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Artists present a voyage full of dreams and memories

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Robert Lee Davis UrbanDream 2017

Robert Lee Davis UrbanDream 2017

Travel to places near and far has inspired two exhibitions opening at Carlisle Street Art Space next month.

Robert Lee Davis’ Urban Dreaming is informed by stories, conversations and experiences from his travels around the world, while Memories and Encounters by Gabrielle Khazam is influenced by landscapes from across Australia.

Port Phillip Council Acting Mayor Dick Gross said the artists’ styles provided contrasting and interesting views of urban and natural landscapes.
Mr Davis is an international mixed media artist, who works in oil, found objects, acrylic paint, pen and ink, pencil and collage.
“Mr Davis’ cinematic paintings are reminiscent of early colonial coastal cartographic surveys with minute detail,” Cr Gross said.
In contrast, Ms Khazam’s paintings evolve, often depicting not what she has seen, but what she has experienced.

Urban Dream 2017 by Robert Lee Davis

Urban Dream 2017 by Robert Lee Davis

“Her practice is heavily influenced by abstract expressionism, the natural landscape and how memories of place can be expressed,” Cr Gross said.
Surviving a tsunami has given Mr Davis a greater appreciation of space, though he has found his most recent inspiration in the history and enigma of London.

“Not only is the city attractive but this busy metropolis enticed me to seek peace and solace, which I have endeavoured to recreate in my paintings in the form of space. I believe in allowing white space. The space around the image is just as important as the image itself. It makes room for contemplation and allows the eye to rest and take in the work,” he said.

Based in Port Phillip, Ms Khazam explores place, identity and how we are influenced by where we live and the people around us.
“Painting for me is an emotional process involving the discipline of colour and serendipity of tone and movement. I am influenced by the natural landscape and how memories of place can be expressed, and how the ways in which these expressions take place form encounters of colour, shape and form,” she said

Urban Dreaming by Robert Lee Davis and Memories and Encounters by Gabrielle Khazam run from Wednesday 11 July to Wednesday 8 August, Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm, except for late opening on Thursdays until 7 pm. Carlisle Street Arts Space is at St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda. An official opening night event will be held on Thursday 13 July from 6 – 8 pm.

 

 

Which Way Home

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Gasworks Arts Park and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company present WHICH WAY HOME – the heartwarming dramedy of an Aboriginal girl, her much loved ageing dad and their road trip to his birthplace. It’s his return home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever. Which Way Home will be at Gasworks in Albert Park for two performances, June 19 & 20 before continuing on a national tour.

Tash and her dad journey from Ipswich (Yuggerah Country) to Goodooga (Muriwarri Country) learning new things about each other along the way. They experience moments of hilarity and annoyance as the trivial become exaggerated within the four doors of a car.

WHICH WAY HOME draws on writer Katie Beckett’s personal memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father. Her mother died when she just 5 years old, leaving her dad to raise 3 children. He also lost his sister, grandmother and mum all within the space of a month.

“The reason I wrote Which Way Home was because I love my dad. That’s it. It’s truly that simple. I’m daddy’s baby pie. (He still calls me that by the way and I’m 34 years old).

It wasn’t an easy time but he did it. He is a loving, wonderful, strong man. I have had a lot of wonderfully strong and emotionally in tune, generous men around me growing up and I was wondering why don’t I see the Aboriginal men that I grew up with represented on stage, on TV, on film? “said Katie Beckett, who is a previous recipient of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award.

Directed by Rachael Maza, actor and writer Katie Beckett plays Tash and her Dad is played by Kamahi King.

Katie Beckett television acting credits include Redfern Now and The Marshes whilst her stage credits include This Fella, My Memory (Moogahlin Performing Arts); Impossible Plays, Pull My Strings and I Will Play for You, Wrong Skin (Next Wave Festival); Winyaboga and To Soothe a Dying Pillow (Andrea James) and her film credits include Oakie’s Adventure, One More Time and Blackground. She is also a founding member of the Cope St Collective.

About ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

ILBIJERRI is Australia’s leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Company, creating challenging and inspiring theatre creatively controlled by Indigenous artists. Our stories are provocative and affecting and give voice to our unique and diverse cultures. Each year the company travels to national, regional and remote locations across Australia and the world.

WHICH WAY HOME is toured by Regional Arts Victoria with support from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Australia Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

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Tickets
Full $45
Concession $40
Under 30 $40
Group (6+) $30
Subscriptions available from $25 per show.

June 19 & 20
7.30pm
Gasworks Theatre

Buy Tickets for Which Way Home here

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