Thursday, February 8, 2018

Flickerfest Hopetoun 

Celebrating 27 years, Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from 2,500 entries.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2018, with selected highlights touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour from Jan - May 2018. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from Australia and around the world.

Flickerfest returns to the Hopetoun Community Centre with the Best Of Australian Shorts, curated from the Flickerfest Australian & International programmes in competition at Bondi. This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world; expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia & the world has on offer.

BYO everything for this kick-back adults movie festival. Bring snacks, wine glasses, and nibble platters of your liking. Tickets available at the door from 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm showing. 

Please note: Children under 15 years are allowed to come and snuggle, just like they do at home - but the films have adult content so there are no ticket sales for under 15’s and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dating Naked

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils first event for 2018. 

A partnership with Wavecrest Bar & Bistro - Hopetoun,  

& The Comedy Emporium. 

2017 Wrap Up

RRAC had a very busy and successful year. For sustainable livability in the region we worked behind the scenes to network intra-regionally, to bring awareness to our region, to widen funding opportunities, and to bring more artistic opportunities to our community. In 2017 RRAC continued to employ 2 part-time people. RRAC’s 2017 touring shows and events attracted 858 audience members. RRAC held 17 various workshops to support the artistic growth of 154 adults and 439 children. Over 1800 individuals participated in RRAC’s 2017 artistic calendar of events supported by over 800 volunteer hours.
Arts Summit Manduarah: Fay, Ainsley, Dianne & Kirsty

Additional to the above statistics, the recent RRAC Dance project saw over 300 children participate in a project designed to allow all children access to dance lessons. This project saw RRAC branching across into Munglinup, Lake King and Jerramungup. By including these communities in the Dance project, we were able to advocate for an amazing opportunity in the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

2017’s artistic journey began with Outer Fringe at the Hopetoun Community Centre, where we ALL received an unexpected surprise towards the end of the show! Also in January RRAC supported Windspray Arts and Hopetoun Progress Association to deliver artistic connection in Hopetoun.
Artists Talk with Gustav Hellberg
February brought Gustav Hellberg, our Nordic Artist into Hopetoun for a four-week residency. Despite being ‘marooned’ for a few days, as we all were, Gustav very much enjoyed meeting the community and is looking forward to his next residency beginning in February 2018. We believe he is particularly looking forward to ‘Chasing the Ace’. The floods did not stop RRAC from hosting the Brazilian Bossa Nova Baby concert in Ravensthorpe either! The food was floated in, and the drummer arrived from Perth (via Albany!!) but the night provided an outlet for connection during a devastating time.
Bossa Nova Baby - Ravensthorpe Hall
Moving into March, RRAC brought the first ever Flickerfest to Hopetoun. Flickerfest was well received so you can expect to see another pop-up cinema event (or maybe two) in 2018! March also set the stage for RRAC’s involvement in the Hopetoun Bush Dance as major sponsor. Featuring the Mucky Duck Bush Band and budding professional student singers and musicians, the night was an absolute success and a credit to the Hopetoun Primary P&C Association.

In May, a hatful of eager artists gathered at Windspray Arts for the Hard-Pressed wood carving workshop. The work went on to showcase “Elements of the Ravensthorpe Shire”, exhibiting in Geraldton, Esperance and Fremantle.

Topping off touring shows in August, RRAC brought “Barbara & Barry’s Sweet Sour and Saucy” to the very well suited Jerdacuttup Hall. The overwhelmingly funny and interactive show will be a hard act to follow!
Barbara & Barry's Sweet Sour and Saucy - Jerdacuttup Hall
RRAC value-added to the Ravensthorpe Wildflowers Shows’ magnificent splendour by offering artistic community members the opportunity to mix with legendary florist Matthew Landers. Mannequins donned floral wearable art and hand-made large-scale wildflower chandeliers were produced for the occasion. It sure was a spectacular sight. Let’s not forget the cultural walk on the unique Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Railway Heritage Trail with the lovely Sabrina Hahn.

