The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-03-05T20:45:22Z Arts Open: Meet the Makers 2018-03-05T20:45:22Z arts-open-meet-the-makers March 10-12th & 17-18 2018 Castlemaine, Victoria Ever wondered what makes artists tick, where they find inspiration or just how long it takes to achieve the end result? Do you have a favourite local artist and you would like to see where they work? This month, studio doors are being flung open by artists from the Castlemaine area. ARTS OPEN is a biennial event in Mount Alexander Shire. You can explore over two weekends - 10-12 and 17-18 March. Meet the Makers at their places of work and be fascinated. Perhaps you will find artists working at a kitchen table, in a reclaimed industrial space or a rustic shed. Some will have a magnificent purpose-built studio. Tucked away above shops, secluded in bushland, in plain sight in the townships, studio visits are bound to delight and surprise. Get an insight into the life of artists, their dedication, the hard work. In their natural habitat artists and crafts people of the Central Victorian goldfields might demonstrate their techniques, share their creative processes, or tell you their story. Perhaps you will purchase an original artwork with the added value of having engaged with the maker and heard the story behind the work. There are over 100 artists taking part in Arts Open 2018 - painters, jewellers, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, multi-media artists and crafts people. Open Studios span the townships of Castlemaine, Maldon, Newstead, Taradale, Harcourt, Chewton and surrounds. If you are around mid-week you can catch two PechaKucha nights, in Castlemaine. PechaKucha is a Japanese term meaning ‘the sound of conversation’. At each event, ten artists will deliver a fast-paced, snap-shot of their endeavours with slides and succinct haiku-style commentary. Start your exploration at the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre inside the magnificent old Market Building in Mostyn Street. You can pick up Arts Open maps, brochures and pique your interest with artist profiles on display between 9am and 5pm daily. More about the featured artists can be found on the Arts Open website at For more information or to arrange interviews please call Robert Jennings- 0431-217-618 or email New Castlemaine Eco Village Creates a Stir 2017-06-07T00:51:38Z new-castlemaine-eco-village-creates-a-stir Castlemaine is the home of a new eco village that is set to create new standards for sustainable living in Australia. Even before the official launch, Melbournians have been travelling up to Castlemaine to the informal Coffee Q&A sessions to learn more about this path-breaking new development. The Paddock Eco Village will offer a high quality, low carbon lifestyle with an emphasis on food growing and community – at prices that compare favourably to Melbourne property. The 27 architect-designed houses will form a crescent around a large area of shared space comprising of food gardens, planted wetlands, walkways and recreation areas. The brainchild of local ‘enviro-entrepreneurs’ Neil and Heather Barrett, The Paddock is being developed in accordance with the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous, inspiring standard for housing developments. The Paddock’s 8.5 energy rated architect-designed houses will be smaller than today’s average sized home and will each be powered by a 4kW grid-connected solar system. “The energy bill savings for a Paddock home, compared to the average Victorian home, will be around $2,000 per year”, said Damien Moyse, Policy and Research Manager at the Alternative Technology Association. “With house prices from around $390,000, the intention is that The Paddock will be an inclusive place to live for people of all ages and from all backgrounds”, said Neil Barrett. There is an opportunity to learn more about The Paddock at the launch on Friday 16th June, at 7.30pm at Buda Historic House, Castlemaine. At the event there will be an opportunity to put questions to the architect, engineer, landscape architect as well as the property developers. The following morning, there’ll be an opportunity to visit the site, and meet the team over a cuppa and muffin. To register for the events and find out more, visit For more information, contact: Robert Jennings (03) 5470-5932/ 0431-217-618 Castlemaine State Festival: Focus on the Phillipines 2017-02-16T22:25:00Z castlemaine-state-festival-focus-on-the-phillipines From a carefully curated program of films from the world’s oldest film industry, to a specially created sculpture from one of the Philippines most exciting young artists, to a diverse compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago, this year’s program uncovers the real history and promising future of an exciting nation. The 2017 program shines a bright light on the Philippines featuring a program of film, visual and socio-political artworks. Exploring Australia’s connection with the country, with more than 100,000 Filipino Australian living in Victoria alone, these works delve deep into the cultural layers of the country. Crossroads - a thoughtfully curated program of award-winning and highly acclaimed Filipino films, assembled specifically for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, will provide unique insight into Philippine cinema and the country’s eventful and intriguing past. With the Filipino film industry widely considered to be the oldest in Asia, the films selected for Crossroads reveal the complex relationships between Filipino film and Philippine society, and how potent social forces and film have the capacity to influence one another with eight film screenings at the Theatre Royal from the 18-25 March. Curated especially for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, periSCOPE is a compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago. The collection has been compiled by 98B COLLABoratory, a multidisciplinary artist-run initiative that seeks to establish a convergence between artists, designers, curators, writers, activists, educators and the general public. The works selected by multiple curators from across the Philippines, with the resulting compendium showcasing diverse glimpses and peripheries as seen through many lenses, offer rare insight into regional contemporary Filipino art production and demonstrate a striking range of themes, geographies and cultural issues. One of the Philippines’ most exciting young artists (with past works including a special commission for Lady Gaga), Leeroy New will create a temporary sculptural installation called La Puerta Del Laberinto (The Door to the Labyrinth) combining visual arts, fashion, film and theatre for the exterior of the Castlemaine Art Museum. Leeroy New is one of the Philippines’ most intriguing young artists. In 2008 Leeroy won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award and was invited to take up a six week residency in 2009 at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo. In 2017, he returns with this ambitious new project which responds to the unique characteristics and context of place and will be made with recycled materials collected from the local area. Festival Director, Martin Paten says: “The Philippines could be seen as an unusual choice of country to feature, but it's a fitting choice I feel to follow-on from our Cuban program last festival. Like Cuba, the Philippines has been heavily influenced by American and Spanish colonial culture, and has suffered significant political division and controversy. But most importantly, Australia has extremely strong connections with the Philippines. There are more than 400,000 Filipino / Australians, of whom almost a quarter live in Victoria, and yet we know so little about the country.” “The Philippines is not a favoured holiday destination for many Australians - but it could be. And we can only be enriched by knowing more about the cultural layers of this diverse nation - with a population of over 100 million and more than 7000 islands producing a wide range of artistic riches. I feel so excited by this year’s international relationship with artists and their works from The Philippines.” The 2017 Castlemaine State Festival runs from the 17-26 March. Visit: