Jimmy Barnes: New “Stories & Songs” shows in Hobart,  Launceston and Canberra

Rina Ferris
30.09.16 3:17 pm


Jimmy Barnes Notches Up
Another #1 – as an Author!
New “Stories & Songs” shows in Hobart,
Launceston and Canberra

New Zealand shows also announced
Tickets selling fast!

After a record breaking fifteen #1 albums, Jimmy Barnes can now also say he’s a chart topping author. His acclaimed childhood memoir “Working Class Boy” was officially Australia’s top selling book last week according to Bookscan. In fact, its debut was the biggest for this sort of title in over five years. In New Zealand, the autobiography was the #1 international non-fiction release.
Jimmy’s special live show based on the book is also striking a strong chord on both sides of the Tasman. Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs will see Jimmy bringing his autobiography to life on theatre stages across Australasia through a combination of spoken word performance and some music that relates to his life story.
  The Canberra show of this unique tour is now totally sold out with a second and final date at the Canberra Theatre Centre being added on Tuesday, 6 December. Two dates have also been added in Tasmania with shows at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre on Friday, 3 February and the Country Club Showroom in Launceston on Saturday, 4 February.  Tickets are on sale now for Canberra and from 10.00am on Friday, 6 October for the Tasmanian shows.
Tickets for all remaining dates are selling fast and fans are reminded to follow the ticket links here so as to avoid ticket reselling sites which typically sell tickets at much higher prices.
“Both the live show and the book are obviously the most personal projects I’ve ever done”, says Jimmy. “It’s amazing to see the way people have responded to the exact things that I’ve spent a lifetime trying to hide. I’m very grateful that the book and this tour are striking such a chord. Hopefully it might help other people who’ve been through similar things to share their stories too.”
Jimmy has spent this week doing book signings and other retailer events across Australia. These will continue for another fortnight before he goes into rehearsals for the “Stories & Songs” tour. For information about all these book events and the subsequent tour dates please click here
In the meantime, Jimmy has leant his voice to two worthy causes - the Luke Batty Foundation who work to raise awareness about all forms of domestic violence and a new, national television campaign for The Song Room, a national not for profit organisation, aimed at driving funds to buy musical instruments for underprivileged kids.  Three out of four children in Australia do not have access to specialist music education at school and The Song Room provides face to face, long-term music and arts-based programs for children in disadvantaged and high need communities. The Song Room also provides innovative, curriculum-aligned online arts education to over 75% of Australian schools through the free ARTS:LIVE platform.
Jimmy Barnes

WORKING CLASS BOY: An Evening of Stories and Songs

Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Tickets available now from the Venue | 02 6275 2700 and
Friday, 3 February 2017
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tas
Tickets available at 10.00am, Friday 6 October
from and
1300 795 257
Saturday, 4 February 2017
Country Club Showroom, Launceston, Tas
Tickets available at 10.00am, Friday 6 October
from and
1300 795 257
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
The Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat, Vic
Tickets available from the Venue | 03 5338 0980 and
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, Vic
Tickets available from the Venue | 03 5559 4999 and
Friday, 18 November 2016
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, Vic
Tickets available from the Venue | 03 5434 6100 |
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Vic
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | 136 100 and
Sunday, 20 November 2016
West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, Vic
Tickets available from the Venue | 03 5624 2456 and
Friday, 25 November 2016
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from BASS | 131 246 and
Saturday, 26 November 2016
The Barossa Arts & Convention Centre, Barossa Valley, SA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | 136 100 and
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, Qld
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | 136 100 and
Friday, 2 December 2016
Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast, Qld
Tickets available from Ticketek | 13 28 49 and
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue | 02 6642 1633 and
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue | 1300 788 503 and

Friday, 9 December 2016
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | 136 100 and
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue | 02 9250 7777 and
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Tickets available from the Venue | 08 9844 5005
and Ticketek | 13 28 49 and
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Tickets available from the Venue | 1300 661 272 and
Friday, 16 December 2016
Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Tickets available from the Venue | 08 9231 9999 and -and- Ticketmaster | 136 100 and
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Tickets available from the Venue | 08 9956 6662 and
Monday, 6 February 2017 - Civic Theatre | Invercargill
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 - Regent Theatre | Dunedin
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - Isaac Theatre Royal | Christchurch
Saturday, 11 February 2017 - St James Theatre | Wellington
Sunday, 12 February 2017 - Pettigrew Green Arena | Napier
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - TSB Showplace | New Plymouth
Thursday, 16 February 2017 - ASB Baypark Arena | Tauranga
Friday, 17 February 2017 - Claudelands Arena | Hamilton
Saturday, 18 February 2017 - Civic Theatre | Auckland
Please note that in keeping with the nature of this production, the show will be staged over two acts with a short interval. There will be no support band so Jimmy will be onstage from the advertised starting time at all shows.

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Moonah Arts Centre, October 7: East West Quest

Michael McLaughlin Cultural Programs Officer Moonah Arts Centre
30.09.16 3:07 pm

Friday Nights Live, the Moonah Arts Centre’s regular live music series continues next Friday, October 7 with East West Quest

East-West Quest is the collaboration of renown Tasmanian musicians.  Guiseppi Badalassi (Piano), Lynne Griffiths (Harp, Flute), Roman Astra (Sitar, Indian violin, vocals) and Santhana (Tabla) enjoy mixing and matching styles and there is always time for some tongue in cheek humour.

Part of the intrigue of the music arises from the interweaving of both Western and Eastern scales.

EAST-WEST QUEST have played their otherworldly music at the Cygnet Folk Festival, at the Rosny Barn and at the Peacock Theater in the past.

This time the inclusion of Santhanam Gopala from Madras will add an extra dimension to the colourful musical fabric the ensemble weaves. Combining notation, modes and harmonies from both Eastern and Western music, the group create a style all of their own. Their performances and house concerts are usually well attended and listeners have commented they felt like being taken on a musical journeys.

Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 23 Albert Road, Moonah.
When: Friday 7th October. 6:00pm to 7:30pm
$5 cover charge. Drinks at Bar Prices.

Further Media Inquiries

Roman Astra on 0415 714 948



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Theatre Royal: What’s On ...

