Part of the joy of art is discovering new things, whether that’s in the form of a new artistic friend, something you didn’t realise about yourself or just a new art form you’ve never seen before. Held over August 15 and 16 throughout the Shire, the event showcases over 25 artists with the chance to see their studios as well. Look up www.facebook.com/SurfCoastArtsTrail for more.
Bucking the trend for summer festivals, Lorne Arts Festival is back for its fifth year and with a killer program in tow (August 28-30). Proving that the coast is where it’s at, this year sees a breadth of events that showcase some of Australia’s best cabaret, sideshow, circus, theatre, comedy, visual art and music events.
We’ve all been to that one festival, or many, where you feel one with the crowd. They’re your family, and for those 45 minutes of a band’s set where you’re rubbing up against each other’s sweaty body it feels like home. Capturing that and more is Australian music photographer Nic Bezzina, who is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help make his festival crowd photography book, Release the Crowd, a reality.
Created in 2013 by Monash Health, the Reel Health International Short Film Festival runs throughout August (with one screening in September) and across the Barwon region (Norlane, Barwon Heads, Colac, Lorne etc). The festival serves as a platform for film makers to talk about health issues and their affect on communities.
As part of a photography series that included 300 portraits, Nikki Toole has just culminated the whole experience with the release of its book, Skater, a 144-page book showcasing portraits of skaters around the world. Copies of the book can be purchased from the Geelong Gallery shop.
In 1977 after two years of rigorous preparation, Robyn Davidson, then in her 20s, set off on her own with a dog, four camels and equipment for a 1700 mile trek across the Australian outback. It was a trip of firsts; a liberating experience that was captured in her book, Tracks.
Standing front row in the mosh it’s hard not to envy the musicians on stage and the photographers below, capturing their every move. Lucinda Goodwin just so happens to be one of the latter, but she originally was in the same spot as the rest of us idolising gig photographers and musicians. We had a chat to the photographer ahead of her debut exhibition at Courthouse Youth Arts, Patron to Pit.
As an artist you’re constantly creating, imagining the world in a different light and trying make sense of things through your art. Stepping into Amber Daly’s studio, overlooking the hills of Highton and the Barwon River, there’s a scattering of sketches from her walks around home and a large painting of a table within her studio – seen in a new light of purple hues, grey and strong line work.
Following up on its inaugural event last year, the Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival in Geelong will run again this September 11-13. The program was officially launched last week with over 70 noteworthy speakers. Highlights on the program are playwright Hannie Rayson, award-winning journalist Latika Bourke, archaeologist Adam Ford and, with a keynote address, world-renowned scientist and author Professor Tim Flannery. For the full program visit www.wordforwordfestival.com.au.
Even dressed all in black, there’s a vibrancy that seeps out through Lauren Morton’s personality. The kind of smile and effortless banter that makes you feel right at home. While Lauren may be wearing black for this interview, she assures me that colour is usually her standard attire. “It’s the Melburnians wardrobe and I do […]