Arts thrive from Kununurra to Margaret River
There is a lot to come to the regions for art and culture lovers. And if you don’t like traveling outside of the Perth area right now, there are organizations that offer regional arts for you. Here is just a small sample of what you can expect over the next few months …
Strings Attached: West Australian Guitar Festival 2021
Gut Pluckers, rejoice! The Margaret River region’s ode to all things stringed, Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival, returns for the second time starting October 8. Yes, we start early. But there is plenty to be excited about by fans of guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin and more in a range of genres such as Blues, Roots, World, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Metal, Country, and more. Again, not only the players but also manufacturers, retailers, hardware manufacturers and distributors will be in attendance. So, in addition to concerts, you can enjoy workshops, presentations, masterclasses, round tables, listening sessions, demos and questions and answers with artists and luthiers. Guests confirmed so far include Jeff Lang, Josh Cunningham, Felicity Urquhart, Grace Barbe, Jordan Mac, Sassafras Trio, Kristian Borring, Tracey Barnett and Chip Hazard. See stringsattachedfestival.com.au for more information and subscribe to the mailing list to get first access to updates and post versions.
Collie Cash and Carry
After the success of last year’s Cash and Carry, the excellent Collie Art Gallery announced that it will bring the popular event back from July 31 to September 5. While the exhibition attracted around 40 admissions last year, this year’s exhibition will feature the work of 50 artists. As each is allowed to display up to four pieces, this represents 200 works of art available for purchase in a range of media and genres, including painting, photography, prints, woodwork, jewelry and textiles. As artists are only allowed to exhibit another work after the previous one has been sold, bettors will not feel overwhelmed. Cash and Carry is designed to encourage both established and emerging artists to enter, and the variety of shapes and styles offer art lovers of all tastes the opportunity to enjoy the exhibit. Customers are invited to attend the opening on Saturday July 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kimberley Writers Festival
Holden Sheppard, Devla McTiernan, Christian White and Cindy Solonec are just a few of the writers appearing at this year’s Kimberley Writers Festival in Kununurra (August 20-22). Jo Roach, organizer of the Kimberley Writers Festival and director of the Kununurra Community and School Library, says she is thrilled that residents and visitors to the area can enjoy this year’s festival, after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-restrictions. 19. “The Kimberley Writers Festival is a true community event that celebrates storytelling in all its forms – written, spoken and visual,” she says. “While we were unable to bring writers to the area last year to share their stories and introduce the beautiful Kimberley, we are thrilled with the talent lineup for this 15th year of the event. ” The festival includes workshops, readings, dinners and music. The event program and tickets will be available soon. In the meantime, for more information, “like” the Kimberley Writers’ Festival Facebook Page or contact Kununurra Library – by phone on 08 9169 1227 or by email at [email protected]
Group exhibition Claremont Goods Shed Ngardamarri
FORM, in partnership with the art centers based in Ieramagadu – Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group and Yinjaa-Barni Art – presents the Ngardamarri group exhibition, which will open at The Goods Shed, 4 Shenton Rd, Claremont on Thursday July 22 and will continue until September 26. Meaning side by side in the Yindjibarndi language, Ngardamarri brings together senior and emerging artists from the Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group and Yinjaa-Barni Art, to shine a light on the histories, talents and artistic diversity of this vibrant community. . Since mid-2020, FORM has been working with these artists to offer a series of artistic practice and professional skills workshops. Ngardamarri celebrates the artists who participated and offers the Perth public the opportunity to see some of the results. Artists include Kaye Warrie, Sharon Warrie, and Wendy Warrie of the Cheeditha Art Group; Banyji Pansy Cheedy, Jane Cheedy, Tootsie Daniel, Alice Guiness, Wendy Hubert and Denise Kelly of the Juluwarlu Art Group; and Marlene Harold, Maudie Jerrold, Aileen Sandy, Allery Sandy, Melissa Sandy and Justina Willis of Yinjaa-Barni Art. All the works will be available for sale as well as a selection of unstretched canvases from each of the art centers. thegoodsshedclaremont.com
Djinda Boodja opens a new art center
Formerly Abmusic, artistic and cultural organization Djinda Boodja will hold a grand opening for its new arts center at 295 Manning Rd, Waterford – the site of the Clontarf Indigenous College – on Wednesday August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Djinda Boodja is also collaborating with the not-for-profit creative collective Curate of Perth, opening a musical micro-factory on campus. To celebrate the inauguration of the art center, the two organizations will jointly organize an art workshop on this day. The free workshop is open to everyone, offering attendees the chance to paint a drum skin (recycled from the organization’s drum kits), guided by Carrie Millson and Estella Penny, two of Djinda Boodja’s resident artists. In its new music micro-factory, Curate will produce art installations and sell products made from recycled instruments and instrument parts, equipment and waste associated with the music industry. Curate’s Recycle Instrument project won a weekly award at Fringe World in February this year. Patricia Alessi, Founder and President of Curate, says the collective will always organize workshops in the communities it visits, with two new workshops coming in 2022. Starting from the September school holidays, Djinda Boodja will regularly offer workshops and workshops. exhibitions, with a full program available from August. Djinda Boodja Music Corporation is Australia’s last Aboriginal music company.