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Sprung!! Intergrated Dance Theatre

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Sprung!! Intergrated Dance Theatre

Move it Make it Dance Workshops
Maclean Civic Hall, 50 River St, Maclean NSW

First four Sundays in Term Four: 16 Oct, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6 10am – 1pm

Sprung!! is offering a pilot series of dance workshops, supported by Clarence Valley Council.

Sprung!! Is a specialist dance-theatre company that trains, nurtures and mentors’ people with and without disabilities to find their unique skills and style in movement and character. They have been short-listed for two Australian Dance Awards for outstanding community dance, and over the past decade have run many hundreds of integrated community dance and theatre workshops throughout the Northern Rivers and beyond.

Clarence Valley community was introduced to Sprung!! through their theatre show, French Cafe, which played at the Criterion Theatre in  Grafton as part of the recent Plunge Festival, featuring on Channel 10’s The Project (https://www.facebook.com/TheProjectTV/videos/583721226280013 ).

Now Sprung!! are welcoming new participants from the Clarence Valley to try out the workshops in this pilot series.  Sprung!! hopes to build a large enough participant base to continue offering regular classes in Clarence. With the Clarence Valley Council’s support, they will be offering the workshops on Sundays in the first four weeks of term four.

Our friendly specialist tutors, Katie and Jade, will guide participants through a range of exercises and tasks, to suit their level, with the aims of enjoyment of their own unique physical expression and the discovery of new ways of movement. Sprung!!’s unique and inclusive style of dance-making, has been developed over 10 years of practice and performance and follows a variety of creative processes avoiding complicated choreography. The workshops are open to persons from age 16 with and without disability, who have an interest in dance or theatre and the ability to engage.

“We all know that dance is good for your soul, your body, your mind, and integrates all these parts.  Our participants benefit in so many ways from this: socially, emotionally, physical dexterity, balance and fitness,” says Emma Newman, Sprung’s Administrator and Tutor.

Sprung!! also run school holiday programs, the next one being 4th-7th October, in Ballina.

Contact Sprung!! on 0478 879 706 or info@sprung.org.au for more information.

Enquiries: Please contact Sprung!! on 0478 879 706 / info@sprung.org.au

Facebook event:   https://bit.ly/3DEQ4qn

Bookings required:   https://sprungbookings.as.me/

Website: Check out Sprung!!’s work at sprung.org.au.

About the Tutors

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal (guest tutor & mentor with Sprung!!)  is a contemporary dance artist, performance maker, producer and educator based at Woombah, NSW. Following a path that led from Newtown High School of  the Performing Arts Sydney, topping NSW in HSC Dance and HSC Classical Ballet, a year of Dance studies at QUT Brisbane and a full scholarship to the University of Florida in Miami USA, she then accepted a scholarship to VCA University of Melbourne gaining a High Distinction Master of Choreography, supporting her 25 years of knowledge and experience. Throughout her career as an independent artist, Jade has danced with many companies, in Australia and abroad including  residencies in India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Spain, France, Austria and  Iceland. Since 2017 Jade has been an Associate Artist for NORPA and also  choreographed their production of Djurra – Bundjalung Dreaming in 2018, plus choreographed and  directed Flow – a Yaegl Story for NORPA in 2021.

Katie Cooper-Wares (main tutor at Sprung!!) is an interdisciplinary performance artist specialising in the forms of Dance, Theatre, Storytelling and Comedy with a strong curiosity for site-specific, interactive, and inclusive work. Also based in Woombah, she regularly devises, directs, produces, curates, facilitates & performs for events and festivals nationwide including Adelaide Fringe Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Splendour in the Grass. Katie collaborates with arts organisations including NORPA, HOTA, Arts Access Australia, RealArtworks, Lismore Regional Gallery & the Creative Recovery Network. Her recent Professional Development highlights including training with Force Majeure, Zen Zen Zo Theatre, Giovanni Fusetti, Action Theatre Australia, La Pocha Nostra & Matteo Destro. Katie is passionate about ensuring the voices of artists with disability are heard and valued in the creative process.

 

October Holiday Workshops

Tue 4 – Fri 7 Oct
10-4pm
Ballina Scout Hall
Workshops for all, to practice for the Spring Ball! A four-day workshop program to practice and prepare, and have fun and extend our skills, making characters and movement.  You can book in for one or more days.

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WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE

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WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE

 

15 to 24 March 2024

Brace yourselves for a mind‑blowing cosmic journey when World Science Festival Brisbane returns in 2024. For ten days from Friday, 15 March until Sunday, 24 March, World Science Festival Brisbane presents a program full of engaging conversations, awe‑inspiring events, art installations and so much more for visitors of all ages.

WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE

15 to 24 March 2024

Highlights:

  • Decoding Thought: AI’s New Breakthroughs and Boundaries
    Thursday, 21 March 2024, 7:30pm
    Leading researchers and privacy experts join Brian Greene to explore the function and ethical implications of this technological breakthrough.
  • Mysteries from the Museum
    Friday, 22 March 2024, 6pm
    A fragment of rock, a scrap of paper, a headless bird. Three ordinary, if slightly obscure objects, with three extraordinary stories.
  • Dream On: The Waste and Climate War
    Saturday, 23 March 2024, 1:30pm
    Planet advocate and environmental provocateur, Craig Reucassel plunges into Australia’s waste and climate crisis.
  • Life On Mars
    Friday, 22 March 2024, 7:30pm
    Graham Phillips and a panel of experts shed light on the intricacies of space exploration, the technological marvels of interplanetary missions and the profound questions they raise about life’s existence beyond our planet.

