ICYMI: The week's top news in the arts

Ring Cycle postponed, Blak design celebrated, WA Museum sets open date, major acquisitions for QAGOMA and AGSA, TSO cancels season, while Adelaide Baroque heads back to the stage, plus more arts news and opportunities.
ICYMI: The week's top news in the arts Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, 2020, at Carriageworks. Image Mark Pokorny.

Visual Arts Writer

Friday 31 July, 2020

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Here are this week’s top COVID-19 stories:

Palaszczuk Govt backs new funding opportunities for Indigenous artists

The Queensland Government will deliver additional funding under the Backing Indigenous Arts initiative (BIA) as part of its plan for economic recovery. Funding will be delivered by two new opportunities including the First Nations Commissioning Fund and the Indigenous Art Centres Launch Fund, as part of the State Government’s $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package.

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Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said, 'These new programs will help create improved employment outcomes in First Nations communities, while also working to strengthen cultural identity and expanding opportunities for Queenslanders to experience work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.’

A new online marketplace and shopfronts in Brisbane and Cairns will also be procured by the Palaszczuk Government later in 2020, to support year-round sales of Queensland First Nations arts and craft, growing access to new markets, and countering the ongoing supply of inauthentic products. 

Vikki Burrows, Art Centre Manager for the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council said the funding is an important enabler for arts development within the community including supporting cultural maintenance through the passing on of cultural knowledge and practice, while also assisting in recovery following the impact of COVID-19.

Burrows said: 'The 2019-2020 funding will support the Bana Yirriji Arts Centre to run a range of workshops with their artists to expand arts practice and explore opportunities to grow and reach new markets including options to produce screen-printing designs to digitally reproduce on merchandise for sale.'

Funding will also support cultural maintenance workshops, which will take artists out to paint on Country and to collect materials for making art

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Cool COVID t-shirts

From across the globe, artist and non-artists have responded to MUMA’s call out to put art front and centre on limited edition Art You Can Wear T‑shirts.

The ten winning submissions include artworks by Debris Facility (Aus), Kelly Doley (Aus), Alicia Frankovich (NZ), Igor Grubić (CRO), Jess Johnson (NZ/USA), Archie Moore (Aus), Tom O'Hern (Aus), Sarah Rodigari (Aus), Phil Sidney (Studio A) and Garry Trinh (Aus).

The ten designs were chosen from hundreds of entries by a panel. Pre-sales of the ten limited edition T-shirts are now available from the MUMA Shop. A donation from each T‑shirt sold will be made to NAVA’s Artists’ Benevolent Fund.

TALKS and OPPORTUNITIES

Maree Clarke, Thung-ung Coorang (Kangaroo Tooth Necklace) collection (detail), 2018. Kangaroo teeth and sinew, 3D printed and gold-plated kangaroo teeth, seeds. Image courtesy National Gallery of Victoria.

Koorie Heritage Trust announces Blak Design

An Australian first, Blak Design is an exciting four-year initiative to foster Victorian First Nations led innovation within the design sector and provide a platform for nurturing sustainable, Indigenous-led and operated design businesses.

Each year, Blak Design will focus on a different design discipline, providing mentoring in design, production, and small business skills to nurture long-term sustainable design practices.

‘We want to work with artists, craftspeople and designers living in Victoria to support their long-term sustainable design practice.  This program is an important step in this process by bringing together mentors and industry leaders to work with and nurture talented Indigenous makers’, says Tom Mosby, CEO Koorie Hertiage Trust.

In 2020 the spotlight is on supporting First Nations contemporary jewellery design practices through the Blak Design: KHT Jewellery Program

To learn more about this opportunity, and how participants will be mentored and work towards realising their own jewellery design collection for production, launch and sale in 2021. Applications open on 1 September and close on 13 October 2020, 5pm. 

ACMI Panel talk brings together heads of funding bodies

State and Federal funding bodies are proving to be the lifeblood of Australia’s creative productions. This month’s Running Free Live – an ACMI digital program  –  features the Heads of these funding bodies as they share what they are doing to keep production going as well as their views on the future of production in Australia.

