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Archive for September, 2009

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Looking For Eric winners announced

Our competition for the Looking For Eric movie tickets giveaway has now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered we had an overwhelming response. The winners are listed below and your prizes will be sent this week. Thanks again to Icon Films for your generous support!

S. Clifton – Main Beach, QLD
A.Marsh – Bellevue Hill, NSW
E. Bakkalis – Dingley Village, VIC
E. Crocker – Gunn, NT
C.Amor – Wollongbar, NSW
M.Lubcke – Pooraka, SA
S. Beneke – Bathurst, NSW
M. Gatton – Fremantle, WA
J. Doolan – Geelong, VIC
D. Smithson – Grafton, NSW

Melbourne International Arts Festival 2009

Melbourne International Arts Festival is Australia’s premier celebration of international performing and visual arts and Melbourne’s flagship cultural event.

Since first being staged in 1986 as the third Spoleto Festival (with Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, USA), Melbourne Festival quickly forged a unique identity and remains the only festival in Australia to be born from international heritage.

Held over 17 days each October, Melbourne Festival is the pre-eminent destination festival in the nation, exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest national and international artists and companies.

Each Festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne.

Through excellence, diversity and accessibility, Melbourne Festival presents the best possible artistic experience to as many people as possible. It proudly offers a wide variety of venues and ticket prices, plus many free events.

The Artistic Director for the 2009 and 2010 Festivals is Brett Sheehy.

The 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival will take place from the 9th to 24th October.

Ray Mann Art Exhibition

Since 2005, Sydney artist Raymond Wassef, a.k.a. Ray Mann, has been making music and art with soul band The Ray Mann Three. His debut into the art world is a retrospective of the gig posters, eflyers, motion graphics and music videos he has produced, presented by Somedays.

Inspired by 1950s music and film, and characterised by the same minimalist, low-fi aesthetic as his band’s music, Ray’s sketches, photography and design retain their original hand-generated warmth right through to the digital finish.

Until now, Ray’s band-related art has only ever been viewed on computer or TV screens, or when projected during the band’s live shows. This exhibition at Somedays marks the first occasion that the physical works will be presented as a collection in its own right.

What: Ray Mann Art Exhibition
When: Up until 12th October 2009
Where: Somedays Gallery
Address: 72 B Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills.

Junior; celebrating life at the bottom

It’s almost graduation time, bring out the beer and celebrations, you’ve earned it! But don’t think it’s going to get any easier. Luckily there is a large amount of resources for you out there. I’ve recently been reading some great interviews and advice for all you graduates and young creatives on Junior; celebrating life at the bottom.

It’s not going to be all sunshine and lollypops being a junior in any of the creative fields but you will learn a lot, meet awesome people and should even have a good time although at times very challenging. Junior has heaps of advice and articles for all creatives so definitely check it out. The best piece of advice I was given when starting out was “I’d rather be at the bottom of the ladder I want to climb than to be at the top of the ladder I don’t want to climb”.

Article brought to you from our friends at Design Federation.

Art and About 2009

For the first time Art & About will include an Indigenous art program featuring a range of contemporary works by urban and rural artists; from traditional dot painting to stencil art, from shell art to sculptural weaving.

A large traditional Smoking Ceremony in Hyde Park will launch the program of exhibitions, workshops and talks.

“Art & About will bring beautiful Indigenous art and stories into the public domain, sharing and celebrating the contemporary culture of the first Australians,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said.

Events NSW CEO Geoff Parmenter said that major events and tourism are an excellent way for the community and visitors to engage and explore our Indigenous culture and heritage. “The Indigenous arts program offers something new for the community to experience and enjoy and we are thrilled to be supporting this important part of Art & About this year,” he said.

NSW Aboriginal art will fly from street poles across the city in this year’s Open Gallery, with original works on display in the AMP foyer at Circular Quay.

Open Gallery curator Djon Mundine OAM said: “We paint the land is not a cliché, and it is appropriate that here and now we ‘paint’ Sydney.”

The City of Sydney produced arts festival brings stimulating and engaging art and events to Sydney residents and visitors from 1- 25 October 2009.

Art & About is part of Crave Sydney, a major celebration of Sydney’s unmatched way of life, offering 31 days of food, outdoor art and fun.


Pine Street’s Annual Students’ Exhibition

Celebrate the creativity of some of the Pine Street community’s most talented students at the 2009 Annual Students’ Exhibition. The exhibition will feature an inspiring display of beautiful artworks from classes throughout the year including ceramics, printmaking, silver jewellery, sculpture, painting, drawing, stencil art and more.

