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River inspires indigenous art award winner

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The Berinbah Dancers performed some traditional and orignal dancers for the crowd attending the 2023 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday at the Grafton Regional Gallery
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River inspires indigenous art award winner

 

By Tim Howard

A Western Australian who moved to Grafton a little more than a year ago has won the $5000 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award.

Judges named Kristal Russ the 2023 award winner at a gathering at the Grafton Regional Gallery Saturday.

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Born and raised in Western Australia, Ms Russ said the Clarence had similarities to her home in Derby where her family were members of the Jaru people living on Ngaranyin country.

I feel very welcome here,” she said.

“Where I come from is very tidal and related to rivers, but not as much as I was feeling it when I came here.”

The2023 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award winner Kristal Russ, centre, with judges Kylie Caldwell and Luke Close and her winning entry Ngaba at the awards ceremony in the Grafton Regional Gallery on Saturday.

The2023 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award winner Kristal Russ, centre, with judges Kylie Caldwell and Luke Close and her winning entry Ngaba at the awards ceremony in the Grafton Regional Gallery on Saturday.

He winning work, title Ngaba, which means water in Jars language, was influenced by her experiences of being welcomed here.

“That’s why I did this piece, the journey lines in my piece represent a bit of a story from where I come from and where I am now.”

The win shocked the artist.

“This is the first time I’ve ever won an art prize or an exhibition,” she said.

“It was a very proud moment.”

She said winning an award was not her motivation for entering the award.

“I more entered it because I wanted to be a proud indigenous person and part of my community.

“And to get my work and the stories from home out there as well.”

Sisters Frey and Amete Baume, left and centre with their mum Ness Baume at the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday.

Sisters Frey and Amete Baume, left and centre with their mum Ness Baume at the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday.

Ms Russ said the the other reason she had not expected to win was the quality of the competition she faced.

“There’s so many amazing local artists,” she said. “It was definitely the last thing I thought was going to happen.

“Big respects to all of them for entering and the beautiful work all our local artists do.”

Ms Russ said the award would be a big boost for her career.

“I am hoping more than anything it will help launch me more into the gallery space,” she said.

“And just get my name out there as a known artist as well.”

The 2023 judges were former CVIAA winner and Indigenous Arts Officer at Arts Northern Rivers, Kylie Caldwell and Githabal man and artist Luke Close.

Grafton artist Dani Gorogo admiring some of the sculptural exhibits at the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday.

Grafton artist Dani Gorogo admiring some of the sculptural exhibits at the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday.

Other winners were, the $1000 Highly Commended Emerging Artist award to Jenna Randall for her work Coast Country and the $250 Youth Prize went to Janalie Mercy for a basket weaving piece.

Gallery director Sarah Gurich was the MC for the event attended by around 70 people in the Grafton Regional Gallery courtyard.

The audience was treated to a Welcome to Country from Gary Brown and deputy Mayor Greg Clancy officially opened the event in the absence of Mayor Ian Tiley.

In addition Dean Loadsman and the Berinbah Dance Troup provided a captivating performance of indigenous dancing.

And there was a contribution from the artistic endeavours to the culinary delights, with native bee honey from one exhibit use to flavour ice cream served to guests.

Saturdays event was also a chance to open two other exhibitions at the gallery, Relative Terrains and School of the Living and the Dead

In School of the Living and the Dead, artist Dr Bill Platz investigates the histories and applications of puppets in studio drawing.

Local elder Uncle Gary Brown gives the Welcome to Country at the 2023 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Local elder Uncle Gary Brown gives the Welcome to Country at the 2023 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards on Saturday at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

He includes recent experiments that aim to demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of using modern technological fibres as a base for drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Relative Terrains is a collaborative exhibition from artists Karma Barnes and Robèrt Franken.

This immersive exhibition celebrates the power of collaboration and the profound impact of relationships on our lives.

Through a series of large-scale installations, visitors delve into the intricate web of connections that shape and transform us.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

 

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable musical adventure as the Andy Golledge Band embarks on their ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour 2024. Slated for release on April 19, 2024, the album captures the essence of life’s transitions, celebrating the beauty of ageing, the excitement of new love, and the thrill of exploring new environments.

The title track, ‘Young, Dumb & Wild,’ stands out as a powerful anthem that transcends superficial notions of youth to delve into the core of creative freedom. This single follows the earlier release of ‘Country Band’ in late 2023, a lively road trip anthem that celebrates the many forms of love in various relationships. Together, the tracks weave a seamless narrative, encapsulating the highs and lows of life’s twists and turns.

Andy Golledge, a prominent figure in the Australian alt-country scene, aims to deliver a mature and cohesive experience with this album, showcasing his unique ‘Alt-Country-esque Dad Rock’ style. Following the success of his debut album, ‘Strength of a Queen,’ which won ‘Best Independent Country Album/EP’ at the AIR Awards 2023, Andy Golledge continues to make waves in the music scene. His debut album charted impressively on ARIA’s Top Vinyl Albums and Australian Country Albums, earning nominations at the ARIA Awards 2022 and CMAA Golden Guitar Awards 2023.

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An Andy Golledge show promises to be both exhilarating and unpredictable. The band features some of the most respected musicians in the Australian alt-country/Americana scene, including Leroy Lee (guitar/vocals), Caitlin Harnett (banjo/vocals), Nick Ryan (bass), and Josh Piltz (drums). Their performances range from tender moments that bring tears to rollicking numbers that make you dance wildly.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the spectacle of the ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour. Grab your tickets now and pre-order the album, available with exclusive merch bundles you won’t want to miss!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – Friday 24th of May at 6:30pm
  • Where – Bangalow Bowlo
  • Price – from $33.40
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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