Green Room: canvas dreams, art in nature

First Nations screen opportunity

South Australian Aboriginal film creatives have the opportunity to forge new careers in television production through the second iteration of an internship program offered by SA Film Corporation and Channel 44.

Applications (here) are open until 17 June for beginning and aspiring South Australian First Nations screen practitioners and graduate students.

This year, up to three First Nations interns will be selected to work at Channel 44’s Collinswood studios, where they will gain hands-on experience in television production and creating original content for broadcast. Internships are available for all roles from Production Assistant to Operations Coordinator, Web Development, Editor/VFX/Animation to casual production teams.

“Getting the chance to work on set at a real broadcaster not only helped me develop my skills but also helped me land a post-production position with Warwick Thornton fire bite – a really exciting opportunity for which, as someone who grew up watching his films, I am very grateful,” says Keith Gilbey Warrior, one of the 2021 interns who also co-hosts Channel 44’s First Nations panel show mob talks.

Every picture tells a story

One hundred teenage artists will create portraits capturing a moment in the life of a 100-year-old person in the South Australian launch of The Centenarian Portrait Project of Teenagers.

A portrait of centenarian Alma Jones by Kate Howie.

The national project is being led by nonprofit arts organization Embraced Inc, which says around 70 centenarians across the state have already been matched with teenage artists, but there’s still a window for more young people ages 15 to 19 to get involved.

Those selected will hold a series of introductory sessions with their centenarian before creating an artwork, with the South Australian portraits on display in a free exhibition at The Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, from 21-30 June.

“The connection between young and old makes for a portrait of great meaning,” says Rose Connors Dance, creative director of Embraced Inc. “To see what 100 years of life looks like through the eyes of young artists is incredibly humbling for anyone involved.”

Further details and the artist application form can be found here.

Catapult your career

Applications for Guildhouse’s Catapult mentorship program have been opened, with multiple mentorships worth $5000 for South Australian artists, craftspeople and designers.

“Building on many years of successful mentoring programs, this current round of Catapult continues to focus on applications that have a long-lasting impact on the recipient’s career,” said Guildhouse of the program.

Applicants must have a confirmed national or international mentor. As a result of Guildhouse’s partnership with Country Arts SA, two of the mentorships are dedicated to supporting local artists, with one being awarded to an artist under the age of 26.

More information on the Catapult Callout 2022 can be found here, application deadline is June 14th.

Cabaret rocks

Just awesome‘s Michaela Burger, Amelia Ryan and Michael Griffiths. Photo: Claudio Raschella

Strong ticket sales have prompted the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to add a third performance to the locally produced and performed show Simply Brill – The women who defined rock ‘n’ roll.

Starring Amelia Ryan (also a director), Michaela Burger and Michael Griffiths, the show is named after the “Brill Building” in New York, which housed prolific songwriters like Carole King and Cynthia Weil in the 1960s. A new matinee performance was added on June 11 at 2:30pm, with that night’s show already sold out and limited tickets remaining for the 9:30pm performance on June 10th.

“It has always been the intention of Adelaide Cabaret Festival founder Frank Ford to provide a platform for local South Australian talent to showcase new cabaret work and we are delighted to see this new work resonate with audiences,” says the performer Adelaide Cabaret Festival Producer, Alex Sinclair.

Other SA shows at this year’s Cabaret Festival include Libby O’Donovan sister ElizabethState Opera How to kill your husbandand Louise Blackwells Love on the Left Bank.

art in nature

A caring handby Douglas Gimesy.

Impressive pictures of animals, plants and landscapes from all over the world can currently be seen in the Exhibition Nature Photographer of the Year at the International Rose Garden in the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

The traveling exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features outstanding photos from the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which attracts more than 50,000 entries. They range from poignant photos of wildlife like Australian photographer Douglas Gimesy’s critically acclaimed image of an orphaned gray-headed fruit bat (like the ones that sleep in the botanic park) to a “fantastic rainforest” in Colombia, a bear cub sleeping in a tree in Alaska and bioluminescent ghost mushroom.

At the same time, the exhibition by the artist Cara Johnson is running in the Santos Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Garden overlaywhich represents a completely different way of looking at environmental waste.

Johnson has reused collected local plastic, netting, wire and weeds to create detailed jewelry and artwork overlay seeks to highlight the “hard human impact” of agricultural and land-clearing practices.

Both overlay and the Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibitions last until July 24th.

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