2016 Winter Masterpieces Outing!

We have, again, scheduled an outing to the Big Smoke to this year's Winter Masterpieces Exhibition.
Mark the date - Wednesday, the 29th of June and email us to register your participation.

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2016, Degas: A New Vision

In June 2016, an exhibition of one of the world’s most loved artists, Edgar Degas, will open to the public. The world-first exhibition Degas: A New Visionwill offer the most significant international survey of Degas’ work in decades, presenting more than 200 works which showcase the artist’s talent in a new light; not only as a great master of painting, but also as a master of drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.
The National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will both stage this major retrospective, which has been developed by both institutions in association with Art Exhibitions Australia. Degas: A New Vision will be premiered at NGV International in June 2016 as the next Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, before travelling to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in October 2016.
Special Minister of State, The Hon. Gavin Jennings MP, said, ‘Degas: A New Vision will give Victorians and visitors to our state an unprecedented opportunity to experience the incredible life’s work of an iconic master. It is a significant coup for Melbourne to be the first location to present this ground-breaking exhibition and casts the international spotlight firmly on our city and the NGV.’
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Presenting Edgar Degas’ magnificent oeuvre in a fresh and reinvigorated light showcases him as one of the defining artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Considered one of the world’s most celebrated and significant artists, his influence upon modern and contemporary art is undeniable.
Degas: A New Vision will provide audiences with a rare experience to truly be immersed in the creativity and originality of his art, giving visitors a deeper and richer understanding of his brilliance.’ Degas: A New Vision will be presented thematically, grouping together the subjects which Degas continually returned to throughout his career, including not only his famous ballet scenes but also arresting portraits, the nude, horse-racing, the social world of Parisian nightlife, and women at work and leisure. The exhibition will also explore the great technical, conceptual and expressive freedoms that Degas achieved in his later years, and reveal his experiments with a range of mediums including sculpture and photography. This approach will emphasise Degas’ obsessive and highly creative working methods, and allow visitors to enjoy the development of Degas’ art from its beginnings.
Degas was fascinated by aspects of modern life – voraciously painting Paris’ dance halls and cabarets, cafés, racetracks, opera and ballet stages. He also studied the simple, everyday gestures of working women: milliners, dressmakers, and laundresses. He was drawn to explore movement that was precise and disciplined, such as that of racehorses and ballet dancers, and absorbed a diverse range of influences from Japanese prints to Italian Mannerism. The National Gallery of Victoria is pleased to be working with a pre-eminent expert on Edgar Degas, Henri Loyrette, former director of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, who is principal curator of the exhibition.
Degas: A New Vision will be at NGV International from 24 June – 18 September 2016 as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Exhibitions & Workshops at Qdos


Birregurra's Small Town Transformation gets the green light!

Minister Martin Foley with Angie Smales,
Vicki Jeffrey & Fiona Brandscheid
On Saturday 28th May,  Birregurra began celebrating the news that the community successfully secured $350k in funding to creatively transform the town through art as part of Small Town Transformations, a Victorian State initiative administered by Regional Arts Victoria.

The two year long project, titled "enLIGHTen Me: I have a Hall in my Heart" will see significant climatic and technological upgrades to the much loved but all too frequently idle Mechanics Institute, otherwise known as Birregurra Hall.

The ultimate goal is to inspire the community to champion its potential and creative possibilities—transforming it from a much underused facility into a sustainable and inventive cultural centre with an ongoing program of community activities and events.

There will also be some physical changes to the hall—subtle but very functional. A key element to the physical works to the hall will be connecting the interior of the hall with the outdoor space on the western side of the hall—opening up the secreted Senior Citizens room to a functional and creative landscaped area that will extend the use and flexibility of the space.

The project will manifest progressively across three stages and will kick off with a Show + Tell event inviting all those who have a connection to the hall, past and present, to nostalgically share their stories, memories and mementos of the hall which will be recorded and catalogued. It's these stories and ephemera that will inform many of the artworks produced across the project, including immersive projections, performance pieces and public artworks—all of which the community will have a chance to get involved with and contribute to.

Birregurra Mechanics Institute as it is today in June 2016
Over summer, the outdoor space around the hall will be activated by community members with a quirky and creative pop-up village green—a space to relax in a deck chair with friends, enjoy impromptu performances, chill out watching a film, learn new skills, buy local produce and, most importantly, contribute to how the space might look and function in the future.

Throughout 2017, everyone will be encouraged and have the opportunity to get involved. Theatre will be produced, music will be made, sculptures will be dreamt up, landscapes will be built. Innovative light and projection artist, Craig Walsh, will work with community members to create a major piece of immersive projection work based around the hall.Young adults and teens can learn how to use technical production equipment and create their own light and projection shows that they can put on at the hall. These are just a few of the ideas on the table and, with your input, there is sure to be many more.

The grand finale will culminate in a contemporary arts event which will provide a platform for unveiling all the works developed by our community and provide a chance for everyone to celebrate and enjoy what we've all created together. At night, sculptures will light the town up, projections will captivate locals and visitors alike, and performances with showcase the hall's ultimate transformation.

It's an amazing opportunity for all of us to transform Birregurra hall into a thriving cultural venue for the community and the district to enjoy. While the grant has provided a much needed injection of funds, ultimately it's up to the whole community to embrace the creative opportunities, get your hands dirty and help with landscaping and hall works, and champion the project to make sure it's a viable and sustainable success. It's truly going to be an exciting and transformative journey for all of us and our families. We hope you enjoy the ride!!

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The project is due to commence in August 2016 and will be completed by October 2018.

​Small Town Transformations is a Victorian Government initiative, managed by Regional Arts Victoria.

​Lead applicant is Birregurra Community Group. Project partners include Colac Otway Shire, Birregurra Hall Committee, Birregurra Community Arts Group, Birregurra Festival and Arts Show, Birregurra Senior Citizens, Birregurra Historical Society, Birregurra Primary School and Birregurra Community Health Centre.