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WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY: KEN DONE IS TAKEN OVER

Today is WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY and there’s been a takeover!

 UNICEF Australia’s Goodwill Ambassador, Ken Done, is helping with the celebrations for the anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by allowing a takeover of his studio.

This year the focus is on Article 12 – Respect for the views of the child, which stipulates; When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.

For the first time Done has allowed a group of children, seven-year olds, to take over his studio and I had the opportunity to speak to him and two of his charges before their artwork goes on sale at a gala dinner this evening.   This activity is one of a range of high-profile kids ‘takeovers’ that UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Organisation, has been facilitating across the globe in the lead up to World Children’s Day. The aim is to raise the profile and voices of children in places and spaces where they may not usually be seen or heard.

Georgia’s painting.

Sini Wallace and Georgia Cummings from Plunkett Street Public School have each created one of the 40 cm x 40 cm panels which will be displayed together as one large scale artwork.

“We wanted it to work as collection” says Done.  “We were looking for consistency and cohesion, so I drew a circle, a face as a starting point.” He knew that the kids would make it their own from there.  Children paint with optimism, he explains.  Nice things: sun, flowers, water.  “We wanted to celebrate the lucky (sic) of being here. “

The famous artist has seen the other side.

Done has had a nearly 30-year relationship with UNICEF since he was asked to decorate the UNICEF Pavilion facade for Expo 88 in Brisbane.  “They asked me to be the first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and I just said yes.”

As part of this role he has visited and worked in difficult places.  “In the camps there are children who draw images of war and other things, not because they have read a comic with it in but because they have lived it.”   While not known for his darker work, (“95 % of my work is beauty, colour, optimism”) Done expresses his passionate belief that “getting it out”, even when there a few resources and he and the children draw with a pointed stick in the dirt, is beneficial.   He references his 2012 exhibition which had images of dreams, drowning and death after a difficult period in his life.

But colours abound today as we chat in his vibrant gallery at The Rocks.  And it’s not just his iconic style that brings the light, Sini and Georgia are thoroughly enjoying themselves!

When I spoke with them I began by asking  about colour.  Georgia is a pastel girl.  “I just added lots of white” she explains.  Sini is more figurative and describes her painting as “a yellow opera house, a red flower, a purple butterfly.”  She goes on to explain that “Ken helped me mix the colours on a piece of paper.”

Sini’s Painting

Done tells me that giving the kids strong primary colours to start with was a further way of having the individual panels work as a collection.  He knows that their imagination will take them off on their own visual and imaginative journey.  As it has for him since he was their age growing up as an only child in a country town.  “If Mum asked me about a birthday party I was at, I would draw it rather than explain.”

When Done spoke about the takeover  its clear that, for him,  visual communication,  a painting , is “half a question”. So I was inspired to ask the girls the other half. What, I asked them, do you want your paintings to say to the children of the world?

Georgia responds immediately,

It’s a person on an adventure, not giving up.” 

Sini takes a little longer to get her message exactly right …

 “Don’t be afraid.”

 

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.au/

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For information about Ken Done, UNICEF Australia’s Goodwill Ambassador , visit    http://www.kendone.com.au/news.php?s=unicef

 

 

 

BE YOU : A CHARITY HEALTH AND FITNESS EVENT @ THE BONDI PAVILION

BE YOU is a morning designed to empower, inspire, motivate and celebrate YOU, whilst raising money to support the work of The Butterfly Foundation.

The morning will involve the following:

Session 1: A sweat session led by the Monique Craft, founder of BodyCraft Health and Fitness. This session will get your heart pumping and endorphins racing.

Brunch: It will then be time to refuel! You will be treated to a brunch full of delicious food and thirst quenching beverages, take some time to chat to one another, snap some selfies (remember to #beyouevent) and meet our lovely instructors.

Session 2: After brunch make your way to your mat for a calming yoga flow led by yogini Becky Power of Becky Power Yoga.

There are limited tickets available and the first 75 registered will receive a gift bag.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/be-you-tickets-36993425331

Tickets are $39.93 (which includes a $2.93 booking fee)

Any enquiries – beyouevent@outlook.com .

DATE
Sunday 1st October 2017 9:30am-1:30pm at the High Tide Room, Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive.

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OUT FROM UNDER 2016 @ YORK THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE

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Featured photo – Debra Byrne at Out From Under 2015.

On Monday 21 November, stars of the Australian entertainment industry will come together at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre in response to the issue of mental health within the profession. 

Out From Under began in 2015 in Melbourne, and is an evening aimed at removing the stigma surrounding mental health within the entertainment industry by bringing it out of the shadows.

