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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE Director Paul Brinkman Exhibitions Manager Sabrina Roesner Promotion & Retail Manager Rose Stibbard
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Cultural Centre Shop The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Shop showcases an extensive range of local and Australian made products. Our range of unique and creative gifts, homewares, stationery, books and children’s toys are carefully selected to complement gallery exhibitions and the Blue Mountains region.
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contents Editor: Nicole Roberts InSight is proudly designed and printed in the Blue Mountains. Design: Nicole Roberts (original template design by Letra design & illustration) Printing: Springwood Printing Front cover: LEAHLANI JOHNSON
Petal work 2015, paper daisy petals, dimensions variable. Image Zan Wimberley
FROM THE DIRECTOR
WORLD HERITAGE EXHIBITION
BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY EXHIBITION GUIDE
NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017
BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC PROGRAMS
THE GALLERY CAFÉ
INSIGHT MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
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FROM THE DIRECTOR Welcome to another fantastic issue of our InSight magazine. This issue is packed full of information on upcoming Cultural Centre exhibitions from Blue Mountains artists as well as travelling exhibitions from across Australia that are sure to enthral and inspire visitors. Our feature exhibition is the long awaited National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017, travelling from the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. This popular exhibition is celebrating its 10th year and features the work of 49 finalists from a field of nearly 3,000 entries. Showcasing the work of Australia’s finest portrait photographers, the exhibition will be on show from 1 July to 13 August. Other touring exhibitions include A convict in the family? from Sydney
Living Museums, documenting fascinating stories of convict heritage, and Tracey Moffatt from the MAMA Collection, a series of works documenting one of Australia’s most successful contemporary international artists. Kurt Sorensen’s haunting photography, Julie Harris’ landscape paintings and Leahlani Johnson’s site specific installations will all be on show through solo exhibitions, ensuring a packed program from June to September. In closing, I urge you to save the date for our official Birthday Weekend on 18 and 19 November, where we celebrate five years of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre with a series of free events and activities at the Centre. Paul Brinkman Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
HONOURING COUNTRY SHARING OUR STORIES The Blue Mountains City Council’s Environment & Culture Branch, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and the BMCC Aboriginal Advisory Committee launched the Honouring Country – Sharing our Stories program to commission a new video or photography work from local Blue Mountains Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander artists. This project has been funded by Blue Mountains City Council through the Bicentennial Crossing of the Blue Mountains program, through an initiative aimed specifically at reflecting on Aboriginal perspectives of the crossings. Local artist John South from the Barkindji Nation was commissioned for the Honouring Country -Sharing our Stories program 2017 with his video work Skyworld. TOP: JOHN SOUTH Skyworld 2017, video still BOTTOM: Aerial drone image of the Cultural Centre captured by Tim Deyzel.
John South used a site known as the Water Lily Pond in Faulconbridge,
formally a man-made quarry from the 1860s located between the railway tracks and the Great Western Highway, as a point of investigation for his video work Skyworld. The quarry was used to source sandstone for the Blue Mountains railway construction, a major milestone in infrastructure development. Once abandoned, the quarry filled with water and eventually turned into a pond which became the ideal environment for water lilies to grow.
DRONE PHOTO SHOOT Tim Deyzel of Stately Drones recently completed a drone photo shoot of the Cultural Centre, capturing amazing aerial images of the building. The panorama photography has been linked to Google Maps. Tim’s state-ofthe-art drones completed fly throughs of the Gallery and captured views of the Cultural Centre from a height of 100 meters. The videos will be available soon on our website.
