Artist Talk - SALT, a collaboration with enLIGHTen Me Birregurra - Sat 14th April 2pm

Come and listen to the artists talk about SALT and the collaboration

Saturday 14 April  2pm at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC 
79 Main Street, Beeac


In the meantime, drive by look through the window both day and night and see the story, the glistening salt, lights and shadows and imagine.  

lights on 31 March 
1-29 April 2018

SALT, April (2018)




SALT plays with the dream world.
This is a dream of another time and place-
A place where the impossible to possible and the improbable is 
likely


What you will see........



When you look in the window of WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC, you will see, illuminated, a debutante dress.  This dress is hovering, floating above a bed of glittering, sparkling salt.  This dress is not static though.  As if inhabited by the ghost of a long forgotten dancer, the dress rotates, slowly around and around. The dancer - the imagined young woman in the dress, is changeling: transforming from human to Brolga - or is it the other way round?

Within the dress itself appear shadows.  These tell a cyclical tale of a young woman transforming to a brolga and back again, alluding to the local Dreamtime story.

Scattered throughout the salt are left over things, forgotten and abandoned things - forgotten and abandoned from a woman's story that has never been told.  These objects themselves are being repossessed by nature, by lichens and flowers, by bugs and birds, and by rot and decay. Some of these things though, float, hover - sometimes spin, above the salt, with minds of their own.



This is the universe where a woman is centre - a changeling.
This is a woman's story that possesses the land.



About

SALT is a visual arts/installation project addressing historical female representation in local history with a focus on the region's Salt Lakes. SALT is a partnership with WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC,Studio 92 SkillConnection ColacColac Otway Arts Trail and enLIGHTen Me Festival, Birregurra.  SALT was led by regionally-based Barking Spider Visual Theatre and engaged artists of diverse abilities across Colac-Otway area.  The project was developed at Barking Spider's studio at Red Barn Farm in Cundare North.

The artists are Penelope Bartlau and Jason Lehane, who are new to the area, having bought a small property in Cundare North in 2015. The farm - Red Barn Farm, has a big old barn, and this is the artistic engine room for the artists, and for Barking Spider Visual Theatre - their company.  Penelope and Jason were joined by artistKyoko Imazu, another stable Barking Spider artist.

The artists trialled leaving objects-including Penelope's mother's wedding dress, a cow skull, macramé shell plant holders, pearls, feathers and bones, in highly salted baths.  Following the "how to salt crystals" method, they hoped to grow salt crystals on these objects - but the crystals wouldn't take.  So they went to Plan B-still using salt crystals as a main feature of the installation, but with objects buried/submerged in the salt, and the dress embellished with feathers from local birds.

Kyoko worked on the shadow puppets, Jason was responsible for the lighting, and Penelope pulled together the other elements for the installation.






About the artists




Penelope and Jason each have multiple art-form practices, which combined encompass theatre creation, performance and design, puppetry, installation creation, writing, lighting and set design and story telling.  Penelope is the artistic director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre and Jason is one of the company's core artists: they have been artistic collaborators for 15 years.  For SALT Jason created the lighting design and collaborated with Penelope on the overall installation design.  Penelope worked on the detailing within their installation.

Kyoko is a Japanese artist whose practice encompasses paper-cuts, printmaking, bookbinding and ceramics.  Kyoko made the shadow puppets for the installation.  Barking Spider Visual Theatre works across museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies, workshops for radio and for site -specific projects.  Please look us up on social media or our website.





 



Tickets still available for Festival of Small Halls - 3.30 Sunday 8th April at Birregurra Hall

Woodfordia Inc in partnership with
Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival
presents


or grab them offline at Dymond & Dymond (Main St Birregurra)
or at Birregurra Community Health Centre.
Any unsold tickets will be available at the door but get in quick as there are limited seats.




