A one day symposium

Human transformations of our environment have long been a focus for art, writing and performance.  The unprecedented environmental challenges we face today demand we pay attention to the Urgent Ecologies in which we are now embedded and complicit.  If art, writing and performance are underpinned by the invisible, and in some cases, highly visible, powers of cultural institutions and social borders, what does it mean to think about transformation?

‘Urgent Ecologies’ brings together a leading group of critical and cutting edge thinkers to assert the unequivocal importance of work that challenges and expands our knowledge of the violent sites we now occupy. The symposium will ask how we might begin to match the scale of our thought with that of the catastrophe around us. What alliances can we form and what patterns can we reveal, for thinking both about today and the future?

Discussions will offer an open conversational format. Participants will be invited to think beyond the usual logics of science and art, and begin to redress the contemporary anthropocentric view of ecology via the activities of art, writing and performance.

Speakers include: Deborah Bird Rose (UNSW), Linda Williams (RMIT), Lucas Ihlein, Tanja Dreher, Danny Butt (Melbourne), Su Ballard, Ian Milliss, and Keith Armstrong (QUT).

Date: Friday 7th November
Time: 9am – 4.30pm
Event URL: lha.uow.edu.au/taem/cast
RSVPS are essential via email: pnewling@uow.edu.au

IAVA Showcase 2014: Transmission

5-16 November @ Project Contemporary Artspace

Opening Night: 7 November 2014
Guest speaker: David Sharpe – Business Adviser, Creative Industries Innovation Centre

Featuring Artists:
Tammie Castles
Gary Christian
Paula Gowans
Michael Huppatz
Jennifer Jackson
Alena Kennedy
Deborah Redwood
Melissa Ritchie
Jenny Tubby
Mary Redgrave
T.S. Zaracostas



Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival callout


Friday 20th  –  Sunday 22nd March, 2015
The event will be a month earlier than ‘usual’ because of the elections, Easter and School holidays, so we are getting started earlier.

ART PRIZE EXHIBITION   - Community Centre
- Community Centre
– seafront display
-  paintings at shops in town
ART ALIVE! - making art in the park and along the town footpath

Entry forms and information about these events are available at www.thirroulfestival.com  and from galleries, art suppliers and art societies in the Illawarra.

 Please use one entry form for each ART PRIZE entry – make copies of the form for multiple entries


ART ALIVE! ArtAliveThirroul@gmail.com



Trail-blazing Art Collective to Exhibit at Project Contemporary Artspace

Trail-blazing Art Collective to Exhibit at Project Contemporary Artspace.

The Visual Arts Collective from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts (WHSPA) is showcasing its inaugural graduation exhibition at the Project Contemporary Artspace, Keira Street, Wollongong. The exhibition will be on from Tuesday 7 October through to Sunday 19 October, with the opening night Friday 10th October at 6pm.
The Visual Arts Collective is a selective, specialist class at WHSPA, with a dedicated focus on visual creativity and design.  The Collective is part of the School’s auditioned Gifted and Talented Students Program. To get a place in the Collective, students are auditioned and have to demonstrate a natural aptitude, practical refinement and most importantly, a passion for the Visual Arts.

Over the four year program Collective members are offered extension programs in all forms of Visual Arts media including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design and printmaking. Their studio practice is reinforced with intensive art history and theory lessons, an annual photography prize and short film night.

Students are also offered practical extension lessons with trained artists, such as Jasmin Carter the 2014 artist-in-residence at Wollongong City Gallery. Collective members also benefit from frequent art excursions, exhibitions, studios and museum tours.

This exhibition at Project Contemporary Artspace will be the graduating show where students play the role of curator, showcasing the work of Year 10 2014.


Opening Night will start with guest speaker, Ms Debbie Lowe, Director, Public Schools NSW  Wollongong North Network introducing the works and student body.


Many of the graduating Collective class will chose to study Visual Arts for their HSC, and this program has assisted them in setting up partnerships with the Visual Arts community.  They have been fortunate to have been taught by the dedicated art teaching team at WHSPA: Peter Hewitt, Kate Stehr and Saxon Reynolds, who are all practising artists and have also exhibited at Project Contemporary Artspace.


Collective Class 2014

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

Year 10 Auditioned Gifted and Talented Students Annual Art Show

7-19th October

Project Contemporary Artspace

255 Keira Street, Wollongong

Opening Friday 10th October

6pm for 6:30pm

All Welcome

Refreshments Available

For more information, please contact, Liane Pfister, 0421 027279, lianepfister@bigpond.com

‘ephemeral’ by Greer Taylor book launch at Wollongong Art Gallery

My book, ephemeral  is being launched at EPHEMERAL held at Wollongong Art Gallery this coming Saturday.

ephemeral gathers together images of some of the small artworks I make in wild places together with poetry and text I write in wild places.

Please come and join me at this EPHEMERAL event to hear poets and writers respond to the images in my book, and celebrate the “launch” of the book.

27 September at 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Wollongong Art Gallery
corner of Burelli and Kembla Streets, Wollongong

High quality print expo here in the Illawarra

Have you ever wanted high quality prints of you art? Well there is a service right here in the Illawarra Big Vision + Print (formally Wollongong Drawing & Office Equipment)

On Wednesday 24 September 10 -11.45 am at the Novotel they are running a dedicated session for artists at their Capture for Print Expo.

You can find out all that they can do – really worth it! Sandra really knows her stuff!

4229 9333

but you can just turn up!