It's Time To Get Organised!

The Festival and our 3rd Arts Expo @ The Masonic is just around the corner. Artists have been busy preparing, musicians have been practicing and a lot of behind the scene work has been done to make this years Expo our best ever.
One of the things that makes our Expo so successful is the volunteers who give up an hour or so over the weekend to act as ushers for the Expo.
These fabulous folk allow all participants to get the most out of the festival as they look after artists' bays, should they be absent, manage sales and act as ambassadors for the Arts Group at the Arts Group Information stand inside the hall.
If you would like to go on this year's usher roster, please email Debbie.
Debbie is currently putting the roster together, making sure that there is always two ushers on duty at all times - so you will never be on your own.
Acting as ushers at the Arts Group Expo is a lot of fun - to show you what we get up to, here is a video for you to relive last years action.

Local Artists prepare for the Arts Expo @ The Masonic

A big thank you to the Lock the Gate campaigners
for letting us repurpose their, now defunct, yellow triangles

Don't be offended if your local artist friends decline any invitations that take them away from their studios at the moment. Birregurra's Festival is just a week or so away, so they are all busy preparing their showcase for the Arts Expo @ The Masonic.

This year's theme is Artists at Work, demonstrating and talking about their art, as they move a small part of their studio into the Masonic Hall for the weekend. In an effort to bring you their very best, artists are burning the midnight oil and rehearsals are held all over the town.

Participating artists include Ron Eichler, who will unveil his 'shoe sculpture' @ The Masonic.
Linnet Hunter, who is busy preparing some fun ways for everyone to join in on word play and poem making.
Chris West and Pam Fyfe will amaze us with their individual use of fibre.
Rob Mills' pottery wheel will be spinning.
Monica Provan and Jan Verouden will make glass art crystal clear and
Veronica Phillips will weave her willow magic.
There will be a guitar builder making guitars out of cigar boxes, a sand stone carver, a silver smith, a Kokedama maker and an exhibition of Colac Camera Club's finest.

But wait - there's more! This year we introduce the Word & Song UnPlugged stage, a program of musicians and poets, which you'll find on the official festival program and map handed out on the day.

It includes local favourites Keith Maxwell, a ukulele size Ukulele Kollective, and the premiere of Birregurra's own Zither Ensemble. Ensemble members are Jane Dennis, Barb Little, Anne Brandscheid, Helen Maxwell, Ian & Angie Smales, Gaye & John Wedford and Jenny Stephens.

Make sure you include a visit to the Masonic Hall during the festival.






One For The Girls!

2017 South West International Women's Day Art Prize
'Call for Entries' Now Open!


Female artists: we are excited to announce that the Call for Entries is now OPEN for the "2017 South West International Women's Day Art Prize"!

We are VERY EXCITED to be delivering this local prize for the third year - giving women the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded within their own community. 

You asked for more time to prepare for the event - so we've launched almost two months earlier!
 
Works in all medium that respond to this year’s theme “Women & Belonging” are invited (more details on the theme in the Terms & Conditions).

Entry is open until Saturday, January 28, 2017 - so now is the time to get started!

* SEE YOUR WORK IN AN EXHIBITION * CHANCE FOR GREAT CASH PRIZES 
 
Please spread the word and help us showcase our talented local female artists!!
 


OCR FM Invitation!

Jonathan here from OCR FM community radio station. I present the '921' show over the summer school holidays sharing community information and song requests. 
I'm writing on behalf of OCR in regard to new presenters and programming. As I've previously chatted with you or your community organisation, I believe you have a great connection to your local community. 

OCR FM gives a voice to members of the local community to share their favourite music, community information and areas of expertise - and we're looking for new radio shows.  
Community radio is different to commercial or national radio, as its created and run by volunteers. Programs are many and varied, giving airtime to topics not readily available in other forms of media. 

If you or your organisation would like more information about getting involved with hosting a show or a regular segment, please feel free to reply to 921@otwayfm.org.au

Need some ideas to host your own show?

THIS IS .... - town specific news, information and interviews for Colac, Forrest, Beeac, Birregurra, Gellibrand, Camperdown, Alvie, Cororooke....

RADIO ACTIVE - share fitness and sporting information

RADIO THERAPY - health advice 

RADIO SENSITIVE - discussion of important local issues 

50 SHADES OF HAY - farming discussion and news

THIS BIG! - fishing tips

DRAMARTIST - arts, culture and theatre 

Or music show ideas

AURAL PLEASURE - new or retro music

CLASSICOOL - classical music 

GROOVE ME - jazz, blues, soul, RnB

B-SIDES AND RARITIES - rare or unreleased music

It's your show. Your radio station. Your ideas. 
Find out more at www.ocrfm.org.au

enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation offering 15-30 yrs olds chance to learn digital storytelling


PLEASE SHARE THIS FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY WITH ANY 15-30 YR OLDS YOU KNOW WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED!

