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This Little Teapot Exhibition

Fifty fist-sized teapots have met their fate at the skilled hands of a select group of established and emerging artists. With the fabulously diverse line-up consisting of painters, print makers, photographers, graphic designers, typographers, digital, textile, and street artists, there’s sure to be eye candy to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Artists include Bec Winnel, Aramas Ridge, Caitlin Shearer, Gimiks Born, Sam Octigan, TEZ, Alex Louisa, Ellen Stapleton, Eirian Chapman, Jessica Singh, Rebecca Murphy, Burntfeather, and many more fabulous Australian talents.

Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition opening night on April 13th, 6-8pm, at Paper Plane Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney. There will be free refreshments, delicious hot and cold teas, and nibbles served throughout the evening.

These tempting teapots will be on show until May 1st.

The Empty Exhibition @ aMBUSH Gallery

Australia’s cult art magazine announces The Empty Exhibition, a group show to celebrate the launch of the 20th Issue of Empty magazine.

The artists selected reflect the diversity of styles that are published in the magazine. From photo realistic paintings, to surrealism, street art and documentary photography.  The Empty Exhibition will showcase a broad range of works from Erik Sandberg, Meggs, Nic Plowman, Beastman, Aaron Nagel, Andrew Quilty, Karim Hamid, Tamara Dean, Christian Rex Van Minnen and David Kassan.

The Empty Exhibition kicks off on 14 April at aMBUSH Gallery and then moves north to open at the National Grid Gallery on 29 April.  Two exciting openings at galleries well known for their support of young and talented artists and collectives.

Where: aMBUSH Gallery, 4A James Street, Waterloo Sydney
When: Begins on Thursday 14 April & continues until Sunday 19 April, 12-4pm daily
More info: www.ambushgallery.com

Sounds Like Brisbane sampler

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s wet. But Brisbane is also a city with one of the strongest independent music scenes you will find anywhere.

Believed to be a world first, soundslikebrisbane (SLB) is bringing together the citys indie labels under the one banner – already 17 independent labels are represented, with more to join the fold soon. They are giving you a taste of the collective with a free Brisbane music sampler available online now.

Covering every genre from garage rock and indie, to jazz, hip-hop, country and pop, the labels define the creative melting pot that Brisbane has become. Together these labels work with dozens of artists, promoting close to 100 releases each year.

Among them are some of the countrys most exciting new artists including DZ DEATHRAYS, Mr Maps, The Optimen, The Medics, Regurgitator and Jackie Marshall. Whether you’re a fan or a music industry type, discover new labels, new bands, make new connections in Australia and get your head around one of the world’s most exciting music cities at www.soundslikebrisbane.com.

Grape Stomping Festival

Thinking of something a little different to do? What about Grape Stomping? You have a chance to make some wine, have a bite to eat on the spit roast, listen to some live music & take in some wine tasting. There is even a jumping castle, face painting & colouring competition for the kids.

What: Grape Stomping at Yarra Ranges Estate
Where: 39 Coulson Rd, Monbulk, VIC
When: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2011 11am to 5pm both days
Contact: 03 9752 0683 bookings are essential
Cost: $10.00

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2011 shortlist

Some of Australia’s best known writers compete with a number of talented first time authors in an intriguing and eclectic shortlist for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the nation’s oldest, richest and most prestigious State literary awards.

Finalists this year include popular comedian Anh Do; novelist and screenwriter Melina Marchetta; academic, poet and translator Ouyang Yu; two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. For more than 30 years, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have honoured hundreds of established and emerging novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, social commentators and writers of children and young people’s fiction.

Please note that this year the People’s Choice Award, which gives readers an opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted book in the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, will be open for the first time to all Australians (in previous years only NSW residents were eligible to vote).  Voting is via the website: http://www.pla.nsw.gov.au/  There are great prizes to be won by voting.

2011’s shortlisted writers were selected from more than 570 nominations across 10 categories. Prizes of up to $315,000 will be presented at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards dinner on 16 May, the first celebratory event of the 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival (16-22 May).

For more details on shortlisted individuals, please visit http://www.pla.nsw.gov.au.

Media enquiries please contact: April Murdoch, Publicist; mob: 0434 581 944 & email: aprilmurdochmedia {at} yahoo.com(.)au

Scottie’s Fish Cafe Review

East Newcastle has an irresistible pull. It’s basically Bondi… 70 years ago.   Wide and sleepy streets are sunlit by blue unclouded weather, bikini babes and muscle cars, melting ice-cream and the perfect little beachside cafe.

