Dark Mofo highlights Tasmanian artists through collaborations with SAC

During June, as part of Dark Mofo 2017, Salamanca Arts Centre will host a number of exciting new projects – including live music, installations and new text-based theatre.

Salamanca Arts Centre is excited to once again collaborate with Dark Mofo, and we look forward to welcoming local, interstate and international audiences into the Arts Centre,” says SAC’s Acting CEO Joe Bugden. “In particular, SAC commends this year’s festival team for their ongoing commitment to recognising, valuing and presenting new Tasmanian work.”

The Long Gallery will house Outposts, curated by Brendan Walls, in which “lost signals and voices from the electro-magnetosphere seethe and mutter in the dark.” 

Outposts will feature installations by artists Peter Blamey, Eden Meure, Sally McIntyre, Pip Stafford and Brendan Walls/Robert Ashley.

During the festival weekend evenings the Long Gallery will be taken over by The Last Bastion. This live performance, which is also curated by Brendan Walls, is described as a “sonic assault”. The line-up includes Matt Warren, Julia Drouhin, Dani Kirby, Edwina Stevens (Eves) and Jen Tait, SmashHits (Eden Meure, Bethany Sweatman and Tom Robb), Julius Schwing, Alf Jackson, Greg Kingston, Alethea Coombe, Michael Matherson Saunders, Lexie Lynch and Dangerous Game.

Meanwhile the Peacock Theatre will host the debut of two new theatre works by Tasmanian sound-based theatre collective, Radio Gothic, featuring Heath Brown, Briony Kidd, Carrie McLean, Alison Mann, Jason James, Katie Robertson, and Craig Irons. The collective has been supported by the Australia Council through Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe (Hybrid Performance) Program to develop new Episodes during 2017.

Presented by Dark Mofo from 7 – 11 June, Episode 2: The Hanniford Tapes, written by Carrie McLean, sees a psychiatrist obsessing over the murder committed by her client, as a woman’s voice consumes her mind.

In Episode 3: The Illustrated Girl, written by Alison Mann, a woman wakes up to find a sinister tattoo on her hand. 

Presented as a double-bill, these stories are created by the collective using experimental live foley and sampling techniques to create a unique theatrical experience.

Dark Mofo presented the first Radio Gothic project, Episode 1: The Pit, to acclaim during last year’s festival.

Also in this year’s Dark Mofo, the Peacock Theatre will host the durational The Second Woman, a mesmerising 24-hour performance in which the artist invites one hundred men to star opposite her in a scene adapted from John Cassavetes’ American drama, Opening Night (1977).

During June Salamanca Arts Centre’s program will also include:

Products of ConceptionEmma Magnusson-Reid’s solo exhibition in the Top Gallery

Windows to the Soul Phillip England’s Tintype photography portrait exhibition in the Studio Gallery

Well, Hello! A site-specific installation by Sanja Pahoki in Kelly’s Garden

 

Image Credits:

Top – Sally Ann McIntyre. Das Grosse Rauschen: The Metamorphosis of Radio (2016).

Bottom – Radio Gothic image by Oliver Berlin

 

HyPE artists honoured with Green Room Award

Salamanca Arts Centre congratulates Tasmanian artists Dylan Sheridan and Sam Routledge on their Green Room Award, announced this week.

Their work, Crush, has been recognised for Sound Performance in the Contemporary and Experimental Performance category. It was presented at Arts House as part of last year’s Festival of Live Arts (FOLA).

“We really enjoyed making this work and it was fantastic to be able to present it in Melbourne at Arts House on the back of the Junction Arts Festival Season, which was supported by the Salamanca Arts Centre,” says Sam Routledge.

“It’s always good to be recognised by your peers, and to receive this Green Room award from a panel of Melbourne-based artists, who see so much good work, feels really special”.

Crush really connects with audiences,” says SAC’s Live Arts and Events Coordinator Kelly Drummond Cawthon. “It’s been so rewarding to be able to nurture this dynamic Tasmanian team and watch the project go from strength to strength.”

Crush is an immersive live artwork for auto car washes that explores new notions of slavery and servitude in a robot age. Audiences experience this work from inside a vehicle as it is being cleaned. Evoking the drive-in cinema, audiences tune into the soundtrack via the FM radio in their vehicle as it is transmitted live on site. As the large automated robot goes about its work, Sheridan’s score syncs to its movements, in a powerful and beautiful examination of vulnerability and power.

