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Renowned Australian artist Matthew Harding is the successful artist selected for Maribyrnong City Council’s latest $170,000 Public Art Commission. He will install his public art piece ‘Pipe Dreams’ at Thompson Reserve, the entrance to Pipemakers Park in Maribyrnong. Matthew Harding’s concept was inspired by the industrial heritage of the site. It also references the energy and flow of the iconic Maribyrnong River and symbolises hopes and aspirations of the local community.
This book presents a range of case studies of arts and cultural leadership across a large number of Asian countries. Besides examining different cultural frameworks and contexts, the book considers different cultural approaches to leadership, discusses external challenges and entrepreneurialism, and explores how politics can have a profound impact. Throughout, the book covers different art forms, and different sorts of arts and cultural organizations.
Wind & Sky Productions is pleased to announce that ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ went live on Culture Victoria on the 27 May, to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. The project explores how 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people on the rivers of remote colonial Victoria. This film and multimedia project includes artwork from the regional collections of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Ballarat Gold Museum, as well as photographs, artwork and maps from the collections of the State Library of Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria and Museum Victoria. While it is very much a story of Central and Western Victoria the content covers the river systems of Victoria from the Murray to the coast.
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by Liam Miller, 27 March 2015
Is there a distinction between art and vandalism? This is the question that always seems to rise up when graffiti becomes a topic of conversation, as it has after Lynch’s outburst. This is, however, not just important for those of us who want to know the answers to obscure questions such as, “what is art?” It affects everyone.
A review of the Arts Central project was undertaken in Making Arts Central in a Regional Australian Community, recently published in the Global Compact Cities Programme’s latest ‘Cities for the Future’. In the article Cynthia Lam, a Research Officer from RMIT University explores how the Central Goldfields Shire is trailing a new approach to economic and social revitalisation, by encouraging organisations across all sectors to embrace the arts.
This report explores ways the local councils in Victoria are contributing to reconciliation in their communities by using the arts as a vehicle. It focusses on the policies that underpin Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander arts activities of 79 councils, and finds that local governments play an increasingly important reconciliation role. The policies of six councils, representing a wide diversity in location, size and resources, are examined in detail. As a result of her analysis, Emma Asscher recommends that the term ‘reconciliation’ and the actions councils take to achieve it need to be articulated and understood clearly, to determine whether long term reconciliation goals have been reached. Further, her study demonstrates that councils need not have access to substantial resources to develop effective Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art policies. Untapped opportunities exist for councils to partner with other councils to deliver cost effective, ambitious and far reaching Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander arts initiatives.
This research sought to create an evidence base for the creative case for inclusive arts practice to support greater recognition for artists with disability by transforming and extending notions of what art is, who makes it and how it is made.
The much-anticipated annual Indigenous issue is now available. Topics explore the forging of new relationships across the globe in a transnational exchange of ideas, histories and shared concerns to do with the environment, colonialism and the place of indigenous peoples in the framing of world culture.
New film collection: Three film resources released to further support the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander women and men in local government
Your community, Country and council –Aboriginal women run for election – VLGA Youtube and DVDs available in 10 minute and 20 minute versions available on Youtube.
My Vote, your vote our vote – VEC film to encourage voter registration
Our Vote Counts – stories of Aboriginal Women’s Voting Experience – Womens’ Health Goulburn North East
Rose Turtle Ertler is a musician/sound artist currently working on several community inspired projects in Regional Victoria. One such project includes ‘Rebel Elders’, where Rose worked with nine elderly Ballarat residents on a movement based performance which was accompanied by a recorded soundtrack of their own stories of rebellion and music composed by local musicians. One aim of the project was to disprove ideas revealed in the Human Rights Commission (2013) about the negative image of elderly people in media who are often portrayed as dull, sick, grumpy and boring.
Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts is a new report which provides evidence as a catalyst for informed discussion about arts and culture in Australia. It will be an evolving report which fills a critical gap by creating and interpreting a set of national indicators to increase our understanding of the Australian arts industry.This first report delivers a selected set of initial indicators that enrich the existing evidence base for the arts. It builds on key data collections and research undertaken by over 100 arts and research organisations across Australia. Eight leaders from across the arts sector shared their personal experiences and insights for Talking Points articles on the topics of Diversity and International.The report also includes analysis on the arts and subjective wellbeing to measure the impact of the arts on personal satisfaction levels and more broadly on society.
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