A block back from the beach is Scotties, Two Flat White’s tip for breakfast or dinner if you find yourself anywhere near Newcastle Beach. With its palm-shaded courtyard nook off Scott street, Scotties has come a long way from the battered sav & scallop style of fish and chippery it once was. Professionals on their laptops sipping frothy cappuccinos in the dappled shade seem just as at home as kids in boardies with their parents lugging sandy towels and negotiating bulky strollers.

Chef Jeramie Heywood’s menu spans the spectrum of accessible comfort food to hoity toity (Hiramasa kingfish, anyone?) with a focus on seasonal produce. Our tip would be to stick to the familiar fare. The fish and chips are still great despite the raging internet review debate which asserts the batter used to be better. The breakfasts are hearty (hash browns, avocado , sourdough, bacon, poached eggs etc) and the takeaway section on the side is replete with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fishburgers, steakburgers and lentil burgers ($7-$9.50). Plus, they make a pretty decent coffee (Two Flat Whites writers need their caffeine.)

The service is a bit docile, but if you’re not in any great hurry the location compensates, and a pleasant morning/afternoon drying out from the surf can be had munching away. Dinner is a fairy-light lit affair and the restaurant is quite popular so consider booking to secure your table.   Being seasonal, there is an element of changeability to the menu though keep an eye out for Gumbo prawns in ginger sauce or snapper salad with green mango and sweet chilli dressing.  Seafood Sunday at $25 a head is rather tempting, and a good excuse to get into their interesting wine list.

36 Scott Street
Newcastle East, 2300
02 4926 3780

Article written by Estelle Pigot.

Streetware laneways unveiled!

Five of Australia’s emerging street artists have installed a series of Streetware artworks, which will transform three City laneways from blank canvases to artistic spaces for the next three months.

Artists including Jumbo + Zap (recently exhibited at National Gallery Australia), Steve Gorrow (Insight founder), Emma Davidson, grrl + dog and Kat Smolynec have created giant comic gangsters, an urban angel, characters from 1960s and ‘70s children’s books, life-sized plastic people and Babushka dolls, bringing art out of the gallery and nto the public domain.

To coincide with the first annual Streetware art program, a Streetware Pop Up Gallery has also been opened in Alberta Street. The Streetware Pop Up Gallery will temporarily transform the unused vacant shop front in Alberta Street and all five Streetware artists will be participating in a two week residency at the gallery. Each artist will be selling their own unique artworks (canvases and zines) to coincide with their Streetware creations.

What: The Streetware Pop Up Gallery
Where: 21 Alberta Street
When: Until April 3 2011, Thursday – Saturday, 12-6pm and by appointment

Sands Street, Dungate Lane and Nithsdale Lane (off Alberta Street) feature the works of the Streetware artists.

To coincide with the City Art Public Art Strategy, the City launched the new City Art website www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cityart/ encouraging greater communication between artistic communities and the City.

For more information about Streetware Temporary Art Project, please visit: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cityart/special/streetware.asp

Media Contact: Natasha Bowron (02) 9246 7310 or nbowron {at} cityofsydney.nsw.gov(.)au

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence – Call For Entries

This is the ultimate national awards program for young hospitality professionals. The Awards have garnered firm support from Australia’s culinary heavyweights with a highly acclaimed panel of judges, supporters and mentors including Guy Grossi, Chris Taylor, Peter Gilmore, Mark Best, Christine Manfield, Philip Johnson and Luke Mangan.

Searching Australia for emerging talent within the restaurant and catering industry, the Awards are more than a competition. They aim to inspire and support future industry leaders through unique educational elements, career opportunities and enviable prizes.

Application forms and further details are available online at www.appetiteforexcellence.com


Lucrative Prizes for Young Talent:

The Electrolux Young Chef and Electrolux Young Waiter Winner prize package includes:

• Sanpellegrino offers the Electrolux Young Chef National winner a once in a lifetime experience to represent Australia and compete in the famous S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup in Venice.  This is followed by a visit to the source of two of the world’s most renowned mineral waters – S.Pellegrino located in the Italian Alps and Acqua Panna positioned in the hills of Tuscany, where both the Electrolux Young Chef and Electrolux Young Waiter National Winners will experience the rich heritage, lifestyle and culture of each of the waters.
• Return overseas flights to attend the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup and participate in two weeks work experience at a world leading restaurant overseas
• $3,000 cash to assist with travel & overseas work experience expenses
• The highly-acclaimed title and an accompanying trophy
• Media opportunities

The Electrolux Young Restaurateur Winner prize package offers:

