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THE ANGELS ANNOUNCE 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING NATIONAL TOUR

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The Angels: Tom Brewster, John Brewster, Nick Norton, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster

THE ANGELS ANNOUNCE 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING NATIONAL TOUR

 

TWO HOURS AND TWO SETS OF GREATEST HITS AND RARITIES DEBUTING THEIR BRAND NEW LINE-UP WITH NICK NORTON ON VOCALS AND GUITAR.

The Angels have announced a string of national tour dates kicking off in September in celebration of their five decades as one of Australia’s most revered rock bands.

The 50 Years In The Making tour will see the band traverse the country with dates scheduled across South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania with former drummer Nick Norton taking centre stage as their new front man replacing Dave Gleeson after his 12 years in the role.

Performing in The Angels, the band responsible for some of the most unforgettable songs in Australian music, takes a musician with remarkable talent and having been a member of the band since 2011, Norton is a familiar face to fans.  He will not only be fronting the band on vocals but will be playing alongside Rick and John Brewster on guitar and as ticket holders to the Brewster Brothers Electric shows from earlier this year can attest, he is more than ready to assume one of the greatest gigs in Australian rock.

As founding member John Brewster explains, “Nick is an incredible musician and a great singer and songwriter. He obviously knows the songs like the back of his hand and the fans already know and love him, so he’s the perfect fit. We can’t wait to hit the road.”

“The 50th anniversary is a very special time for The Angels,” John says. “And it means a lot that the fans already know Nick. Our relationship with the audience means everything to us and we’ll never take that for granted.”

Respected guitarist Rick Brewster adds, “The time we get to spend onstage makes everything else worthwhile,” Rick adds. “It’s always been about the songs and the power of the guitars.”

The Angels: Tom Brewster, John Brewster, Nick Norton, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster

The Angels: Tom Brewster, John Brewster, Nick Norton, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster

“We’ve already got a very busy six months ahead of us, which is brilliant for the new line-up” says Nick Norton.  “There’s such a heritage of great music there, classic songs, killer riffs. The legwork is already done, I just have to get up and sing them. Twelve years in the band behind the kit has provided the pedigree, not to mention learning at the school of Rock from the honourable Dave Gleeson. I look  forward to sweating it out at venues across the nation with the fans, heading into The Angels 50th year!”

With a set-list of catalogue classics that are ingrained in the hearts of every Australian rock fan, including Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, Take A Long Line, No Secrets, Shadow Boxer, Marseilles, I Ain’t The One, Comin’ Down, Mr Damage, After The Rain, Night Attack, Dogs Are Talking and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, it is no wonder that the famous American critic David Fricke called The Angels “a guaranteed great time anywhere”.

Replacing Nick on drums is John’s son Tom, meaning The Angels will now have two sets of Brewster Brothers – John and Rick on guitar, and Sam (who joined the band in 2013) on bass, and Tom on drums.

As Ian McFarlane, the author of The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop, noted: “The Angels helped re-define the Australian pub rock tradition.” And now John Brewster, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster, Tom Brewster and Nick Norton are giving it another twist.

This is it, folks – an exciting new chapter in the storied career of The Angels.  Let the night roll on!

THE ANGELS ARE:

Tom Brewster (drums); John Brewster (guitar/vocals); Nick Norton (lead vocals/guitar); Rick Brewster (lead guitar); Sam Brewster (bass/vocals).

Tickets on sale now via theangels.com.au

 

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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.

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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.

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A creative response to shortfalls in the health system

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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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