The development of Crush was supported by Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe (Hybrid Performance) Program in 2015-16. HyPe supports the creation of innovative, contemporary hybrid performance by supporting Tasmanian artists to take conceptual leaps and to challenge the existing limitations of traditional performance and theatre.

Composer and artist Dylan Sheridan is supported by HyPe in 2017 and will show a new work at Salamanca Arts Centre later in the year.

The Green Room Awards were established in 1982 and are regarded as Melbourne’s premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards.
Crush was originally co-commissioned and produced by Junction Arts Festival and Salamanca Arts Centre through Like HyPe in 2015. In 2016 it was presented by the City of Melbourne through Arts House at the Festival of Life Arts (FOLA).

Searching for Proof of Life during Ten Days on the Island

As part of Ten Days on the Island Salamanca Arts Centre is proud to present Proof of Life: Studio Sessions, which is curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project.

The Homesickness Project’s thesis is that the role of the world as a home for its citizens is under threat and that collectively, we are increasingly homesick.

Artists, experts, community groups and the general public will participate in a series of events that elaborate on and investigate possible answers to these questions: What does it mean to be civilised within an increasingly market-driven system of social values? What is required from our environment for us to thrive?

“SAC believes in the continuing importance of artists having a key role in provoking, leading and facilitating discussions about the human condition,” says Salamanca Arts Centre Acting CEO Joe Bugden. “We’re excited to see what will develop from this ambitious, multi-faceted collaboration.”

The ensuing discussions, lectures, performances, demonstrations and exhibitions will invite public contribution and form the basis of a major exhibition opening in the Long Gallery in September 2017. This is an opportunity to observe and participate in the creative development of collaborative, socially-engaged art works.

“There is a mission for the arts to address the heightened fears around our global future but there is a shortage of existing tools to do so,” says curator Kevin Leong. “Hobart’s tight-knit, highly-cooperative arts community, where disciplines are fluid, and where broad community contact is sustained, is the ideal environment to develop these tools.”

Featured artists include: Lisa Garland, Paul Gazzola, Laura Purcell, Elizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong, Abdul Hakim Hashemi Hamidi, Dalibor Martinis, Daphne Keramidas, James Newitt, Nick Leitch, Peta Cook, Leigh Hobba, and Hussen Ibraheem and Ameen Nayfeh.

The official launch of the project is this Saturday, 18 March in the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre at 12 noon. This will be followed by a Curator’s Talk and an afternoon discussion forum entitled “Are We Really Alive?”.

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Handmark and Salamanca Arts Centre celebrate contemporary Tasmanian art

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Nick Glade-Wright. Echoes (2016). Oil on Board. 138cm x 138cm

An exhibition revealing the strength and diversity of Tasmanian contemporary art opens in the Long Gallery this Thursday, 19 January at 6.00pm.

Handmark: Contemporary Tasmanian Artists features the work of thirty-nine artists from the stable of one of Salamanca Arts Centre’s oldest and most prominent gallery tenants.

“We are thrilled to kick off the year with this celebration of our association with Handmark,” says Acting CEO Joe Bugden.

“Salamanca Arts Centre is looking forward to inviting the community to come and celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. This is a great way to start everyone thinking about the long history of artists working and exhibiting in these iconic buildings.”

Handmark has been resident in the Arts Centre since July 1987 bringing quality art, design and craft to locals and visitors for more than thirty years. They represent over ninety Tasmanian artists in total.

The exhibition – curated by Handmark director Allanah Dopson – features paintings, prints and drawings and includes artists Alyce Bailey, Adrian Barber, Michaye Boulter, Julie Payne, John Lendis, Helene Weeding, Nick Glade-Wright, Mairi Ward, Faridah Cameron, Blair Waterfield, Hilton Owen, William Rhodes, Ella Noonan, Denise Campbell, Andrew Donohue, Emily Blom, Clifford How, Robyn McKinnon, Peter Gouldthorpe, James Walker, Leonie Oakes, Diane Masters, Jeff Gatt, Kit Hiller, Jenny Armati, Olivia Moroney, Corrine Costello, Elizabeth Lada Gray, Jonathan Partridge, Katina Gavalas, Melissa Smith, Chantale Delrue, Mandy Renard, Kaye Green, Linda Keogh, Jennifer Marshall, Lauren Cross, David Edgar, and Tom Samek.