During the exhibition launch, the Pine Street team will also be demonstrating the amazing art of Raku firing in the Centre’s outdoor kiln.

When: 21st to 29th September 2009
Where: Pine Street Gallery, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale.
Time: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm.
Cost: Free

Filmmakers apply within

An exciting new opportunity exists for dynamic, passionate and creative filmmakers and videographers to showcase their talents to a massive Australian audience and maybe snare themselves a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

All you need to do is put together a short, compelling video (2 minutes approx.) that dynamically illustrates who you are, where you come from and what sets you apart. Show us why we should choose you to embark on the filmmaking adventure of a lifetime by utilising your fresh, unique thinking and shooting skills.

We’re looking for entertaining, original yet accessible stories … exactly how these are presented is entirely up to you! If you’re successful, then the world could be your oyster!

We are looking for individuals or teams of two who are the full production package. We’d prefer you write, star, shoot, edit and deliver your vision without any other person assisting you. Your films can feature performances or interviews from third parties if this is a style you choose to explore.

What are you waiting for – grab your camera, get thinking and GO! Applications must arrive no later than 25th September 2009.

Flirt by Kate Lightfoot…

Surround yourself with flirts galore! Nautical naughties, femmes fatale, sultry sirens and coy coquettes. For two weeks they’ll decorate the walls at 696 in coloured pencil and vibrant ink. So come along, flirt outrageously and take your favourite home. Kate Lightfoot may even drop by…

Opening night: Thursday 17th September, 6-9pm.
Show runs from 17th to 30th September @ 696 Gallery

696 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Alice Nelson is one talented author

Alice recently caught up with Two Flat Whites to discuss life, passions, future endeavours and her new novel ‘The Last Sky’. The Last Sky moves between a love story in wartime Shanghai and a failing marriage in Hong Kong during the handover to China. A very ambitious and resourceful young author. Don’t forget the name Alice Nelson!

Where did you grow up & where do you hang your hat?

I grew up on Cottesloe Beach in WA and always find myself drawn back there, though I’ve lived overseas for extended stints – in New York for the longest. I’m living in Perth at the moment but am just about to head to rural France for several months for a writing sabbatical of sorts.

In your own words, what do you do?

Joan Didion once described writers as lonely, resistant rear rangers of things, people who spend their most absorbed and passionate hours arranging words on pieces of paper. That’s certainly part of it but there’s a tremendous joy in imagining, in telling stories, in entering into the sweet obsession of writing when it feels like there is nothing outside the world of the page. It’s a solitary occupation but you also have to be terribly interested in people.

Where did you learn your craft?

From reading mostly – I think that it’s impossible to be a writer if you are not voraciously, obsessively passionate about reading all kinds of literature. I used to copy out Ernest Hemingway in the vain hope that I might learn how to write the perfect sentence! I’ve studied creative writing at university, both in Australia and in the Masters program at the City University of New York, and while I’m not sure that you can actually teach the craft of writing, I found both experiences incredibly valuable. The discipline of having to produce work constantly, the thick skin you develop from the criticism, the contacts you make, are all so important.

Who and what inspires you?

Writers who are constantly doing new and innovative things with their craft, who aren’t afraid to challenge themselves. People like Anne Michaels, Pablo Neruda, Michael Ondaatje, Joan Didion, Marguerite Duras, Gail Jones, Brian Castro, to name just a few. The African refugees I know through my work with the Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees – incredible men and woman who have often survived unimaginable violence and loss and still look to a happier future.


Looking For Eric tickets giveaway

Two Flat Whites in conjunction with our friends at Icon Films are giving ten (10) lucky people the chance to win one of 10 double passes to the hit film Looking For Eric in cinemas from the 24th September 2009.

Eric the postman is slipping through his own fingers…

His wife has gone, his stepsons are out of control and the house was chaotic even before a cement mixer appeared in the front garden. Life is crazy enough, but it is Eric’s own secret that is driving him to the brink. How can he face up to Lily, the woman of his dreams that he once loved and walked out on many years ago? Despite the comical efforts and misplaced goodwill of his mates, Eric continues to sink.

In desperate times it takes a spliff and a special friend to help a lost postman find his way, so Eric turns to his hero: footballing genius, philosopher and poster boy, Eric Cantona.

As a certain Frenchman says “He who is afraid to throw the dice, will never throw a six.”

Please email your name, postal address and where you heard about the competition to info {at} twoflatwhites(.)com for your chance to win!

Competition closes Sunday, 27th September 2009.

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