Theatre Royal
30.09.16 4:00 am


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Launceston, Hobart, Devonport: Thirsty Merc Tour

Rina Ferris
29.09.16 7:55 pm




In the past 12 months Thirsty Merc have been one of the busiest bands in the country crisscrossed the nation at least 5 times, done over 90 shows and ran up over 100,000 Frequent Flier miles between them.
With the temperature rising, and Spring and Summer calling, Rai Thistlethwayte, Phil Stack and Matt Smith, with Mick Skelton on select shows, will work their way around Australia once more from now until Autumn, 2017 on the Shifting Gears Tour.
Kicking off with a crowdfunding campaign in mid 2015, Thirsty Merc released their new, original album, Shifting Gears, last September and the band immediately hit the road on The Good Life Tour. Several weeks into the tour, the band were rocked by the tragic death of their friend, Shane Cooper and the critical injuries suffered by drummer, Mick Skelton, in a terrible car accident putting a halt to everything.
Lead singer, Rai Thistlethwayte, said: “Our hugest thanks to the Aussie Music Industry, the general Music Community, and above all - our Fans - for the support over the last year. Thank you ALL for sticking by us. Life can be so overwhelming and debilitatingly challenging, but it’s through those times that you often experience the most human growth. We’ve got the spirit. And we’re gonna rock these upcoming shows like never before to bring this album home!”

Kicking off on 3 October at the Caloundra Music Festival, the Shifting Gears Tour will take the band to Broken Hill and Mildura as well as Swan Hill for the first time, and back down to Tasmania after a long absence.
Tickets for the Shifting Gears Tour are on sale now.  For further information on all shows, go to
Shifting Gears is out now through MGM Distribution  


Sunday, 2 October 2016
Caloundra Music Festival, Kings Beach, QLD
Tickets available from the Caloundra Music Festival

Friday, 7 October 2016
Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Tickets available from Moshtix

Saturday, 8 October 2016
Grand Chancellor Ballroom, Launceston, TAS
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Republic Bar, North Hobart, TAS
Tickets available from Moshtix

Monday, 10 October 2016
Drift Café Bar, Devonport, TAS
Friday, 14 October 2016
Slug N Lettuce, Parafield Gardens, SA
Tickets available from Moshtix

Saturday, 15 October 2016
Concordia Campus, Highgate, SA
Tickets available from Oztix

Sunday, 16 October 2016
Royal Oak, North Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from Moshtix

Thursday, 20 October 2016
Royal Hotel Muswellbrook, Muswellbrook, NSW
Tickets available from the venue | 02 6543 1070
Friday, 21 October 2016
Young Services Club, Young, NSW
Tickets available from the venue | 02 6382 1944
Saturday, 22 October 2016
A Day on the Green
Robert Oatley Vineyards, Mudgee, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketmaster

Friday, 28 October 2016
Inverell RSL Club, Inverell, NSW
Tickets available from Oztix

Saturday, 29 October 2016
A Day on the Green
Petersons Armidale Winery, Armidale, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketmaster

Friday, 4 November 2016
Coogee Diggers Club, Coogee, NSW
Tickets available from Moshtix

Sunday, 6 November 2016
Live at the Foreshore
Camp Shortland, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketbooth

Friday, 11 November 2016,
Mount Pritchard Community Club ‘Mounties’, Mount Pritchard, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue

Saturday, 12 November 2016
Wyong Lakes Festival
Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW
* Free Entry *
Sunday, 13 November 2016
96FM’s Kickstart Summer of Music
Houghton Winery, Middle Swan, WA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
O’Donohues Irish Pub, Emu Plains, NSW
Tickets available from Moshtix

Saturday, 19 November 2016
Broken Hill Rockfest, Broken Hill, NSW
Tickets available now from Rockfest

Friday, 25 November 2016
Gymea Hotel, Gymea, NSW
Tickets available from Moshtix

Saturday, 26 November 2016
River Rockfest Mildura, Mildura, VIC
Tickets available from Rockfest

Friday, 2 December 2016
The Black Swan Hotel – The Perch, Bendigo, VIC
Tickets available from the Venue

Saturday, 3 December 2016
River Rockfest Swan Hill, Swan Hill, VIC
Tickets available from Rockfest

Sunday, 4 December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Tickets available from Oztix

Saturday, 10 December 2016
Club Central, Menai, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue

Saturday, 17 December 2016,
Blue Cattle Dog Hotel, St Clair, NSW
Tickets available from Moshtix

Friday, 23 December 2016
Pure Gold Live
ICC Sydney Theatre, Darling Harbour, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketek

Saturday, 7 January 2017
Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT
Tickets available from Summernats

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Tickets available from Moshtix

Thursday, 26 January 2017
Racehorse Hotel, Booval, QLD
Tickets available from the Venue | 07 3282 1222
Friday, 27 January 2017
Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, QLD
Tickets available from Moshtix

Saturday, 28 January 2017
Parkwood Tavern, Parkwood, QLD
Tickets available from Moshtix

Saturday, 4 February 2017
The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park Rail, NSW
Tickets available from the Venue | 02 4257 1211.
Friday, 10 February 2017
SS&A Club, Albury, NSW
*Free Entry *
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Mulwala Ski Club, Mulwala, NSW
* Free Entry *
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Caves Beachside Resort, Caves Beach, NSW
Tickets available from the venue | (02) 4980 9999                    Twitter: @thirstymerc
Instagram: @thirstymercband
#ThirstyMerc   #ShiftingGears

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Burnie, Wrest Point, Country Club: Johnny Cash The Concert

Marc Mancini
29.09.16 2:16 pm



Following a sold out, one night only performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House in 2016, Daniel Thompson and Stuie French’s Johnny Cash: The Concert goes national once more in 2017 celebrating the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line”.

Released in Australia on February 2nd 2006, Walk The Line earned more than USD$12 million at the Australian box office and more than USD$180 million worldwide. Gaining five Academy Award nominations including a Best Actor nomination for Joaquin Phoenix for his role as the Man in Black and a Best Actress Oscar win for Reese Witherspoon for her role as June Carter, the movie cemented Johnny Cash as an Icon of 20th century popular culture and helped introduce his music to whole new generation of fans.

Since 2009 Johnny Cash: The Concert has been taking Australia by storm with their authentic tribute to the Man in Black, playing over 100 shows to more than 35000 ecstatic fans in that time. They completed their fourth national tour in November 2015, once again garnering rave reviews. After an almost 18 month layoff from touring, 2017 see’s Johnny Cash The Concert refreshed and ready to hit Australian stages with Walk The Line.

Johnny Cash: The Concert stars Australia’s own Man in Black, Daniel Thompson and Australian Country Guitar Legend and Golden Guitar Winner, Stuie French. Supported as always by their engine room, The Tennessee Express, featuring upright Bass player Artie Taylor and Drummer/Guitarist/Vocalist Brad Bergen, the infectious Boom-Chicka-Boom of the Johnny Cash sound will come alive once again when these boys take the stage.

Walk The Line will feature all the Cash songs as performed in the movie and on its multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award winning Soundtrack Album as well as hits and highlights from Johnny Cash’s entire stellar career.

Johnny Cash The Concert also welcomes some of Australian Country Music’s finest female singers, including Golden Guitar Winner Camille Te Nahu, bringing to life some of the great Johnny Cash and June Carter duets.