The panelists include:

  • Caroline Pitcher, CEO of Film Victoria
  • Grainne Brunsdon, Head of Screen NSW
  • Jennie Hughes, Director of Screen Territory
  • Kate Croser, CEO of South Australian Film Commission
  • Kylie Munnich, CEO of Screen Queensland
  • Monica Penders, CEO of Screen Canberra
  • Sally Caplan, Head of Content, Screen Australia
  • Willie Rowe, CEO of ScreenWest
  • Alex Sangston, Executive Manager of Screen Tasmania

  Running  Free Live: The Healing Ahead screens on Thursday, 6 August 7 – 7.30pm.

Running Free Live is held on the first Thursday of every month and is presented in partnership with ACMI, Film Victoria and Media Mentors Australia.

$200,000 in grants announced to help Vic artists flourish and survive

With March 2020 bringing widespread event cancellations that resulted in a loss of work for artists, musicians and creatives, Moreland City Council have announced the Flourish Arts Recovery Grants and the Thrive Community Grant to put some cash in the pocket.

The Flourish grant makes available $5,000 grants to individual artists, and up to $10,000 to collectives, ensembles and not-profit organisations. While the Thrive Community Grant will offer up to $5000 to community groups so they can deliver one-off projects that will benefit the Moreland community. Visit Moreland City Council to apply for the grants. Applications close Sunday 9 August 2020.

Arts and culture bridging the gap towards better health

VicHealth is awarding over $1million in funding for 12 initiatives as part of its Everyday Creativity and Art of Good Health grants. 

The newly funded projects include the development of a local creative community in partnership with the Collingwood Arts Precinct, the commissioning of public artworks for installation along the Dandenong Creek Trail, and support for YIRRAMBOI First Nations Festival to strengthen links with regional artists and audiences.

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio says these creative new projects are designed to increase access for diverse communities so many more people participate in and benefit from our arts, cultural and creative sectors.

‘Regular arts and cultural engagement mean better health outcomes, but unfortunately opportunities to engage in arts, cultural and creative experiences are not evenly distributed. Many people in our community face significant and complex barriers to participation,’ Dr Demaio said. ‘In the midst of coronavirus, it is more important than ever to support our community to feel socially connected and included.’

For more information on the grants and projects, visit the VicHealth website.

Key dates for this year’s Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes announced

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is gearing up to present the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020. In a COVID-safe environment, the Gallery’s packing room team is preparing to receive hundreds of entries, before submissions close on Friday 14 August.

  • Delivery of entries BY COURIER ONLY: 8am – 4pm, 3–7 August 2020 (Monday – Friday only) 
  • Delivery of entries in person BY ARTIST OR REPRESENTATIVE OR COURIER: 8am – 4pm, 10–14 August 2020 (Monday – Friday only) 

Winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will be announced Friday, 25 September. The exhibition will be open to the public from 26 September 2020 – 10 January 2021(compliant with health restrictions).

This is the 99th edition of the Archibald Prize. Prize money is $100,000, with paintings for the Wynne and Sulman Prizes vying for $50,000 and $40,000 respectively. This year, the Sulman Prize judge is artist Khadim Ali.

Dance needs your help, and your voice

Ausdance Victoria recognises the devastating economic impact of COVID-19 on Dance Studio business, so it is asking your help to compile data by completing a 15-minute survey.

‘We understand the increasing frustration and anxiety faced by many dance studio owners due to their inability to obtain adequate government support,’ said Ausdance Victoria. 

The data we seek from this survey will inform our work on the following platforms:

  • Weekly roundtable with the Australia Council, Federal Arts Ministry, Treasury and Peak Orgs Roundtable teleconference (attended by  Ausdance National)
  • Letters to the Minister for Creative Industries and the Minister for Small Business seeking support for the sector
  • Future meetings and presentations with Ministers and key department staff
  • The various committees and arts bodies that our Executive Director regularly engages with including  
  • We are aware there have been similar surveys conducted in the past, however, this survey specifically seeks the following from Victorian Dance Studio business owners:
  • Loss of income due to the impacts of COVID-19 till date. Including loss to business, loss of staff and other expenses. 
  • The support received (or not received) from  the government (specifically looking at JobKeeper and other stimulus support)

City of Sydney grants offer $1.4M boost

Sydney’s cultural and creative sector will receive a much-needed $1.4 million boost thanks to the City of Sydney’s latest round of grants.

