DESIGN Canberra has today (October 20) announced the full program for its “Nurture” program (November 5-28), instead of its annual festival, which has been postponed to 2022.
The program is tailored to focus on the well-being aspects of creativity, making and crafting as tools for health and recovery and is seen by Craft ACT, for which this is the primary outreach program, as an antidote to the stresses brought about by the pandemic.
CEO of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and artistic director of DESIGN Canberra Jodie Cunningham says: “We are so excited to use the tools we know best, creativity, design thinking; and making as ways to help our community heal and transition out of lockdown.
She added that the underlying purpose of the venture, as with the postponed festival, was to embed contemporary craft, making and design at the centre of everyday life in Australia’s capital, which she describes as “a global city of design”.
Highlights from the “Nurture program include “mindful making” workshops covering activities include sensory impressions with Mariana del Castillo, stitching with Clare Mazitelli, weaving with Spinners & Weavers, reflective clay with Fran Romano, watercolour painting with Naomi Zouwer and spoon carving with Hiroshi Yamaguchi.Daniel Leone, clay workshop. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
A Craft + Design Auction will celebrate experimental, small scale or one-off pieces from leading crafts makers and designers. All artworks have been handmade by Craft ACT members with all the proceeds going directly to the artists, since Craft ACT has removed the usual 30 percent commission on sales.
There’ll also be a professional development online workshops with jeweller Melinda Young and Caitlin Marshall, from Makeshift, a support and education agency connecting creativity and mental health and with business and marketing expert Michael Oefi.
The “Creative Journaling Month Challenge” will see participants receive a sketchbook in the post, a daily email prompt related to the theme of “Transformation” and have the opportunity to send in their completed journal to be digitised for the online exhibition, with a chance to win a $2000 cash prize for the most innovative response.
And once restrictions are eased, from 4pm-6pm each Friday in November, there’ll be an informal gathering in in the Craft ACT gallery where guests can share a drink, catch up with old friends and enjoy a floor talk at 5pm.
Videos will be available for viewing each week of Nurture here by clicking on the “DESIGN Anytime” tab.
In the “Discover” project, Craft ACT members are invited to submit proposals for a small-scale ephemeral sculpture trail designed to activate City West in Design Canberra 2022. Successful artists will have the opportunity to work with mentors and will receive an artist’s fee of $3000 for concept and a materials fee. Applications will open on November 8 and entries will be due by December 9.
“Nurture” will also present exhibitions featuring more than 70 artists, including “Transformation Craft ACT: 2021”, the annual members exhibition and “CO:LAB,” the culmination of a year-long Craft ACT pilot professional development and exchange program, featuring works by Alison Jackson, Dan Lorrimer and Cathy Franzi.
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SALLY Greenaway is holding another free live stream digital concert with flautist David Shaw, pianist Teddy Neeman and cellist Samuel Payne performing the premiere of her whimsical composition, “The Little Red Fox Friday” at 8pm on Friday (October 22) here . The work belongs to a set of three works by Greenaway that were commissioned by Stephanie and Ross Burton for their ruby wedding anniversary.
WITH the extension of the National Portrait Gallery’s “Living Memory” exhibition, voting in the People’s Choice Award has been extended until December 5. the photographer with the most votes receive $5000 from The David Roche Foundation and voters go into a prize pool too. Vote hereA work from “398”, by Emerging Artist Support Scheme recipient Aloisia Cudmore
PHOTOACCESS is opening three new online exhibitions tomorrow (October 21): “Experiments in Living [Melt]”, by Sammy Hawker, who examines methodologies of co-creation between herself and the more-than-human; “Light Materials”, by Caroline Huf, an exhibition of the artist’s experimental weaving of film; “Surface Appearances”, by Eunie Kim, who interrogates the art of liquid light and layering; and “398”, by Emerging Artist Support Scheme recipient Aloisia Cudmore. The four exhibitors this year are recipients of the Dark Matter, EASS, and Wide-Angle residencies and their exhibitions are accessible here until November 27 and the Huw Davies Gallery will be open to the public for live viewing from November 2.
ACTING teacher Peter Wilkins is offering an “Acting and Devising Theatre” course for actors or teachers still needing their Teacher Quality Institute Professional Development points, to run at The Hedley Beare Teaching and Learning Centre, Stirling, from Thursday, November 18 to Thursday. December 9. The short course explores ways of interpreting, adapting and scripting original work or literary sources. This will involve adapting a poem, a children’s story and the story inspired by a museum collection. Fees apply, inquiries to 0408 034373.
THE 67th Blake Prize is coming up again at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and entries are open until November 15, with a prize pool of up to $42,000. The prize has evolved over the past 70 years from a focus on religious figures to a space for artists to explore the complexities of spirituality in today’s society. There is the non-acquisitive Blake Prize of $35,000; the acquisitive Blake Emerging Artist Prize of $6000 and The Blake Established Artist Residency. All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries here
Final design plans for upgrades to local shopping centres in Kaleen, Campbell and Duffy have been released today (October 20), with construction on all three set to begin early next year.
A construction tender has already been released for upgrades to Gwydir Square in Kaleen, with plans to include more car parks as well as new landscaping, seating and a shade structure at the playground.
Contracts for the local shops on the corner of Burrinjuck Street and Glenmaggie Street in Duffy and the local shops on Blamey Place in Campbell are set to go out for tender in coming weeks.
The design plans for Duffy shops include a new playground and bike track, a new toilet, new pathways, new landscaping including more native trees, and new seating and shade structures.
Campbell’s shops are to receive more car parking spaces, new seating and shade structures, new landscaping and upgraded lighting.
“This is the first in a series of substantial works to upgrade 11 shopping centres across Canberra,” said City Services Minister Chris Steel.
Additional shopping centres slated for upgrades include Narrabundah, Evatt, Macquarie, Monash, Calwell, as well as the group centres at Weston, Kippax and Lanyon.
The final upgrade designs have now been released alongside the community feedback reports for each of the local shops.
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Monaro Street, Queanbeyan. Photo: Holly Treadaway
THERE have been two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Queanbeyan today (October 20) and one in Royalla.
According to a Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) spokesperson, all three of these cases are currently under investigation.
Since the beginning of the outbreak in June, there have been 410 cases of COVID-19 reported throughout the Southern NSW Local Health District.
State-wide, NSW recorded 283 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.