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South Coast Leisure Times : Summer 15-2016
Festival fever hits Illawarra Contemporary artwork collection grows in size Indigenous singer-songwriter Frank Yamma will be among the talented Australian artists performing. Gary Sangster, Debra Dawes, Jelle van den Berg and Julian van den Berg at Wollongong Art Gallery enjoy the Jelle van den Berg Credo (Nine Lives) exhibition. Photo: Adam McLean Wollongong The 31st Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground from January 14-17, 2016 has a lot to live up to, but organisers are confident that the 2016 festival will be one of the best yet. Last January more than 11,500 music fans flocked to the 30th anniversary festival – a record – and organisers say that the 2016 festival line-up will maintain the high standards that have made this one of the biggest folk festivals in the state. “We’ve got over 170 acts from all over the world and Australia playing in 13 venues over the four days of the festival,” artistic director David De Santi said. “Acclaimed Scottish singer- songwriter Dougie McLean is returning after his very popular appearances at the 2012 festival, while other international acts include The Poozies from the UK and Beth Patterson from the US,” he said. The Australian artists include acclaimed Indigenous singer- songwriter Frank Yamma, a Pitjantjatjara man from Central Australia who speaks five languages and sings in English and Pitjantjatjara, Shane Howard who was the mainstay of 1980s folk-rock group Goanna, Neil Murray, who wrote My Island Home and Ami Williamson, the multi- talented daughter of Australian music legend John Williamson. “We try really hard to provide a great mix of international, national and local acts and the 2016 festival lineup really meets this objective,” Mr De Santi said. “T here will be something for everyone.” Bulli Showground comes alive for the festival with a variety of large and more intimate performance spaces. The festival also features poetry, comedy, music workshops and dance, as well as a wide variety of gourmet food stalls. Tickets are available at www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au Wollongong Art Gallery has a number of intriguing exhibitions on display over summer. The gallery is the largest regional ar t museum in Australia and admission is free. Jelle van den Berg’s Credo (Nine Lives) exhibition began in October and will run until Sunday, February 14, 2016. The exhibition refers to a watercolour called Credo in which the artist explains his work process beliefs. The morning is for walking, drawing and watercolour, afternoons are spent lunching, sleeping and writing and evenings wiled away with dinner, painting and reading. A cat is said to have nine lives and the distinct displays show different degrees of connections between objects, the drawings and the paintings. From mid-November through until Sunday, January 31, 2016 the gallery will be showing its 2014- 2015 contemporary acquisitions from the collection. The gallery actively collects contemporary ar t by locally and nationally significant artists. Recent acquisitions include assemblage, collage, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture from artists including Arthur Apanski, Ben Cauchi, Vic Chapman, Ebony Eden, Michele Elliot, Ber t Flugelman, James Kiwi, Mai Nguyen, Susan O’Doherty, Karen Paterson, Jacky Redgate, Val West and William Yang. Sensorium began late November and will run until Sunday, February 21, 2016. It is an interactive exhibition of contemporary art devised to stimulate the five senses. Artworks that can be heard, seen, touched, tasted and sniffed will allow visitors to explore heightened sensory perceptions. Shimmer Shellwork is an exhibition curated by Tess Allas, Darrell Sibosado and Tahjee Moar which explores expanded notions of historical and contemporary shell- working traditions in Indigenous Australia. It will run from early December until Sunday, March 6, 2016 with a curators talk being held Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 11am until 12noon. Tess Allas and Tahjee Moar will discuss how Shimmer Shellwork establishes a new framework for viewing Indigenous shellworks, focusing on technical innovation, beauty and refinement, individual as well as community-led practice and the historical, cultural and political contexts for Indigenous shell art practice. This event is free and all are welcome. FAST FACTS Wollongong is the third largest city in NSW The district has a population of around 300,000 It is home to the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere, the Nan Tien Temple Wollongong is believed to mean “seas of the South” in the local Aboriginal language. WOLLONGONG WOLLONGONG ARTART GALLERY GALLERY WOLLONGONG ART GALLERY Cnr Kembla & Burelli Streets, Wollongong OpenTues-Fri10-5,weekends12-4 ADMISSION FREE | P: 4227 8500 Gallery Shop: Art books, Journals, Cards, Posters & Gifts www.wollongongartgallery.com EXHIBITIONS: New Contemporary Acquisitions from the collection Until 31 January Jelle van den Berg Credo: Nine Lives To 14 February Sensorium Celebration of Ability Until 21 February Shimmer Indigenous Shellwork Until 6 March Roy Jackson retrospective 1963 -2013 6 February – 17 April SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOP PROGRAM Steel Town - Pt Kembla: 12 March - 22 May Vyvian Wilson, Fire and Moon I, 2012, Arches cotton paper, photographic paper, gum, acrylic, acrylic mediums Bookings essential for a wide variety of creative 2-hour and full day workshops during the school holidays suitable for 5-8 year olds and 9-14 year olds AW1786145 12 South Coast www.southcoastleisuretimes.com.au