The City will contribute $594,660 in cash sponsorship and in-kind support worth $21,971 next financial year to 31 projects through this round of its cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program. Fourteen grants worth $568,000 in cash and in-kind support valued at $209,210 will be directed to festivals and events in the local area.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: ‘It’s always been important for us to financially support the types of programs and events that we want to see in our city, but the grants have renewed significance as arts and cultural organisations adapt to coronavirus restrictions and struggle to survive.’

Applications for the next round of cultural and creative grants and sponsorship will open early 2021 and a second round of festivals and events sponsorships (artform) will open in the next few months.

FESTIVALS NEWS

Ten Days on the Island find new HQ

Three years after relocating its HQ to Burnie, Ten Days on the Island is moving into new premises in the Portside Building with the support of the Burnie City Council.

Australia’s only statewide international arts festival, Ten Days on the Island credits its regional location as a key influence on its revision and refocus.

‘Burnie’s iconic industrial landscape and the magnificent North West region is an inspiring and stimulating environment to develop a special 20th anniversary program showcasing the whole state’s extraordinary cultural depth and the creative ingenuity, talents, skills and imaginations of Tasmanian artists of all kinds,’ said Lindy Hume, Artistic Director for Festivals 2019, 2021 and 2023.

AROUND THE GALLERIES

Date set for WA Museum opening

The $400 million new WA Museum is set to welcome ‘tens of thousands of visitors’ over a nine-day opening festival, which will help boost tourism and stimulate the economy in the wake of the pandemic.

The spectacular Western Australian Museum will open Saturday 21 November 2020. Free general admission will be extended for the first 18 months.

Ticket holders selected by ballot will be able to take preview tours of the Museum, and opening festival tickets will be made available on the Museum's website later this year.

There are eight new permanent galleries, a 1,000sqm temporary exhibition gallery, life-long learning studios, and retail and café spaces. Learn more about the WAM.

Premier Mark McGowan said: ‘By the time the Museum opens, it will have created 3,000 jobs, and helped keep Western Australians employed during the global pandemic.’

Significant Indigenous art acquisition for QAGOMA

The Morrison Government will provide $600,000 over three years to support the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) to acquire seven Papunya boards painted in the first critical years of Australia’s contemporary Aboriginal art movement.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher said: ‘This acquisition guarantees this important set of paintings are retained in Australia and can be showcased for locals and visitors alike to study and enjoy.’

Purchased from the Ian Rogers Collection in Melbourne, the seven boards represent the work of the founding artists of the Papunya Tula Art Movement in the Northern Territory, which began in 1971. The seven Papunya board paintings are:

  • Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Untitled (Euro Dreaming Ceremony), 1972
  • Uta Uta Tjangala, Tjitiji Kutjarra at Yawarrankunya (Two Boys Dreaming), 1972
  • Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula, Women’s ceremony in a cave, 1971
  • Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Bushfire Corroboree, 1973
  • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri,'Tingari' Cycle Dreaming Journey, 1972
  • Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa, Untitled (Goanna Story), 1971
  • Charlie Tarawa (Wartuma) Tjungurrayi, The Importance of Fire, 1973

Chris Saines, Director QAGOMA said the Gallery was extremely pleased to have acquired the rare works. ‘These works are regarded as some of Australia’s most treasured cultural, historical and artistic assets. They provide a window on those first critical years of what has now become known as the contemporary Aboriginal art movement.’

The works are currently on display at the Queensland Art Gallery. The acquisition of the Papunya Boards for QAGOMA is supported through the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Account. QAGOMA will contribute $400,000.

Margaret Dodd, Holden with hair curlers (front), from the series This Woman is Not a Car, 2017. Courtesy Art Gallery of South Australia.

Historic acquisition by AGSA of over 50 works by Margaret Dodd

An historic acquisition by Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) of over 50 works of art by pioneering feminist Funk Art ceramicist and sculptor, Margaret Dodd, will culminate in an exhibition as part of South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival in August.

Dodd is best known for her absurdist ceramic works that she created in Adelaide that critiqued the dull suburban life for women at the time – broadly her practice critiques the binary ideas of masculinity and femininity within national identity.