Don’t miss this celebration of all things Cash in 2017 with
Johnny Cash The Concert – Walk The Line

Friday 3rd March 2017 – Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW / (02) 6962 8444

Saturday 4th March 2017 – Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo, NSW / (02) 6801 4378

Friday 10th March 2017 – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW / (02) 6581 8888

Saturday 11th March 2017 – The Arthouse, Wyong, NSW / (02) 4335 1485

Friday 24th March 2017 – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW / 1300 788 503

Saturday 25th March 2017 – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, NSW / (02) 4224 5999

Thursday 6th April 2017 – Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA / 1300 795 012 /

Friday 7th April 2017 – Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
1300 661 272 /

Saturday 8th April 2017 – The Astor, Perth, WA
1300 111 369 /

Sunday 9th April 2017 – Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA
(08) 9550 3900 /

Friday 21st April 2017 – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC / (03) 5434 6100 - ON SALE OCTOBER 28 2016

Saturday 22nd April 2016 – GPAC Drama Theatre, Geelong, VIC / (03) 5225 1200

Friday 28th April 2017 – Heritage Bank Auditorium, Toowoomba, QLD / 1300 655 299

Saturday 29th April 2017 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD / 136 100

Friday 12th May 2017 – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA / 131 246

Saturday 13th May 2017 – Performing Arts Centre, Mildura, VIC / (03) 5018 8330

Friday 26th May 2017 – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC / (03) 5559 4999

Saturday 27th May 2017 – Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
136 100 /

Thursday 1st June 2017 – Town Hall, Burnie, TAS / (03) 6430 5850

Friday 2nd June 2017 – Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, TAS / 1300 795 257

Saturday3rd June 2017 – Country Club, Launceston, TAS / 1300 795 257

Friday 9th June 2017 – Entertainment Centre, Sutherland, NSW / (02) 9521 8888

Saturday 10th June 2017, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, Springwood, NSW / (02) 4723 5050

Friday 16th June 2017 – The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW / 1300 795 012 / (02) 8075 7111

Saturday 17th June 2017 – The Riverside Theatre, Parramatta NSW / (02) 8839 3399

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Republic: Tiny Little Houses ...

Siobhan Kranz
29.09.16 9:46 am


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Festival seeks to make a difference as it grows

Andrew Ross
28.09.16 1:15 pm


The small town of Queenstown (population 1800) in remote western Tasmania has some poor social, health and wellbeing indicators. Its name is synonymous with a mining-ravaged landscape, a ‘desecration’ that has evoked generations of scorn, particularly from visitors to the adjacent World Heritage wilderness of western Tasmania.

Some years ago, the community identified an arts event as one way to confront these challenges. Over three previous biennial events, the festival (formerly known as the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival) has evolved from this surprising and modest beginning into a significant Tasmanian cultural event that is authentically engaged with its community.

The Festival – reinvented as The Unconformity – is now a mature and permanent presence; its strategic aspirations and artistic policy have evolved in response to the twin tenets of community engagement and contemporary arts practice. The event is also contributing to the region’s tourism appeal; more than 1,500 locals, Tasmanian and interstate visitors attended the 2014 festival, injecting an estimated $530,000 to the regional economy. It has won major state awards for artistic quality, social inclusion and cultural tourism, and according to Festival Director Travis Tiddy, the Festival is ideally placed to further strengthen community cohesion and cultural development.

“We host artists in our town for a number of weeks: they engage with miners-cum-tour operators deep within a mine; they walk the landscape at their own pace; they meet the people. Immersed in our valley, artists build myriad relationships and absorb the spirit of our place to envision and shape their nuanced artistic responses.”

Tiddy, a fifth generation West-coaster, leads and is responsive to formal and informal community engagement and reports to a community-elected Board. Assisted by a newly established Artistic Directorate, he has steered The Unconformity into more challenging artistic territory and curated a high quality, contemporary, site-specific program.

“Queenstown is regional and remote; it can be bound by snow, ringed by bushfires, drenched by rain. It is physically isolated: a landlocked island within an island at the bottom of the world. The drive is beautiful but slow, there is little through traffic. There is nominal cultural infrastructure and many fine civic buildings lie idle.”

“Our Festival transforms the town. The main street becomes a tented Festival hub overflowing with performances, food, people, and street art; dormant buildings, industrial and environmental settings are given new life as venues for great art; locals open their doors to visitors; the Paragon Theatre – an art deco wonder – relives past glories.”

The Festival’s embrace of the town and celebration of its people is proving irresistible; both visitors and locals are enthusiastic audiences; at other times, locals are artists or program way-finders and invigilators. The town’s vitality is made visible in a sensitive and participatory manner, accessible and appreciated by all who gather there.

Most gratifying of all, when surveyed, 80% of local community respondents endorsed the artistic program; it is their Festival, their town, they are primed for more. By design, The Unconformity will be more artistically challenging, but visitors and locals alike are ready!

The Unconformity program and bookings for ticketed events (around 75% of its events are free) are available at

Accommodation in Queenstown is fully booked, but intending visitors are encouraged to stay in Strahan, about a 40 minute drive away, and to consider staying on in the area for a day or two to explore the Western Wilderness. Bookings and information on what to see and where to go is available from the West Coast Visitor Information Centre

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Wallis Bird in Australia ... Finally

Danae Effern
28.09.16 1:06 pm


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Despard, Wed, September 28, 5.30pm: Animalia, a group show ...

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
28.09.16 12:32 pm


You are invited to the opening of

Animalia | A Group Show

Wednesday 28 September 5.30pm
Animals as a theme have inspired artists since millennia; Despard Gallery presents their third themed exhibition with invited artists, who, through their imagery directly relate to Animalia both real and imagined.

This eclectic and vibrant new exhibition includes three important paintings from Anne Hall (b1945) dating from1968 to 1972; Hall was married to John Perceval and is considered by critics to be the last remaining figurative expressionist from the circle of John and Sunday Reed at Heidi.

With ...

Bertie Blackman
Wayne Brookes
Jo Chew
Josh Foley
Anne Hall
Helen Hopcroft
Rodney Pople
Michael Vale
Dale Richards
and others..


Animalia | A Group Show

28 September - 23 October 2016

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Music: Count us in ...

Danae Effern
27.09.16 2:54 pm



Over half a million students from over 2,100 schools

same song, same day, same time.

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The Company of Wolves

Paula Xiberras
27.09.16 7:11 am


I decided on the title ‘Company of Wolves’ for the article regarding my recent chat with Wolfe Brother Tom Wolfe, for two reasons, one, because, like the retelling of the Red Riding Hood Tale in the Angela Carter story Tasmania’s Wolfe Brothers have created their own fairy tale from Tassie to Nashville and also because the Wolfe’s will be keeping some great country company in their forthcoming concert tour.

I caught up with Tom to chat about the upcoming ‘This Crazy Life’ concerts that will include performances in Tasmania. Crazy Life, with its collection of fresh new country artists from three countries, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, hopes to build new country music audiences by demonstrating how country music has evolved in the last decade and welcoming the new artists showcased on this tour.