As the months passed throughout 2017, some of RRAC’s tireless members were working on a project that would soon deliver the opportunity of dance to over 300 children. As part of an intra-regional collaboration every student in Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Munglinup, Jerdacuttup, Lake King and Jerramungup were part of a pilot project beginning in October 2017. 4 weeks, 6 schools, one internationally recognised Dance Artist. The dance program is set to kick off again with the return of the 2018 school year and RRAC is offering an after-school extension class program for super-keen dancers wishing to extend skills. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils $140,000 1.5-year intra-regional project commencing February 2018 is part of a $400,000 Regional Arts Partnership Program for Contemporary Dance and Performance supported by the State Government of WA and Country Arts WA.
One "Tiny Dancer"
Of course, much of the above-mentioned cannot happen without willing volunteers, dedicated artists, supportive community members and the Shire of Ravensthorpe. RRAC is passionate about delivering connection through the arts for enhanced livability in our very special region. 

We are already enthusiastically anticipating the program of events already scheduled for 2018. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Meet Alice Lee Holland.

RRAC Dance, a Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council Initiative.

Collaborating closely with the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils’ “Dance” team, Alice Lee Holland is forming a community dance project which will officially set sail in 2018.  Highly qualified, intelligent and dedicated, we asked our dance artist in residence a few questions so that you can get to know her.

Tell us a bit about you.
Well, at the moment I am based in Melbourne.  I’m an independent choreographer/director, and I also teach university dance students at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and public dance classes for adults at Chunky Move, which is Melbourne’s premier contemporary dance company.

I grew up in Perth.  I studied dance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), then moved to North Carolina USA where I completed my Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography.  I moved home to Perth in 2004, which is when I started choreographing my own professional dance work.  I taught at WAAPA for eight years and directed STEPS Youth Dance Company for six years before moving over east in 2015.

Most recently I was the Resident Director for Circa Contemporary Circus, based in Brisbane.  During this time, I toured Australia, the UK and Europe with Circa’s incredible shows.  We performed in circus tents and theatres, for music and arts festivals, even cemeteries and a cathedral!

What is contemporary dance? AND why did you choose contemporary instead of another discipline?
It’s a very diverse style of dance, but what I teach is closely related to modern dance, which started as a rebellion against ballet.  The dancers took off their ballet shoes, forgot about the “rules” and danced with freedom and expression.  I loved contemporary dance from a very young age because of this liberty and imagination.  Also, contemporary dance uses weight, gravity, momentum; it feels pretty great to create your own waves of energy!

What drives you to teach Dance?
I like to think about it as sharing a love and passion for dance. Between the ages of 12-17, I danced in a professional dance company for young people in Perth, called STEPS Youth Dance Company*.  Many years later I became the Artistic Director of STEPS. Rather than teaching dance, STEPS’ priority was to ignite the artistry in young people. Being inspired by dance and its creative potential is so much more sustainable than being good at some steps. So that's what drives me to teach: the opportunity to inspire energetic, creative human beings!
(*STEPS is no longer a stand-alone company.  The STEPS legacy is now part of WA’s flagship contemporary dance company Co:3, as Co3:Youth.)

From small town Collie WA to Resident Director for Circa Contemporary Circus!How did you achieve such a career?
The support of my parents has been key.  When I was in school, they drove me to dancing six times a week, came to see all the performances, mum volunteered to help backstage and took me to see heaps of professional shows... all that stuff! They supported my decision to move to the USA when I was 21 to complete my Master of Fine Arts. They've even been looking after my dog since I started travelling so much with work a few years ago...! I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without their support. 

Also, determination and an open mind.  I knew I wanted to be a dancer and choreographer from a young age, and got involved with as much as I could, so that I could learn as much as possible.

What were the most important lessons of your journey?
Be brave.  Be thrilled and inspired by challenge.  Think big.  Work your butt off.  Start by understanding that you really don’t know much at all…

What countries have you worked in?
Australia, USA, UK, Belgium, France, Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Taiwan, Copenhagen…

What was your most bizarre dance job?
Well, my coolest job so far was working with Circa Contemporary Circus. It was really fascinating working in a different art form - contemporary circus is a lot like contemporary dance but much more dangerous and exciting.  One of the shows I was involved with was presented for a cemetery – aerialists, dancers, choir singers – it was beautiful… and a bit bizarre!

