Kurt Brereton’s art exhibition.

You are invited to Kurt Brereton’s art exhibition.

12th November 2016 – 21st January 2017 (Main & Central Galleries) 12 Berry Street, Nowra http://www.shoalhavenartscentre.com.au/

This exhibition focuses on Brereton’s Test Results Hepatitis C paintings This upcoming November exhibition includes the full set of paintings plus new works done in response to the new Hepatitis C treatment drug treatment.

This exhibition brings together time-based 2D, 3D and video works created over the last few years since Brereton moved to Currarong, on the coast near Nowra

Incorporating highlights from his recent Test Results anti-viral series, Coal to Coral and Chronography series, Brereton will unveil a number of large scale 3D works incorporating sea-glass lightboxes and his latest direction, of embroidered paintings.

This show is concerned with how we encounter, and make sense of, key events in our lives and how these current events are informed by past influences and future desires. Life is a constant flow of productions that we uniquely construct out of the DNA cultural, social and historical cards we are dealt and the opportunities they afford us. Every ball of string has a few surprise knots waiting for us in it”.

For Brereton, life, when it is actively engaged with, is an assemblage of creative productions, that necessarily occur beyond representation. That is, art must, by definition, sit outside comfortable pictorial recognitions. Art is a performance of events and signs that offers us the possibility to think and feel differently about the world and therefore ourselves. Genealogy is the study of DNA map lines back in time. Biographs on the other hand are, for Brereton, events we fashion out of the fragmentary fictions of reality that make us tribal beings as much as free agents determining our own unique futures. For more information http://www.kurtbrereton.com/

Art4Refugees

2015-08-07 08_51_55-Invitation letter-COPY to artists - 2015 Art4Refugees-2.pdf - Adobe Acrobat ReadThis charity art exhibition and sale is the main annual fundraiser for the work of SCARF – Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families.

SCARF is a local volunteer-based organisation that supports refugee families who are establishing a new home and life in Wollongong and the Illawarra.

Our aim is to strengthen community connections between people from refugee backgrounds and the wider community, to promote social harmony and inclusion.

We survive on small grants, public donations and volunteer resources to carry out our work, which offers ongoing support to refugees after government help finishes. See our website http://www.scarf1.org.au/ for details of SCARF’s work.

The show takes place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September, at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS), on Powell Street, Mangerton. All proceeds from sale of the artworks are used to continue offering SCARF programs and services.

Opening night on Fri 25th Sept is a ticketed event ($35) with a Champagne supper, and cultural performances from SCARF community members.

Opening night gives people wanting to buy art first pick of some beautiful pieces.

We are most grateful for your help in sharing this ‘call-to-artists’ Invitation and Registration Form.

Our website http://www.art4refugees.org.au/ also has links to these documents.

2015 Art4Refugees Registration Form WORD

2015-08-07 08_33_09-Invitation letter-COPY to artists - 2015 Art4Refugees-2.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Read

Would you LIke to Host Connie Condom Dress?

For the past 6 years for National Youth Week the HIV & Related Programmes Unit(HARP) from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have put out an Expression of Interest to youth services to create a dress made out of condoms, which has affectionately come to be known as ‘Connie’ over the years.

This year HARP supplied a $100 Spotlight gift voucher, the model and condoms and the young people at the Thirroul Youth Centre supplied the creativity, design and construction.

See the making of Connie Condom 2014

Would you like to host Connie Condom dress at your service or organisation? The team from the HARP Unit will deliver, set up and pack down Connie if you can provide a space for her that is seen by plenty of people for a 2 week period of time at your organisation.

Please return the EOI form below to Jennifer.farinella@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au by Friday 25th July

Connie Condom Dress EOI form

HARPs intention in displaying Connie is to raise awareness of condom usage and encourage young people to visit sexual health clinics and GPs for testing. We hope to spark interest in and create an environment whereby Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can be discussed, accepted and ultimately prevented without fear, myth, stigma or discrimination.  Such an open atmosphere will be a key to reducing the risk factors for HIV and STIs in the future.