Tom says the number of artists on the bill makes this tour a mini festival. The concept is a throwback, ironically to the old time country music and the town hall touring of country legends like Slim Dusty.

On the success of The Wolfe Brothers, Tom tells me the life the boys are living now is a dream that they had not imagined coming true when they first started out. Their aim says Tom jokingly, is ‘world domination’ and at the moment they are well on the way, not only successes in Australia but getting an incredible response to their music in the US. Their experience in Nashville and all over America including Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota has been incredible. Indeed, they are living ‘This Crazy Life’. Now, if only they could find that elusive meat pie and lamb roast in the US .

This Crazy Life tour features the Wolfe Brothers in the company of, and featuring Gord Bamford (Canada), Caitlyn Shadbolt, Troy Kemp, Christie Lamb, Craig Heath And Jody Direen (Nz). You can see them

Friday 7 October 2016 | 8pm
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, HOBART TAS
1300 795 257 |

Saturday 8 October 2016 | 8pm
Hotel Tasmania, LAUNCESTON TAS
d1300 795 257 |

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Home Hill, Clarence, L’ton: Virtuosi Tasmania Inc.

Pieter Buining
26.09.16 6:27 pm

Virtuosi Tasmania Inc
fine chamber music for regional Tasmania

Our fourth concert this year, Piano Cello, features Karen Smithies with Ivan James, playing two quintessential pieces for the piano cello repertoire from Brahms and Beethoven and a lovely piece from Cinderella by Prokofiev. The Brahms is dramatic, fiery and passionate; the Beethoven rebellious and innovative; the Prokofiev appealing for its passion.

Karen Smithies piano; Ivan James cello.

Brahms Sonata for Piano and Violoncello in F major, Op 99
Beethoven Cello Sonata in C major, Op 102 No 1
Prokofiev Adagio from Cinderella Op 97 bis

Piano Cello

Venues & Dates
Saturday 8 Oct 11am Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh
Saturday 8 Oct 4pm Clarence Uniting Church, Bellerive
Sunday 9 Oct 2pm Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Launceston

Tickets are available from the TSO Box Office or call 1800 001 190

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Visit for further details.

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Flying the cape for Seb ...

Briony Kidd
26.09.16 12:52 pm


... Argym hosts Superhero Saturday fundraiser

HOBART—The team at Artgym, a boutique gym in Liverpool Street, is raising funds for medical equipment for Sebastian, a 9-year-old boy with non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), a rare, genetic, metabolic disorder caused by a defect in the enzyme system.

They’re holding a 90-minute Superhero Saturday group exercise class this week, 1 October. The class is run by Artgym trainers and open to anyone, at a cost of a $25 (or more) donation.

Gym owner Eilish Kidd came up with the idea after attending Sebastian’s birthday party with her own son, Teddy, a schoolfriend of Seb’s. “All the children were invited to dress up as their own superhero. My son got to be Super Ted.” 

Sandra Cawthorn, Seb’s mother, explains her son’s love of superheros.

“I think the first movie he ever loved was The Incredibles. And we have always seen him, his NKH friends and school friends as superheroes. We have always talked about how everyone has their own special powers and Seb’s is his heart and cuddles.”

“So when we decided to run a fundraiser class superheroes was the perfect theme,” says Eilish Kidd. “We’re all going to dress up, have fun and get sweaty!”

There’s also a serious side to the idea.

“In the fitness industry we put the emphasis on the on the physical but it’s easy to forget some people in the community can’t even dream of being able to walk.”

“Seb can’t walk and he can’t talk either, but meeting him is inspiring. It makes me think about my own kids and how lucky they are to be able to lead such active lives. We’d love to contribute to improving Seb’s quality of life, even in a small way.”

See a previous Mercury article about Sebastian’s family here:

ArtGym’s Superhero Saturday Workout
TIME: 9.00am (90 minutes)
DATE: Saturday 1 October 2016
LOCATION: Artgym, level 1 212 Liverpool Street, Hobart
COST: $25+ (donation)

The session will be led by Artgym head trainer Miskad and personal trainer Priscus Fogagnolo. We’re asking you to dress up – undies on the outside of tights, or something more elaborate! – our plan is to get sweaty and have fun. All funds raised will go to Sebastian’s Go Fund Me campaign.  Seb is an 8-year-old with a severe and rare genetic metabolic condition called Non Ketotic Hyperglycinemia, which effects his brain and causes daily seizures. He is unable to walk, talk or support his own head. Seb loves superheroes. To secure a space in the workout, and to make it easier to pass on the funds raised, could you please go to Sebastian’s Go Fund Me campaign via the link below and donate the ticket price of $25. In the “comments” section please write your name and Superhero Saturday Workout in brackets. First name or initials also fine.

Non-members should arrive a little early on the day to talk to gym staff and sign an exercise waiver.

Facebook event:

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Unleash your inner Shakespeare this Seniors Week

Dianne Sheehan Education & Public Programs Officer
26.09.16 12:45 pm


Unleash your inner scribe during this year’s Seniors Week (10 –16 October), by finishing the sentence “As I Age…” on the large chalkboard located at Devonport Regional Gallery.

This As I Age chalkboard hopes to inspire locals to share their thoughts on getting older. The As I Age wall is a joint project between Devonport Regional Gallery and Feros Care with the intention of igniting thought and conversation about getting older.

“We want the whole community to start talking about ageing, and to break down negative stereotypes, and to prove that life doesn’t stop at 70.” – Dianne Sheehan, Education and Public Programs Officer, Devonport Regional Gallery

Ms Jennene Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Feros Care said this local community project follows on from the overwhelming success of Feros Care’s roadshow last year that saw our over-sized As I Age chalkboard (2 metres high by 10 metres long), appear at various national writers festivals.

“We had overwhelming feedback from people wanting to be part of the As I Age conversation so we decided to partner with local organisations including Devonport Regional Gallery.

“The As I Age wall has been one of the biggest and most provocative community campaigns Feros has ever done. We work hard to constantly challenge the perceptions and stereotypes of ageing.” – Ms Jennene Buckley, CEO Feros Care

“The As I Age installation in Devonport is impossible to ignore, as is ageing! What better time than Seniors Week to celebrate ageing and to talk about peoples aspirations and dreams as they get older. We are pleased to be working with Feros Care on this important community initiative to get our local community thinking and talking about what ageing means to them, and what their aspirations are for seniors.