Strait ‘outta’ Melbourne, into Ravensthorpe! What inspired you to take part in the RRAC Dance Project?
Well a few reasons really.  It’s nice to be working closer to home, especially after being overseas for a long time.  The biggest reason however, is that it’s such a fabulous project!  Inspiring a community to dance?!  How cool!!  I feel lucky to be part of this very first stage.  It’s an exciting and ambitious initiative and I am loving the challenge.
(…and I love bobtails… I am developing that very special skill of being able to dodge them while driving!)

You are also well known for your choreography work, what do you enjoy more?
Choreographing is pretty special business because you are creating something new with a team of dancers and designers.  Teaching is pretty similar though, because you’re creating energy and excitement and enthusiasm for dance!  Hopefully the students I teach filter into the world as dance-lovers – audience members and also artists of the future.

What would you say is your greatest achievement in your dance career?
Probably winning the 2015 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance for STEPS’ production Fights & Flights.  The show was performed at the State Theatre Centre of WA by 55 young dancers age 7-21 and five professional dancers now working internationally, who had been STEPS dancers when they were young.

How do you fuel your “Dance Energy”?
Great music, a good Pilates program and strong coffee!

What are you hoping is the outcome of this Pilot Phase?
My priority for this pilot phase of the RRAC Dance Project is to engage every student and inspire them to move.  Generally, I am working with concepts of contemporary dance in these sessions.

The traditional idea of “dancing” can be intimidating for many people, perhaps because it is often associated with black/white judgements like being a “good” or “bad” dancer, being “right” or “wrong” in attempts to dance, and ultimately trying to look the same as the person next to you.  I work deliberately against these priorities to create an environment where movement is empowering.  I design dance workshops for young people that build confidence and sense of self, promote independent and creative thinking, and develop skills in collaboration.
Saturday Dance Workshops in Hopetoun. Photo by Jackie Edwards. 

For project developments, go to the “RRAC Dance” facebook page;

The Regional Arts Partnership Project is supported by supported by the State Government of WA and Country Arts WA

Not the End

Just Another Beginning

Hopetoun Dance Group has been an integral part of Hopetouns’ landscape for the past four years. A weekly tradition in Hopetoun. Term by term, Monday afternoons in Hopetoun are for dancing.

A partnership between Hopetoun Dance Group & Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council (RRAC), supported by Hopetoun Primary School and First Quantum Minerals, saw a four-year program which engaged Hopetoun children in dance. Now with exciting opportunities on the horizon Rebecca Hiller and Kristen Lanham, Hopetoun Dance Group (HDG) are fully handing over the reigns (and the remainder of the HDG funding) to RRAC. No pressure RRAC!

Not to despair. With the foundations for dance firmly concreted into Hopetoun, thanks to Beck and Kristin, RRAC have been working on a project to swing, jump, leap and spin across 6 towns in the region with a Dance Artist in Residence.

RRAC was selected by Country Arts WA to coordinate the Contemporary Dance and Performance cluster for the Regional Arts Partnership Project (RAPP), one of three initiatives within the Departments of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries and Primary Industries and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions Creative Regions program. The RAPP is aimed at bringing together regional artists and arts organisations with key service organisations, to create collaborative partnership groups to drive regional arts development across Western Australia. This ground-breaking arts initiative will create the biggest arts network in Western Australian history over the next two years. Are we excited? You can bet your lyrical-leotard we are!
Currently still in the scoping phase for this project, RRAC is working in partnership with Ausdance WA, and with Principals at Hopetoun PS, Ravensthorpe DHS, Munglinup PS, Jerdacuttup Primary, Lake King PS and Jerramungup DHS, to deliver the opportunity for over 300 children to participate in dance.
Ensuring sustainability of dance in the regions is at the forefront of this project, a Mentorship program is forming up, involving local artists and/or teachers working alongside RRAC’s professional dance artist in residence.
This pilot project was kicked off with a community ‘taster’, a full day of dance classes demonstrating different elements of contemporary dance. To gage community interest in different dance styles and community demographics, community dance classes are being held in Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup during this school term. This 5-week scoping phase will allow RRAC to gather enough output data for efficient scheduling throughout 2018 and 2019, leading into dance performance opportunities, community classes and dance workshops in the region.
For ongoing dance opportunities, like the dedicated “RRAC Dance” Facebook page. 2018’s program is set to begin with the start of school term 1.

