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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE Director Paul Brinkman Exhibitions Manager Sabrina Roesner Promotion & Retail Manager Rose Stibbard

Café Staff Sheena Carley, Jennifer ChapmanPaton, Karl Downing, Kelly Drake, Claire Kendall, James Silk, Martin van der Meyden

We thank the dedicated volunteers at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, who provide valuable support to staff and visitors.

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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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For more information about locally produced items, please ask one of our friendly retail staff members. InSight Members receive a 10% discount on items in the Shop and invitations to exclusive member sales throughout the year. PHOTO: Ona Janzen

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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: KURT SORENSEN I get

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY EXHIBITION GUIDE

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DAVID HOCKNEY: WORDS & PICTURES

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THE COLLECTION

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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FROM THE DIRECTOR This issue of InSight Magazine marks a fantastic milestone for Blue Mountains Cultural Centre as we celebrate our 5th birthday. Over the last 5 years we have welcomed over 550,000 visitors to the Centre, exhibited over 75 major exhibitions from local, national and international artists and started to grow a Collection that is destined to be one of the most important cultural assets for the city. I take this opportunity to thank our InSight and Patron Members, now numbering over 1,400, who have supported us each year. I would also like to acknowledge our Establishment Committee members, past and present, who have helped guide the Centre to the strong position that we are now in, and most importantly our many volunteers over the years who have welcomed our visitors, assisted staff and been great ambassadors for both the Cultural Centre and the artistic community of the Mountains.

Adding further to the Cultural Centre’s achievements, we will be exhibiting the internationally acclaimed exhibition David Hockney: Words & Pictures from 14 October to 3 December. This exhibition has been brought to Australia through a partnership between the Cultural Centre and Tweed Regional Gallery, the only two venues to showcase this exhibition before it returns to the UK. I urge you to take the rare opportunity to see original works by one of Britain’s most influential artists of the 20th century, right here in the Blue Mountains. I hope you enjoy this 15th issue of InSight Magazine and join us for some of the many upcoming events and activities at the Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre and Braemar Gallery. Paul Brinkman Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


CULTURAL CENTRE TURNS 5! SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 10AM – 4PM FREE EVENT Join us in celebration of our 5th Birthday. This family friendly day will be packed with performances, live music from local acts such as Andie Isalie, Counterpoint and Willem Roorda, and more. Enjoy free entry, all day, to the exhibition David Hockney: Words & Pictures as well as a free talk with John Hockney, and a free screening of the film David Hockney: The Bigger Picture.

On the day, Radio Blue Mountains will be broadcasting live from the Cultural Centre. Entertain the kids or just the child at heart with facepainting and a live performance from magician Tom Foolery. And don't forget to check out the Cultural Centre Café's special Birthday menu!

There will also be free entry to the World Heritage Exhibition, so don't miss this opportunity to experience this sensory exhibition about our very own World Heritage Area. PHOTO: Ona Janzen

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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

DAVID HOCKNEY WORDS & PICTURES 14 OCTOBER – 3 DECEMBER JULIE PATERSON CLOTH: FROM SEEDS TO BLOOM 9 DECEMBER – 28 JANUARY

HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE THE VISITORS 9 DECEMBER – 14 JANUARY

BLUE MOUNTAINS PORTRAITS 3 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH

MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS 20 JANUARY – 11 MARCH

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DAVID HOCKNEY WORDS & PICTURES 14 OCTOBER – 3 DECEMBER Drawn from the British Council Collection, the exhibition presents four major suites of artists’ prints produced by David Hockney from 1961–1977. United by their reference to historical works of literature and art, these prints were produced during the first two decades of Hockney’s career when he established his international reputation as a Pop artist. Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is proud to present this major international exhibition in partnership with Tweed Regional Gallery. A touring exhibition by the British Council, presented at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery in partnership with Tweed Regional Gallery