“I urge everyone to help get the conversation started, get involved, have some fun, and chalk their comments on the Wall, which is located at the Devonport Regional Gallery” – Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer, Devonport Regional Gallery

Some of the comments people wrote last year include:
• …I will look in the mirror at my lines and be grateful for everyone of them
• …I want to let go of my fears and inhibitions, and live the life of my dreams
• …I do not giggle with a full bladder

The As I Age wall is part of Devonport’s Seniors Week program of events, available on the Devonport City Council website here:

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Devonport Regional Gallery: 3D PRINTING COMES TO DEVONPORT

Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer
26.09.16 12:36 pm

Pic: Vincent Buret

Devonport Regional Gallery and 3D printing education provider Modfab have partnered to deliver a range of 3D printing workshops to students and teachers in October, coinciding with the Australian Design Centre touring exhibition, Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future.

Shapeshifters opens at Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 30 September, 6 pm and features the 3D printed work of Australian visual artists and design practitioners, including Ryan Pennings, Louis Pratt and Michael Eden.

Modfab’s 3 hour workshops and full day immersion course are on offer to students across the north and north west of Tasmania between 18 – 20 October, along with a one day professional learning workshop for Tasmanian teachers on Friday 21 October. All workshops explore the 3D printing design cycle, with participants creating their own 3D printed object.

Expressions of interest are now open to primary and secondary schools who wish to take up the opportunity to host Modfab on Tuesday 18 October for the 3D Printing Immersion day for 20 students and one teacher. The full day workshop explores the 3D printing design cycle with students creating an original product and seeing them brought to life.

“3D printing and design provides a great opportunity for schools to unleash the tremendous potential of their students to become the artists, engineers and designers of the future.” – Heike Roberts, Director of Education Projects, Modfab

Modfab’s one day professional learning workshop at Devonport Regional Gallery is open to teachers across the state who wish to develop hand-on skills in 3D printing and basic computer-aided design (CAD) software. The course is designed to get teachers up to speed with this exciting new technology, and provides teachers with the confidence to operate, maintain and troubleshoot a generic 3D printer.

Shapeshifters is on display at Devonport Regional Gallery from 1 October to 13 November.

Full Day Immersion
When: Tuesday 18 October, 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $30 per student
Who: Available for 20 students and one teacher (one school only)
Where: at participating school
For more information, requirements and to register your school’s interest contact:
Devonport Regional Gallery
P 6424 8296 E .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

3D Print: Pencil Topper     3D Print: Key tag or Maze
When: Wednesday 19 October, 9 am – 12 pm When: Wednesday 19 October, 12.30 – 3.30 pm
Who: Students in grades 1 – 3   Who: Students in grades 7 – 9
Cost: $35 per student     Cost: $30 per student
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery   Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
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3D Print: Key tag or Maze   3D Print: Minecraft Character or Object
When: Thursday 20 October, 9 am – 12 pm   When: Thursday 20 October, 12.30 – 3.30 pm
Who: Students in grades 3 – 6   Who: Students in grades 5 – 7
Cost: $30 per student     Cost: $30 per student
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery   Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
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Professional Learning: 3D Printing and Basic CAD
When: Friday 21 October, 9 am – 4.30 pm
Who: teachers (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
Cost: $350 per teacher
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
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New dance festival has a message for audiences ...

Briony Kidd, Communications and Marketing Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart TAS 7004, Australia
26.09.16 9:15 am



A new dance festival called Salamanca Moves takes place from 20 September until 1 October in Hobart, Tasmania.

Festival events are happening around the Salamanca precinct, Moonah Arts Centre and surprise pop-up venues over 11 days. The biennial festival is produced by Salamanca Arts Centre.

Embracing dancers and audiences of all ages and all abilities, Salamanca Moves is both a showcase for some of the country’s most acclaimed performers and a community festival offering opportunities to view, create, perform, experiment.

“Salamanca Moves celebrates dance as an art form but also its ability to bring people together,” says Festival curator Kelly Drummond Cawthon.  “It’s designed to be inclusive and accessible to all.

“Contemporary dance really is suitable for any body and every body. It’s an expression of who we are and what moves us. That’s the philosophy that underpins the whole festival.”

Salamanca Moves delivers an ambitious and extensive program of free and ticketed dance performances, including the creation of new works and critically acclaimed productions. Dancers of all levels are invited to experiment, and get physical through a series of development dance workshops and performance opportunities led by national and international contemporary dance makers.

The 2016 Movers in Residence include: Cari Ann Shim Sham (USA), Liesel Zink (QLD), Lz
Dunn (VIC), Melinda Smith + Dianne Reid (VIC), Neta Pulvermacher (Israel), Philip Channells (NSW),Sannamaria Kuula (Finland), Ana Degues (Portugal), Liz Aggiss (UK), Julie-Anne Long (NSW), James Batchelor (ACT), Ina Sladic (Croatia)

The festival dance companies include: Dancenorth (from Queensland), and Drill Performance, [in]visible Practice, MADE, Tasdance, Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company, Second Echo Ensemble and Stompin (all from Tasmania).

The festival patron is multi award-winning Melbourne based Tasmanian choreographer, dancer and director Stephanie Lake. In 2014 Stephanie was awarded both the Helpmann Award (A Small Prometheus) and Australian Dance Award (AORTA) for Outstanding Choreography. She also won the Green Room Award for Mix Tape in 2011. Stephanie was awarded a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2013 and the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in 2012. She has been commissioned by Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Tasdance, Dancenorth among others and her works have toured to France, Germany, Denmark, the UK and Singapore and across Australia.

Funding Partners: Festivals Australia, Tasmanian Regional Arts, City of Hobart and Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government.

The full program is available here in PDF form: 

Bookings can also be made via Centertainment or via the free events app What’s On In, available for iPhone or Android.

Salamanca Moves trailer (30 seconds):

Join the conversation using hashtag #salamancamoves across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Mature Moves: A three-day event celebrating mature dance, and challenging the conventions of aging through dance. Includes a program of performances featuring national and international artists, and workshops and panel conversations led by industry leaders. A Tasmania Performs initiative.
Aeon:  From the creative team of Lz Dunn, Lawrence English, Shian Law & Lara Thoms. A participatory sound and movement performance informed by bird flocking and the field of queer ecology. Aeon invites us to refocus our senses and manoeuvre through urban parks, public space, exterior and interior worlds. It is a listening movement – a negotiation of co-navigation through the ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’. Produced by Performing Lines and supported by Mobile States, Aon premiered att Arts House in Melbourne in 2015 and this year was part of the World Theatre Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse and Vitalstatistix’s Adhocracy in September.

Rite of Spring: A creative reimagining of a classic. Members of Second Echo Ensemble embark on their boldest project yet – an original devised performance based on Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  Through dance, physical theatre and immersive design, they journey deep into the promise of spring. Interiors are revealed; the wishful linings of pockets, secrets stained on petticoats, histories and landscapes tattooed on the hearts. Rite of Spring will be a grand procession with audience and performers travelling together. Co-presented by Tasmanian Theatre Company.

MOV-ies: A celebration of work between the body and the camera. Curated by Cari Ann Shim Sham from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, the program will feature a series of short and feature films with movement as a strong component, presented in interactive and creative screenings.