 

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Building a Collection, Sharing a Collection

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Building a Collection, Sharing a Collection

 

Tweed Regional Gallery to unveil extraordinary gift alongside additional works from the National Gallery of Australia’s Sharing the National Collection initiative

The Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd is hosting a special event at the Gallery on Thursday 29 February, honouring the generosity of individuals who play vital roles in supporting the development and preservation of public art collections.

An extraordinary gift from the Margaret Olley Art Trust will be unveiled at the event in honour of former long-serving director Susi Muddiman OAM and her invaluable service to the Tweed Regional Gallery. Susi led the team as Director of Tweed Regional Gallery for more than 16 years and received continual commendation for her passionate commitment and visionary approach.

Ticket-holders will be the first to view the generous gift, an important addition to the Gallery’s collection and a significant storyteller of a particular time in Olley’s extraordinary life and enduring career.

Alongside the gift’s unveiling, the event includes a preview of artworks on loan from the National Gallery of Australia as part of the Sharing the National Collection initiative. This landmark initiative from Revive, Australia’s National Cultural Policy, allows the National Gallery to share its collection through long-term loans with regional and suburban galleries across the country.

Joining Monet’s Meules, milieu du jour [Haystack’s, midday], 1890 currently on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery, will be three works by one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Margaret Olley, and a painting by the iconic artist Giorgio Morandi, one of Olley’s favourite painters of still life.

Building a National Collection - Tweed Regional Gallery

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Director Ingrid Hedgcock is excited for the launch of several new exhibitions. BELOW: Guests enjoying a Foundation-hosted event at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2023.

Ticket-holders will hear from esteemed guests: Trustee of the Margaret Olley Art Trust Philip Bacon OAM, Head, Art Across Australia – National Gallery of Australia Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director Gallery & Visual Arts at HOTA Susi Muddiman OAM and Uncle Victor Slockee.

Gallery Director Ingrid Hedgcock invited supporters to join her and special guests for this significant occasion.

“The event is a celebration of passionate individuals who play a crucial role in building and shaping our public art collection,” Ms Hedgcock said.

Guests will be able to enjoy drinks generously provided by Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation supporters Husk Distillers, and a selection of canapés by Apex Dining, while mingling with other art enthusiasts and experiencing the Gallery’s latest exhibition A Delicate Terrain.

The exhibition is curated from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection and showcases the work of renowned contemporary Australian artists. A Delicate Terrain will be on display from Saturday 2 March until Sunday 26 January 2025.

Event details:

Building a Collection, Sharing a Collection will be held from 5.30 – 7 pm on Thursday 29 February 2024 at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Tickets cost $35 – $55. Book now via Humanitix here.

Meules, milieu du jour [Haystack’s, midday], 1890 by Claude Monet will be on display until 26 October 2025.

Pomegranate I 1976, Katie’s quinces 1976, [Morning interior] c.1973 by Margaret Olley and Natura morta [Still life] 1956 by Giorgio Morandi are on long-term loan from late February until 2029. These 5 works of art are on long-term loan from the National Gallery of Australia with support from the Australian Government as part of Sharing the National Collection initiative.

#ArtAcrossAustralia

 

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A creative response to shortfalls in the health system

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Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition

A creative response to shortfalls in the health system

 

By Sarah Waters

Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer experienced a lot of ‘challenging moments’ while working as an emergency nurse in the Northern Rivers during covid and the 2022 floods.

She and many other frontline health care workers were left at the coalface as they juggled an influx of patients amidst limited medical resources, staff and communication.

To illustrate the shortcomings in the health system during that time – and process a lot of the strain she witnessed behind the scenes – Ms Schirmer turned to art.

Her latest exhibition titled First Aid is currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

It features a series of poignant art pieces, made from a variety of mediums, including ceramic sculptures, painting and assemblage, to give a clever insight into life as a frontline health worker.

One of the art pieces was made with found objects and shows a spanner placed behind metal bars.

Ms Schirmer said it highlighted the limited access to medical resources during the covid pandemic – and then the floods.

Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition on at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery until March 3

Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition on at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery until March 3

It wasn’t necessarily because the resources weren’t there but accessing them became the hard part.

Different authorities decided what the regional emergency and health services were supplied with.

Frontline health care staff also became in short supply with many being forced to isolate after they caught covid or were a close contact.

It was then up to their colleagues to carry the additional workload.

“We were all watching the impact covid had around the world,” Ms Schirmer said.

“The increase of cases was expected, and we were prepared for it.

“But it was really hard to access what we needed.

“We somehow managed to provide the level of care we would usually give, but that’s because staff were working long hours,” she said.

As healthcare workers pushed through covid, the 2022 floods came and put further strain on a system already at the brink.

Many health care workers were affected by the floods but chose to continue to work.

Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer, First Aid Exhibition

One of the art pieces created by Lennox Head artist Jenny Gill Schirmer, which is part of her exhibition First Aid, currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Ms Schirmer’s favourite art piece in the exhibition is titled ‘Veneer.’

She sculptured 30 porcelain faces, positioned on different angles, which are seen through a wooden frame.

“It represents the different faces of a health care worker,” she said.

“The faces are made of porcelain, which looks really fragile, but it’s actually really strong.

“We all go to work and put on our brave face, but what people don’t realise is there’s often a lot going on behind that.

“The staff were becoming really burnt out and a lot of them had to work double shifts.”

The story of the indomitable spirit of Northern Rivers health care workers continues in the First Aid exhibition.

It will be on display at Northern Rivers Community Gallery until March 3.

More of Ms Schirmer’s artwork is available to view here.

 

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