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JOHN HOCKNEY FLOOR TALK SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 11AM – 1PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Come along to hear John Hockney, David Hockney’s brother and Blue Mountains local, share insights on the exhibition as well as personal stories from his recollections of David’s life. The talk will begin with an illustrated presentation in the Seminar Room and then continue in the Gallery. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410. OPPOSITE: Image from: David Hockney: Words & Pictures. DAVID HOCKNEY The Old Guitarist from "The Blue Guitar" 1976 - 1977, etching, edition of 200, 52.5 x 45.7 cm. © David Hockney RIGHT: DAVID HOCKNEY 4 Blue Stools 2014, photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond, edition of 25, 107.9 x 176 cm. From the collection of John and Helen Hockney. © David Hockney. Photo by Richard Schmidt

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Julie Paterson CLOTH: FROM SEEDS TO BLOOM 9 DECEMBER – 28 JANUARY Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom traces 20 years of work from one of Australia's most influential textile designers and local Blue Mountains resident, Julie Paterson. Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, Paterson's stunning fabrics are a riot of colour, floral forms, and patterns. Achieving commercial success through design excellence, her designs are highly prized and sought after, with short batch productions quickly snapped up by avid collectors, interior decorators, and commercial clients. The exhibition will focus on nine key textile groupings – the first called Seeds and the last one Bloom.

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Contemporary textiles commonly sit at the practical end of art and design. Cloth: Seeds to Bloom is comprised of Julie Paterson's domestic textile objects, which take the viewer on a journey from the humble seed through to the luscious bloom. An Australian Design Centre touring exhibition

JULIE PATERSON Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom installation view. Image courtesy the artist and Australian Design Centre


1 DAY LOOKDRAWPRINT WORKSHOP WITH EXHIBITING ARTIST JULIE PATERSON SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 10AM – 4PM Julie Paterson, the woman of Cloth, has been drawing on the local landscape as inspiration for her textile designs for over 20 years. And now she has simplified her methods and created a workshop. She calls it LookDrawPrint, an imperfect workshop for the creatively curious.

and productive. Over the course of a day you will explore creative mindfulness, and embrace chance and imperfection, producing your own unique prototype design directly onto fabric. Beginners are encouraged because deep down we all know that creativity is a state of mind before it becomes a skill. $210 | $195 InSight Members. Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

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HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE THE VISITORS 9 DECEMBER – 14 JANUARY The Visitors explores alternative means of encounter and exchange between human and botanical worlds. Rather than simply using plants to do things for us, could we work for them? The exhibition investigates the potential of this ‘Plant agency’ in Katoomba and its surrounds. Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline work across architecture, installation, social process and situated public art. Through an interest in modes of mobility, occupation and ownership, their work engages with specific places and asks if the social, political and ecological relationships could be re-framed or re-arranged. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

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ARTIST TALKS JULIE PATERSON AND HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 11AM – 1PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Join exhibiting artists Julie Paterson, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline as they discuss their current exhibitions and their artistic practice, followed by a Q&A. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410. OPPOSITE: HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE The Visitors 2017, digital C print, 198 x 130 cm. Image courtesy the artists RIGHT: Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline. Photo: Ona Janzen This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS 20 JANUARY – 11 MARCH Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council). The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or reimagine alternative futures through

speculative accounts of the past. Through repetition, montage and mimicry, they explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again, each looking back while also moving forward. Collectively and individually they act as historians, archivists and archaeologists - excavating historical materials, digging through archives and channeling the past to make new connections across time and space. A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW OPPOSITE: JOAN ROSS Colonial Grab (detail) 2014, digital animation, sound, 7.38 min. Animation and sound by Josh Raymond. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery

MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS CURATORS' TALK SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 11AM – 12PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Join us for a talk by the exhibition curators Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith from Barbara Cleveland as they discuss Moving Histories // Future Projections and their approach to working collaboratively, followed by a Q&A. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS PORTRAITS 3 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is celebrating the Blue Mountains community with a major portrait exhibition of local personalities and community members. Over forty artworks in a broad range of styles and media including painting, photography, drawing and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of portraits created by local Blue Mountains students. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

MEET THE SUBJECT: 3 ARTISTS | 3 SUBJECTS | 1 CONVERSATION SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 11AM – 12:30PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Listen to an emerging artist, a mid-career artist and an established artist in conversation with their subjects as they discuss their approach to creating a portrait and why they selected their subjects. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

OPPOSITE: GRAHAM MCCARTER Peter Rushforth (detail) 2012, photographic print on Hahnemühle photo rag paper, 43 x 26 cm. Courtesy the artist

