campbell from Dreamtime Southern X, followed by live music, dance performances, workshops and traditional Indigenous games for children. Triple J Unearthed High Indigenous Award winner, 16-year-old Indigenous singer-songwriter Rebecca Hatch will perform live; the Ngaran Ngaran traditional dancers will run dance workshops for children and adults; and Larry Brandy Storytellers will present interactive hunting and gathering performances for children. A live bush tucker cooking demonstration will be hosted by celebrity chef, The Black Olive (Mark Olive) and the Tribal Warrior bushfood van will be serving up delicious bush tucker alongside a range of local Aboriginal food producers. Following the successful NAIDOC Blak Markets in July, which focused on Aboriginal art, a group of artists from the highly awarded APY Art Centre Collective will once again travel from South Australia to exhibit and sell some of the best-known and most collectable Indigenous artists in the country, as well as a host of young and emerging artists. In a Blak Markets first, a panel discussion will be held on Stargazer Lawn with senior artists from APY Art Collective and Cara Pinchbeck, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales discussing contemporary versus traditional art produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The Blak Markets is organised by First Hand Solutions, which is an Aboriginal charity dedicated to providing hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by bus, ferry or train. Parking is also available under Barangaroo Reserve via the entry at Towns Place ($12 flat rate). For more information about the Blak Markets at Barangaroo, please visit -END- EVENT DETAILS Event:             Blak Markets at Barangaroo Date:               Sunday, 24 September 2017 Time:              10:00am – 4:00pm Location:        Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW URL:          MEDIA QUERIES Sarah Shields, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | Rachael McKenzie, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7011 | 0433 890 127 | Volunteers needed to help illuminate Parrtjima - A Festival in Light 2017-08-08T01:54:17Z volunteers-needed-to-help-illuminate-parrtjima-a-festival-in-light-1 The Northern Territory Government is calling for volunteers to help bring to life the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017. Curated by First Nations creative director, writer and producer, Rhoda Roberts OA, Parrtjima is a spectacular free event that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia. More than 50 volunteers are required to assist in running the free public event through a variety of roles, including guest services, information and helping with installations. Volunteers will receive training prior to the event and be required to donate their time between 5.30pm and 11.30pm on a minimum of two evenings during the 10-day festival. Andrew Hopper, General Manager of Northern Territory Major Events Company encourages Territorians to get involved, saying: “Volunteering at Parrtjima is a fun and rewarding experience and a great opportunity to learn more about the rich art and culture of Central Australia. “The extraordinary support provided by our enthusiastic volunteers in 2016 enhanced the experience for almost 16,000 people who attended. We hope many volunteers will return for a second year and we look forward to welcoming additional volunteers to support our growing program of events.”  People interested in taking part are invited to register to attend one of two information sessions hosted by not-for-profit organisation, Volunteering NT on Wednesday, 16 August at 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Thursday, 17 August at 10:00am – 11:00am at Red Hot Arts Central Australia at 67 Bath Street,Alice Springs. Volunteer at the inaugural Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, Chantelle Rothwell, said: “Volunteering at Parrtjima is brilliant experience and a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. It was so cool to be part of such an amazing event. I had a lot of fun and am excited to volunteer again this year.”  Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma) is created in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, AGB Events, local Aboriginal artists and art centres from across the desert region. For more information and to register as a volunteer, please call 08 8952 9630 or visit   -END- Media contact: Sarah Shields, +61 408 283 091 | Rachael Ryan, +61 406 484 929 | Discover Sand Song at Barangaroo this October School Holidays 2017-08-07T01:21:52Z discover-sand-song-at-barangaroo-this-october-school-holidays Sydney’s unique cultural space, the Cutaway, will host SAND SONG, an uplifting contemporary Aboriginal dance and theatre performance and workshop, during the October school holidays. Created by visual artist Walbira Murray and director Elena Vereker, and produced by Insite Arts, SAND SONG will illuminate the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve with nine shows across six days from Tuesday, 3 October to Sunday, 8 October 2017. Murray, a Gammilleroi woman from Dirranbandi, said SAND SONG is a unique and inspiring Aboriginal culture experience for children aged 5-12 and their parents or carers. “The vibrant performance tells the story of ‘Cheeky Brolga stealing Emu’s egg’, which is the Gammilleroi Dreaming story of the ‘First Sun’ – the first time the sun’s light shone on Australia. The story also represents the dawn of understanding, growing up, and gaining wisdom,” said Murray. During