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“Do you really expect to get paid” – a must-read doc

Posted on 14 August 2011

The recently released Australia Council’s “Do you really expect to get paid” – is a really good doc to read. I’m always frustrated by the fact that I have many excellent artist friends who struggle to survive. Some artists of course take the course of making work that is fashionable, saleable – and who can […]

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ShutterUp

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Posted on 10 August 2011

ShutterUp is the overall title of a number of education projects relating to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Shutterup Online, is a project led by ABC Open and ABC Radio Ballarat. Every day more fantastic photographs by young people are being uploaded – see for yourself, and if you’re between 14 & 24, add your […]

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The Boy from Oz with the Opera Boys

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Posted on 25 July 2011

Musicals are “not my thing” (blame Light Co’s Mikado of 100 years ago!) But how could you not enjoy a night out with The Opera Boys (Lionel actually was a Boy from Buninyong – and made a huge contribution to raising the fun & excitement levels when here). And, by the way the show absolutely […]

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Latest in Portrait series

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Posted on 24 June 2011

Another great concert – second in Adam Simmon’s Portrait  series was held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Wednesday 22 June. This was a rather gentle evening with featured artist Wang Zheng Ting playing the Chinese forerunner of the mouthorgan – a much bigger and more complex instrument. He played traditional Chinese music and […]

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Seraphim Trio at Art Gallery of Ballarat

Posted on 30 May 2011

This was a superb concert of one of Australia’s best piano trios, Seraphim Trio. Held in the rather gorgeous Currie Gallery of the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 25 May. For what I thought, see my review! Download document (29Kb) Seraphim_Trio_review

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Yellow stickers to Preserve our Civic Hall

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Posted on 16 May 2011

Is it really a heritage building? YES! It’s not from a fashionable period, but it’s an excellent example of its time, and I remember the excitement of attending BIG events in the grand main hall and more modest ones in the cosy Lower Civic Hall. It seats 1,500 and the fact remains that Ballarat has […]

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Murtoa Stick Shed

Posted on 11 May 2011

Soon after I started working at Horsham Regional Art Gallery I heard about the Murtoa Stick Shed, and before long joined the “Save the Stick Shed” committee. It is, I think, one of the wonders of the world – not just Autralia. A totally beautiful, enormous, rustic shed with an ambience not unlike Chartres Cathedral, […]

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Buninyong Botanic Gardens 150th Anniversary Luncheon 14 May (Booked out)

Posted on 7 May 2011

The Friends of Buninyong Gardens invites you to hear Mrs Tamie Fraser, AO (President of Open Gardens Australia) talk on My Four Gardens, 11am – noon, followed by Lunch 12 – 2pm. Booking essential. In aid of the Gardens, cost $45. Ring Anne on 5341 2144 or Ian on 5341 3374. Download document (711Kb) Tamie_Fraser_Luncheon

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Motional Improvisation Classes

Posted on 7 May 2011

Al Wunder has a long history of teaching improvisation and movement as a visual language. You can develop your movement vocabulary by joining his classes any time at Ballarat Ballet Centre, rear 1006 Sturt Street. Mondays, 7.30 – 9pm. Ring 0418 394 726. Cost $15 / $10 concession. Download document (1.64Mb) Al_Wunder_motional_improv_classes

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Buninyong Film Festival

Posted on 29 April 2011

Buninyong Film Festival is always good fun and coming soon – Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7. There’s a nice balance between sitting in the dark being thrilled/horrified/distressed/delighted and exploring Buninyong between sessions & meeting people over lunches and dinners (African 2-course dinner on the Saturday. And this year’s films are a good variety […]

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