SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS
Sat 21 May 4:30 – 6:15pm at Paint the Night Opening Event at Moona Moona Creek Reserve
Peter Solness Special Guest of the SeeChange 2016 Opening Ceremony. Peter understands the power of photography and its ability to communicate to others. During his 30-year photographic career Peter has collaborated on countless photographic projects, for corporate, magazine, book and film-production companies. He is regularly featured in media and magazine profiles for his innovative approach to photography.
In 2006 he was introduced by TIME magazine as ‘one of Australia’s finest photographers’. Peter is in constant demand as a photographic tutor and mentor. His award-winning fine art exhibition work is held in numerous public and private collections and he has had major solo exhibitions in public galleries such as Customs House, Sydney (2009) and the Manly Art Gallery and Museum (2012).
In early 2009 Peter began pursuing a longtime fascination with the photographic technique of ‘light-painting’. As a result Peter has now gained a reputation as ‘a pioneer’ of light-painting and is regarded as Australia’s foremost practitioner of this unique style of photography. Peter’s light-painting skills are available for commissioned assignments. The creative potential with this technique is limitless.
Peter has held numerous solo exhibitions of these works in major Sydney galleries and his fine art prints from this series are held in many public and private collections both in Australia and internationally.
A dedicated website entitled, ‘Illuminated Landscape’ has been created, for people to fully appreciate the scale of this project.
CRAIG WALSH (Digital and Multi-media artist)
12 June, 5 – 9pm at the See of Light Closing Ceremony
Craig Walsh has been invited to develop a new artwork for the Seechange 2016 Arts Festival, to engage the community in a new art-form and provide an opportunity for skill-sharing and mentoring.
Craig is an Australian digital media artist well known for his large scale temporal* works that he develops collaboratively with local communities. His work facilitates local stories to be expressed through landscape and built environment using digital projection, video, sound and photographic technologies. The work will be a celebration of the stories which bind this community to this place.
Craig has exhibited his work extensively both in Australia and internationally, including a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2013.
For more information visit: www.craigwalsh.net
*A temporal work is site situated media in which time is a structural feature of the art-form. There are considered to be 14 constituent parts for a work to be considered a temporal work, each complex in its description. However, we suggest that you come and see for your-self become immersed in this event because it promises to be truly magical.
SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIANS
THE MIRIAM LIEBERMAN TRIO
Playing with Miriam Lieberman in her Trio, will be Sydney violinist Lara Goodridge and on double base from Melbourne but originally from Wollongong Liz Frencham. This year’s highlights for Miriam have been The Woodford and The National Folk Festivals. Miriam has travelled in Africa, India and Europe where she has immersed herself in their cultural and music traditions. Miriam Lieberman’s music seamlessly blends these country’s influences with blues and folk infused melodies. Her songs are a collection of stories beautifully told through strings, harmonies and her unmistakable voice.
Miriam is well known for her mastery of the kora (21-stringed West African harp) as well as acoustic guitar, as a Trio with Lara and Liz you can expect beautiful string arrangements and lush vocal harmonies..
“Miriam Lieberman is something of a renaissance woman ……somehow she achieves the almost impossible in blending patterned western-ed pop writing with the earthy mystique of African rhythms and freaky world instruments.” Sydney City News.
Find out much more www.miriamlieberman.com.au
SHOALHAVEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA with Director and Conductor JACOB ANTONIO
The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra was established in 2000 as an orchestra of string and woodwind players from many different parts of the Shoalhaven.
Performance highlights of the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra include Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” with narration by Richard Morecroft (former ABC presenter, who is now a Shoalhaven resident), the performance of “A River Runs Across the Page”, written for the orchestra by Vivienne Olive, the 2004 Composer in Residence at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon, and a concert to an audience of over three thousand people at Coolangatta Estate Winery with contemporary musician, Paul Greene.
A significant number of Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra Alumni have gone on to study music at tertiary level and take up careers as music teachers or performers, including our current Musical Director, Jacob Antonio, who was a foundation member of Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra in 2000.
Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays during school terms at Nowra School of Arts from 4.45-6.30 pm.
GAVIN BECK –Musical Arrangements for The Miriam Lieberman Trio and Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra Concert.
Gavin Beck was born in Sydney, Australia in 1973. He began his professional music career at the age 16, performing and composing music for various musical ensembles from latin, classical, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. He studied under the distinguished tutelage of Gareth Kotch, Nigel Butterley, Colin Spiers and Ivan Zavada at the Conservatorium of Sydney and Newcastle, receiving First Class Honours in music composition. Gavin is currently working at the University of Newcastle, lecturing in guitar, percussion, music theory and education, and has a number of published works and publications through Reed Music and Springer Publishing Company.