a 30-minute hands-on workshop, children meet the performers, learn the Emu dance and ‘paint up’ their dream on a glass ‘dream holder’ that becomes part of the SAND SONG set. Children will get to keep their dream holder after the show. The workshop is followed by a mesmerising and humorous 40-minute performance exploring the power of light, dreams and fire and featuring a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, with live singing, didgeridoo and clap sticks. Aboriginal artist and storyteller Rick Roser and four dancers perform on a large artwork of red sand, white ochre, emu feathers and five towering ancestor poles. Roser tells the captivating story using traditional Aboriginal bush craft techniques such as fire-making, ochre-spraying and net-weaving. Previously performed at Brisbane Festival and Out of the Box children’s festival in Brisbane, SAND SONG will make its much-anticipated New South Wales debut at Barangaroo. Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, Sandra Bender, said: “SAND SONG is a magnificent experience of First Nations storytelling, particularly for five to 12-year-olds and their parents or carers. We are delighted to present this contemporary work, which features the crossing of culture between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples as part of our inaugural school holiday programming at Barangaroo.” Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek via 13 28 49 or for $20 per adult/child; $65 for a group of four; or $18 per person for a group of 10 or more. Barangaroo Reserve is accessible to all visitors. The Cutaway is fully wheelchair accessible with lift access from the carpark under Barangaroo Reserve (access via Towns Place). The 311, 324 and 325 bus routes stop on Hickson Road, just metres from the Cutaway. Insite Arts is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. For more information and tickets, please visit MEDIA QUERIES  Sarah Shields, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | Claire McGee, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7005 | 0422 777 596 | EVENT DETAILS Event: SAND SONG at Barangaroo Date/Time: Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Friday 6 October 2017 at 10am Thursday 5 October 2017 at 10am & 1.30pm Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017 at 11am & 2.30pm Location: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW Tickets: $18-$20 per person + bf URL: Access PR announces new name, new JV and new CEO 2017-06-14T01:19:39Z access-pr-announces-new-name-new-jv-and-new-ceo Access-dgc will be led by newly appointed CEO Nichola Patterson, while agency co-founder Andrea Kerekes will be permanently based out of the New York agency working with founder Samantha DiGennaro as executive vice president, managing director. The joint venture creates a team of more than 50 consultants with an impressive range of expertise across B2B and B2C communications from thought leadership to content creation, reputation management to publicity. Patterson is one of Australia’s most-respected PR professionals and brings more than 20 years of experience as an agency owner and senior executive, journalist and copywriter to the role. Her PR work for TAC’s ‘Graham’ campaign with Clemenger BBDO highlighted her skills in the 100% earned arena, and recently won the only Black Pencil for PR at D&AD and a Gold Pencil at AWARD. Her work has also been recognised at Cannes, Clio, New York Festivals, MADC and AWARD. “To know Nic is to love Nic, but more importantly, she brings a new level of creativity and big picture, strategic thinking to the business,” said Kerekes. “On the cusp of our 10th birthday we started to think about what the next 10 years could look like for the business and this is a truly exciting path to create – especially with someone who has been a friend and colleague for many years and the expanded resources of DGC.” DGC founder and CEO DiGennaro said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for both agencies to collaborate and pool resources, skill sets and ideas to create an accountable and innovative micro-network that puts clients’ results first and foremost.” Access clients include Sydney Airport, Tourism Northern Territory, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Art Gallery of NSW, and The Star. Simon Corah will remain chairman at Access-DGC. About Access Access PR is a Sydney based independent communications and PR agency specialising in reputation management, content and publicity. The agency has a joint venture with award-winning independent New York-based agency DiGennaro Communications (DGC).  Between them the agencies have around 50 staff. Australian clients include Sydney Airport, Tourism Northern Territory, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Pizza Hut, and The Star. For more information, please contact Andrea Kerekes, NAIDOC Blak Markets bring remote Aboriginal Artists to Barangaroo 2017-06-05T01:08:45Z naidoc-blak-markets-bring-remote-aboriginal-artists-to-barangaroo Taking place at the beginning of NAIDOC Week, the family-friendly event will be a vibrant celebration of Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal artists from 11 remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit and sell at the market; host Tjanpi weaving workshops; and demonstrations of Rarrk painting and pandanus weaving.  