Re-Works:  Too often contemporary dance work is created, premiered and never seen again. How can we created new classics if work is not given a chance to really find itself and grow an audience? This strand provides an opportunity for works be re-created, re-presented, re-lived and shared with new audiences. Featuring outstanding Tasmanian choreographers Glen Murray of [in]visible practice and Wendy Morrow; local legend Neil Cameron and Movers in Residence Julie-Anne Long and Neta Pulvermacher.

Relax The Chimp: is a large-scale interactive dance event aimed to ‘trigger the dance in us all’. Presented by Tasdance in collaboration with Salamanca Arts Centre and Junction Arts Festival.


Get Your Dance On: A series of short workshops focusing on learning and making dance. Run by the Movers in Residence, and opened to movers and shakers of all ages and experiences who are ready to try out a few moves and have fun.

Creative intensives: The Festival’s extended workshop series, run over 2-5 days and offer dancers the opportunity to work with leading national and international dance makers including Lz Dunn, Philip Channells, Ana Degues and James Batchelor. Most workshops include preparation for a public performance at the conclusion of the course.

Dance Pathways Program: An opportunity for emerging choreographers from local high school and colleges to share their work and receive feedback from nationally and internationally acclaimed movers and dance teachers.

BYO-V(enue): A series designed to teach movers how to create dance in un-excepted places and to inspire local community groups to create and present their own space activations. The outcome is an interactive and public presentation of pop-up performances within the Salamanca Precinct.

In The Making: Dancers, dance makers community groups, and interdisciplinary performance makers will share their thoughts, experiments, ideas in motions, and creative blockages in a series of performances and conversations that explore how they make work, what works and what doesn’t.

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All Saints, South Hobart, 8pm Sat Nov 5: Allegri Ensemble

Caroline, Allegri Ensemble
26.09.16 8:32 am



Allegri Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Bainbridge, is pleased to present a concert of fine choral music celebrating Saints and Angels on Saturday 5th November at 8 pm. Featuring music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, this concert is a fundraiser for the restoration of historic All Saints’ Church, 339 Macquarie Street, South Hobart. The performance will conclude with a champagne supper in the church hall. 

The program of heavenly choral music, mostly a capella and some works with organ, includes Gabrieli “Angeli Archangeli”, Bullock “Give us the wings of faith”, Philips “Gaudent in coelis”, Dering “Factum est silentium”, Nares “The souls of the righteous”, Victoria “O quam gloriosum”, Stanford “Justorum animae”, Parry “My soul, there is a country”, Glinka “Cherubic hymn”, Wood “‘Twas in the year that King Uzziah died”, Bairstow “Let all mortal flesh keep silence”, Howells “A hymn for St Cecilia” and Vaughan Williams “Te Deum in G”.

All tickets are $50 (including champagne supper) available from or door sales from 7:30 pm. For more information please visit our website at

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Hobart Bookshop: Municipal Magnificance, The Hobart Town Hall, 1866 - 2016

Hobart Bookshop
25.09.16 3:52 pm


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Runnymede Antique & Art Fair: Oct 13 - 16

Robert Thompson
25.09.16 5:33 am


The RUNNYMEDE Antique & Art Fair is a fund raising event to support the National Trust, now in its 5th year.

Every cent of door takings goes to the National Trust. Last year it made $12,000.

The event centres on removing National Trust Collections from Runnymede, at 61 Bay Rd, New Town.

Then, 12 best antiques & art dealers in Tasmania style up the rooms. Contemporary art and a decorator bring the look together.

All items are guaranteed genuine.

The event is beautifully catered, has excellent off street car parking & access.

There is an opening night that is $10, all welcome, including terrific Tasmanian food & wine.

It is a lovely day out for home makers & collectors.

Come along.

6-8pm Thursday 13th October
10-5 Friday & Saturday
10-4 Sunday 16th October 2016.
Entry: $10.

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Experience national parks through art

Matthew Groom, Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
23.09.16 2:48 pm

Launched today, Arts in Parks is a project that celebrates the two decade long partnership between the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Arts Tasmania to deliver the wilderness residency program for artists.

The program provided an opportunity for artists to live, work and be inspired by Tasmania’s natural beauty and stunning wilderness locations.

Minister for Parks, Matthew Groom said it was particularly relevant this year as we also celebrate 100 years since the State’s first, and most loved parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, were reserved.

“This program highlights that our parks and reserves not only contribute to the State’s economy, society, environment and overall identity, they are also places of inspiration, providing an environment where there is time for reflection and for creativity,” Mr Groom said.

Minister for the Arts, Vanessa Goodwin said the success of the program could be seen in four art exhibitions called Arts in Parks that are located in parks around the state.

“Arts in Parks will return artwork created during the residency program back to its place of inspiration and provide visitors to the parks with an opportunity to view an artist’s interpretation of the natural environment,” Ms Goodwin said.

“Free entry to National parks during the Sept/October school holidays will provide an added incentive for Tasmanians to experience these impressive installations,” Mr Groom added. 

The four exhibitions can be viewed until March 2017 at: Bruny Island Lighthouse Museum, Trailside Museum Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair Visitors Centre and the chapel on Maria Island.

Or view the artworks at an online exhibition on

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Moonah Arts Centre: Australian Guitar Trio

Michael McLaughlin Cultural Programs Officer Moonah Arts Centre
23.09.16 2:19 pm

Australian Guitar Trio ... Gareth Hoch, David Malone and Oliver Marshall

Friday Nights Live, the Moonah Arts Centre’s regular live music series continues with The Australian Guitar Trio playing September 30 from 6pm.

Keeping pace with the guitar’s renegade journey across music history, the Australian Guitar Trio draws inspiration from medieval music to post-modern psychedelia with every imaginable influence in between.

This feature has defined the group from the outset, an original sound and aesthetic that comes with a fluid movement across genres, the use of chiming, open strings on the guitars, and an element of mystery and ambiguity within the music that no-one can quite put a finger on.

Sparkling effervescent textures and blending of contemporary influences with classical foundations create the unique sonic identity of the Australian Guitar Trio. (The Australian)

Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 23 Albert Road, Moonah.

When: Friday 30th September. 6:00pm to 7:30pm

$5 cover charge. Drinks at Bar Prices.

MAC is a program of Glenorchy City Council

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Upcoming workshops and events ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
23.09.16 7:30 am


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Jane Rutter - French Honour for Australia’s Flute Queen ...

Caroline McDowall, TheCultureconcept Circle
21.09.16 12:09 pm


A national living treasure, Australian Jane Rutter, a flautist of the very finest kind, has recently been honoured by the French, being awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. His Excellency Mr Christophe LeCourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, will officially decorate Jane at a celebratory cocktail hour concert in Sydney.

