SeeChange is proudly presented by Jervis Bay and Basin Arts Inc. Our not-for-profit association is dedicated to cultivating the creative and performing arts in our region. We welcome members from all fields of the creative and performing arts. We also welcome people who are general supporters of the arts who believe in the value and importance of the arts to enrich the culture and vibrancy of communities.
The beautiful and largely unspoilt environment of the Shoalhaven is well known as summer destination for its spectacular beaches, national parks, native flora and fauna and wide range of outdoor pursuits. SeeChange characterises another aspect of the Shoalhaven – being a haven for artists, performers, poets, writers, musicians, and great culinary talent. SeeChange brings these two distinct aspects of the Shoalhaven together in a vibrant, winter festival that spans seventeen days.
The first Seechange Festival took place in 2000 and has been staged every two years since then. The 10th SeeChange Festival in 2018 signals the move to becoming an annual event, strengthening its presence as a cultural beacon in the Shoalhaven.
Minister for the Arts / Minister for Resources / Minister for Energy and Utilities
The Hon. Don Harwin, MLC.
Great art festivals need a magical mix of ingredients if they are to succeed.
They need a vibrant, and cohesive community of people who are willing to volunteer long hours because they believe passionately in the value of the arts to our lives. They need a natural environment that can act as a backdrop to the arts – the visual, the scenic, the culinary. They need a community of artists with diverse skills and a strong sense of place. And they need a director – such as Dr Natalie McDonagh – who can give creative direction to a festival that immerses itself in the creativity, culture and cuisine of the Shoalhaven.
Both as NSW Minster for the Arts, and as a former Vincentia resident for many years, I am a passionate advocate for arts in the regions. My experience, and all the research, shows that engagement in the arts is just as passionate in the regions as it is in the metropolitan areas, and in some ways – such as arts creation – the regions are the artistic powerhouse of NSW.
It gives me great pleasure to wish the SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival every success.
Mayor, Shoalhaven City
The brisk autumn air is heralding the beginning of winter, and what better way to celebrate the change of season than by participating in the SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival 2018.
Festival Director, Dr Natalie McDonagh, and her band of committed volunteers have brought together a program of artistic delights to suit almost every lover of art. The festival is a wonderful opportunity to support local creative talent – artistic, musical, theatrical, literary and culinary.
I love that the arts can challenge us, raising different emotions and discussions among friends, inviting us to slow down, enjoy a sensory feast, and to immerse in the meaning of a work never viewed or experienced before. I love to wonder about the context of creation and try to see into the mind’s eye of the creator. I love the passion and variety that our local artists, creators and culture makers bring to each SeeChange Festival.
Whether you are a local or a visitor to the Shoalhaven I trust that you will enjoy the SeeChange 2018 program and find a little piece of brilliance in an unexpected corner. Thank you to Jervis Bay and Basin Arts for making this wonderful event happen.
Dr Natalie McDonagh
As the director of the 10th SeeChange Festival it is a privilege to be continuing the work of the directors who have come before me. In particular, Jenny Robertson, Creative Producer of the wonderful See of Light event at Moona Moona Creek Reserve (4pm Saturday 26 May) that officially launches this year’s festival in a spectacle of light, sound, illuminated sculpture, dance and ceremony. It is Jenny’s ongoing research and interest in the history of The Wool Road from Nerriga to Jervis Bay that gives us the festival theme, Shared Pathways.
I welcome you to SeeChange 2018 and invite you to view the program, explore the rich and varied experiences on offer over seventeen days: diverse visual art exhibitions on the ArtPath; music recitals; culinary delights; a poetry hub; workshops with artists and musicians; community activities to join in; opportunities to meet the makers. Follow your curiosity and shape a personal pathway through the festival.
Book now for SeeChange special ticketed events: Plain Speaking Jane, a thought provoking literary lunch at the Bewong River Retreat with Jane Caro, well-known writer, broadcaster and social commentator; The Road to Broadway, a wonderful cabaret supper at Coastal Waters; Feel the Manouche, a toe tapping, jazz supper club at The Gunyah.
Over the June long weekend (Friday 8 – Monday 11 June) be delighted by the astounding stage and street performances of internationally recognized Bamboozled Productions coming to the Shoalhaven for the first time. Watch out for their bright red pop-up theatre, The Pocket, at White Sands Park in Huskisson. Subscribe to hear when tickets go on sale.
If you see me out and about during the festival, please come and say hello.
Thank you to all the creators
Jervis Bay and Basin Arts acknowledges, with deep appreciation, the creative and financial contribution made by all the creators who participate in the festival, making their work, ideas, skills, time, energy and vision available to enrich the cultural life of our communities.
Thank you to our volunteers
We also extend our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to everyone who helps before, during and after the SeeChange Festival. Whether you help a little or a lot your time, energy and effort makes the festival the unique regional celebration of creativity, culture and cuisine that it has come to be.
Jervis bay & basin arts inc. management committee
President Natalie McDonagh, PhD
Vice-President Jenny Robertson
Treasurer Denise Stevens
Secretary Barbara Dawson
Public Officer Vanessa Barbay, PhD
Jervis Bay and Basin Arts is delighted to be working hand in hand with the Huskisson & Jervis Bay Food Network to expand the place of food in SeeChange to run throughout the whole festival.
The Husky JB Food Network wants everyone to know what makes the Shoalhaven and our local area such a great food destination all year round.
The SeeFood strand of events staged by the Husky JB Food Network offers a wonderful range of: festival feasts; demonstrations by local chefs; culinary classes; grazing table dinners; inventive and delicious food to accompany cabaret performances and talks by guest speakers, and more.
This affiliation makes SeeChange truly a celebration of the creativity, culture and cuisine of our region.
Paths of Light
The ‘Paths of Light’ image was created by Peter Solness, long-time creative contributor to the SeeChange Festival. His lines of thinking were:
I wanted to create a light-painted artwork that envisioned the significance of The Wool Road –a pathway of historical and cultural significance that runs from Nerriga to Jervis Bay, inspiring the festival theme, Shared Pathways.
The road was built in 1841 to cart wool from the farming areas around Goulburn to the coast for shipping to market, tracing a pathway significant for Indigenous Australians. The yellow wheels in this image represent the mechanical process of carting wool down the escarpment, whilst the wave-like trail unifies the elements and is suggestive of the unbroken dreaming tracks created by the Indigenous people of this area.
What's on, when
How to get there
Admission to SeeChange Festival exhibitions and events is mostly free. Some special events and workshops are ticketed and free, or ticketed and paid. See the listing of each event or exhibition for information on whether admission is free or paid, and to book or buy tickets.
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