Green Room: ACE art, Tarnanthi on tour, Rubies legend

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Porter Street Commission

Kaspar Schmidt Mumm has been awarded the Porter Street Commission 2023, the Adelaide multidisciplinary artist planning to create a new work in the form of a large-scale puppet head that encourages interaction with the public.

The commission, now in its third year, is awarding $20,000 to a South Australian artist to create an ambitious new work to be featured in a solo exhibition at Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE).

Schmidt Mumm – who was born in Germany, grew up in Adelaide and has Colombian, Pakistani and Canadian heritage – says his artistic creation stems from his experience of displacement. He describes his proposed new work – which will combine puppetry, papier-mâché, woodworking, tapestry, singing, improvisation and social theater – as his most ambitious yet.

The Porter Street Commission’s selection panel praised him for his ‘cheerful submission’, adding: ‘We were particularly taken with Kaspar’s absurd and comedic approach to artmaking, drawing broad connections to art. puppetry, human rituals and the online world of Tik Tok. . Centered on participatory sculpture, Kaspar’s new work offers a distinct and exciting opportunity to introduce live art programming to ACE Gallery.

Schmidt Mumm’s work is currently featured in a SALA exhibition titled Packageat SODA Objects in Croydon, for which he created a range of original furniture from recycled paper.

Illuminate Adelaide

This year’s Illuminate Adelaide festival sold 260,000 tickets for 29 ticketed events and attracted more than 1.2 million spectators, according to results released today.

The festival’s most popular ticketed event – which ended last Sunday – was by far the light cycles experience at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, which is visited by over 123,000 people during its extended season. Adelaide Zoo luminous creatures attracted over 52,000 people, while some 40,000 attended the digital light show where art meets technology Wisdom of AI Light in a purpose-built pavilion on Rundle Road.

The month-long festival included city ​​lightsa popular program of free outdoor screenings and installations across the city (reportedly attracting 714,000 spectators) and musical performances headlined by the Gorillaz with a sold-out show at the Entertainment Center.

After last year’s inaugural Illuminate Adelaide program was interrupted by COVID and bad weather, co-founders and creative directors Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who descended on the city for the 2022 programme. They promised that the festival – supported by the SA Tourism Commission and the federal government’s RISE fund – would return, “bigger and brighter”, in 2023.

Tarnanthi on tour

A film still with Kaylene Whiskey in Iwantja Young Women’s Film Project, Kungka Kuṉpu, 2019. © the artists and Iwantja Arts

Major contemporary works by more than 60 female artists from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands will be featured in a national touring exhibition presented by the Tarnanthi Program of the Art Gallery of SA.

Title Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women), the exhibition will include works in a range of media, from large-scale sculptural installations by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers made of tjanpi (herbs) and found objects, to works by young Aṉangu artists as an intergenerational film combining live action and animation .

“We want our film project to show a strong, positive message about living in a remote Indigenous community,” artist Kaylene Whiskey says of the latter. “We, the young women of Indulkana, like to dance, have fun and make each other laugh. We are proud to live on our lands and maintain our culture and our language.

Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) will travel to five galleries across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria from October 22 to mid-June 2023. Other featured artists include Angkuna Baker, Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton, Nyunmiti Burton, Nyurpaya Kaika- Burton, Sylvia Ken, Kunmanara (Militjari) Pumani, Rhoda Tjitayi, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Kaylene Whiskey and Yaritji Tingila Young.

AGSA Director Rhana Devenport says it highlights the APY art movement as a vital source of contemporary art production and also gives audiences outside South Australia the opportunity to experience the Tarnanthi program.

It’s ruby ​​time

Nominations are open for the 2022 Ruby Awards recognizing excellence in South Australia’s arts and culture sector.

The six categories of artistic works and events presented in SA between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 are: outstanding community event or project; Exceptional regional event or project; Outstanding youth work, event or project; Outstanding work or event at a festival; Exceptional work or event outside of a festival and exceptional collaboration.

There is no longer a “best festival” category, while the “best community or regional event or project” is now split into two separate awards.

Five categories recognize contributions from individuals or organizations including the Frank Ford Memorial – Young Achiever Award and the Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award (open to organizations/groups focused on Aboriginal South Africans and Straits Islanders de Torres or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals).

Last year’s Ruby Award winners included the State Theater Company of SA and the iso-inspired collaboration ActNow Theater Decameron 2.0, Acrobatic and choral show by Gravity & Other Myths The pulse and Access2Aarts heartbeat club.

Nominations for the 2022 awards close at 5 p.m. on September 12, with more information available here.

sound minds

A roundtable exploring mental health and wellbeing for those working in the music sector in South Australia will be held at Lion Arts Factory on August 31.

The free event – ​​Sound Minds: Mental Health in Music and How to Give and Get Help – is part of the On My Mind series by music industry charity Support Act. It will see an industry panel and members of Support Act’s mental health team talk about ‘managing life’ while working in music, and include advice and tools to support those experiencing mental health issues. Mental Health. You can register here.

Sound Minds is featured as part of a collaboration between Support Act and Music SA which will see a range of mental health support services and wellbeing programs offered to players in the contemporary music industry over the next 12 months following a $250,000 grant from the state government. .

Our crowd, our words

Our words 2021 at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Photo: Ben Searcy

Adelaide Festival Center Annual Our crowd The exhibition opens today, with works by a range of First Nations artists available to view – and buy – in the galleries of the Festival Theater foyer.

As of 2022 Our crowd At the awards ceremony last night, artist Adnyamathanha, Narungga and Yarluyandi Temaana Sanderson-Bromley was announced the winner of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s $5,000 Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize. At 18, he is the youngest recipient of the award, with his winning collection of artwork all inspired by his country in the Flinders Ranges.

Other prizes awarded were the Trevor Nickolls Art Prize for Our crowd (won by Kat Bell), Trevor Nickolls Art Prize for Our young crowd (Macinta Fowler), the Country Arts SA Professional Development Initiative Award (Sherrie Jones) and the Ku Arts Our young crowd price (Zachary O’Donnell).

The program for the 2022 exhibition, which runs until October 7, includes Our young crowd (featuring works by artists aged 18 and under, exhibited in the children’s art space) and solo exhibitions by artist Kokotha Maude Parker (winner of the 2021 Trevor Nickolls Our Mob Award) and the Narungga artist Jay Milera (winner of the 2021 Don Dunstan Emerging Artist award).

First Nations storytelling will be central to our stories, an event for children at the Théâtre de l’Espace on 3 September.

Our words – at Quartet Bar, also on September 3 – was curated by artist, poet and curator Dominic Guerrera and will see a series of panelists discuss themes such as “the decolonization of institutions, domestic work and Indigenous narratives”.

“My vision for this festival is to hear Indigenous writers talk about broader topics and stories rather than just their current publication or work,” Guerrera says. “As Indigenous writers, we are often locked into rigid conversations or representations. I want Our words 2022 to be a liberating experience, where our guest writers are able to shed convention and just say what they think, which I hope audiences respond positively to.

Register here to participate Our words.

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