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Emerging Artists Represent Hobart at National Arts Festival

Lucy Parakhina
21.09.16 9:51 am

Image from the series Mollie, age 5, Dexter Rosengrave

In association with Crack Theatre Festival/ This Is Not Art presents ...

Things Might Have Changed

Emerging Artists Represent Hobart at National Arts Festival ...

Local arts organisation Constance ARI will send two artists to represent Hobart
at a national arts festival later this month. Emerging artists Dexter Rosengrave
and Elissa Ritson will present their work in an exhibition titled Things Might
Have Changed at the Crack Theatre Festival, as part of This Is Not Art, a
cultural event held each year in Newcastle, New South Wales.

The festival allows Australian artists to develop their careers with discussion,
networking, skills development and performance opportunities. It is the first
time both artists have exhibited their work in a national context.

“My work is a performance without a performer present. Instead I use
recordings of uncanny narratives, and use my voice to mimic the intimacy of live
performance. This is the first time I’ve presented work in a festival context, so it’s
both exciting and challenging. I’m trying something that I haven’t tried before,”
says artist Elissa Ritson.

The two artists were selected by Constance ARI board member and emerging
curator Lucy Parakhina.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase local artists and ensure that Constance
ARI maintains a dialogue with the wider national independent arts community.

Rosengrave and Ritson have really engaging practices that sit well within the
experimental nature of Crack and This Is Not Art as a whole,” says Parakhina.

Dexter Rosengrave  is a Hobart-based artist who works primarily in
photography. Her work attempts to highlight experiences and perspectives that
are often disregarded or hidden. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine
Arts at the University of Tasmania. Dexter’s work, ‘Mollie, age 5‘, is an installation
consisting of 30 days of 35mm film shot by a five-year-old girl and is
accompanied by a video interview.

Elissa Ritson is an emerging Hobart artist exploring the fluidity of self and
dynamics of social exchange. Her work, Cut Today, Sold Today, considers sensory
experience in the embodied present.

Constance ARI provides a fluid platform to support emerging contemporary
artists, collectives, and curators. As a siteless model, Constance activates nontraditional
spaces and fosters works that are site-responsive, experimental and

For more information about Constance ARI, visit:

For more information about the Crack Theatre Festival and This Is Not Art, visit:

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Theatre Royal, Sept 22-24: Circus Oz ...

21.09.16 5:31 am


I recently spoke to Circus OZ’s Matt Wilson. One of Matt’s specialties at Circus OZ was being fired out of a cannon. He doesn’t do that anymore because he believes he has had his daredevil days and pushed his luck enough with that particular activity.

As Matt tells me he prefers to put his trust in fellow humans rather than a mechanism! However, he still propels himself into our conversation with sheer exuberance.

Matt loves visiting Tasmania where he can get away from the ‘crazy hustle and bustle of the mainland’. He enjoys Launceston because it is a city without being completely centred on business and Matt is also keen in exploring Tassie’s wilderness.

Matt says he gets the sense of Tassie being on the edge of the world with the next stop Antarctica with its geographical opposite being a fjord in Norway!

Experiencing the world is something Matt is used to with the wide expanses the circus travels. He recalls to me a performance on 42nd street in Broadway followed by a performance in an Aboriginal community in the Kimberleys. The circus speaks all languages and crosses all age groups and unlike conventional theatre, rarely requires text.

It does however require circus performers. These performers are usually skilled in a number of areas, for example they might be experts in hula hoops but then also have the skills to take part in group work on the flying trapeze and of course being able to play an instrument adds to their accomplishments. People wishing to join the circus are able to learn while on the job or they can study a course at NICA the National Institute for Circus Arts.

In the latest production ‘Twenty Sixteen’ there is no theme, instead concentrating on the circus arts themselves. Matt says that the women performers are inspiring and beautiful and no words are needed to preach their excellence, it is just made manifest in their performance. 

Circus OZ as well as having provided entertainment to Australia and the world for over 35 years also strives to help the community develop their relationships and teamwork, providing sessions,  for office managers to make their team work more efficient through teaching trust on the trapeze and an opportunity for school children to gain confidence by successfully completing circus tasks. By attempting and achieving these skills children who may not have thought themselves good at anything can develop confidence to help them achieve in most areas of their lives. 

Although physical acrobatics are an essential component of a circus performer   Matt says the circus ‘has a place for everybody’ and ‘welcomes the diverse and the weird and everyone in between’.                                 

You can see Circus OZ Twenty Sixteen at the Theatre Royal on the following dates and times:
Thu 22 Sep 2016 7:30pm
Fri 23 Sep 2016 7:30pm
Sat 24 Sep 2016 1:30pm
Sat 24 Sep 2016 7:30pm

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St David’s Cathedral: Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen: Death’s dateless night ...

20.09.16 11:42 am



Along with a series of performances in churches and cathedrals


“Now can I drown an eye unused to flow
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night”
Sonnet 30 – William Shakespeare

Charlie and I had talked over the years about making a record together but had never got around to it. Driving to a friend’s funeral last year and discussing the songs we’d played at other such occasions, separately and together, finally gave us our frame. Songs mostly written by others – Cole Porter, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Lennon/McCartney - and some traditional.

We enlisted J Walker with whom I’d worked with previously on ‘Spring and Fall’ to engineer and co-produce the recording, taking over Charlie’s house at Arthurs Seat for a week at the end of February. We kept the sound live and sparse, just the two of us, except for the occasional vocal by family members - my sister Mary Jo and my daughters Maddy and Memphis.

I stuck to singing and playing acoustic guitar. Charlie was the swing man, playing dobro, lap steel, electric guitar, synthesizer and piano.  I managed to talk him into singing some harmonies too.

It’s interesting to look at the kinds of songs people request at funerals. They’re not always sad, of course.  They tend towards the philosophical, wide and deep in scope.

Paul Kelly, Aug 24, 2016

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen will perform ‘Death’s Dateless Night’, their unique album of funeral songs, under the HEAVENLY SOUNDS banner with intimate performances in churches and cathedrals around the country in November and December this year.

The album ‘Death’s Dateless Night’ is available on Friday October 7th on Gawd Aggie Recordings via Universal Music.


Heavenly Sounds Tour Dates:

With Special Guests Sweet Jean*
* (not appearing in Adelaide)
Tickets pre-sale on Wednesday 21 September and general public on-sale on Thursday 22 September via and         
Ticket Price: $75.00 + bf
More information on the tour can be found at or

Times: Doors 6:30pm // Sweet Jean 7:30pm // Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen 8:30pm

Friday November 18         St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Tuesday November 22       St David’s Cathedral, Hobart TAS
Wednesday November 23     St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday November 30     St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Saturday December 3         Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide SA
Friday December 9           St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane QLD

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Bett Gallery: Imants Tiller, The Poet’s Surrender

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
19.09.16 2:10 pm





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Assembly of Creative Reuse / 24 Sept - 2 Oct ...