ABOUT CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR


Claire Anne Taylor 

Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
After winning the Byron Bluesfest Busking Competition, Taylor relocated to Byron Bay to record her debut album, Elemental. Released in 2016, Elemental received widespread critical acclaim with The Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “strong and assured”, FATEA Magazine calling it “exceptional” and the ABC’s Rick Eaves hailing her as “a national treasure”. Taylor’s poignant debut album has garnered her significant radio airplay on Triple J, Double J and ABC radio as well as international radio airplay on programs such as The International Americana Music Show, The Troubadour Show and Radio Nova.
2016 was a breakout year for Taylor. The album release was supported by two national tours and numerous festival appearances including Nannup Music Festival, Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival, PigSty in July and Cygnet Folk Festival. Other highlights include supporting Liz Stringer on her album launch tour and a co-headline tour with William Crighton.
“Describing Claire’s voice in words is almost impossible. Try to imagine Jess Glynne with something deeper, richer and more soulful. Wrapped in the smoke and gravel of her voice there’s also a wonderful warmth.”
–     FATEA Magazine
“It looks like it’s gonna be a big year for Claire Anne Taylor…what a voice!”
–     Sarah Howells, Triple J

ABOUT DAVE GUNNING

Dave Gunning Promo photo 2016 credit Jonathan Beadle






Call it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter. When acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. “We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go,” he says of the making of that album, Lift.
Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. “I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,” says Dave. “I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I’m their peer and they like my stuff too. It’s a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.”
Gunning’s recording career is now approaching a full two decades in length (his debut album, Lost Tracks, came out in 1996). Along with richly-deserved peer respect, he has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards. That tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album …a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.
“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.”  
– The Guardian
“Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process, as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.” 
– Toronto Star

FREE singing workshop at Birregurra Hall for Festival of Small Halls Birregurra ticket holders - Sunday 8th April 2018




ACTING OUT - Whispers of a Building. A free drama workshop and performance.


Eventbrite - ACTING OUT - Whispers of a Building. A free drama workshop and performance.


Acting Out – Whispers in a Building

What if Birregurra Hall’s tight corners reverberated with all the whispers and conversations that once took place within its walls? What would they say?

Join Linnet Hunter in a 2-hour intensive drama development session using game-playing techniques. You will be bouncing off prompts collected from community interviews to explore improvised dialogues with a sense of play and irreverence. Some of these will be performed as part of Birregurra Hall’s live art event on Sat 28th April.

You don’t need any prior experience, or even be focused on acting. You just need to be willing to get involved – to enquire and experiment. Two workshops are available. You can register for one or both – same outline – different outcomes.
Each session will include games for actors and non-actors, tableau, collaborative dialogue development, creating short scenes from a variety of prompts, laughter and play.
Participants will learn the first key steps of:
  • how to capture key moments in brief conversations
  • character development and how to tell a short story through dialogue
  • how to use body and voice to engage audiences and deliver a compelling message
  • techniques for creativity, confidence and communication
  • rehearsal strategies
  • how to deal with nervousness and “stage fright”. 
At the end of each workshop the group will select several scenes as the most effective and most relevant for the Live Arts event. Participants will be invited to rehearse further and perform these at the live art event in April.
WHEN: Sunday 19th March 2018 / Saturday 24th March 2018 (One rehearsal in Easter holidays and on evenings of 26/27 April)
WHO: Suitable for adults and teen 15 yrs+
WHERE: Birregurra Hall, 42-44 Main St Birregurra
REGISTER: Contact Linnet Hunter on linnet.hunter@gmail.com or phone 0414 629 539





Get your tickets for Birregurra's Festival of Small Halls - 3.30pm Sunday 8th April 2018

Woodfordia Inc in partnership with
Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival
presents


or grab them offline at Dymond & Dymond (Main St Birregurra)
or at Birregurra Community Health Centre.




