Sunday, February 26, 2017

Flickerfest is coming to Hopetoun

Saturday 18th March 2017

Presented by the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, Flickerfest 2017 will screen at the Hopetoun Hall on Saturday 18th of March.  Celebrating 26 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 ‘shorts’ from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from over 2,400 entries. This is your chance to see these amazing short films in your very own backyard before they continue their journey around the world; expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia has on offer. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from Australia and around the world.

“Best of Australian Shorts” will screen after 7pm when everyone is comfy. The films are not rated per say, but under 15’s must be accompanied by an adult. Doors will open at 6.30pm so come on down for a bit of social activity, and to secure your seat before the movies begin. There will be space for bean bags and picnic rugs also. This event is “BYO Everything”, snacks, drinks, wine glasses and stubby holders. In saying that, we would like to discourage noisy “Twisties” packets! 

A bus will be on offer for Ravensthorpe residents, so be sure to purchase your bus tickets along with movie tickets at the Ravensthorpe CRC or Hopetoun CRC. 

Updates will be posted on facebook.com/Raveaboutarts

Looking forward to a cozy night in at the movies, in Hopetoun!!




Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is also supported by the Department of Regional Development and Royalties for Regions.





North by Southeast, an International Art Space Project

Artist in residence - Gustav Hellberg


For the past few weeks lucky Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe townsfolk have been hanging out with artist-in-residence Gustav Hellberg. A project which sees ‘International Art Space’ partner with Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council in a Nordic Artist exchange has well and truly begun to evolve. Much was revealed at an artist talk held at the Hopetoun Community Centre on the evening of Tuesday 21st February. An exhibition of sorts was shown. Gustav shared Things That Get in Our Way, an installation comprised of part video and part experimental device. The audience was invited to interact directly with the gamma ray detection device and follow the artist's self-described "futile quest" to explore invisible and, to most people, unknown power issues.


Amusing and thought provoking, Gustav’s Artist Talk included examples of his past artistic work, and talked through his evolving idea for the ‘Ravensthorpe/ Hopetoun Project’ which is to be titled Dreamtime in West Australia. This art project is to be an updated version of a piece that was made last spring in the Swedish town Varberg, titled Future Scannerhttp://framtidsscanner.tumblr.com


During his February visit, Gustav video interviewed locals about their hopes and dreams for the future, and captured go pro and drone footage out and about the area. All of this is part of the project end-plan, which will include strategically placed flashing light works depicting an open and diverse society, and will ultimately be presented in video format.


We will miss Gustav's suave and intelligent presence, but not for too long. The project will continue with Gustav’s return sometime after August 1st 2017 and he hopes to include youth film workshops, and involve school children in part two of the filming & film collage. Using Gustav’s words, “Children are the Future”.


Gustav very much enjoyed his first visit to Australia and his time spent amongst the Hopey & Ravy locals. He was particularly impressed with the positive and helpful attitudes, noting people were keeping in high spirits despite the devastation that unfolded just after his arrival. Mr Hellberg also enjoyed "Chase the Ace", immersing himself right into our Aussie culture!


Thank you to the volunteers who hosted Gustav for luncheons, dinners, coffee dates, tours and such. For this project to reflect our area appropriately a showcase of the diversity of our townsfolk and society was absolutely imperative. A special mention goes to First Quantum Minerals for suppling Gustav’s accommodation for the duration of his stay. Needless to say, he was delighted waking to the sound of the ocean daily.

“The traces we leave in nature, that we have left here in Hopetoun says a lot about us and our history. Maybe it can tell us about the future? Places, roads, structures, people. Who cares about the future?” Gustav Hellberg.


The Project is presented as a part of spaced 3: north by southeast, International Art Space’s recurring event of context-responsive art.


Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is also supported by the Department of Regional Development and Royalties for Regions.




Photo credits, Lisa Wilson, Jackie Edwards, Dianne Belli.

 
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ART SPACE
International Art Space (IAS) is a leading West Australian arts organisation specializing in commissioning socially engaged and context-responsive art projects. 
IAS was established in 1998 by a team comprising two farmers, Tony York and Donna Dransfield, and two arts professionals from Perth, artist Rodney Glick and writer/curator Marco Marcon. Until 2009 IAS’ operations were carried out in and around the small town of Kellerberrin, in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. There, under the name IASKA (International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia), IAS ran a gallery, studios and residential centre that hosted projects by leading contemporary artists from Australia and overseas. In 2009 IAS relocated to Perth and launch spaced, a recurring program of socially engaged and context-responsive art that reaches communities across Western Australian and beyond.
Since its inception, IAS has run more than 100 residency-based projects by artists from 20 countries and organised four national touring exhibitions.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Brazilian Party - Ravensthorpe Style

Bossa Nova Baby with Juliana Areias, Ravensthorpe Hall.

It nearly didn’t happen, and one wayward saxophone player made a detour via Albany, but in the end around 100 people gathered together on the island of Ravensthorpe to celebrate community cohesion. Bossa Nova Baby, a Brazilian concert with internationally recognised Brazilian singer Juliana Areias made the adventurous trip to Ravensthorpe on Saturday 18th February to deliver an authentic cultural experience.

The evening began with a rather happy bunch of Hopetoun dwellers hopping on the bus bound for Ravensthorpe. Thanks to Lotterywest, the bus service could be provided, thus we could enjoy the company of Robert Bawden our dependable bus driver.