First Hand Solutions, Curator, Lyndsay Urquhart said: “This is an exciting first for the Blak Markets and a rare opportunity for Sydneysiders to buy high quality Aboriginal art directly from a diverse range of artists from remote art centres across Australia. “We are thrilled to create the opportunity for visitors to meet these talented artists and browse a beautiful selection of their work, with a mix of price points to suit a range of budgets,” said Urquhart. Artists will travel to Sydney from art centres including: • APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, SA) • Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT) • Babbarra Women’s Centre (Maningrida, NT) • Bula'bula Arts (Ramingining, NT) • Martumili Artists (Newman, WA) • Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts (Katherine, NT) • Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing, WA) • Rukaji Designs (Fitzroy Crossing, WA) • Tangentyere Artists (Alice Springs, NT) • Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation (Yuendumu, NT) • Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (Alice Springs, NT) The artists are coming to Sydney as part of the “Heart in Art” program, which is made possible by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and First Hand Solutions to provide economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia.  Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, Sandra Bender, said: “We’re delighted to bring Aboriginal artists from remote areas of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia together at Barangaroo, alongside local Aboriginal artists to showcase and sell their work and join a special NAIDOC Week celebration.” The lively open-air market will also feature more than 30 stalls, bush tucker cooking demonstrations by Indigiearth and Jody Orcher; live music by Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan, Jarjum, and Freshwater; Aboriginal dance performances by Thikkabilla (Dubbo), Yadhamayi (Central Coast), and Wagana (Greater Sydney); language and culture workshops; Aboriginal Cultural Tours of Barangaroo Reserve; and a Tribal Warrior Tour to Goat Island. The Blak Markets is organised by First Hand Solutions, which is an Aboriginal social enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Walsh Bay, Millers Point and The Rocks. The closest train stations are Circular Quay and Wynyard (via the Wynyard Walk). Parking is available under Barangaroo Reserve via the entry at Towns Place ($12 flat rate). For more information about the NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo, please visit -END- EVENT DETAILS Event: NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo Date: Sunday, 2 July 2017 Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm Location: Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW URL: MEDIA QUERIES Sarah Shields, Access PR, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | Rachael McKenzie, Access PR, 02 9292 7011 | 0433 890 127 | AMAA strengthens board with new chair and directors 2017-05-29T00:06:12Z amaa-strengthens-board-with-new-chair-and-directors Nolan’s appointment to the role of Chair endorses the AMAA’s focus on accountability and transparency across the industry. Chris has more than 25 years’ experience in the media, advertising and communications industry, with previous senior roles within Publicis Media and formerly Mitchell & Partners, Stadia Media, and Prime Television. Nolan said: “I welcome the opportunity to lead the refreshed AMAA board and support the industry as it deals with the challenges of measurement and accountability. The AMAA is uniquely positioned as a provider of assurance and risk minimisation services. It has a strong history of providing governance and audit services supporting clients, agencies and publishers, and now is the time to leverage the trust and respect the AMAA has established to expand its support across the industry.” Also joining the board in the last month, is Lyndall Campher from L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand, and Ashley Earnshaw from Carat Australia, strengthening the AMAA’s senior leadership.  Lyndall Campher is the Media Director for L’Oréal ANZ, tasked with overseeing the media investment across the L’Oréal portfolio for the last four years, as well as managing the media agencies for both countries. Lyndall brings both client and agency experience to the board as an experienced media and marketing professional with more than 20 years’ background in agencies, including senior roles at Universal McCann, Mindshare and Mediacom. Ashley Earnshaw, recently promoted to the role of Chief Investment Officer for Carat Australia, adds a new dimension to the AMAA, bringing more than 10 years’ investment, strategy, implementation and planning experience to the board. Ashley has a passion for investment and partnerships combined with broad category experience across automotive, government, entertainment, finance and retail. In welcoming the new chair and new directors, AMAA Chief Executive Officer Josanne Ryan, commented: “It’s important for the AMAA board to effectively represent the industry as the body continues extending its focus towards accountability and transparency in the current market. The high level of experience and knowledge the new board members bring ensures the AMAA is better positioned to support all members, including agencies, publishers and clients, in an increasingly complex ad trading marketplace.”   