The acquisition process has been decades in the making and includes the full series of ceramic Holden cars from Dodd’s internationally acclaimed 1977 exhibition This Woman is Not a Car, as well as props, costuming and behind the scenes photos from the 1988 film of the same name.

Dodd’s used the acquisition announcement to say, ‘Sadly, forty years later, in Australia, women's work as mothers remains undervalued and Indigenous women and children in Australia are suffering the trauma of a new Stolen Generation.’

JD Reforma I want to believe 2020 HD video, sound. Production: Motel Picture Company. Courtesy the artist. AGNSW Together In Art New Work 2020 © JD Reforma. Supported by the Tindale Foundation.

Full pivot with major digital exhibition launched by AGNSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to present Hyper-linked, an online exhibition of Together In Art New Work by seven contemporary Australian artists. Created specifically for the digital space, the exhibition confronts the realities and tensions between our private selves and our online personas.

The works showcased in Hyper-linked consider the seemingly contradictory experience of physical remoteness within a context of digital hyper-connectivity.

Artists Heath Franco, Brian Fuata, Matthew Griffin, Amrita Hepi, Kate Mitchell, JD Reforma and Justene Williams were commissioned to make work for the exhibition. ‘The exhibition is part of the Gallery's commitment through Together In Art to directly support Australian artists during challenging times,’ said AGNSW.

Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand said: ‘Born out of the pandemic, Hyper-linked is a pertinent commentary on the present moment and our collective future. Presenting seven perspectives on a changed world, these artists are asking urgent questions about the way we relate to one another and the way we communicate.’

Hyper-linked is the Gallery’s first online group exhibition where the screen becomes a gallery space. The online experience of each work is integral to its creation, with each artist adopting the internet not simply as a context for display but as a medium itself.

CQUniversity announces Streeton acquisition

CQUniversity has acquired two watercolour landscapes by Arthur Streeton, thanks to an anonymous donation by a private collector. They are part of a generous donation of 13 paintings and one drawing, made through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

CQU Art Collection Manager Susan Smith said the donation comprises contemporary and turn-of-the-last-century artworks by major Australian artists. Other artists include Emanuel Phillips Fox; a still life with Australian wildflowers by Margaret Preston, as well as paintings by leading contemporary artists, Lawrence Daws, Ken Johnson and Ralph Wilson.

Carriageworks to reopen

After a shaky few months, Carriageworks will reopen to the public on Friday 7 August 2020. Visitors will have free access to a range of visual art installations, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, the major exhibition Cinopticon by Giselle Stanborough and public art work by Reko Rennie.

The weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market also resumes from Saturday 8 August.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said: ‘The impact of our closure has been felt across a wide range of communities.’

Stanborough exhibition (pictured top) will be physically unveiled to the public for the first time, following its installation in March 2020. The artist uses searchlights, sculptural forms, colossal wall diagrams and mirrored digital surfaces to reflect the performative experience of social media platforms.

As the subject and object of her own system of visual scrutiny, Stanborough is the ghost in her own machine. Cinopticon was commissioned as part of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship that awarded $100,000 each to three female artists to present new work concurrently at Carriageworks, Mona and ACCA. Mona and ACCA remain closed at this moment.

Carriageworks will present eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. These works were initially exhibited at the National Art School (NAS) for 10 days, prior to the temporary closure of museums and galleries in March due to COVID-19.

While the NIRIN exhibition reopened across greater Sydney in June with extended dates to October 2020, the NAS unfortunately remained closed to the public.  Steven Alderton, Director and CEO, National Art School, said: ‘Unfortunately, we were unable to reopen our public gallery spaces due to duty of care to our students and staff as a tertiary education institution.’

Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney, said: ‘The way forward is all about collaboration. When the National Art School was not permitted to reopen to the public, we – the Neilsons, Biennale and Carriageworks – all agreed that these new commissions were too powerful to simply disappear, never to be experienced again. So, we solved the problem by working together.

‘Carriageworks is such an important part of the Australian cultural landscape, and I couldn’t be more pleased that people are being welcomed into this iconic precinct once again to experience contemporary art.’

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Sunshine Coast Council preserves infamous wave mural

Almost 20 years ago, local surf artist Owen Cavanagh painted a large mural of Mudjimba Island on the side of an old cane shed next to the Sunshine Motorway. Since then, the shed and the iconic surf art have become part of the Sunshine Coast Airport and is adjacent to council’s construction site of the new international-standard runway.