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World Heritage Exhibition In 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains Area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition of the exceptional diversity and integrity of its eucalypt forest communities. The permanent World Heritage Exhibition: Into the Blue features high-tech interactive exhibitions exploring the natural and social landscapes of this unique area. Audiences are invited to navigate their way through these stories through an immersive exhibition experience, introducing them to the richness and wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
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Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exhibition Guide
A CONVICT IN THE FAMILY? 13 MAY – 25 JUNE KURT SORENSEN THE SOLITUDE IS DESOLATION 13 MAY – 2 JULY BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE COLLECTION NEW ACQUISITIONS 3 JUNE – 25 JUNE
NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017 1 JULY – 13 AUGUST
JULIE HARRIS THE STRIP SUITE 19 AUGUST – 8 OCTOBER
TRACEY MOFFATT FROM THE MAMA COLLECTION 8 JULY – 13 AUGUST
LEAHLANI JOHNSON HOWEVER LATE IT MAY SEEM 19 AUGUST – 8 OCTOBER
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A CONVICT IN THE FAMILY? 13 MAY – 25 JUNE Was your ancestor transported for a pittance? A convict in the family? showcases the rich, largescale photographs of documentary photographer Mine Konakci. The works reveal the connections between convict settlers, their direct descendants and the petty crimes that changed the course of their families’ histories. Drawn from a diverse cross-section of the community, sitters have been photographed alongside a representation of the item, or items, stolen by their ancestors. A convict in the family? is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums MINE KONAKCI Ron Withington photographed with items similar to those stolen by his convict ancestor William Parish 2008–2013, archival print on Canson cotton rag paper, 60 x 77.5 cm. Photograph © Mine Konakci
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KURT SORENSEN THE SOLITUDE IS DESOLATION 13 MAY – 2 JULY Drawing upon the historical newspaper account of the disappearance of David and Emily Jane Joel near Wentworth Falls in 1918, Kurt Sorensen combines experimental analogue photography, video and sound works to explore the often uneasy relationship of colonial European settlers with the Blue Mountains environment. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exposé Program exhibition
KURT SORENSEN I am not lost #1 (detail) 2017, c-type photograph from colour negative, 120 x 151 cm
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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE COLLECTION NEW ACQUISITIONS 3 JUNE – 25 JUNE The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection is continuously growing. Each artwork is selected based on its excellence, relevance, value and ability to celebrate the cultural identity of the Blue Mountains. The exhibition Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection: New Acquisitions will showcase the latest additions to the Collection, including works by Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Andrew Merry, Leo Robba, Chris Tobin (Darug) and Hayley West. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition CHRIS TOBIN Australian Landscape (detail) 2016, open-bite etching, 37 x 49 cm. Purchased through the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Acquisition Fund 2016. Produced in collaboration with master printer Michael Kempson at Cicada Press, UNSW Art & Design.
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NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017 1 JULY – 13 AUGUST Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is the first venue in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 tour. The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. A National Portrait Gallery exhibition
GARY GREALY Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay 2016
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TRACEY MOFFATT FROM THE MAMA COLLECTION 8 JULY â€“ 13 AUGUST Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia's most successful international artists, known for her film, photography and video works. Drawing on cinema, television and the media, her art is equally inspired by popular culture, recollections from her childhood and art history. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and features photographs from Moffatt's Something More, Scarred for Life and Some Lads series. Moffatt began her career as an experimental filmmaker and producer of music videos, and she continued making films after establishing herself
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as an artist. She first came to prominence in the Australian art world with her series Something More. Commissioned in 1989 by the Albury Regional Art Gallery, now MAMA, the series set the tone and themes for much of Moffatt's later work and is accompanied by other works from the MAMA collection. A touring exhibition from the MAMA collection
TRACEY MOFFATT (1960) Something More # 3 1989, Cibachrome photograph. Commissioned by MAMA with funds from Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council, Aboriginal Arts Committee of the Australia Council, the Exhibitions Development Fund of the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 1989. MAMA collection
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JULIE HARRIS THE STRIP SUITE 19 AUGUST – 8 OCTOBER For this exhibition Julie Harris combines recent abstract paintings and sculptural pieces all referencing the same motif: the strip or ribbon. Harris has intuitively incorporated this linear element in ever increasing ways over the last three years, layering it onto a more organic ground. The motif signifies her immediate environment in its most basic form – whether vertical or horizontal, the strips describe features such as: her studio louvre window, musical scores, birdsong, garden elements and the weather. This motif also references Harris’ process of stripping back any recognisable imagery or formalist structure from the canvas and allowing the paint residue to create the final work. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley
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ARTIST TALKS WITH JULIE HARRIS & LEAHLANI JOHNSON SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 11AM – 1PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Join exhibiting artists Julie Harris and Leahlani Johnson as they discuss their current exhibitions and their artistic practice, followed by a Q&A. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410. JULIE HARRIS Blue Pentaptych #1 (detail) 2016, acrylic on polyester, photo: Asia Upward