ABOUT CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR


Claire Anne Taylor 

Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
After winning the Byron Bluesfest Busking Competition, Taylor relocated to Byron Bay to record her debut album, Elemental. Released in 2016, Elemental received widespread critical acclaim with The Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “strong and assured”, FATEA Magazine calling it “exceptional” and the ABC’s Rick Eaves hailing her as “a national treasure”. Taylor’s poignant debut album has garnered her significant radio airplay on Triple J, Double J and ABC radio as well as international radio airplay on programs such as The International Americana Music Show, The Troubadour Show and Radio Nova.
2016 was a breakout year for Taylor. The album release was supported by two national tours and numerous festival appearances including Nannup Music Festival, Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival, PigSty in July and Cygnet Folk Festival. Other highlights include supporting Liz Stringer on her album launch tour and a co-headline tour with William Crighton.
“Describing Claire’s voice in words is almost impossible. Try to imagine Jess Glynne with something deeper, richer and more soulful. Wrapped in the smoke and gravel of her voice there’s also a wonderful warmth.”
–     FATEA Magazine
“It looks like it’s gonna be a big year for Claire Anne Taylor…what a voice!”
–     Sarah Howells, Triple J

ABOUT DAVE GUNNING

Dave Gunning Promo photo 2016 credit Jonathan Beadle






Call it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter. When acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. “We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go,” he says of the making of that album, Lift.
Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. “I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,” says Dave. “I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I’m their peer and they like my stuff too. It’s a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.”
Gunning’s recording career is now approaching a full two decades in length (his debut album, Lost Tracks, came out in 1996). Along with richly-deserved peer respect, he has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards. That tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album …a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.
“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.”  
– The Guardian
“Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process, as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.” 
– Toronto Star

Colac Otway Arts Trail - 17th & 18th March 2018

The Colac Otway Arts trail has been developed by a dedicated of group of volunteers. All are practising artists who are extremely passionate about developing the arts in the Colac Otway Shire on many levels.

Their dedication has allowed this trail to happen. With over 60 places to visit on the trail. Showcasing Galleries, studios, pop ups, public art treasures, demonstrations and workshops they have created an Arts Map of the Region.

They believe they have only touched the surface of the incredible and diverse pool of creative people and groups who are the "hidden treasures" of the Otways.
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More info at: www.colacotwayartstrail.com

Artist Talk - Cool Burn by Irene Pagram / 2pm to 4pm February 17, 2018

Visit WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC to see Irene Pagram's hauntingly beautiful eco printed mixed media installation 'Cool Burn' enjoy refreshments while you listen to Irene speaking about her work and the process of working with natural dyes and paper table cloths to create the piece.

Join Irene from 2pm to 4pm on Sat 17 Feb for an insight into her work and arts practice.
This is a FREE event.

'Cool Burn' will be at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC throughout the month of February.

WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC : 79 Main Street, Beeac


Birre Arts Reset - Members Meeting this Thursday 8th Feb, 6.30pm at Birre Health Centre




After three fabulous years, it's time for Birregurra Community Arts Group to have a reset!

With your help over the past three years, Birre Arts has grown and developed into a remarkable community and has kicked so many goals. Not only have we introduced a regular array of creative workshops and events into the area, and supported the genesis of creative arts groups and projects, but we have made strong networks with other local arts groups, and have started to have an impact on the visibility of arts and culture in the region, particularly with regard to support from Colac Otway Shire.

But now it's time for a reset! A look toward what we want Birre Arts to look like in the future.
We're looking for fresh ideas for how we operate, what we offer, funding pathways we develop, and how we can better link and promote artists within our region.

We want you to tell us what's important to YOU, as an artist or as a consumer of art, and bring your ideas to the table on what and how we can financially support artists and creative projects. And we want you to be a part of how we do all this.

So we're throwing a cards on the table and clearing the decks! From how, or if, we run meetings, how we communicate with members, what we support and what we should avoid. Everything is up for discussion - so come along and jump in the ball pit with us and let's see where things land.

This Thursday 8th Feb /6.30pm / Birregurra Community Health Centre