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project Director, Ross Ullman, said ‘We’re pleased to have found a solution to keep this wonderful artwork in the place it has stood for close to 20 years.’

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said the mural is part of the landscape and a welcome sight to both locals and visitors alike. Artist Owen Cavanagh was both surprised and honoured by the efforts council has made to save his mural. He said the story of the mural began with a carton of beer and a goal to share his art with his community.

Creativity on the menu when Mona's Faro reopens

‘The world has changed. This much we know. What we don’t know is what’s for dinner,’ said David Walsh.

Mona’s award-winning bar and restaurant, Faro, will turn on its lights and reopen its doors in mid-August, along with live music, performance and art. From Saturday 15 August, The Faro Experiments invites diners to become willing participants in a mystery menu and entertainment event. The Faro Experiments will run for six weeks. Bookings are limited.

The Museum has not announced a date to reopen, but as David Walsh says, it will be ‘when God tires of punishing the wicked.’

ON THE PAGE

New national program of literary criticism

As a recipient of The Australia Council of the Arts COVID-19 Resilience Fund, Writers SA will deliver a new year-long literary criticism program designed to provide important coverage to Australian authors affected by COVID-19, and a platform for emerging local critics.

A Year in Review will see the peak organisation for literature in South Australia commission a series of book reviews, to be published by media partner The Adelaide Review, with a focus on titles released during the pandemic.

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt keenly by the literary industry. The closure of many bookstores, and the lack of physical launches, festivals, and events has had a material effect on publishers, bookstores and writers who play a critical role in connecting books with an audience of readers. At the same time, the Australian media landscape has tightened when critics are most in need of these employment opportunities.

‘The pandemic has hit the literature sector hard, and in ways less obvious than other live artforms like music or theatre,’ says Writers SA director Jessica Alice.

Books have a long production process, and so much goes into bringing them to market and into the embrace of readers, from writers festivals, small presses, literary journals and writers centres, these are all vital parts of the literary ecosystem disrupted by COVID-19.

‘We created 'A Year in Review' to support the incomes of Australian authors and freelance writers, and to keep books coverage thriving, particularly when South Australian literature is experiencing such a renaissance,’ added Alice.

The 12-month national project will amplify Australian authors with book reviews to stimulate both sales and cultural conversation, paying writers for the critical responses that support a strong culture of literary criticism in Australia.

Civica signs five-year contracts with two of Victoria’s largest metropolitan libraries

Civica has announced it has signed five-year contracts with two of Victoria’s largest metropolitan libraries, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (ERLC) and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries (YPRL) to advance the digital infrastructure that supports a better delivery of library services to their local communities.

With a combined loan of nine million items last year, ERLC and YPRL made the decision to implement Civica’s Spydus Library Management System (LMS). This system will provide greater efficiencies and will create a stronger foundation for innovation, enhancing the digital infrastructure for vital services including eResources lending, classes, exhibition and meeting facilities in a more robust and dynamic manner extending beyond COVID-19.

Spydus, is an Australian designed and developed System currently used by approximately 90 metropolitan and regional public libraries across Australia and New Zealand. Civica is a global leader in software for public and community services.

ON STAGE

Ring Cycle. Image supplied.

Remaining season cancelled, and first ever digital Ring Cycle postponed

Opera Australia, today announced it will postpone the eagerly awaited premiere of the world’s first fully digital Ring Cycle to 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Originally scheduled to open in November this year, new dates are being finalised at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in 2021 for both the Ring Cycle and Aida, providing a level of certainty for ticketholders, performers and all those involved with staging the event.

With the majority of current ticket holders from outside Queensland, the continuing restrictions on both domestic and international travel, due to the volatility of the COVID crisis, will mean they’ll likely be unable to attend.

Although this a disappointing development, Opera Australia CEO Rory Jeffes believes the postponement is the best option in the current circumstances. ‘As disheartening as this news is, we’re really pleased to have been able to work with our partners to reschedule the season to next year. We trust that ticket holders will appreciate the reasons for this decision and are as delighted as we are that we can provide certainty with the rescheduled season in 2021.’