A shout out to 15-30yr olds in and around Birregurra! This is a huge opportunity!!! Limited places available so register your interest ASAP. Information session with Craig Walsh is on Tuesday 20th September at 5pm. 
REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/birrevideo
MORE INFO HERE: http://bit.ly/birrecallout
Birregurra's enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation is offering skills training and project experience in digital storytelling to 15-30yr olds who live in Birre and surrounding towns. We want YOU to be the eyes and ears of Birregurra Hall's transformation and get involved in some really exciting projects that we're lining up.
Participants will learn some fantastic skills ranging from story boarding to final edit from a range of highly skilled professionals involved in the enLIGHTen Me project, including lead artist, internationally renowned multi media artist Craig Walsh.
No experience is necessary but young people with previous film and digital experience are welcomed and encouraged. This is a fantastic opportunity to add to a portfolio of work and to work with an outstanding artist on a high profile arts project.
For more info about Birregurra's Small Town Transformation project, visit www.enlightenmebirre.com 

Glass Casting Workshop with Jan Veroudan - Starts 1st October 2016


REGISTER NOW

When: The workshop will run for three sessions.

Session 1 / Sat 1st Oct / 10am - 4pm / Make your mould

Session 2 / Sat 15th Oct / 10am - 12 noon / Adding glass to the mould

Session 3 / Sat 29th Oct / 10am - 12 noon / Finishing your peice

Where: Jan's workshop in Kawarran (Address to be advised)

How Much: Members $100 / Non Members $115 (includes membership) + $80 materials
Only 8 participant places.

About the Workshop
This is an open faced casting workshop. Participants will create a piece of their own work with a set size of 15x10x3 cm deep

On the first day the participants will create a form (either a free standing shape, or base relief style slab) from clay. When this has been achieved, we will make a box form around the clay positive and pour a plaster/silica mix around it.

Once this is set, we will remove the boxing, turn the mould over and remove the clay from the mould, leaving a “negative” space. The mould needs to be thoroughly cleaned of any clay remnants and plaster crumbs. The mould will then be dried over a couple of weeks before firing.

In the second session, once colours etc have been chosen, the mould will be filled with glass ready for firing.

In the third session, after all pieces have been fired, the participants will remove their glass form from the mould and clean any rough edges. Further cleaning will be discussed and carried out at home.

Inclusions:
Tea and coffee supplied. Please bring your lunch

For any questions, please contact us on birreartsgroup@gmail.com

Snapshots of Birregurra 2016 - entries now open




ENTRIES CLOSE 5pm, 2ND OCTOBER 2016

2016 Theme: Buildings and Structures of Birregurra

Prizes:
Winners of Open & 13yrs & Under: $100 cash
Runners up of Open & 13yrs & Under: $50 gift voucher to your choice of Birregurra retailers
Peoples Choice: $100 gift voucher to your choice of Birregurra retailers

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY


TERMS & CONDITIONS
  1. Entries close 5PM 2nd October 2016.
  2. A maximum of two photos per person may be entered and must depict your interpretation of the 2016 theme, “Buildings and Structures of Birregurra” and taken in 2016 (Separate form for each entry).
  3. Online entries will be printed by BCAG. No responsibility will taken by BCAG for quality of print.
  4. By completing and signing this entry form, you are granting permission for your photo to be displayed during the 2016 Birregurra Weekend Festival on 7/8/9 October 2016 and for future promotions of Snapshots of Birregurra. Please ensure that you have the permission of all persons appearing in the photos for public display.
  5. A copy of your photo may be displayed on the Birregurra Festival & Art Show Facebook page, the Birregurra Arts Group website, the Birregurra Mail and in future Snapshots of Birregurra exhibitions. It may also be given to Colac Otway Shire’s library service, Birregurra Mail and Birregurra Historical Society. Winning entries may also be displayed on permanent exhibition in the Birregurra Community.
  6. Your entry will not be returned to you, so if you love your snapshot, it’s best to keep a copy.
  7. Winning entries will remain with the Birregurra community and may be displayed as part of a permanent exhibition.
  8. Awards will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and technical skill. The Len Robb People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the public on Saturday 8th October at Birregurra Weekend Festival.
  9. All entrants may be contacted in the future by BCAG to provide information about other photography and digital videography workshops and activities in Birregurra.