About AMAA The Audited Media Association of Australia (AMAA) is the industry’s accountability body governed by a representative Board from the media, marketing and media agency membership. For more information, please contact: Andrea Kerekes, CEO, Access PR 0418 427 412 Trust equals money, annual AMAA research reveals 2017-05-18T01:02:37Z trust-equals-money-annual-amaa-research-reveals-1 The latest third-party annual research conducted on behalf of AMAA shows media channel trust is a key influencer in media investment, with 86% of industry respondents agreeing that where there is trust, there is more willingness to spend. The Trust Equation study also revealed that 8 in10 marketers and media agencies prioritise media channels that supply transparent, audited data. “Trust is the invisible thread that influences media buying decisions. Advertising trading doesn’t run solely on analytics and money – it also runs on trust. The 310 marketers and media professionals who completed our survey provided feedback on the issues affecting trust levels and how the industry can step up to collectively address them,” AMAA CEO Josanne Ryan said. While proof of performance and cross-media audience metrics remained the top two industry concerns, awareness of ad fraud increased more than any other industry issue – up 17% year-on-year to 44%. And it is independent industry bodies that should be taking the lead with solutions according to 72% of respondents. When it comes to digital channels, there was an across-the-board increase in the desire for more industry oversight to build trust – the top channels noted were programmatic trading, social media, online video/streaming and mobile. The impetus for increased programmatic trading transparency is intensified with the survey indicating that more than half of online media will be bought programmatically within three years. Programmatic is clearly on the radar of agencies, with a much higher proportion of agency respondents – 80% compared to 32% of marketers – indicating that this channel needs to build trust. The industry also recognised the role of marketers as the leaders of change with three-quarters of respondents agreeing that the industry issues of transparency and accountability need their focus. Key insights: ·         Trust = Money with 86% of respondents agreeing ‘where there is trust, there is more willingness to spend’; Verification is at the heart of the trust equation as 80% prioritised transparent, audited channels; Programmatic and social media are identified as being the channels most in need of oversight to build trust with social media rising the most – up 32% year-on-year; In terms of areas the industry needs to address proof of performance and cross-media measurement remain the top priorities but ad fraud recorded the biggest increase – up 17% year-on-year to 44%; 72% agreed industry bodies should be driving industry solutions to address ad fraud; In terms of potential governance frameworks to assist the industry, 89% rated as important industry certification of programmatic desks and ad exchanges as meeting best practice; ·         75% agree the issues the industry faces in transparency and accountability will only get fixed if marketers push for it. The study was conducted by independent research company The Insights Grill via an online survey of 310 marketers and media agency professionals conducted 1 February - 7 March 2017. The mix of respondents was 45% clients and 55% media agency with 54% in digitally focused roles. The AMAA is providing presentations to the industry of The Trust Equation full survey results. To book your presentation or request the white paper contact the AMAA via email: The Audited Media Association of Australia (AMAA) is the industry’s accountability body governed by a representative Board from the media, marketing and media agency membership.   For more information, please contact: Andrea Kerekes, CEO, Access PR 0418 427 412 Parrtjima – A Festival in Light appoints first Indigenous art curator 2017-05-16T00:18:53Z parrtjima-a-festival-in-light-appoints-first-indigenous-art-curator The Northern Territory Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhoda Roberts AO as curator of the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017. Roberts has a high-profile nationally and internationally as a respected Indigenous creative director, writer, producer and is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland. She is Head of First Nations Programming at Sydney Opera House, Festival Director of Boomerang at Bluesfest and was Creative Director of the Vivid Sydney Opera House Sails Projection in 2016. Roberts will curate the program for the spectacular free public event, which showcases the oldest continuous culture on earth, through the newest technology on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas. Andrew Hopper, General Manager of Northern Territory Major Events Company, said Roberts will work closely with the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, AGB Events, local Aboriginal artists and 40 art centres from across the desert region to develop the narrative for the 10-day event that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia. “The Northern Territory Major Events Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Rhoda as the first Indigenous art curator for this unique event, which aims to raise the profile of local Aboriginal artists nationally and in time internationally by sharing their outstanding work and rich culture with the world,” Mr Hopper said. “Rhoda is one of Australia’s most accomplished Aboriginal arts consultants and creative directors. Her extraordinary depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and understanding of the consultative process will be invaluable as we build meaningful connections with local artists to create a breathtaking outdoor exhibition of Aboriginal art.” Among