Twenty-eight years of existing and the Sweethearts are still creating amazing opportunities for young emerging female talent in the Geelong region, with the most recent being a chance to tour through Europe to some of the world’s biggest festivals.
Despite his talent, and the sheer volume of praise and support he’s received in his young life, Ben Wright Smith is softly spoken and completely devoid of ego.
Strong leadership, strong initiative, excellent negotiation, presentation and interpersonal skills and motivation, as well as a passion for art, are all the qualities needed to take care of a gallery’s behind-the-scenes business, and are exactly the skills the Geelong Gallery has found in newly appointed Deputy Director Development and Commercial Operations Penny Whitehead.
When you stop and consider everything that typically goes into a tour, it actually seems like a pretty tough gig. Imagine if, for your work, you had to ride around regional Australia with, say, Greg from marketing or Susan from accounts, living in each others’ pockets. It’d be miserable. The only way it’d work is if you got on with them famously.
With every café comes its own identity and its own mood within the surrounding community – and the newest identity on the scene is Grounds of Society who are imparting their very own personality into the streets of Geelong.
Harvesting his skills in song writing, banjo and guitar, Harry Jakamarra has also developed a fascination with Indian classical slide-guitar. The result being a truly raw and unique sound, which many describe as ‘Gothic-Australiana’.
The writing and recording of an album can often be quite a cathartic relief for a band, with many acts renting a house for a period of time to ensure minimal outside distraction in their creative experience.
“Over here it’s a big country and no one knows who I am, so I figured if I come over it might push me into something bigger. Maybe I’ll have a bit more hunger and want to push myself a bit harder. I feel like good artists move to different places and suck that culture in and then spew it out.”