Fiona Hall, Big Game Hunting

April 2, 2013 12:00 am to July 21, 2013 12:00 am

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One of Australia’s most prominent contemporary artists, Fiona Hall, is best known for extraordinary works that transform mundane man-made materials into vital organic forms with both contemporary and historical resonances. Her work is crafted with painstaking detail, emphasising the beauty and fragility of the natural world and by way of engaging with environmental issues, colonialism, consumerism and globalisation.

‘Fall Prey’ features a menagerie of trophy-style sculptures of endangered species from the United Nations Red List, rendered in military camouflage. While resembling old-style taxidermied specimens, these larger-than-life creatures are embellished with the detritus of contemporary culture – disturbing signifiers of the cultural and ecological changes that have wrought havoc on their natural habitats and contributed to their plight.

Heide Museum of Modern Art
Until 21 July, 2013
Melbourne

I Want Change: Two decades of artistic defiance, disapproval and dissent

April 2, 2013 12:00 am to April 12, 2013 12:00 am

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Michael Agzarian |Brook Andrew | Zanny Begg | boat-people.org | Bindi Cole | James Dodd | Fiona Foley | Jamin | Ash Keating | Deborah Kelly | Azlan McLennan | MEEK | Van Rudd | Carl Scrase

Exhibition at LUMA

A shadowy figure sits cross-legged against a wall. Hands outstretched, he holds a placard above a beggar’s cup, scrawled with the text, “KEEP YOUR COINS, I WANT CHANGE.” MEEK’s iconic stencil, Begging for Change, sums up a sentiment that experienced a groundswell in contemporary art practice in Australia during the Howard era and has maintained an active presence to the current day. The War on Terror, our treatment of refugees, the environment, Indigenous identity and the GFC have each figured prominently as political issues that have occupied artists and their practices over the past 15 years. I Want Change takes a snapshot of these issues and the often public, performative and socially engaging working embraced by artists to voice their protest, criticism and concern.

Image credit: Begging for Change
Stencil, dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the artist

Melbourne Conversations – Stompin’ Ground: Dance and Land

March 18, 2013 6:00 pm

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Stompin’ Ground: A talk about dance, land and culture.

Why dance if you don’t have land?

Join our panel of experts as they consider this political question and tell stories about Indigenous dance and its connections to cultural continuity, health, identity, community and land.

Panel Members: Carly Sheppard – dancer and choreographer; Alan Brown – Manager Men’s Health, Victorian Aboriginal Health Services; Jida Gulpilil – traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dancer, choreographer and performing artist; Clinton Nain – Indigenous dancer, performer and storyteller; Marilyn Miller – creative producer and freelance artist;

Moderator: Nikki Ashby – performing artist.

This Melbourne Conversations event is part of Dance Massive, 12 to 24 March 2013. dancemassive.com.au

The Green Ball

February 23, 2013

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The Green Ball is Australia’s first Green Carpet Event – a glamorous celebration of sustainable food, fashion and fun, created by Melbourne’s own sustainable events company, Grassroots Productions.

This new exciting, not to be missed event takes place Saturday 23rd of February 2013, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival calendar. The Green Ball will be held in one of Melbourne’s best kept venue secrets – a stunning bluestone heritage building overlooking the Maribyrnong River, quietly nestled amongst the lush wetlands of Pipemakers Park. This unique venue also offers picturesque views towards Flemington Racecourse and the city, a mere 6km from the CBD.

More Information http://www.thegreenball.com.au/

RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA

February 26, 2013 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Arts in Action in partnership with Do Good Radio and the Transitions Film Festival presents a screening of RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA, a riveting film directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, about a Bedouin woman’s journey to become a solar engineer, power her village and re-wire the minds of her traditional Bedouin community. Rafea, is one of two women from Jordan chosen to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. But can she overcome all the obstacles that stand in her way?

This film not only highlights the importance of using sustainable energy to improve conditions for the rural poor, but also argues the importance of providing education to women who are purposely selected for the program because they are the ones invested to  stay and improve the conditions of their communities.

More information http://artsinaction.com.au/rafea-solar-mama-by-mona-eldaief-jehane-noujaim/

WWF Earth Hour Creative Awards

February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am

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WWF  Creative Arts Award are looking for inspiring projects – within the visual or performance arts – exploring environmental concerns, and offering audiences new ways of understanding and engaging with the issues.

Perhaps an artist with a new vision of our relationship to nature. Or a theatre group dramatising the social impacts of climate change. Gain public recognition for your great work and inspire reflection and action in the community. Apply now!

Image: Ghost Nets, winners of the Creative Arts category, WWF Earth Hour Awards 2012 © WWF-Australia