her achievements, Roberts was Creative Director of the Awakening Segment at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Director of Sydney New Year's Eve (2008-2011), founder and Festival Director of The Dreaming (1994-2009), host of Deadly Sounds national weekly radio program (1992-2014), producer of Aboriginal media company Vibe Australia (1992-2014) and co-founder the Aboriginal National Theater Trust. Parrtjima curator Rhoda Roberts said: “I’m thrilled to have the new opportunity to develop the program for this extraordinary event, which will connect thousands of visitors to Alice Springs – home of the Arrernte of Mparntwe. “I have been involved with many communities in the Territory and my family has strong ties with North East Arnhem Land. Under Yolngu way I'm regarded as Gudurrku (brolga) from the Yirritja attached to the Gumatj. I have spent a great deal of time in Alice Springs and Darwin in my years as a journalist and film producer and working on arts events including Garma Festival and Darwin Festival. “I’m delighted to be returning to Alice Springs for Parrtjima, which will be a magnificent celebration of our central desert artists, who are renowned for their vibrant use of colour. Our artists are vital as they continue to paint country, ensuring the knowledge of yesterday is reimagined for tomorrow.” The first program announcements will be made mid-year. For more information, please visit  -END- Media contact:  Sarah Shields, Access PR, P: 02 9292 7007 | +61 408 283 091 |  Rachael McKenzie, Access PR, P: 02 9292 7011 | +61 433 890 127 |  Two First Nations Curators From MCA Australia chosen for Venice Biennale 2017-05-04T02:00:05Z two-first-nations-curators-from-mca-australia-chosen-for-venice-biennale Two curators from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will head to the 57th Venice Biennale (13 May to 26 November 2017) as part of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Professional Development Program for First Nations Curators. The MCA is the only cultural institution with more than one First Nations Curator participating in this program. Clothilde Bullen (Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Collections & Exhibitions) and Emily McDaniel (Acting Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Programs) are part of Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale as First Nations Senior and Emerging Curators respectively. Clothilde Bullen said: ‘To be able to show leadership in the Indigenous visual arts area, and to align this with the MCA’s values around supporting the professional development of Indigenous staff is a privilege. On this unique occasion, embedded round the opening of My Horizon by Tracey Moffat, it is critical to have Indigenous arts workers participate fully in the experience.’ MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘It is especially fitting this year when the Australian Pavilion is devoted to a solo presentation by an Aboriginal artist for the first time. The MCA undertook the biggest survey of Tracey Moffatt’s work in 2003. I would like to thank the Australia Council for their support for this important initiative.’ ‘Clothilde Bullen and Emily McDaniel make significant contributions to MCA’s exhibitions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists, and the extension of this through our public programs. We wish both curators well at the 57th Venice Biennale, in what will not only become valuable professional experience but will also help tell the story of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to audiences and our peers abroad,’ Macgregor added. Emily McDaniel said: ‘This will be the first time I have travelled to Europe, I am honoured to share this experience alongside so many accomplished First Nations curators that I have admired for many years. I hope this experience will broaden my awareness of international audiences for Indigenous art.’ For over 20 years, the Australia Council, through the Venice Biennale Professional Development Program, has supported over 150 volunteer arts workers to attend and work at the Venice Biennale.  At Venice, Bullen and McDaniel will network and connect with international peers, artists and organisations with a view to creating international networks and promoting contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.  There are also opportunities for emerging curators to receive mentoring and professional development support from the senior curators in attendance. ABOUT CLOTHILDE BULLEN Clothilde Bullen is a Wardandi (Nyoongar)/Yamatji woman from Perth, Western Australia. She has an extensive career in visual arts including curating a number of exhibitions and publishing extensively on Aboriginal art. She was the former Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for over a decade. Bullen joined the MCA in January 2017 as Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Collections & Exhibitions. She is currently working on a new presentation of the MCA’s Artist Room in the Collection Galleries. The Artist Room exhibition to be unveiled in late May will feature works by central Arnhem Land artist Lena Yarinkura. The room will highlight the depths of the Museum’s holdings of Yarinkura’s work. ABOUT EMILY MCDANIEL Emily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales. She has curated many exhibitions and the first public art commission for the Barangaroo precinct in 2015. Formerly, she was the Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Aboriginal Emerging Curator for the 18th Biennale of Sydney. McDaniel has worked