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ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER March - May 2012

THE ARTFUL SHUTTERS PROJECT If you walk down Cabramatta Road East you will notice a splash of colour has been added to the street. Local aerosol artist Ian Ballesteros has transformed the shutters of Sarah’s Hair Salon with a mural that features the koi fish and lotus symbolising prosperity, good luck and purity. The Artful Shutters project was developed to improve the public domain of Cabramatta East and as a graffiti prevention strategy. This project is an example of artists working in partnership with the local community, private property owners, business owners and Council. For more information contact Community Project Officer Cultural Development on 9725 0757.

BONNYRIGG TOWN CENTRE PARK Monkeys climb! Spiders jump! Yes there really is a jumping spider. Turtles walk! Project artist – Thao Nhi La worked with children from the community in partnership with JustCare and Parkside Church to create mosaic artworks in the playground and picnic area at Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park.

The beautiful mosaics encourage everyone to enjoy and engage with the artworks and to get active. Can you figure out the word jumble or do one of the activities? Hop on the spot, walk around the path and skip to the next panel. Can you find any dragonflies flying around? Photographs courtesy of Laurie Mah

Lucky lotus 2012 by Ian Ballesteros at 135 Cabramatta Road East, Cabramatta

- PLAYGROUND AND PICNIC AREA


ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER March - May 2012

STOCKDALE CRESCENT RESERVE

– WHAT IS STORMWATER STORMWATER?

Graham Chalcroft, the Project Artist worked with the students from Governor Philip King Public School to create colourful images for the interpretive stormwater education signs and the seating wall benches at the new playground at the Stockdale Crescent Reserve. The signage, located at the northwest end of the reserve, educates the community on the role the ponds, wetlands and remnant woodlands have in stormwater catchment. The students created stormwater images such as typical rubbish found in stormwater and the animals found in the area. Playful interpretive pond water organisms are impressed on the new playground seating walls which echo the artwork found along the boardwalk and deck.

Photographs courtesy of Laurie Mah

TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER TELL US KNOW ABOUT YOUR STORY, IDEA OR PROJECT. CALL THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER ON 9725 0757 OR PROJECT SUPPORT OFFICER ON 9725 0702.


ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER March - May 2012

WHAT’S ON AT FAIRFIELD CITY MUSEUM AND GALLERY

Corner The Horsley Drive and Oxford Street, Smithfield. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

Calligraffiti 4 February - 28 April 2012 The intention of Shen Wednesday’s exhibition is to integrates two vastly similar and yet different artistic disciplines - calligraphy and graffiti Shen Wednesday, Untitled II and Toilet Wall

Visions of 2012 February - 17 March 2012 The work of local and aspiring artist Alex Avila depicts the hidden traditions and folklore of different civilisations from across the world. With influences ranging from ancient traditions to modern ones, Avila comments on the opportunities available to multicultural societies living in a contemporary world to learn from each other. Alex Avila, Untitled

Displaced Replies 24 March - 28 April 2012 Displaced Replies is an exploration of Middle Eastern identity with a former homeland, for persons with a recent history of migration to Australia. It encompasses time, place and personal experience. Adrian Caon, Untitled

TEA TIME: AN UNDER 5s KIDS PROGRAM 19 April 10.30 - 11.30am. Spend the morning with the museum and gallery staff for a guided tour of the vintage village, gallery and museum. Children will be entertained with story- time and games, followed by a cuppa and yummy treats for all in our beautiful garden. Free program. SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS 10 - 21 April. To hear about our programs join our email list by sending your address to museumgallery@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au or call the Museum & Gallery on 9609 3993. COMMUNITY FAIR & OPEN DAY 31st March 10am - 4pm. A day of fun and entertainment, which includes free children’s art activities, Easter Egg Hunt, stalls, lunchtime sausage size, dancing and all day entertainment, vintage car exhibits and tours of the vintage village by characters of the past. FREE event. HERITAGE WEEK WALKING TOUR: From Chisholm’s Bush to Smithfield, Saturday 14th April 4.30 - 6pm A walking tour that takes you to one of the oldest built structures in the LGA, through the local cemetery to the site of the original Smithfield-Fairfield Council Chambers. At the museum you will be given a guided tour and the twilight event will conclude with a light supper. Cost: $20. To book telephone 9609 3993.


ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER March - May 2012

CULTURAL PERFORMING ARTS NETWORK On February 7, the Cultural Performing Arts Network (CPAN) presented the Tune In Tune Up workshop event for Cultural Performers in Western Sydney. The evening was a success, with a number of local performers taking part in workshops to boost their marketing and promotion skills. Speakers Included Farah Shah, Director of Mango Dance School and Shakthi Sivanathan, Creative Director of CuriousWorks. CPAN convenors included Fairfield City Council FORM Dance Projects and Community First Step with the support of the University of Western Sydney and Switch Digital Arts Centre at ICE in Parramatta.