BENJI AND THE SALTWATER SOUND SYSTEM
Benji and the Saltwater Sound System draws upon Benji’s recent immersion in islander flavours fused with the reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this the beautifully poignant lyrics that Benji has become known for and you can’t help but expect something special from this new line-up.
The artists in Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have had the honor of playing at a number of acclaimed festivals, venues and events. These include Woodford, the National Folk Festival, Corinbank, the Dreaming Festival, Summer Rhythm, Sydney Blues Festival, and Illawarra Folk Festival just to name a few.
Find them on facebook and you tube
GLORIOUS MUDSINGERS – Hellishly Good Gospel
Based in the Milton-Ulladulla District of beautiful South Coast NSW, we come together for a cappella singing in the African American gospel and African spiritual traditions. We like to Let it Go, Let it Out, Let it all unravel…
We are a secular choir whose shared religion is Singing, with a mission to connect with each other and with the wider community through song.
Just as our repertoire of spirituals is sung best with a Give it Up attitude, we likewise give up all our funds raised through our performances and CD sales to local and national community organisations who do good deeds.
Formed in 2007, we now number about 80 singers and together we make a big, passionate sound. We believe that there’s a place for everyone in our choir. There are no auditions, but that doesn’t mean we’re slack with our singing! We do lots of workshops, training and performances and we love our road trips. We’ve hit the road to Auckland (NZ), the National Folk Festival (Canberra), the Festival of Voices (Hobart) and the Moruya Jazz Festival and even the South Coast’s answer to the Royal Albert Hall, Tomerong Community Hall.
BRADLEY BAKER Head of Piano Wollongong Conservatorium, playing with DR RACHEL HOCKING
Born in Western Canada, Bradley Baker initially worked in Vancouver as a piano teacher, accompanist and recital performer. He has a Bachelor of Music degree (University of Lethbridge) and a Master of Education (University of Victoria B.C.). Since moving to Australia, he’s been Head of Piano at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music while also teaching at The King's School, Parramatta.
Bradley’s short story, Ernesto’s Beans, won Second place in the Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award 2015 and was published in the anthology Non Posso; Sunday Paella was Highly Commended in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2014 and published in No Tea Tomorrow; and his short story, Unchecked Box, was published in Chroma: A Queer Literacy and Arts Journal in 2010 (UK).
Bradley is currently working on a Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing through Open University while preparing for his next piano recital called Dubbly Grande where he will play Schumann’s Opus 12 Fantasiestücke and Saint-Saen's Carnival of the Animals for Two Grand Pianos and Narrator.
Bradley will have Dr. Rachel Hocking playing with him.
Dr Rachel Hocking has over 20 years experience teaching piano, and has taught students ranged from pre-schoolers through to retirees. Currently, she teaches at The King's School, she also has roles examining (AMEB), accompanying, adjudicating, and serving on the MTA council. Rachel has taught music to university students at UNSW, AICM and ACU for the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Early Childhood and Primary), and Master of Teaching degrees.
Rachel regularly accompany soloists, choirs, dancers, and perform with ensembles for recitals and exams.
For more information about Rachel www.rachelhocking.com.au/about.html
MEG KENNEALLY – Author
At 80 years of age Tom Keneally has enlisted the assistance of his daughter Meg to come on board (apparently she’s been secretly squirrelling away at her own unpublished novels). Together they’ve started a new 12-part historical crime fiction series (think Phryne Fisher or Dr Blake mysteries, but set in Australia’s early convict period). It’s already being planned as a TV series with production company December Media. Meg will talk about this series and more.
Check for updates on the SeeChange facebook site.
JOHN BLAY – Author
John Blay is a writer and naturalist. Since 2001, he has researched the South East Forests of NSW in association with local Aboriginal communities and is the Bundian Way Project Officer for Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council. He is the author of The Australian Native Plant Gardener’s Almanac, Back Country and Part of the Scenery.
TONY FLOWERS –Illustrator www.flowersink.com.au
Tony is an internationally renowned illustrator and well known for his annual Book Week talks at schools. He will talk about the stories and how he creates the amazing and crazy images that populate them. Hear about his writing career to date, attend a workshop and ask questions.
Ages 8-88 Books available to purchase and nibbles provided
GREG SCOTT – Poet