All works are for sale through Handmark.

HANDMARK: CONTEMPORARY TASMANIAN ARTISTS

curated by Allanah Dopson

Exhibition dates: 14 – 29 January 2017

Exhibition venue: Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

Open 10 am until 5 pm daily

Opening: Thursday 19 January at 6:00pm, to be opened by Allanah Dopson and Salamanca Arts Centre Board member Chris Tassell

 

Salamanca Arts Centre CEO Rosemary Miller announces her resignation

HOBART, 27 October 2016After seventeen years in the role of CEO / Artistic Director, Rosemary Miller has announced that she will be resigning on 2 December 2016.

Read Arts Minister Vanessa Goodwin’s statement here.

Rosemary joined Salamanca Arts Centre in December 1999 and over those years has been able to attract high quality national and international artists, exhibitions and performances to Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is Tasmania’s multi-arts creative hub and an integral part of the State’s arts and creative industries infrastructure. SAC is an engine room for art-making and presentation; a centre for artists and designers in-studios; home to many of Tasmania’s leading arts organisations across live performance (theatre, music, dance), film and writing; cultural and commercial galleries and studios for visual arts, crafts and design.

Rosemary leaves SAC having secured arts funding over the next four years through the Australia Council and with just recently having successfully delivered Salamanca Moves, SAC’s inaugural dance festival.

SAC’s Board takes this opportunity to thank Rosemary for her years of leadership, passion and dedication to the organisation,” says Chair Rebecca Roth.

We also warmly welcome our Acting CEO Joe Bugden. He joined SAC in 2014 as the company’s Business Manager.”

Joe comes to this new role with more than 20 years’ experience in senior arts management and administration. Since arriving in Tasmania in 1999 Joe has worked as Executive Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, as General Manager and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Readers’ & Writers’ Festival, and more recently taught Business Skills to art and design students at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for the Arts Hunter Street campus.

Salamanca Arts Centre looks forward to the future, enriching the lives of Tasmanians through the arts.

Inaugural Salamanca Moves highlights dancer diversity and risk-taking

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Rite of Spring, image credit Whats On In app

Rite of Spring, image credit Whats On In app

Salamanca Moves wrapped on Saturday 1 October, concluding with a public dance party and a closing ceremony with members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Tasmanian and visiting dancers participated in over 60 events, with members of the public, ranging from school children to mature movers, from community groups to acclaimed international artists such as Neta Pulvermacher (Israel), Sannamaria Kuula (Finland), Ana Degues (Portugal), Cari Ann Shim Sham (USA) and Liz Aggiss (UK).

“The feedback from many artists has been very positive with many saying that the exchange of ideas enabled by the festival will influence their practice,” says Salamanca Arts Centre CEO/Artistic Director Rosemary Miller. “That’s testament to both Salamanca Moves Curator Kelly Drummond Cawthon’s planning and to the generous and collaborative spirit of participants.”

“We thank all the artists and the local community for getting behind this inaugural event, and the dedicated team of staff and volunteers.”

The world premiere of Rite of Spring by Tasmania’s Second Echo Ensemble proved to be one of the hits of the festival, with the season quickly selling out. Second Echo performer Luke Campbell was one of three artists asked to re-present their festival work during The A.W.A.R.D (Artists with Audiences Responding to Dance) Show on 30 September.

Dianne Reid and Melinda Smith’s Dance Interrogations was awarded $5000 and a slot in next year’s Ten Days on the Island via an audience choice vote. Smith, a dancer living with cerebral palsy, and Reid, and screen dance artist, develop improvisational dance performance that interacts with video projected imagery. Read More

Introducing SALAMANCA MOVES

Salamanca Arts Centre proudly presents a new participatory dance festival for Hobart in September 2016. Salamanca MOVES will inspire and empower a community of dance agents for change.

Movers will challenge and re-imagine the dancing body, and extraordinary art experiences will innovate local and national dance conversations.

Events during the festival will be focused around Hobart’s vibrant Salamanca precinct.