CPAN supports local performers (that have cultural specific traditions at the heart of their work) with information, ideas and opportunities to assist them with sustaining their groups/themselves. Membership is free. To find out more call CPO-Cultural development on 9725 0757 or email culturalperformingartsnetwork@gmail.com

PO BOX 21 Fairfield NSW 1860


ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER March - May 2012

LOCAL PROFILE - MARILYN GALLO Who am I? My name is Marilyn Gallo; I’m the Local Studies Librarian for the Fairfield City Library Service. I’m based at the Whitlam Library, at Cabramatta. My job responsibilities in a nut shell include collecting, organising and marketing the history of the Fairfield Local Government Area for its residents and the wider community. What is the greatest change you would like to see through your work? The greatest change I would like to see in my work is to have the entire local studies collection digitised and made available online. We are actively involved in digitising parts of the collection; we have 9000 historical images available online and over 200 oral history recordings online Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. with a link to the Library page.

Photographs courtesy of Laurie Mah

How does local history/arts and culture enrich your life? Local history has been a big part of my life for the last 12 years. I’m passionate about what I do and always looking for opportunities to capture and document the history of our local area. The cultural connection I have with my community is twofold; one is being from an ethnic community background. I appreciate the opportunities we have to practice our culture through everyday activities and through the arts. The second is living in the Fairfield area we have people from every conceivable background living and sharing their cultures together. Living in Fairfield has given me knowledge about many parts of the world that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. What do you love most about Fairfield? Fairfield was the first suburb I lived in when I migrated from Iraq at the age of 14 in 1974. I’m still living and working in a surrounding suburb and call Fairfield Home. People from over 130 locations from around the world live here and give Fairfield it’s rich tapestry. I’m privileged to be part of such community. Any future projects that you would like to tell us about. Some of our projects are: 1.

We continue to collect photographs and conduct oral histories with our residents to capture more information and history about our community.

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Achievers Day, this year we may be working with Westfield High School to collect and document their history and to celebrate their achievements.

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Communities on the Move: This year we are working with the Croatian community to collect their history and celebrate their settlement in the area

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Publishing a book on the history of FCC councillors. We have commissioned author Beverley Donald to research and write the history of our council and councillors in a book due to be published in 2012-02-23

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Digitising council minutes: we are digitising council minutes from 1886 to now. This will make researching a few clicks away from your desktop.


ACTIVATE ART NEWSLETTER March - May 2012

OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSION PAPER At a national level, it is the Community Partnerships (CP) Committee which makes decisions about funding and how to best support community arts and cultural development (CACD). The Committee is currently calling for feedback on their discussion paper, available at www.australiacouncil.gov.au The new initiative will shift the funding focus away from service delivery, and reallocate funds to communities being directly involved in the production of artworks, acquiring skills and capacities in a direct manner. It also aims to increase professional opportunities for CACD artists. The deadline for responses to the paper is 16 April 2012. DIGITAL ARTS SKILLS Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) is running 3 separate short courses in video production, audio production and grant writing. More info http://ice.org.au/2012/02/would-you-like-to-learn-a-new-digital-skill/ Call 9897 5744 or email training@ice.org.au BRING IT ON! YOUTH FESTIVAL Training opportunities are available in event photography and live sound production in the lead-up to the festival. These skills will be applied at the festival itself in April as part of the Event Photography Team, and Live Sound Crew. All information available at the Festival page http://www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/default.asp?iDocID=9904&iNavCatID=6&iSubCatID=16 PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY RIVERFEST, Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown, 25 August 2012 This popular family event features a variety of multicultural entertainment, performers, dancers, informative stalls, free interactive workshops and food vendors with dishes from around the world.. Interested performers need to email information about their group, fees involved, links to performances such as YouTube to events@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au . For further information call Amanda King on 46454517. The event coordinators will begin searching for entertainment from April 2012. Join the database of performers for CABRAMATTA MOON FESTIVAL, John St Cabramatta, Sunday 23 September 2012, 11am to 8pm. The Cabramatta Moon Festival is the largest festival (last year recording 90,000 visitors) of its kind in the country bringing together food, entertainment and rides to celebrate the ancient Moon Festival Tradition. Festival organisers are seeking to include new additions to their database of entertainers. Interested performers can provide contact details, type of performance (previews via website or DVD), number of people in group, duration of performance, fees, and technical requirements. Email information to mail@ fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au and include in the subject line: Entertainers Database Moon Festival.


Activate Art Newsletter March-May 2012