Acrobatic Workshop photos by Dene Bingham.

Project made possible by:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wild Silence

In fantastic showcase of our region, David Collins who visited Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun in September 2016, in a partnership with FORM, is wrapping up a mesmerizing exhibition at the end of this month. 

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council would like to acknowledge David's breath taking work. We hope to see him back in our region again. 

Wild Silence
by David Charles Collins 
What’s your name. It’s a symbol. Don’t talk.
by Gian Manik

July until September, 2017
FORM Gallery Perth
357 Murray Street, Perth, WA, 6000

Gian Manik and David Charles Collins mark significant new direction in upcoming FORM exhibitions highlighting Western Australia’s Pilbara and South Coast.
FORM’s latest exhibition features a return to Western Australia by artists Gian Manik and David Charles Collins with new bodies of work marking a significant new direction for each artist.
Wild Silence, by David Charles Collins and What’s your name. It’s a symbol. Don’t talk., by Gian Manik are the first major bodies of work created in Western Australia by the artists since leaving their home state. The works, a photographic series depicting iconic orchids, and a 10-meter long collaborative canvas respectively, open together at FORM Gallery Perth on Friday 9 July, 2017. They are drawn together by their focus on the remote Western Australian landscape and process of co-creation with communities in which they were developed.
FORM Curator Andrew Nicholls said Manik and Collins established their practices in Perth before moving to Melbourne and Sydney respectively. “In 2016 FORM invited both artists to return to Western Australia and undertake residencies in two of the State's remote regions,” Nicholls said.
“Over recent years Collins has gained growing national attention for his richly sensual photographic and video works, which reference the aesthetics of high-Renaissance painting to critically comment upon the hedonism, decadence and apathy of his generation,” Nicholls said. 
In late 2016 FORM commissioned Collins to travel to Western Australia’s remote southern regions and create a new body of botanically-themed works in conjunction with the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Festival. His resulting photographic series, Wild Silence, documents the iconic orchids of the Fitzgerald Biosphere, an area of nationally-significant biodiversity at the border of the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions. In striking contrast to the high baroque sensibility of Collins previous works, the images have a stark and minimal beauty, representing a new direction in his practice.
Collins describes each photograph as an abstracted portrait. “The flowers, initially hard to see and find, still carried the weight and history of the place in which they had quietly existed,” he said. “Becoming more than flowers, I conceptualized them as individuals in a community, all tacitly aware of the knowledge of the land they inhabited. I found these silent bodies heavy with the secrets they keep to themselves”.
Nicholls describes Manik’s paintings as having come to focus almost exclusively on reflective and mirrored surfaces since he relocated to Melbourne in 2011. “This subject matter allows him to represent an in-between or ‘liminal’ space that shifts between abstraction and representation,” Nicholls said.
Manik spent three weeks in the Pilbara during April 2017, developing a series of new paintings inspired by his surroundings. What’s your name. It’s a symbol. Don’t talk. showcases a spectacular 10-meter long canvas produced during this time, in partnership with students from Hedland Senior High School. Manik mentored around 40 students from years 6-12 in drawing and painting techniques, inviting them to work directly on to his canvas. His own impressions of the Pilbara were then over-painted to create a bold collaborative work.
Manik said he liked the way that a section of the canvas was rolled out at a time, the children sat around and then did their work. “I worked similarly, paying little attention to perspective and orientation, let alone relational aesthetics, so there is little expectation in terms of landscape/story as is expected in most mural work.”
As with Collins’ exhibition, this work represents a new direction in the artist’s practice – having focused on refining a single concept for the past five years, this new site-responsive, collaborative project has resulted in a chaotic, layered aesthetic combining diverse mark-making and humorous juxtaposition.

Wild Silence 2017

David Collins

Hopetoun Photography Workshop with Photographer. David Collins and FORM Curator, Andrew Nicholls. 2016

Want to see more of Wild Silence?