Armidale Express story from Jan 28th

Asked to volunteer my services in staging, event logisitcs and site operations to help the community of Ewingar in northern NSW to stage a 3 day mini music festival to raise funds for those most affected by the major bushfires of September 2019. Some of the community lost their homes, sheds, fences and machinery in the first wave of major fires to hit NSW. As of late January the fires have been burning Queensland, NSW and Victoria in the worst fires we’ve experienced.

Ewingar Rising was a beautiful coming together and a significant act of healing for a devastated community.

On location again with Brendan Blacklock of Blacklock Media and Ben Powell, shooting additional footage for a digital media piece on the 1838 Myall Creek Massacre for Sydney Living Museums – Hyde Park – with a major renewal of the Hyde Park Barracks well underway. To re-open in 2020. Footage for a 9 screen presentation for a long term display.
We spent 5 days on location – Bingara on the Gwydir River, Tingha, Cranky Rock, Sawn Rocks and other locales to capture something of the landscape in this driest of seasons.

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SVM commissioned by Blacklock Media to edit the promo video for Ngarrimili and had the privilege to attend their launch in March of this year.

Had the wonderful privilege to spend a whole day with a dynamic group of artists and Diversity in Arts advocates at Stories from the Future workshop in January at Parramatta Artists Studios in NSW! It was inspiring to spend time imagining a more equitable culturally diverse creative sector. Diversity Arts Australia are doing wonderful work in this sector.

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Video  —  Posted: April 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

To round out his visit to Armidale, after visiting another rural centre, Goulburn, Krakow based performance artist Arti Grabowski conducted community arts workshop. Arti introduced the group to some of his working methods in designing and developing performance. We had a lot of fun devising short actions for what will be a short abstract video.

Arti had performed his monodrama “Dreamliner”, to a crowd of over 50 the previous night in one of the local shopfronts, as the inaugural Renew Armidale arts event. Performance art has very seldom made an appearance in Armidale over the years, so it was a refreshingly different night for curious locals.

The workshop introduced the participants to the three basic forms that Arti teaches his students in the Performance Art School at the fine arts academy where he works in the DEpartment of Intermedia – actions, interventions and manifestations.

Artis’ performance, public talk and workshop were a wonderful gift to this remote University town.


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Performance Art in Armidale???

Posted: January 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

SVM is currently planning and organising a flying visit to Armidale by renowned Polish performance artist, Arti Grabowski.

Arti is briefly visiting Australia to present his recent work Dreamliner, speak about Polish theatre/performance art and his practice and conduct workshops in both Goulburn and Armidale.

The Lieder Theatre in Goulburn, southern NSW, have nurtured a connection with Poland – firstly, in November of last year with the visit of theatre company Teatr Brama who were featured at the Periphery Festival – a two day symposium of talks, performances and workshops around theatre and social change.

And most recently, hot on the heels of that success, Lieder are now hosting a visit from one of Europe’s leading performance artists and theatre scholars, hailing from Kraków, Poland, dr Hab. Artur Grabowski.

My own attendance at Periphery lead to the connection with Lieder Theatre, Australia’s longest running independent theatre and it’s in association that we will host another leg of Arti’s tour here in Armidale. Things are coming together in a very short space of time since Lieder contacted us – a shopfront venue, a public talk with museum director Rachael Parsons at New England Regional Art Museum, and an evening workshop are planned.

It’s also a thrill to have Dave Eddy with his Festival of Delusion project playing a set before Arti’s show. SVM has travelled part of the way with Dave as he’s developed FOD in recent years. Performing with Arti is an ideal opportunity for us to see where Dave has got to with his improvised music and projected visuals show.

Show is Feb 13th from 8pm. Arti’s talk is Feb 14th 11 am with his workshop that same evening from 6pm.

Supported by Renew Armidale, High Country Theatre, Armidale Drama and Musical Society and Armidale City Council.

This is an exciting beginning to what may be an ongoing association between Goulburn and Armidale communities through the arts.