at the MCA since 2009. In her role McDaniel has further developed the MCA’s cultural learning framework, programs and resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists included in the MCA Collection and exhibition program. McDaniel is currently contributing to MCA’s public programs including: Conversation Starters: A new program of art and ideas on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June; and NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) between 2 – 9 July. TWO FIRST NATIONS CURATORS FROM MCA AUSTRALIA CHOSEN FOR VENICE BIENNALE – as part of Australia Council’s Professional Development Program MCA Cafe's new Algerian Menu Inspired by Kader Attia Exhibition 2017-04-27T01:31:15Z mca-cafe-s-new-algerian-menu-inspired-by-kader-attia-exhibition Until 30 July, the newly refurbished Café at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will fuse modern Australian and Algerian flavours with a new menu inspired by the works of French Algerian artist Kader Attia, currently on display in the Level 1 galleries.  In his first solo exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, Attia explores ideas of cultural exchange and the complex relationship between non-Western cultures and Europe, after decolonisation, through his art. The survey, curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, encompasses over a decade of the artist’s practice, focusing on major installations that are contextualised by video and sculptural works. The special menu created by Executive Chef Keith Higginson of Fresh Catering and culinary team at MCA Cafe aims to extend the museum experience, offering patrons a sensory connection to the exhibition through food through a mix of classic and contemporary dishes such as: Lamb Kefta with Fennel, Mint, Feta & Pomegranate Salad ($18) Merguez Sausage Rice Balls, Capsicum, Saffron & Almond Cream ($16) Vegetable Tagine, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Preserved Lemon, Dates & Flat Bread ($26) Grilled Chicken Brochettes, Ras el Hanout & Tabbouleh Salad ($28) The menu will feature at the MCA Cafe until 30 July 2017. Open 7 days a week with late night Wednesdays, the Cafe is fully licensed and features an all day dining menu. ABOUT THE MCA CAFE The rooftop MCA Cafe is located on level four of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and offers breathtaking panoramic views across Sydney Harbour. Open to the public as well as museum visitors, the cafe has an indoor and outdoor area with a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a drink or coffee. Open 7 days a week and evenings on Wednesday. MCA Cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Level 4, 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000 Open 10am–4pm (9pm on Wednesdays) Sweet partnership with BakeClub, Pyrex, Baker’s Secret and ClickClack 2017-04-11T00:34:57Z sweet-partnership-with-bakeclub-pyrex-baker-s-secret-and-clickclack Founded by respected author and food editor, Anneka Manning, BakeClub teaches home cooks to bake through inspiring hands-on baking classes, including one-off small group baking workshops and intensive six-month ‘Make Me a Baker’ courses. Pyrex, Baker’s Secret and ClickClack join BakeClub’s exclusive inner circle of Australia’s best baking brands including KitchenAid, Smeg and Queen Fine Foods. The partnership will see BakeClub students work with Pyrex, Baker’s Secret and ClickClack’s quality kitchenware products - from the iconic Pyrex measuring jugs to Baker’s Secret cake tins and ClickClack storage - in the BakeClub Kitchen. BakeClub founder Anneka Manning said, “Having the right tools of the trade is an essential part of the art of baking, so we’re delighted to be able to provide our BakeClub students with quality bakeware products we trust. “Pyrex and Baker’s Secret are the cream of the crop when it comes to baking and have been a long-standing fixture of my personal kitchen, so we’re pleased to bring them on as our exclusive kitchenware partners.” World Kitchen Australia General Manager Eva Caprile said, “We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to work with Anneka and BakeClub. “A huge part of our World Kitchen’s communities is sharing advice, and with more than 27 years of baking experience, we think Anneka’s advice will be loved by the Pyrex and Baker’s Secret communities.” For more information on the World Kitchen and BakeClub partnership, please visit and Join the conversation on Instagram at @pyrexaus, @bakerssecretaus and @bakeclub_australia. - ENDS - For more information, images, or to set up an interview, please contact: Emma Reyes / Access PR / / 02 9292 7006 / 0424 425 813 Laura Minns / Access PR / / 02 9292 7002 / 0431 375 990 ANALOGFOLK ANNOUNCES UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR EXPERIMENTAL ARTS 2017-04-11T00:07:35Z analogfolk-announces-unique-partnership-with-national-institute-for-experimental-arts The multi-faceted partnership is based on a strong collaborative approach along with each organisation providing key input from its areas of specialty – AnalogFolk will provide strategic, creative and digital support to the NIEA, while NIEA will provide AnalogFolk access to its innovation labs and cutting-edge research. Part of the University of New South Wales, NIEA is Australia's leading institute for experimental collaboration in art, science and emerging technologies and uses arts-led thinking to generate new insights into globally important issues. NIEA is developing world-first research in interaction innovation and experimental experiences leveraging robotics, artificial