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LEAHLANI JOHNSON HOWEVER LATE IT MAY SEEM 19 AUGUST - 8 OCTOBER However late it may seem is an exhibition of new, site specific installation work that combines ceramics, painting, plant material and moving image to investigate the paradoxical nature of time. Johnson juxtaposes various mediums within her installations to reveal the opposing durational qualities of stillness, temporality and flux. She explores different forms of timekeeping, with the ceramic elements revealing gestures of everyday objects within a static form; the moving images convey a sense of compressed time; and the plant works, created through a labour intensive process, will change with time and alter colour, shape and texture. The combination of these diverse mediums allows time to be re-imagined from a linear formation into a more malleable substance. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery ExposĂŠ Program exhibition 16 â€˘ Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
THE BEGINNING OF A THING THE ART OF FLOWERS WITH LEAHLANI JOHNSON SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 10:30AM – 1PM Working with a variety of seasonal flowers, the workshop will introduce participants to several approaches of working with the living material. Some of the techniques covered in the workshop will include flower pressing, basics of floral arranging, installation methods and discussion surrounding the historical context of the flower within art practice. $75 | $70 InSight Members Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410. OPPOSITE: LEAHLANI JOHNSON Petal work (detail) 2015, paper daisy petals, dimensions variable. Image Zan Wimberley LEAHLANI JOHNSON Petal work (detail) 2015, paper daisy petals, dimensions variable. Image Zan Wimberley
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NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017 After months of anticipation, the winner for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 has been announced with renowned Sydney portrait photographer Gary Grealy taking out the award. George Fetting, guest judge for the 2017 Prize, was entranced with the evocative nature of the winning portrait, Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay. ‘Gary Grealy’s portrait is a wonderful collaboration with the sitters, Richard and Alison. He has beautifully conveyed a mixture of subdued emotions in a simple, direct but captivating image,’ said Fetting. ‘For me, the contrasting facial expressions, body language and soft side lighting combine to produce a painterly quality of a time gone by. It’s a meticulous work cloaked in curiosity and intrigue, with the furtive smile to seduce the viewer.’
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Grealy believes his portrait of Morecroft and Mackay is reflective of his inspiration to pursue the field of portrait photography.
ABOUT THE WINNING WORK
‘When I began making portraits of artists in the 90s, the thrill of entering the domain of creativity filled me with excitement, and I must admit a little envy at the talent I saw. I began making portraits of artists for no other reason than the love of art.’
Richard Morecroft is a former ABC news presenter and an accomplished landscape photographer, with his work held in The Australian Parliament House Collection. Alison Mackay is a masterful painter – she has works in major collections and has been a finalist in many Australian art prizes, as well as running art workshops with numerous leading Australian artists. Grealy’s portrait of Richard and Alison is about a partnership in life and work. The pair have co-authored books and created features for magazines; they also jointly and individually exhibit their art.
‘The National Photographic Portrait Prize gave me a purpose to continue to make portraits of artists, gallery directors and philanthropists, and as a result my portraits have been exhibited eight times in the ten year history of the prize.’ Blue Mountains City Art Gallery will be the first venue on the National Photographic Portrait Prize tour and display the exhibition from 1 July – 13 August 2017.
RICHARD MORECROFT AND ALISON MACKAY BY GARY GREALY
OPPOSITE: GARY GREALY Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay 2016
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The Collection The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection continues to grow through the generosity of benefactors, donors and artists. Our annual fundraiser, Collectors' Edition, has been a huge success with many participating artists generously donating their time to produce A5 artworks for auction. With proceeds going to the Collection Acquisition Fund, this is a great way for the Cultural Centre to acquire works for future exhibitions while at the same time honouring the many artists who have contributed to the exhibition program to date. This year, funds raised have gone towards aquiring a work by nationally renowned artist Locust Jones.
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NEW ACQUISITION FOR THE BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE COLLECTION: ANDREW MERRY XENO EUCALYPTUS #4 In the month of April, local artist Andrew Merry's donation of Xeno Eucalyptus #4 was accepted into the Blue Mountains Cutlrual Centre Collection. This large photographic work has just finished touring nationally with the exhibition Country & Western; however, it was previously shown in Merry’s solo exhibition Xeno Eucalyptus at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in 2013. ANDREW MERRY Xeno Eucalyptus #4 2009, digital print, 110 x 256 cm. Donated to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection by the artist 2017.
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Community Events BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE AND SCULPTURE AT SCENIC WORLD PARTNERSHIP EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY 2017 10 JUNE – 16 JULY Every year one work from the Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition is chosen for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Opportunity, which will be displayed for one month at the Cultural Centre after Sculpture at Scenic World concludes. This year, the Exhibition Opportunity was awarded to Blue Mountains artist Kayo Yokoyama with her work Illusion, to be installed in the Cultural Centre Entrance Foyer & Café area from 10 June – 16 July.
