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Selfies rule as primary school students share their portraits

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2021 Les Peterkin Portrait Prize - 1st prize (11-13 years) Mahli Burdett with her portrait entitled Colours of Me, Uki Public School.
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Selfies rule as primary school students share their portraits

3089 artworks, 32 schools, 6 judges and 42 major winners in contest

#Selfies rule as the annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize returns to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre from today.
The exhibition is a celebration of the enormous artistic talent and creative vision of our local primary schools and opens today, following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and runs until 28 November 2021.

First place (8-10 years) was taken out by Alex Todan, from St Anthony's Primary School, for his portrait entitled 'Hoodie Boy'

First place (8-10 years) was taken out by Alex Todan, from St Anthony’s Primary School, for his portrait entitled ‘Hoodie Boy’

This year the prize attracted a high number of entries and participating schools. Working on the theme #Selfie, primary school students sketched, collaged, photographed and painted images capturing themselves in settings that highlight their interests, life and character.
The 2021 judges included local artists Caz McDougal and Vira Higgins, Friends of the Gallery committee members Rose Wilsher and Malcom Reid, and Tyalgum Public School representatives and retired school principals Rebecca McGuren and Peter Meadows. The judges were amazed by the creativity and effort of every child who entered the competition.
Prize Coordinator Marianne Galluzzo said: “I am extremely impressed by the enormous number of entries received and the effort of every child who entered the competition”.
“The judging was a very lively process, with special emphasis placed on selecting the most original and creative illustrations. This year’s theme set out to expand the imaginations of our aspiring young artists and allowed them to explore the form of self-expression by highlighting key moments, developments, and motivations through portraiture.”
The prize is named after legendary local artist and art teacher Les Peterkin and is made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council and Tyalgum Public School, with assistance from Friends of the

First place (5-7 years) was awarded to Matilda Bailey, from Murwillumbah East Public School, for her entry 'This is Me'.

First place (5-7 years) was awarded to Matilda Bailey, from Murwillumbah East Public School, for her entry ‘This is Me’.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre, Derivan – maker of quality artist materials; School Art Supplies – leading supplier of art and craft materials; and Bunnings, Tweed Heads South. Last, but certainly not least, the prize would not be possible without the enthusiasm of art-loving parents, volunteers and teachers.
First place winners for the 3age categories are: Matilda Bailey (5-7 yrs) from Murwillumbah East Public School; Alex Todan (8-10 yrs) from St Anthony’s Primary School; and Mahli Burdett (11-13 yrs) from Uki Public School.
Each prize winner, along with the creators of 39 other award-winning and commended works, will have the thrill of seeing their artworks professionally displayed on the Gallery’s walls. A further 200 outstanding works will be on display in folios for the duration of the exhibition.
In response to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a prize-giving ceremony was held at each student’s individual school. An online presentation showcasing the winning portraits for this year’s prize can be viewed on the Gallery’s website.

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

 

By Samantha Elley

Put your expectations away and open your mind to the ‘edge of your seat’ experience you will be in for when you go to see The Circus in Coffs Harbour.

“We are a seventh generation circus family, originally from Germany,” said tour manager and matriarch, Marie Weber.

“We bring acts that have never been seen under the big top in Australia before.

“These include FMX (freestyle) riders, the splitting globe of death, comedians, aerialists and even a human cannonball.”

Patriarch, Harry Weber, has been involved in the circus touring life for the past 40 years and the family are excited to be in Australia.

“We have been touring in New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and other international areas,” said Marie.

That’s no mean feat with a family of eight children who have all grown up with the circus.

“We have performers from all walks of life,” said Marie.

“There are about 40 crew and performers, including those travelling with families.”

Marie said they are all like one big happy family, especially when they have been working so closely together for so long.

“Most of us have been working together for more than 10 years,” she said.

The Circus has just wound up six shows at Lismore Showgrounds and is now heading to Coffs Harbour where they have a giveaway on their Facebook page ‘Weber Bros Entertainment’ for two VIP packages and 10 double passes to their shows.

They will be performing their action packed shows at Coffs Harbour Showground between June 6th – 16th.

Book your tickets at 0452003300 or online at iticket.com.au for two hours of great family entertainment. Prices range from $35 – $85 for adults and $25-$70 for children.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Horizon

 

There is a place between sea and sky – a sacred realm, where the sun rises and falls and the light is new.

From two of the world’s great First Nations comes a brand-new work: Horizon. Some call it a feeling, some call it the mother spirit. It’s the place where sea meets sky, the horizon we all look to, the compass that guides us home.

In Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first main stage cross-cultural collaboration, leading Māori choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson joins beloved Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown. Together they guide the award-winning ensemble in stories that honour their mother countries and the spirit that calls them home.

Brown is a proud descendent of the Wakaid Clan and Meriam people in the Torres Strait, with heritage from far across the seas in Scotland. She carries strength and resilience from her ancestors. Patterson was born in Turangi near Lake Taupō, and describes the sense of home as something alive, that he carries like a beating heart.

To open the program, Saibailayg (Saibai Islander) Sani Townson expands his acclaimed work Kulka, debuted in Dance Clan in 2023, to make a thrilling opening piece paying homage to Sani’s grandfather and his Torres Strait heritage.

Come explore the cultural forces that bind us together, across oceans and eons. Experience the resilience of the First Peoples of the Oceania region, that extends across the continent now known as Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and Aotearoa, our southern neighbour.

Horizon is a double bill opening with Kulka by Bangarra alum Sani Townson, followed by the primary piece, The Light Inside, choreographed by Bangarra alum Deborah Brown and Māori choreographer and Arts Laureate Moss Te Ururangi Patterson.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – 8-17 of August
  • Where – QPAC
  • Price – from $59
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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