We feel pretty busy of late. Besides our normal stuff of running and doing gigs, I have also been involved in three separate art exhibitions – two at Outré Galleries (Sydney and Melbourne) and this one coming up at Boom Gallery in Geelong. Besides all that, we have also been spending a lot of time working on our O/S tour which starts this June.
Starting work in an unfamiliar city may be daunting for some but for Jamie Smith, the new general manager at Courthouse ARTS, it’s a welcome change. “I love the fact that I know a little bit about Geelong but not too much. It’s like an adventure, and that’s why I love travelling so much,” Jamie says. “I’ve moved to cities that I’ve known nothing about, so this feels like another adventure.”
After travelling the world, Kirsty Mac has come back to her hometown of Geelong for her new show Feminazi, which she performs at GAPA as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Kirsty first left Geelong when she was 18 but has since toured around Canada and the UK – and become a fully qualified dog trainer. Feminazi is a project Kirsty has worked on and nurtured for the last several years, waiting for the moment when she was happy to share it with the world.
“I was always the one out of my friends to have a camera, but I never thought about it as a career. Now I look back it was always on my radar. I purchased my first SLR camera five years ago for my final year as a graphic design student, and then it sat in my cupboard for about a year until I started experimenting one day – and I haven’t looked back since.”
So often our cinemas and DVD shelves are flooded with films glamorising violence, sex and drugs that we forget to see anything with a little bit of substance. But that’s where Girl Rising steps in. Girl Rising is a film created by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins with the hope to deliver a key message: that educating girls will change the world. Nobody knows that better than 17-year-old Geelong local Janey Kennedy, who is aiming to get everyone in Geelong to watch the film – and just so happens to be the regional ambassador for the film.
It’s not very often that young people get access to a huge organisation, let alone the chance to curate a whole year’s worth of events, but that’s just what being on the Arts Advisory Panel at Courthouse ARTS is all about. This will be the program’s third year, which has produced such events as the New Year’s Revolution [now NYR], the New Wilderness, various arts workshops, the Geelong Fringe Festival and more. As an organisation, Courthouse ARTS is there to nurture and educate emerging artists whilst creating a place for young people’s voices to be heard.
There’s a new player in the Geelong arts scene and after such a short time they’re already making a name for themselves. Elise Carver is the mastermind behind artistic blog Salt Veins, which recently unleashed its first exhibition to the public. Salt Veins first came about when Elise realised her talented artistic friends just weren’t getting the credit they deserved. “I had no intention of world domination, but I wanted to help the people I knew who were good at what they did and loved it but never got any recognition,” Elise said. “Giving credit where it’s due and opening a space up for the little guys is what Salt Veins is all about.”
There’s a misconception out there that those in the arts world are hard to contact; whilst constantly creating, discovering the world and undertaking every experience they can, responding to an email falls down on their list of things to do. But for Courtney Ward, while her passion for life is running high, she still has time to type a friendly response – albeit it while she was trekking the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.