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KAYO YOKOYAMA Illusion 2017, glass and fishing wire, dimensions variable. Image courtesy Sculpture at Scenic World
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Public Programs ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES WITH KURT SORENSEN SATURDAY 10 JUNE 10:30AM – 12:30PM Artist Kurt Sorensen will take participants on an exploration of analogue photography where he will anecdotally share both his theoretical and practical approaches to analogue image making, with an emphasis on the cyanotype process. $60 | $55 InSight Members Materials are included. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410. KURT SORENSEN The land of the dawning #1 2017, c-type photograph from colour negative, 120 x 151 cm
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TEA AND CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP WITH LILIANA ALGORRY SATURDAY 29 JULY 10:30AM – 12:30PM Tea and chocolate pairing, a match made in heaven. Through this workshop you’ll experience flavour, aromas and textures of teas (black, green and oolongs) paired with delicious citrusy, fruity, floral, nutty and earthy chocolates. This workshop will demonstrate how these two ancient and nutritious products complement, enhance and contrast each other. All teas provided at the workshop are premium teas from natural farming, and all chocolate is gluten free. The workshop is led by Tea Sommelier, Liliana Algorry. $50 | $45 InSight Members Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.
8 WEEK PRINTMAKING COURSE WITH LIZ PERFECT THURSDAYS 3 AUGUST – 21 SEPTEMBER 10AM – 1PM Produce a diverse body of work as you learn and explore printmaking techniques with artist Liz Perfect. This course is designed to encourage experimentation and gives opportunity to explore how your work is shaped and transformed in response to the medium’s techniques.
$300 | $270 InSight Members. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410. Materials are included. Please bring an apron and closed in shoes. For more public programs visit bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au
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The Gallery Café The Gallery Café, situated within the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, is the perfect place to catch up with friends or take a break whilst visiting the Art Gallery. Visitors can enjoy Bean Ninja Coffee, a favourite with locals and visitors alike, pastries and cakes in the relaxing setting of the lounge area. Warm up by the fireplace in winter
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with a hot chocolate or sticky chai. Our philosophy is to showcase the highest quality of local produce in our offerings. The restaurant menu serves up delicious meals with a range of locally sourced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Catering to families, large groups
and business meetings in a relaxed, contemporary setting, the Gallery Café is open for lunch seven days. OPENING HOURS 9:30AM* – 4PM MONDAY – FRIDAY 10AM – 3:30PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY (closed public holidays) *9:30am access to the Café is via the rear courtyard only. No access can be gained to other spaces in the Centre until 10am.
InSight Membership MEMBER BENEFITS Free annual entry to the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition Discounts on Blue Mountains Cultural Centre public programs 10% discount at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Shop (excludes exhibition artwork sales) 10% discount at the Gallery Café Invitations to Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition openings and InSight events Subscription to InSight Magazine Subscription to monthly e-newsletter Access to InSight Members Lounge at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (Wednesday to Friday) 10% discount on Blue Mountains Theatre house shows Exclusive access to pre-sale tickets on selected events at Blue Mountains Theatre
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Terms and Conditions Membership benefits apply to InSight Members only. InSight Member admission tickets are non-transferable. Individual Patron Members receive all regular benefits plus exclusive events, special offers and a 50% discount on venue hire at the Cultural Centre. Business Members receive all regular benefits plus a 50% discount on venue hire at the Cultural Centre and a 10% discount on advertising in InSight Magazine for the registered business. A replacement card fee of $5 applies for lost membership cards.
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BRAEMAR GALLERY EXHIBITION PROGRAM CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY 5 JUNE â€“ MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017 Artists are invited to submit proposals for the 2018 Braemar Gallery Exhibition Program. Opened in 1988, Braemar Gallery is located in the historic Braemar House, Springwood. It functions as a community gallery, hosting changing exhibitions. The gallery is a valuable community venue with a particular interest in displaying works by local artists. Over time, the gallery has become well known for exhibiting high standard artworks of various mediums.
The Application Form and Guidelines will be available to download from the Cultural Centre website from Monday 5 June 2017: bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/ braemar-gallery Please contact the Braemar Gallery Exhibition Coordinator if you have any queries regarding the exhibition program: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Braemar Gallery Exhibition Program is a great opportunity for artists and community groups based in the Blue Mountains region to exhibit at this historic venue and showcase their works to a diverse audience. Successful applications will be exhibited in the 2018 calendar year.