However, this announcement effectively means the Company is unlikely to be returning to the stage in 2020, which of course is incredibly disappointing for everyone,’ said Jeffes.

OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini added: ‘A great deal of work has already been completed in preparation for the Brisbane season, and this will certainly not go to waste, which is a great relief to all involved.’

TSO announces Friday Night Live. Image supplied.

TSO announces cancellation of remainder of 2020 season

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announces cancellation of remainder of 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. A new, streamed series will be launched in the interim: Friday Night Live.

Border closures, immigration and visa issuance, quarantine requirements and significantly reduced air travel have contributed to the orchestra’s ability to present the concerts planned for the rest of the year. Subscribers and ticket buyers are entitled to a full refund. 

From 30 October, TSO will be presenting a new streamed weekly series of performances, broadcast live from Federation Concert Hall and the TSO Studio. Friday Night Live will be concerts of around 50 minutes featuring a range of TSO ensembles performing programs curated by TSO musicians and including pre-concert introductions and interviews, a chance to put questions to musicians and lots more. Livestreamed at 7pm at a cost of $22.50 per concert, more details will follow in the coming weeks.

#TSODailyDose continues to be broadcast each day at 8am on the TSO’s YouTube Channel, until 18 September when it switches to weekly episodes. The TSO’s 2021 concert season, which has been designed to respond to changing conditions, will be announced later this year.

TSO had announced earlier in the week a multi-platform collaboration with two-times ARIA Award winning singer/songwriter Monique Brumby, with the creation of a series of specially commissioned arrangements for the TSO and selected repertoire drawn from her 25-year career. It will still be rolled out across 2020 and 2021.

It will include a range of projects including audio and video recording, live performances across the state and community-based engagement focused on capacity building and mentoring in marginalised regional communities.

The TSO said, ‘The TSO is committed to amplifying the rich artistry of our island and embarking on this project with such a significant and trailblazing Tasmanian artist provides the perfect platform to leverage our versatility across genres and celebrate the wealth of talent that originates from our state.’

Monique’s commitment to mentoring and community-based learning adds a further dimension to the impact of this collaboration, and will provide valuable first-hand experiences for young Tasmanians to learn about aspects of the music and entertainment industry through a series of workshops from Monique and musicians of the TSO.

Live performance returns to Adelaide

Adelaide Baroque Orchestra will present Music of the Ships on Saturday 22 August at 6.00pm and 8.00pm in the Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide. The concerts form Adelaide Baroque’s first offering for 2020 (post Covid 19 performance restrictions).

Founding Orchestra member and violone player Rob Nairn, who taught historical performance at New York’s Juilliard School of Music for 14 years before returning to Adelaide said, ‘The ‘encounter’ between Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin in April 1802 is the starting point for Music of the Ships, a unique journey into the history of South Australia seen through the music of these European explorers

‘Works include Peter Sculthorpe’s Sonata for Strings No. 3, with its second movement based upon an Aboriginal chant transcribed by a member of the 1802 Baudin exploratory expedition and forming the first such music committed to Western notation,’ explained Nairn.

The program will also include chamber works by Mozart, Haydn, Pleyel, Hoffmeister, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, among others. Bethany Hill will be special guest soprano with the ensemble. Tickets via Adelaide Baroque.

Leading theatre producer to accelerate international expansion

Michael Cassel Group, one of the world’s leading theatre producers, announced this week it has accepted a strategic investment from Amplify, a global live entertainment and content holding company.

What that means is that the Sydney-based Michael Cassel Group, as an independent company, will sit alongside TEG in Amplify, which was formed by Silver Lake and minority investor Mercury Capital to acquire TEG in November 2019. TEG is a global, integrated live entertainment, ticketing and technology company and Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

CEO/Producer Michael Cassel said: ‘Together with my team, our goal is to build a global, diversified theatrical live entertainment company focused on producing and developing quality, premium content; expanding international touring and exploiting opportunities in emerging markets; and securing a vertically integrated model focused on theatre acquisitions.’

‘TEG’s live entertainment, ticketing, promotional platform and data expertise is second to none in the region. The combination of TEG and Silver Lake in Amplify will help us to further accelerate our growth organically and via acquisitions,’ added Cassel.

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