They Are Us launch

They Are Us is a collaborative ekphrastic art exhibition involving Central Highlands writers, operating under the WOL banner, and Soldiers Hill Artist Collective.

The writers composed short fiction and poetry on the theme of “They Are Us”, selected by SHAC, to which randomly drawn artists have created responses in a range of media, including painting, photography, woodwork and textiles.

The writers engaged with a broad range of subjects, from intergenerational meditations, warfare and immigration, to alien encounters and environmental concerns.

The free launch is open to all.

It will be at the Lounge Gallery, Billy’s Bar, at the Mercure at 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, on Thursday February 27 at 6.30pm.

City of Ballarat’s deputy mayor, Cr Belinda Coates, will be doing the honours.

Reuben Morgan (of the BallaRat Pack), who composed a gorgeous piece for the previous WOL-SHAC collaboration Weathering the Future in 2018, has again written a bespoke theme piece and will perform it on the night.

Drink and nibbles supplied, with huge thanks to the Mercure. No RSVP needed.

Any assistance in spreading the word is greatly appreciated, and of course, the more the merrier on the night. There is a Facebook event for those who would like to share that.

We’re particularly grateful to Radmac Office Choice in Ballarat for the generous donation of foam core board on which to display the written works.

The exhibition runs from February 24 to April 5.

 

A mystery here

Poem by Rhonda Cotsell, in response to a work in the Weathering the Future exhibition.

Poem by Rhonda Cotsell, in response to a work in the Weathering the Future exhibition.

It’s great to see some visitors to the exhibition taking the time to add chatterboxes to the hanging Precipice work, and also leave thoughts on the comment wall.

We were struck by this example from Rhonda Cotsell:

There is a mystery here
I recognise the skill
of weaving
It is the craftswoman in
the contrast of soft
white, pink tinged
Is it something on which
I have a right
to comment?
I don’t understand
what it is saying
but it suggests
death or maybe
food gathering?
I need to listen
if I am to use what words
I have
at my disposal,
within
my cultural
DNA.

The exhibition is open today, Saturday 15 December, and tomorrow, Sunday 16 December, noon till 4pm, and again from Thursday 20 December to Sunday 23 December, noon till 4pm.

And we have launched!

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.


Weathering the Future has been officially launched!

Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates

Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates

We were very pleased to be joined by Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates, who gave a short address at the launch ceremony, which was introduced by the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Peter Freund. The exhibition is run under the council’s community arts program through Backspace Gallery.

Jessica Wilkinson, Fraser Mackay and Kirstyn McDermott read their works from the exhibition, with an introduction by Weathering the Future curator Jason Nahrung, before Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart officially launched the exhibition.

Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart

Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart

The icing on the cake came with Reuben Morgan playing his piano piece “Mother Earth”, written for the exhibition.

A rough count put the audience at more than 140, and two sales were recorded, which was especially gratifying.

Our thanks to everyone who was able to come, those who helped run the event — including the catering staff! — and all those who helped spread the word, including some wonderfully helpful Facebook pages.

Above all, people came, people saw, people enjoyed. Job well done, everyone!

The exhibition continues Thursdays to Sundays, noon-4pm, until and including December 23.

Jessica Wilkinson reads during the Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Jessica Wilkinson reads during the launch.

Fraser Mackay reads during the launch of Weathering the Future.

Fraser Mackay reads during the launch.

Kirstyn McDermott reads during the launch of Weathering the Future.

Kirstyn McDermott reads during the launch.

Reuben Morgan plays his composition "Mother Earth" during the Weathering the Future launch.

Reuben Morgan plays his composition “Mother Earth” during the Weathering the Future launch.

The Future is now — the exhibition is open!

The doors to Weathering the Future are now open!

The exhibition runs at Backspace gallery, off Alfred Deakin Place, Camp St, Ballarat, noon-4pm Thursdays to Sundays from 6 December to 23 December.

The official launch in on Saturday 8 December, from 2pm, and all are welcome. Drinks and nibbles provided. Many of the artists and writers will be present, and Reuben Morgan will be playing the full “Mother Nature” piece.

Come on down, talk to the artists and writers staffing the gallery, check out this collaboration of art and words, get a glimpse into our weathered future …

Installation is a happening thing

Ken and Lynne Makings with Backspace co-ordinator Melinda Muscat hanging Lynne's "Ginan..."

Ken and Lynne Makings with Backspace co-ordinator Melinda Muscat hanging Lynne’s “Ginan…” Picture: Ian Kemp


Weathering the Future is becoming an actual thing!

After more than 12 months’ of planning, the exhibition is being installed at Backspace gallery, ready for its opening on Thursday 6 December and official launch on Saturday 8 December.

The art really pops in person, and the interactive elements will give visitors an opportunity to be involved, too.

Do drop in to check it out and say hello to our friendly staffers!