Once at the Ravensthorpe Hall, the choice for ticket holders was either Brazilian Entrees or Samba Lessons. Not to make a bad decision, both were very much enjoyed. The only disappointment was that everyone could dance really well and picked up the steps so quickly that there was very little foot stumbling amongst friends and no one to giggle about. Some of the staff from Hopetoun Primary School had quite the sultry Samba moves going on.

Juliana Areias and her 5-piece band put on a great show of smooth jazzy numbers. The vibrant audience had dressed well for the occasion donning bright frocks and some very creative home-made feather head wear. As the evening went on, the table decorations became dress ups and even the blokes luxuriated in a bit of sparkle-glamour. The spirit of small community fellowship was louder than the music, but only just!


In line with the theme, Kristin’s Kitchen provided a divine array of Brazilian cuisine which absolutely hit the mark. Even Juliana (100% Brazilian) and her band were impressed. The dessert table was also well received, kindly provided by RRAC committee members, and the friendly volunteers manning the bar were equally popular.


Special guests Gustav Hellberg and Hulga Ros Gudnadottir, artists-in-residence for the International Art Space Project #northbysoutheast, danced until their little Nordic hearts were content. Both were quite taken aback by how supportive and positive our community was in the circumstances surrounding the week that had been.

A popular artist once said "Aint no mountain high enough, aint no valley low enough, aint no river wide enough, to keep me from gettin' to you babe". Rain, Hail or Shine, Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council will continue to bring Cultural & Artistic events and activities to our area to invoke and enhance community spirit.

RRAC whole heartedly thanks every person that volunteered to ensure the smooth running of this event. Also a big thank you to those who purchased tickets, as we know many momentarily put aside some deep concerns to  join us in the spirit of 'togetherness' and community support.








Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gustav Hellberg

Artist Talk Hopetoun

Dreamtime in West Australia




Tuesday 21st February 2017

Hopetoun Community Centre
Artist Talk From 5.30 pm
Light refreshments supplied.


Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd February
Artist interviews with Hopetoun Locals
Hopetoun Community Centre



Tuesday 21st February, join us from 5.30pm for an artistic soiree with Spaced 3 #northbysoutheast Artist in Residence Gustav Hellberg. Gustav will show an installation, made up of video and art objects, alongside his artist talk. The artist will introduce himself and his practice as well as present some older works, which has bearing to the project he is undertaking in the Hopetoun-Ravensthorpe area. He will also explain what he is working on here in Hopetoun. The talk will be held in a casual setup and the artist appreciates questions and interaction.

Dreamtime West Australia, is the working title of the video based project that Gustav Hellberg is carrying out in Hopetoun. This art project is an updated version of a piece that was made last spring in the Swedish town Varberg. http://framtidsscanner.tumblr.com . The artist invites anyone in the Hopetoun area to come and share a dream or vision about the future for Hopeteoun society.

From Monday 20th February until Wednesday 22nd February Gustav will be at the Hopetoun Community Centre, to record your dreams and hopes for the future. Gustav is not looking for the thought out academic future plan but rather a personal vision about the future, it is about dreams, which we know have no limits.

Please join this project and contact the artist if you have any further questions. It is also good if you contact the artist to advise when you can drop by.


Gustav Hellberg Phone: 04731 50366



The project is presented as part of spaced 3: north by southeast, International Art Space’s recurring event of context-responsive art. Spaced 3: Education and Community Access program is presented by Act-Belong-Commit, proudly sponsored by Healthway.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

   






Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fringe World Hopetoun

Circus Acro with Bits and Pieces


Gathering together at the Hopetoun Community Centre for Fringe World, audience members were anticipating a show of acrobatics and laughter. Boy oh boy, did they get what they paid for! Beginning with casual chatter and mingling in the hall as audience members chose tables, ticket holders were able to view the stage set and see the Poncho Circus acrobats warm up for the show. The acrobats finalised their serious looking warm up and proceeded with cheekiness to “clean up” the audience. This was the first antic of Cheek-y (excuse the pun) that ticket holders would experience!

The main act of the night was titled “Hardly Working” and set in an office environment. You know the drill, phone ringing, boss nagging. Some may refer to their bosses as muppets, but in this case the boss was an actual muppet demanding undoable tasks! The circus duo decided it was time to cast responsibility aside as books became juggling objects, and phantom telephones rang. Their day became a box juggling, stapler shooting performance of ridiculous slapstick comedy.

 






Not only were the crew of Poncho Circus great acrobats, their acting and improvisation left the audience feeling very engaged. One lovely lady in particular was given some comedic heartfelt interaction which the crowd found very amusing.

During the interval, whilst wiping tears of laughter out of their eyes, folks refuelled with Ayu’s yummy Indonesian Cuisine and visited the friendly and hard-working (hardly working?) RRAC Bar Volunteers. Poncho Circus prepared for the show finale.




The final act saw audience members socked, err, shocked into amusement and laughter. All in fun, the 3 acrobats entertained over 100 people with their “Adult Show antics”. A brief accidental moment was particularly funny and featured as a talking point after the show. Some were sure it was accidentally-on-purpose.




When the show concluded, some stayed for social mingling and the Poncho Circus crew chatted amongst the crowd who were completely a buzz from the show.

Thanks to Lotterywest, a bus service was provided to ferry Ravensthorpe patrons to the Hopetoun Fringe World show. Thank you to those who supported the bus service. Thankyou also to the 12 volunteers who helped during the day and night making the event possible.

RRAC’s next event will be held at the Ravensthorpe Hall Saturday 18th February. Bossa Nova Baby, a Brazilian Concert featuring singer Julian Areias and her band.