A new play about old ways by Don Reid
It’s July 1945, the last weeks of the war, but they don’t know it. They just hope it will be all over soon, the Yanks will go home and all their probable futures will be made possible. They’re three young Navy boys on leave and the woman who will change all their lives.
But right now there’s the high life to live before they call time in the main bar of Young and Jackson’s, that iconic Melbourne pub, where they will climb the stairs to Room 24, sip a black market sherry and begin a story that will take half a century to complete…
Wayne Harrison directs the world premiere of this tender, mischievous prequel to Don Reid’s award-winning comedy Codgers.
Charlie Cousins, Sam Duncan, Jacob Machin, Gabrielle Scawthorn
Dann Barber & Michael Hili
Presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program’s Project Series 2015
Image: Chloe’s costume by Michael Hili, design & artwork by Miranda Costa.
David Hirst’s practice explores the emotional events that he has experienced during his travels through life and as a research scientist. Hirst seeks to explore the parallels between both fields, ultimately striving to capture emotion and memory so that the experience can be shared with others, and to present an observation for contemplation.
Image credit: Nevada (2014), oil on canvas
Secrets and Shadows
Mel Kerr’s practice examines the way in which childhood impacts on our adult life, and how the restrictions in the childhood domestic environment play significant roles in our adult subconscious. The metaphorical cages that we hold onto as a child often become real, tangible cages. In her current body of work, Kerr uses an archetypal symbol of the bird cage, directly representing the artist’s own childhood differences; the shadow the desire to be free of the restrictive cage.
Image credit: Long shadows of things left unsaid (2014), ink, guache and coloured pencil, 625mm x 505mm
In this collection of drawings and works on paper, Chris Humphries transports us to central Victoria, inspired by a seven year period spent living on the urban rural fringe of North West Melbourne with his family.
Humphries’ interpretation of the landscape around Tooborac, Lancefield, Pyalong, Nulla Vale and Heathcote South is neither photographic nor accurate documentation- more an emotive response to his dramatic surroundings, shrouded in a tension emerging from the many personal challenges that the artist faced living in this area.
“The rock formations… seem to perform, balanced in frozen moments and grouped in ways that compliment and contrast with other clusters of rock… On occasion they can appear to be other-worldly.” – Chris Humphries, 2014.
Check out Chris Humphries‘ Regional Arts Victoria member profile HERE.
Image: The Cluster (2014), Ink and Pencil on Paper.
Richard Besley is a Melbourne based painter who has won acclaim for his contemplative colourist improvisations over the past 15 years. His delicate and ethereal compositions reveal a preoccupation with surfaces, layers and light.
Recent Painting features large scale works on canvas developed from an ongoing body of work in which abstract compositions are derived from natural forms and patterns. Rich surfaces are built through paring back layers of texture and glaze.
Suffused with intense colour, the work is suspended somewhere between the metaphysical and material.
Image: Painting #14 (2013), oil on linen, 1760 x 1340mm.
Program Two: Conflict & Identity
SHORTS@45 is a new series of readings by authors and actors held every two months, celebrating the best short story writing at home and overseas.
Program two contributors include:
Maxine Beneba Clarke
SHORTS@45 is curated by Dina Ross, and presented in association with Reader’s Feast Bookstore and the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.
PLEASE NOTE: level access may not be available for this event. If you require level access, please contact us on 03 9662 9966 to discuss.
Images: graphic design by Miranda Costa.
Saray Iluminado perform Sevdah, the traditional songs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sephardic Jewish Romances from the Balkans. Its repertoire celebrates the ancient Balkan cities where a multitude of cultures coexisted and thrived in cosmopolitan artistic environments. This repertoire includes songs that speak of the universal themes of love, grief, of various societal changes or of the unique Sephardic Jewish life in the cities such as Sarajevo, Mostar and others.
Saray Iluminado includes: Nela Trifkovic, a Bosnian-Australian composer and singer, Australia’s leading Klezmer and Sephardic musician Ernie Gruner, and multi-instrumentalists William Thompson and Kelly Dowall, who share passion for Balkan, Turkish and Mediterranean music.
Image: Saray Iluminado. Photo by Alta Truden.