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Braemar Gallery Exhibition Guide 104 MACQUARIE RD SPRINGWOOD OPEN THURSDAY – SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM FREE ENTRY
1 JUNE – 25 JUNE
27 JULY – 20 AUGUST
ANA-LIA WASHINGTON SEEKING SOLACE IN THE SEA AND SKY
TIM NEWMAN INTERPLAY – LIGHT
DAN JOHNSTON SKATEPARKS: TRACE AND CULTURE 29 JUNE – 23 JULY LUBA BOSCH DO NOT TOUCH DINAH JOHANSON EARTH MICHIYO MIWA WORKS ON PAPER FROM EAST TO WEST
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BRON NEWMAN INTERPLAY – SURFACE THE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE STORIES FROM LEAVES 24 AUGUST – 17 SEPTEMBER BLUE MOUNTAINS ARTISTS’ NETWORK THE ELEMENTS – EARTH, WATER, AIR, FIRE
SYDNEY BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA SIBERIAN ADVENTURE SUNDAY 9 JULY, 2PM The internationally acclaimed Sydney Balalaika Orchestra (SBO) is a 28 piece Russian folk orchestra that has captivated audiences in Moscow, St Petersburg, Khabarovsk and Beijing to Auckland and throughout Australia. Under the direction of Victor Serghie, the SBO has long been renowned amongst concert-goers for its sublime performances. Dressed in stunning
Russian costumes, SBO perform on traditional Russian folk instruments, creating intricate and exquisite arrangements of authentic Russian folk and classical music. Vibrant, soulful and unforgettable, audiences will be entranced by the beautiful vocals and dazzling music that captures the essence, magic and mystery of Russia!
BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE Unless otherwise indicated, all tickets are sold through Blue Mountains Theatreâ€™s Box Office on 4723 5050. For more programs, visit www.bluemountainstheatre.com For Wheelchair Seating, please contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 to book.
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THE UMBILICAL BROTHERS SPEEDMOUSE FRIDAY 7 JULY, 8PM The Umbilical Brothers are an international, comedy phenomenon, who have won a couple of BAFTAs, an Emmy, the Critics' Choice at Edinburgh Fringe and the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performers. They have performed in 37 countries with five different shows, and now hit the Blue Mountains with their most beloved and acclaimed: Speedmouse. Not to be missed, Speedmouse is a live action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal. $49.90 | $44.90 Concession Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact 4723 5050
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MELINDA DOES DORIS A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY STARRING MELINDA SCHNEIDER SUNDAY 2 JULY, 2PM “When she sings ballads, she has the power to make you cry.” – Sydney Arts Guide After forging a dazzling music career that has won her 6 Golden Guitars, Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day.
DAMIEN LEITH THE WINNER’S JOURNEY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 8PM This special concert marks 10 years since Damien Leith won Australian Idol and released his six times platinum album - The Winner’s Journey. To celebrate this auspicious
anniversary, the Aria award winning singer-songwriter is gearing up for a massive national tour and performing for the very first time in the Blue Mountains. Hear favourites like Night of my Life, Hallelujah and Roy Orbison classics, along with rare gems, audience requests and hilarious untold stories from this renowned musician, novelist and raconteur.
Following on from sell-out capital city seasons of her hit theatre show DORIS, Melinda presents the songs $65 Adult | $55 Concession from the show in a new concert format Bookings via and audiences alike which has critics www.bluemountainstheatre.com absolutely smitten. or contact 4723 5050 $49 | $46 Concession Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact 4723 5050
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PEARL THE JANIS JOPLIN SHOW BLUES, JAZZ AND A GOOD DOSE OF PURE ACID BOHEMIAN VINTAGE ROCK! SATURDAY 24 JUNE, 8PM Pearl – The Janis Joplin Show celebrates a woman who exploded onto the music scene and quickly became the queen of rock ‘n’ roll and mother of thrift shop vintage funk. Joplin stunned fans with her extraordinary performances while simultaneously shattering female singer stereotypes – breaking the boundaries for all time. Featuring the extraordinary talents of award-winning blues/jazz singer Liza Ohlback, this fabulous show delivers in words and music the short but spectacular life of the first lady of rock. All tickets $35 Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact 4723 5050 35••Blue 6 BlueMountains MountainsTheatre Cultural&Centre Community Blue Mountains Hub City Art Gallery
in today's music world. Honoured with the 2013 GUSI International Peace Prize for his ongoing world tour The Voice of the Free Syrian Children and his dedication to peace and humanitarian causes, he was also the recipient of the 2014 Global Music Humanitarian Award.