• A unique opportunity from Sanpellegrino with an all expenses paid trip to London to attend “The S.Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Restaurants Awards”
• Return overseas flights to attend the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants event
• $8,000 cash to be invested in their business under the guidance of the judging panel
• Media opportunities

KEY DATES

Entries open:  21 February 2011
Applications close:  01 May 2011
National Finalist Judging (chefs & waiters):  27 June 2011
Final Judging (chefs & waiters):  28 June 2011
National finalists’ produce tour:  01 August – 07 August 2011
Young Restaurateur Judging:  08 August 2011
Winners’ announcement event:  08 August 2011

A Little Bit Audrey

A Little Bit Audrey designs are inspired by the grace and timeless elegance of one of history’s biggest style icons, actress and humanitarian – Audrey Hepburn.

Blending the feminine, classic and whimsical characteristics of the vintage era with a modern individual edge, each A Little Bit Audrey headpiece is a one off design created with a moreish mix of silk flowers, feathering, tulle, sinamay, organza, silk, satin and lace swatches.

The headwear consists of hats, fascinators, hatinators, pillboxes, jewelled headbands and a range of jewellery and accesories that will take you from race days to cocktails by the pool at sunset.

Bordering on the dainty and delicate, right through to elaborate attention-grabbing head turners,  A Little Bit Audrey jewellery statement pieces are brought to life in a fusion of semi precious stones, swarovski crystals and enamel and glass foil beading embellishments sourced locally and overseas.

Designed and handmade in Sydney, Australia, each bespoke and ready to wear creation is named and archived to mark its individuality.

Transform the City in the Laneway Art Project 2011 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

Artists, curator and designers are invited to submit their proposals to transform Sydney’s laneways for the City of Sydney’s fifth annual Laneway Art Project in 2011.

In the five years the Laneway Art Project has been running it has become an incredibly popular part of the City’s cultural calendar, appealing to both Sydneysiders and international visitors. “The City’s Laneway Art Projects have seen the works of high profile contemporary artists, designers, architects and even lawyers reinvigorate the City’s urban landscape with innovative and refreshing artistic visions,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said. “Sydneysiders have enjoyed award winning laneway installations over the past five years and we look forward to receiving the proposals from our creative community for Laneway Art Project 2011, pushing artistic boundaries once again.”

Highlights from the Laneway Art Project from previous years include:

• 2009 Little Hunter Street which saw the street lined with yellow trampoline material and had people bouncing off the walls in The Meeting Place Project by Aspect Studios, Derlot and Herbert and Mason – recently awarded a prize at the Landscape Architecture Institute awards
• 2009 Similarly the 7 Metre Bar by Goodwin, McGregor and Lowe was awarded a prize at the Landscape Architecture Institute for its extreme vision of global warming with a BMW suspended from an overhead bridge as a sample of the detritus that would wash up if seas rose to 7 metres
• 2009 Artist Michael Hill with Richard Wong and David Towey from Lightwell and Dr Richard Major from the Australian Museum gave people a sense of the lost birdlife of the City in their piece Forgotten Songs in Angel Place which had over 100 bird cages filled with the sounds of birds – and will soon be made a permanent laneway artwork.
• 2008 Adam Norton’s Tank Project where three armoured personnel carriers prowled City’s laneways 24/7 for two weeks
• 2008 First Draft Gallery’s Downtown event – a one night extravaganza with artist performances, videos, banners and art being displayed in the boots of smoking Mini Coopers
• 2008 Gaffa Gallery’s Tetris blocks wedged in Abercrombie Lane turning the City into a giant video game gone awry

The submission of Laneway Art proposals in 2011 can be either Individual Project Proposals or Curatorial Proposals by curators or curatorial teams recommending groups of artists to undertake the Laneway Program.

CITY OF SYDNEY

– Individual Project Proposals may also include a curator who supplies a curatorial theme or statement for the artwork.

– Curatorial Proposals submitted should include a curatorial theme or statement and nominate a group of artists to develop a series of temporary art projects in up to 8 City laneways

For further enquiries and a copy of the EOI – Invitation to Submit a Proposal documentation please contact:

Mr Paul Brown, Tendering Officer:
Telephone: (02) 9265 9364
Facsimile: (02) 9265 9697
E-mail: pbrown {at} cityofsydney.nsw.gov(.)au

The deadline for submissions is 11am Tuesday 1 March 2011.

Next year’s Laneway Art program will run from October 2011 to January 2012.

For further media information, please contact:

Natasha Bowron (02) 9246 7310 or nbowron {at} cityofsydney.nsw.gov(.)au

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