“Tasmania’s dance community is rich and incredibly diverse,” says festival curator Kelly Drummond Cawthon, a Hobart girl who left town in the eighties aged 16 seeking qualifications and a career in dance. She returned from the US in 2011 as a dancer, choreographer and inspiring activist dance educator who now runs Salamanca Arts Centre’s SPACE and Live Arts program.

“Whether you’re talking about dance as a hobby, as a vocation or anything in between, it’s a universal form of expression that brings people together in so many powerful and interesting ways.”

The festival will feature dancers and dance-makers who have trained for decades and performed on world stages, dancers who identify with a disability, dancers on the streets, in hidden spaces and across the Salamanca precinct.

Diverse dance will be main-streamed with the deep belief that the more difference you share the more dance is enriched as an art-form.

Submissions are welcomed from dancers of all levels, including teachers, and anyone looking to engage in performances, workshops, panels and conversations about dance.

Movers of all ages are invited and welcomed to engage in creative opportunities, movement experiences and performances. New Movers without dance experience are welcome.

Salamanca MOVES
A community festival celebrating contemporary dance
21 September – 1 October, 2016
Hobart, Tasmania Australia

TO REGISTER INTEREST (BY 15 APRIL):

Go to this page and fill out the form

Or to discuss Salamanca MOVES with Coordinator Kelly Drummond-Cawthon email her.

Australian premiere of
Denuded by Bruno Isaković

DENUDED

Acclaimed Croatian choreographer Bruno Isaković brings his solo experimental performance, Denuded to Hobart this Friday and Saturday in the production’s Australian premiere.

The cutting-edge work is presented as part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe Residency program in the Peacock Theatre.

“This is such an intimate performance. I am looking forward to meeting the audience from down under and to being turned upside-down by this experience,” says Bruno Isaković.

Denuded was created during Bruno Isaković’s artistic residencies in Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik in 2013, through the Perforations program and the Performing Arts Network.

It went on to appear in numerous festivals, including New York Queen International Arts Festival in 2014, and has been presented in various iterations—included as a duet and as an ensemble piece.

The current version of the work, with Bruno Isaković performing solo, has toured internationally to over 20 countries, including a North American tour USA (New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco) before making its way to Australia this month.

Denuded is about the body, movement and stillness, breathing and, most importantly, about a constant contact with the audience. The confrontation of the naked body and the gaze is the work’s driving force.

[It] did feel significant. It was as if we all had been somewhere together, no matter how we had dressed for the journey. Brian Siebert, New York Times (review of the 2014 production)

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Author + Performer: Bruno Isaković

Production: Domino / Perforations Festival

PERFORMANCES:

Friday 26 February 2016 @ 8:00pm

Saturday 27 February 2016 @ 8:00pm

VENUE: The Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre,

77 Salamanca Place Hobart

TICKETS: $20 + booking fee. Nudity, suitable for audiences 18+

Tickets available online and at the door.

Bookings link: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/denuded

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER / PERFORMER Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb, and graduated in contemporary dance in Amsterdam. In Zagreb he is a member of the Studio for contemporary dance, collaborating with numerous choreographers, regular freelance choreographer and holds dance workshops. Bruno Isaković graduated with a degree in contemporary dance from Amsterdam School of the Arts in 2009. In 2010, he returned to Croatia to continue his intense activities in the field of dance art, and in September 2011 became a member of Contemporary Dance Studio. He works with different choreographers, creates his own performances, and holds dance workshops. Isaković has received various prestigious scholarships, as well as the following awards: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Deinst – Stipendienurkunde (2010) and Jury Award and Best Solo Dance at Solo Dance International Festival in Budapest.

FURTHER INFORMATION The idea of Denuded is born from the framework set by the previous Isaković’s work Invocation, in which the performer with physical expressions and stage presence that goes far beyond the purely physical movement, reminiscents of the relationship between the secular and the spiritual. The performance Denuded continues this research and deeply touches physical transformation, thus freeing them from the automatic attribution of meaning to what we at a given moment are able to see, recognize, experience. Denuded requestions the relationship with the audience through a feedback loop that causes a significant transformation of the artist’s body, and Isaković in this new version of his performance bypasses classical staging and sets his body in the middle of the auditorium, thus opening a new sculptural aspects of performance and capabilities of communication with the audience.