Tickets $44 | $42 Concession Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact 4723 5050
In 2015 the Carnegie Corporation of New York recognized him alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman as a Great Immigrant for his contributions to society. The program features Jandali's original music, which integrates ancient melodies from Aleppo and the Silk Road into works that are preserving and presenting the musical heritage of Syria. A special presentation of Blue Mountains Theatre and Brave Media in partnership with the Sydney Peace Foundation and Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group. Celebrating National Refugee Week 2017, Australia
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MALEK JANDALI A SYRIAN SYMPHONY FOR PEACE AN EVENING WITH MALEK JANDALI IN CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND STORYTELLER, JOHN HOCKNEY AUSTRALIAN DEBUT PERFORMANCE FRIDAY 16 JUNE, 7:30PM The Blue Mountains Theatre presents A Syrian Symphony for Peace featuring German born, Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali. Jandali is recognized as a leading figure
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MALIK JANDALI A SYRIAN SYMPHONY FOR PEACE 16 JUNE PEARL THE JANIS JOPLIN SHOW 24 JUNE
MELINDA DOES DORIS A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY STARRING MELINDA SCHNEIDER 2 JULY
THE UMBILICAL BROTHERS SPEEDMOUSE 7 JULY SYDNEY BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA SIBERIAN ADVENTURE 9 JULY
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GOLDNER STRING QUARTET
JAMES MORRISON QUINTET Sat 22 JULY 7.30pm
Australia’s Pre-eminent Chamber Music Ensemble
Special price with subscription to 3 or 4 other concerts
Performing Schubert, Hans Krasa, Szymanowski and Brahms
Sat 17 JUNE 7.30pm
TEDESCHI + HUNT
ANDREA LAM The Sonata: Mapping the emotions in music
The Painted Piano Sat 16 SEPTEMBER 7.30pm
Beethoven, Westlake, Prokofiev
TONY LEE SIPC Best Australian Pianist 2016 John Adams, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sun 19 NOVEMBER 2.30pm
Sat 12 AUGUST 7.30pm
All concerts held at The Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub 104-108 Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Tickets: www.bmconcerts.com, Phone (02) 4723 5050 or in person at the Blue Mountains Theatre box office Individual ticket per concert: $52 - $70 3 or 4 concert subscription: $129 - $172 (Bookings per Phone/Box Office only) James Morrison: Individual $70/with subscription to 3 or 4 other concerts $60. Student prices available. 2 • Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub
FROM THE HUB We can hardly believe that it has been over two years since the Blue Mountains Theatre opened, and what a two years it has been! From steady beginnings the program has developed and grown, ensuring that the Blue Mountains community and tourists have access to a diverse and exhilarating theatre program. Just some of the highlights of the past two years have included: Henry Rollins (who kicked off his Australian tour right here in Springwood!); The Necks; Through a Glass Onion starring John Waters; comedian Ahn Do in three sold out shows; Oud-player extraordinaire Joseph Tawadros; and the delightful Baby et Lulu.
Australian debut performance of award-winning Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali; the much-loved songs of Doris Day are brought to life by the fabulous and talented Melinda Schneider in Melinda Does Doris; we travel to the heart of Russia when the internationally acclaimed Sydney Balalaika Orchestra present Siberian Adventure; and an extravaganza of comedy too, including The Umbilical Brothers, Kitty Flanagan and the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase. Together with our film program and more, we hope that you continue to enjoy the variety of entertainment on offer at the Blue Mountains Theatre.
The best is still to come with an eclectic line-up, some of which are highlighted in this issue of InSight. We are incredibly thrilled to present the
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BRAEMAR HOUSE & GALLERY
Opened in 1988, Braemar Gallery is located in the historic Braemar House. It functions as a community gallery, hosting changing exhibitions that showcase works of local and regional artists.
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41 â€¢ Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
The Hub 02 4780 5050 104-108 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777 email@example.com bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au Braemar Gallery 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777 firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiries can also be made to the Cultural Centre on 02 4780 5410
BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB BRAEMAR GALLERY
InSight is the membership magazine of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub and Braemar Gallery, featuring...
Published on May 14, 2017
InSight is the membership magazine of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub and Braemar Gallery, featuring...