intelligence, VR, data visualisation and other leading-edge technologies. The partnership will expand in the future to include a program of staff secondments and education and training opportunities between both organisations, while a number of joint projects and active client project engagements are underway. Ben Hourahine, strategy partner at AnalogFolk said “the partnership was a practical embodiment of AnalogFolk’s mission to use digital to make the analog world better”. “We’re very excited to announce our partnership with NIEA and begin collaborating on projects. Access to NIEA’s research and innovation labs will enable us to continue pushing boundaries around what is possible in creative innovation and digital technology. “The partnership also provides us an opportunity to take our clients into the labs and access their world class research thinking,” said Hourahine. Jill Bennett, NIEA founding director and Professor of Experimental Arts said the partnership with AnalogFolk was a very positive step for the institute. “AnalogFolk has a unique approach to creativity, innovation and digital technology which is very much aligned with ours as we look to generate new insights resulting in real-world outcomes. “We look forward to working with AnalogFolk through this partnership and harnessing their thinking on projects,” said Bennett.   ENDS About AnalogFolk AnalogFolk an independent global creative agency. We’ve grown from one East London studio in 2008 to over 250 talented folk across offices in London, Sydney, New York, Portland and Hong Kong. Our name was born from the truth that computers are digital. Yet humans are analog with needs, wants and desires. Our mission is to use digital to make the analog world better. The Australian office launched in 2011 and clients include HCF, Crownbet, Tourism Australia, Playstation, Jacobs Creek, Jameson, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Nike. About NIEA Part of the University of New South Wales, based in the Art Design Faculty, NIEA is Australia's leading institute for experimental collaboration in art, science and emerging technologies and uses arts-led thinking to generate new insights into globally important issues. NIEA research spans a number of innovation labs, including the EPICentre (Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre), the 3D Visualisation Lab, the Creative Robotics Lab and the Memory Lab and is currently developing world first research in interaction innovation and experimental experiences leveraging robotics, VR, data visualisation and other leading edge technologies. For more information, please contact: Andrea Kerekes, Access PR;; 0418 427 412/02 9292 7000 Laura Minns, Access PR;; 0431 375 990; 02 9292 7002 Aussie viewers love TV on their terms 2017-04-02T23:21:04Z aussie-viewers-love-tv-on-their-terms Australians’ love affair with TV continues, streaming an unprecedented 1.2 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming TV in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling Report. In addition, 5.14 million Australians – the highest-ever number – are streaming Free Video on Demand (FVOD) content, eclipsing 3.53 million for Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD)*. Strong content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has driven the increase, particularly Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, Nine Network’s Married at First Sight, Network Ten’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, SBS’s Vikings, and ABC iview’s Newton’s Law. The results also reflect the success of free-to-air TV innovations like the Freeview FV mobile app and FreeviewPlus, allowing Australians to watch catch-up TV anywhere, anytime. Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross said people are increasingly focused on convenience and flexibility and how they watch TV is no exception. “We’ve seen a big appetite for our streaming products that give viewers access to the best of TV, for free, on whatever device they choose. “This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with streaming services supplementing traditional TV viewing, it looks certain that we have entered a golden era of TV. “It’s great to see such significant growth in catch-up TV consumption, which by and large has been in addition to traditional TV consumption. Australians are still watching, on average, 2 hours and 39 minutes of broadcast television on their TV each day1,” said Ross. Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which delivers clever, easy-to-use digital products so Australians can watch their favourite TV programs, anywhere, anytime. Launched in November last year, Freeview FV delivers live streaming from 20 free-to-air TV channels and catch-up content from all networks with just one click. FreeviewPlus is a world-leading hybrid TV service which gives Australians access to all available catch-up TV programs in one place, on their TV. To find out more about Freeview, visit ENDS About Freeview Launched in 2008, Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which presents and promotes free-to-air channels and content to all Australians. Freeview encourages Australians to watch free-to-air content across variousplatforms by promoting benefits that include more than 25 channels and catch-up services for free. Freeview’s mission is to deliver the free-to-air content to all Australians where, when and on whatever device they choose. Follow Freeview @FreeviewAust Andrea Kerekes Access T: 02 9292 7000 M: 0418 427 412  Laura Minns Access T: 02 9292 7002 M: 0431 375 990