Mobile States presents SDS1

Salamanca Arts Centre and Mobile States presents

SDS1 by Ahilan Ratnamohan

17-19 September 2015, Moonah Arts Centre

Tour produced by Performing Lines


A champion of unorthodox artforms, former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan has fused dance, sport and live performance to create a thrilling movement work derived entirely from the global phenomenon of soccer! Ratnamohan will evoke the atmosphere of a football match, filling the theatre space with a visceral, charged energy and provoking the audience to lose themselves in his unique version of the ‘game’.

As Ratnamohan begins his contemporary pas de deux with a soccer ball, he adopts the mindset of an elite soccer player on the pitch – striving for success, toying with his spectators, seeking admiration, and showing off his athletic prowess on the field.

SDS1 is an exciting solo performance work touring nationally captivating audiences of dance and sports enthusiasts alike.

This is football as theatre, stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated and abstracted. Beautiful and ugly at once.

“…Playful audience interactions…are handled with such ease and grace…the audience responds with delight and amusement…”
– The West Australian

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SITUATE Art in Festivals National Call Out

National CALL OUT for the second SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 program:
Submissions Open 5pm Tuesday 16 June 2015
Submissions Close
5pm Monday 3 August 2015
Notification
September 2015
SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 to be held in Tasmania from 10 – 22 January 2016

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Salamanca Arts Centre presents SITUATE Art in Festivals national call out for Early Career Artists and creative practitioners working experimentally to apply for the second SITUATE Arts Lab to be held along side MONA FOMA in 2016.

“Artists will be encouraged to think in new ways about the presentation of art for large-scale public events and to tackle the logistics involved in scaling up for complex and ambitious projects in an outdoor setting.”
– Kelli Alred the program’s Executive Producer said.

The development program includes a residential, interdisciplinary artist laboratory led by national and international artists, curators and designers held in Tasmania, followed by a mentoring phase to assist the artists in refining proposals to work with the official partner festivals – Dark Mofo, MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival, Fringe World, Vrystaat Arts Festival and WOMADelaide.

Up to fifteen artists who can demonstrate the potential to engage with festival audiences and work site-specifically, as well as artists prepared to take risks will be selected by a national Curatorium to participate with accommodation, flights, per diems and an honorarium provided.

The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working experimentally in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art and performance across a range of creative pursuits.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is an immersive intensive two-week program of provocation and mentoring designed to stimulate ideas and extend artists’ knowledge. Artists are invited to exchange ideas, work collaboratively, and contribute their experience to develop proposals for making temporary artworks for public space environments.

The first SITUATE Arts Lab was produced and hosted by Salamanca Arts Centre from 21 June – 5 July 2013 coinciding with the first Dark MOFO Festival.

Dark MOFO Creative Director Leigh Carmichael recently said in Real Time magazine,
“When Dark MOFO partnered with Situate Art in Festivals in 2013, I didn’t know quite what to expect—either from the artists, or of the festival itself. The proposals coming out of the Situate Arts Lab were very strong. I was interested in four proposals in particular, all challenging and risk-taking in different ways. Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba came through because of the melding of ancient mythology with high-tech, and his community’s commitment to sharing culture.”

Several artworks have been selected for development and presentation including:
Tyrone Sheather’s responsive installation, Giidanyba (Sky Beings) is currently showing as part of Dark MOFO in 2015 and Amanda Shone is working towards a project in MONA FOMA 2016.

Vryfees in South Africa delivered Plastic Histories, a sculptural intervention project by Cigdem Aydemir in 2014 and commissioned a participatory performance work titled The White Horse by Jess Olivieri for their 2015 Vrystaat Arts Festival program.

Michaela Gleave is working with Womadelaide, on the development of an installation project titled Our Tomorrows Forever Now towards presentation at the 2016 festival.

Fringe World in Perth and Darwin Festival remain in discussion with a number of other SITUATE 2013 artists.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is a key feature of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a Salamanca Arts Centre project designed to support outstanding Early Career Artists to develop new Australian experimental artworks for diverse festival environments, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Find out more about the submission process and selection criteria by visiting the Arts Lab information page and Sign up to our newsletter to receive up to date information regarding ongoing opportunities and deadlines: situate.org.au