Green Room: Tarnanthi Art Fair, Love and Neon


A treasure trove of Indigenous art to cherish

Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, woven objects, jewelry, textiles, clothing and housewares by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across Australia will be on sale at the fully art fair. online from Tarnanthi this weekend.

Textiles by Bábbarra Women’s Center; image courtesy of the artists and AGSA. Photo: John Montesi

The art fair is presented annually by the Art Gallery of SA in conjunction with the Tarnanthi Festival, with the proceeds of sales going directly to artists and their art centers to provide a vital source of income for remote communities.

After COVID-19 created difficulties in planning for last year’s event – which was held later than usual and included both a physical site at Lot Quatorze and a sales portal in online – it has been decided that the 2021 art fair will be presented fully online through a digital portal from 5 p.m. on October 15 to 9 p.m. on October 18.

Buyers can expect thousands of works with prices ranging from $ 100 to $ 15,000 by artists from over 50 art centers.

“The Tarnanthi Art Fair celebrates the diversity and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art,” said Tarnanthi Artistic Director Nici Cumpston. “This year, we are delighted to present the art fair as an online event, giving people around the world the opportunity to take these stories home and to remember our country’s deep history every day. “

You can access the Tarnanthi online art fair and find out more about participating art centers here. The 2021 Tarnanthi Festival opens Friday and this year will showcase the work of more than 1,400 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in 30 exhibitions at AGSA and partner venues across the state.

Love and neon at Mercury

The OzAsia Festival kicks off early at the Mercury Cinema with a weeklong celebration of the career of revered Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, kicking off on Saturday with a gala screening of his 2000 romantic drama Love mood.

Love and Neon, the cinema of Wong Kar Wai – curated by Kristy Matheson, director of film programs at ACMI (formerly Australian Center for the Moving Image) – will present a series of other Wong films, including his groundbreaking film Chungking Express, the “infused black” Fallen angels and biopic on martial arts The great master.

The cinema also presents three screenings with questions and answers with Australian filmmakers: Home song stories, based on the life of writer-director Tony Ayres; Floating Life (Fu Sheng), directed by Clara Law; and Guidance: Chris Doyle Shaken But Not Flustered, a documentary about longtime Australian cinematographer Wong produced by Karena Slaninka, CEO of Mercury CX.

See the full movie program OzAsia here. The OzAsia Festival 2021 officially opens October 21 and runs through November 7.

From LA to Adelaide

Producers from South Australia are invited to apply for a “virtual residency” offering opportunities to connect and collaborate with film and television production companies, executives, managers or agents based in the United States.

Charlie’s Virtual Residence is described as an online version of Charlie’s, a hub for creative co-working, networking and events operated by Australians in Film (AiF) in Los Angeles, and is provided by the AiF with support from the SA Film Corporation.

Three South Australians will be selected for the residency, which includes facilitated online group sessions with American screen practitioners, one-on-one meetings with AiF representatives, information on how to compete in the international market , tailor-made sessions covering the American industry and introductions to the project pitch. Applications are open until October 21, details are available here.

A symphony for Afghanistan

Musicians from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide.

Young Afghan musicians will be the beneficiaries of a special concert at St. Peter’s Cathedral this Friday by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and students from the Elder Conservatorium.

The concert, conducted by Anthony Hunt with guest soprano Jessica Dean, will see musicians from Adelaide perform Symphony No.3 by Polish composer Gorecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, the funds collected being donated to the Kabul-based company Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM).

“ANIM is the first and only music school in the country where talented Afghan children, regardless of gender, social status and ethnicity, are trained in a mixed environment of traditional Afghan and Western classical music, while obtaining high quality. general university education, ”explains Dr Elizabeth Layton, head of classical performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

“This collaboration between the students of the Elder Conservatorium and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for the musicians of Adelaide to come together and support the Afghan people.”

A symphony for Afghanistan will be played at 7:30 p.m. on October 15 (go here buy tickets or donate to ANIM).

Mindshare exhibition

The Mindshare 2021 group exhibition is taking place in Adelaide this month, showcasing the work of South Australian creators living with mental health issues.

Organized as part of Mental Health Month and presented by the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia, the free exhibit features works on display at the City Library, Hutt Street Library, Tynte Street Library and the Center community of North Adelaide.

“Sharing and listening to stories of lived experiences – whatever their unique form – is essential for building empathy and understanding around mental illness,” says Anna Jeavons, online editor at Mindshare.

Mali Isabel, who was announced this week as the winner of the Adelaide Fringe 2022 poster design competition, is one of those showcasing work in the Mindshare 2021 exhibition. The full list of artists and their work can be viewed on the mind sharing site.

Calling all budding musicians

Applications are now open for young musicians wishing to audition for the five orchestras of the Adelaide Youth Orchestras: Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Sinfonia , the Adelaide Youth Strings and the Adelaide Youth Winds.

The orchestras welcome children from the age of eight (in the Adelaide Youth Strings and Youth Winds), with the senior group the Adelaide Youth Orchestra – founded in 2001 – composed of 80 members aged 13 to 24. The AdYO offers professional orchestral training with development programs and career paths, as well as presentation of a statewide performance program.

Applications close on October 31, more information available here – including details of financial aid scholarships. Young musicians can also apply to join AdYO’s string quartets and wind or brass quintets.

The five orchestras will perform at a end of year party at Adelaide Town Hall on November 13.

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