Hosted by Gorgi Coghlan and directed by Kelley Abbey, the evening will feature performances from some of Australia’s most talented artists from all sectors of the arts community. Confirmed artists include Debra Byrne, Silvie Paladino, Rob Mills, Lucy Durack, Amy Campbell, Ben Abraham, Casey Donovan, Ainsley Melham, Loren Hunter, Michael James Scott, Heather Mitchell, Rachael Beck, Damien Leith, The Tap Pack and DrummerQueens. Musical Director for this one-off event will be Luke Hunter, with musical supervision by the acclaimed Chong Lim. Continue reading OUT FROM UNDER 2016 @ YORK THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE

Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016 – Tuesday November 8

Arts Table Dinner 5 course degustation in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney’s most memorable arts industry fundraiser, the Walsh Bay Arts Table Dinner is a 5 course degustation created on a volunteer basis by 5 chefs of the Walsh Bay arts and dining hub.

Guests are seated at a long table spanning the length of Pier 2 at Walsh Bay in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Each chef has selected a stand out cool climate wine from among the new Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters to complement their signature dish and winemakers will join guests at the table.

Guests will be treated to rare pop up performances by The Song Company ensemble directed by celebrated British composer and conductor Antony Pitts.

Tickets are $180pp available from www.walshbaysydney.com/artstable and all proceeds will enable The Song Company to continue to nurture young talent.

This great arts charity event will take place on Pier 2, 13 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay on Tuesday November 8 between 6.30 pm and 10 pm.

For more about Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016, visit http://www.walshbaysydney.com/artstable
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Arts Fundraising Event to announce new Brett Whiteley theatre production

Painting by Brett Whiteley, one of the donated paintings for the Auction Event

A fundraiser event has been announced to help support an upcoming production about Brett Whiteley’s life and art.

Some last days tickets are still available!
$90 pp / Dress: smart casual

A fab night for art lovers, with special performance by acrobatics troupe, Dauntless Movement Crew. 

Two of Australia’s leading theatre companies, Legs On The Wall and Theatre Of Image, have announced a new project on which they’ll collaborate, bringing the life of artist Brett Whiteley to the stage in a new Kim Carpenter directed production called Brett And Wendy – A Love Story Bound By Art.

To accompany this is the announcement of a one-off Fundraising Event, wherein a fully endorsing Wendy Whiteley will be the Special Guest for a night of cocktails, canapés, and a silent auction.

The artworks of 20 artists include Brett Whiteley, Arthur Boyd, Lloyd Rees, Joanna Logue, Del Kathryn Barton, Tom Carment and more, have been donated for the auction, with luxury accommodation packages, tickets to Belvoir St Theatre, signed art books, and more available to help raise funds for the stage production.

The fundraiser is to be held this Wednesday May 11 in The Treasury Room at the Intercontinental Sydney, with tickets at $90. The stage production itself is still in development, with more details to be announced soon.

Some last days tickets are still available. Please visit the website to purchase, or call Neil Hunt at Theatre of Image on 02 9518 8458.

DATES
Wednesday 11 May from 6.30pm

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Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

One of the doyens of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia's group play fundraiser
One of the doyennes of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s group play experiment

Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.

Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.

The way that CHAIN PLAY works is that each writer has been asked to contribute a scene of a brand new play. Once the nominated playwright has written the opening scene then he/she passes the play onto the next playwright to write their scene and so it goes until the play has been completed. Continue reading Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

GONDWANA CHOIRS  PRESENTS THE WALSH BAY ARTS TABLE DINNER 2015

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Gondwana Choirs has issued their invitation for you to attend Sydney’s most spectacular dining experience for 2015, the annual alfresco degustation dinner, on the wharf at the harbour’s edge.

There will be a very long table of diners who will enjoy the very fine food provided by Walsh Bay’s restaurants, whilst accompanied by premiere wines, together with breathtaking performances by Gondwana Choirs.

Every year, with this wonderful event, the local community comes together to celebrate the thriving arts and fine dining precinct that Walsh Bay has become.                         Continue reading GONDWANA CHOIRS  PRESENTS THE WALSH BAY ARTS TABLE DINNER 2015

FASHION AID 2015 @ CROWN PALLADIUM

Jake Freeman interviewing Neighbours star Olympia Valance
Jake Freeman interviewing Neighbours star Olympia Valance

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There was plenty of unique designs and dress ensembles that graced the red carpet at last Saturday’s 2015 Annual Fashion Aid Gala at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Every year since its inception, eight years ago, Fashion Aid, supports and raises money for a different charity or foundation through fashion and entertainment. At this year’s event, all the proceeds will go to the Leukemia Foundation’s Building of Hope project. Continue reading FASHION AID 2015 @ CROWN PALLADIUM

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GALA CHARITY EVENT

Inset pic- Emcees Deborah Hutton and Richard Wilkins. Featured pic- Olivia Newton John and her husband
Inset pic- Emcees Deborah Hutton and Richard Wilkins. Featured pic- Olivia Newton John and her husband John Easterling

She is one of the most famous people in the world thanks to her starring roles in Grease and Xanadu.  

Now nearly three decades on and still looking younger than her age, a smiling and radiant Olivia Newton-John graced the red carpet with her husband John Easterling  by her side.

Olivia was in Melbourne celebrating and co-hosting her 3rd annual ONJ Gala which raises money, support and awareness for her Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital Melbourne. Continue reading OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GALA CHARITY EVENT