Resource Work Cooperative Society Ltd
19.09.16 2:02 pm


Assembly of Creative Reuse / 24 Sept - 2 Oct ...

a Festival of Sustainable Art Making

Nurturing & celebrating creativity and resourcefulness in the community of Hobart.

The Assembly of Creative Reuse addresses the need for everyone -  artists, creative people, and the general community - to think critically and careful about our use of resources, and offers pathways to reuse and waste reduction that are creative, inspiring, empowering- and fun!

We believe in the inherent creativity of all community members, and advocate working with recycled and discarded materials as a non-threatening and accessible enabler of creative expression.

The Assembly of Creative Reuse has an activity for everyone and everyone is welcome, from novice creatives to practicing artists.

We hope you enjoy the Assembly!

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Despard Gallery, TONIGHT: Graham Lang | A Fulcrum of infinities. LAST WEEK

19.09.16 5:18 am


You are invited to the opening of

Graham Lang | A Fulcrum of infinities

Wednesday 31 August 5.30pm
“The title of this exhibition alludes to a perplexing conundrum: that there exists in every living thing an internal physical infinity as endless as that existing externally. This idea grew some years ago after a near-fatal illness and seems to have been the underlying force behind a second theme that attempts (particularly in the Lazarus works and the landscapes) to evoke the precarious limbo between existence and extinction. It’s also a good way of saying that with art the possibilities are endless.” Graham Lang, July 2016
Join the artist and friends for a celebratory drink!


For the full exhibition catalogue, please contact the gallery at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Graham Lang | A Fulcrum of Infinities
31 August - 25 September 2016

Despard here:

Despard Gallery
Level One
15 Castray Esplanade
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2016 RACT Insurance Portraiture Prize winner announced

16.09.16 6:02 pm

Caleb Clifford

Hamish Hall

Grandmum by Jasmin Ellis

Portrait of the Artist Grace Herbert by Liam James

The winner of the 2016 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) has been revealed, with an intimate photograph depicting the relationship between twin brothers taking out the top award.

RACT Insurance TPP judges Alasdair Doyle, Carla Fletcher and Yvette Watt crowned Caleb Clifford of South Launceston the winner for his piece, Once more the old mysterious glimmer steals.

RACT Insurance TPP judge, Melbourne based artist Carla Fletcher said she was amazed by the sophistication of 18 year-old, Caleb Clifford’s piece.

“The subject was clearly well resolved with beautiful, intimate insight and we felt it resonated as the clear winner,” Ms Fletcher said.

The runner up award went to Hamish Hall of North Hobart for his piece entitled Me with ‘stache’.

Each year entrants are invited to create a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them together with a statement explaining the meaning behind their work.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said the high calibre of work from around the state was something to behold.

“On behalf of RACT Insurance I would like to say how proud the organisation is to again be associated with the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize and its contribution to art and creativity in the state,” Mr Sayers said.

“As the only Tasmanian based insurance company, RACT Insurance feel privileged to support activities such as the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize and would like to acknowledge all the artists who entered this year.

“As the major sponsor of the competition, RACT Insurance also has the honour of announcing this year’s Sponsors Choice winner, Jasmin Ellis, for her outstanding pencil drawing, Grandmum.”

The Packer’s Prize, chosen by the team organising the TPP, was awarded to Liam James for his striking photograph, Portrait of the Artist Grace Herbert.

RACT Insurance encourages all Tasmanians to come along and support the state’s emerging artists at the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize exhibition at the Long Gallery in Hobart from 17 September – 1
October, the Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston from 8 October – 23 October, and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery from 29 October – 9 December 2016.

The competition, now in its ninth year, was established to foster the development of emerging Tasmanian artists and provide an opportunity for the public to appreciate their talents.

The winner of the 2016 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, Caleb Clifford will receive $5000 in prize money as well as a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, while runner up Hamish Hall will receive $2000 to assist with studio rent.

Winners of the Sponsor’s Prize and Packers Prize will receive $500 towards their future artistic endeavours.


WINNER – Caleb Clifford

Once more the old mysterious glimmer steals

When asked to describe the relationship I have to my twin brother, I can’t convey what I feel. He does not feel like a brother in the conventional sense, less so a friend either. It would be more accurate to say that he is some other form of me, a second body, or a reflection of a different avenue of what I could’ve been. Sometimes I find it difficult to believe he is real, instead of some illusion I’ve conjured. If he were to vanish, I would feel a deep incompleteness, as I would’ve lost half of what I am. My functionality is dependent upon the safety of two bodies; his and my own. It’s a terribly vulnerable sensation.
I have chosen to depict him as such, in this ambiguous exposure, through photography. The shoots I’ve done with him have been intimate and at times, uncomfortable. Sometimes, when I catch him in certain lights, I still can’t help but thinks he’s not actually there, and expect the light to rearrange itself into an absence of where he was standing.
The title is taken from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Tithonus.

RUNNER UP – Hamish Hall

Me with ‘stache’

The beauty of doing a self-portrait is you can paint yourself however the fuck you want. A smidge off the beak, a slightly sharper jaw line and why not chuck on a sweet ‘stache and uniform?
I guess this could be a projection of myself and the ‘man’ I’d like to be. Power, status and facial hair are part of the struggle of the modern man. And it’s a battle. It’s tough being a youngish white guy trying to make his way in the world today, right?
But in reality, it’s probably just me in a rude ‘stache.



I am 14 years old and have been drawing all my life. I particularly like drawing portraits of people and animals using coloured pencils. This is a portrait of my beautiful great grandmother, who is someone I look up to and aspire to be like when I am older. She is a very cheerful and positive person who is always welcoming and interested in the lives of her family. This drawing shows her wonderful smile, which is always warm and bright. I chose to use orange in the background represent the happiness I feel when I am with her.


Portrait of the Artist Grace Herbert

I organised to shoot Grace Herbert, successful early-career artist and arts organiser. I planned to construct an image that showed how photography “turns people into objects” (Susan Sontag in On Photography, 1977). Attempting to turn Grace into a sculpture; similar to one she had recently made.

I also wanted to apply the frameworks of her practice onto my photographic methodologies. Blending our styles and further pushing the notion that the portrait is of both sitter and artist.

I was nervous to shoot Grace. She arrived tired and crestfallen. I also think she felt the proposed image was pigeonholing her and simplifying her practice. It was one of the most difficult shoots I have ever done, I felt impotent. Afterwards I became dejected that nothing had come out, and worse that I had further upset Grace.

The next day I returned to the studio, I found the shirt I had gotten as costume laying on the floor, I draped the remnants of failure against the backdrop. Here I found what I was looking for. It wasn’t didactic or directly representational like images taken the night before; instead a non-figurative portrait created a weighty, sincere and open-ended poetic portrayal of Grace.

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