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DAVID HOCKNEY: WORDS & PICTURES This international exhibition, drawn from the British Council Collection, focuses on the four major suites of prints produced by David Hockney over a sixteen year period from 1961 - 1977: A Rake’s Progress; Illustrations for 14 Poems by C.P. Cavafy; Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, and The Blue Guitar. United by their reference to historical works of literature and art, these prints were all produced during the first two decades of Hockney’s career when he established his international reputation as a Pop artist. In A Rake’s Progress, Hockney transposed the moral tale of a squandered life based on William Hogarth’s late eighteenth century series of the same name, onto his own semi-autobiographical tales of a summer spent in New York.

Hockney’s admiration for the poetry of C.P Cavafy, the Greek poet of Alexandria, inspired him to illustrate fourteen of Cavafy’s poems, capturing the sensuality of the original poetry with intimate drawings of his friends in London. His attraction to the simple direct style of writing in the world famous fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm was to influence one of Hockney’s most ambitious printmaking projects, a series of eighty etchings illustrating six titles, thirty-nine of which were published by Petersburg Press in 1970. The final suite The Blue Guitar, 1977, was based on the poem The Man with the Blue Guitar by the American poet Wallace Stevens, who had in his time been inspired by Picasso. The series of twenty colourful etchings with their vast array of imagery and styles are homage to the Spanish master.

The exhibition is enhanced by a display of Hockney’s works on loan from the personal collection of the artist’s brother John Hockney. Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is proud to present this major international exhibition in partnership with Tweed Regional Gallery as part of its fifth birthday celebrations. David Hockney: Words & Pictures is on exhibition at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from 14 October – 3 December 2017. A touring exhibition by the British Council, presented at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery in partnership with Tweed Regional Gallery OPPOSITE: Image from: David Hockney: Words & Pictures. DAVID HOCKNEY Serenade from "The Blue Guitar" 1976 – 1977, etching, edition of 200, 52 × 45.7 cm. © David Hockney

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The Collection The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection has continued to grow with two recent acquisitions of works by Locust Jones. Locust lives and works in the Blue Mountains and is well known for his work referencing global current affairs and political flash points. Locust has held over 25 solo exhibitions within Australia and internationally, and in 2015 exhibited his exhibition titled A Week In the Life of the World at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. The two works on paper acquired by the Cultural Centre are titled Keep on spinning and Damaged Goods and were produced between 2014 and 2015 respectively. These purchases were made possible with funds raised through the 2017 Collectors' Edition fundraiser held at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Many regular visitors to the Gallery will remember local artist Kurt Sorensen’s recent exhibition of

haunting photographs titled The Solitude is Desolation. The series of photographs drew upon the historic newspaper account of the disappearance of David and Emily Jane Joel near Wentworth Falls in 1918. Kurt Sorensen combined experimental analogue photography, video and sound works to explore the often uneasy relationship of colonial European settlers with the Blue Mountains environment. The popularity of the exhibition together with the strong Blue Mountains referencing of the subject matter led to the acquisition of the feature

work of the exhibition titled I get some terrible frights here. This C-type photographic print mounted on aluminium sheet is a fantastic fit for the Collection and joins existing photographic works by Andrew Merry and Nicole Welch. OPPOSITE: LOCUST JONES Keep on spinning 2015, ink on paper, 80 x 120 cm. Purchased through the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Acquisition Fund 2017 RIGHT: KURT SORENSEN I get some terrible frights here #1 (detail) 2015, C-type photograph from colour negative, 116 x 94 cm, from the series The Solitude is Desolation. Purchased through the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Acquisition Fund 2017 InSight Membership Magazine issue 15 • 21


Community Events PICTURE GALLERY: CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS 30 SEPTEMBER – 19 NOVEMBER BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE SEMINAR ROOM FREE EVENT Blue Mountains Library and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre are pleased to showcase this fun collection of original artworks presented by WestWords and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. As part of the Sydney Writers' Children’s Festival of Moving Stories, WestWords and the SWF present an exhibition of a selection of works by renowned contemporary Australian children’s illustrators. Featuring Andrew Joyner (from Too Many

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Elephants In This House, The Swap), Tony Flowers (including works from Saurus St), Cheryl Orsini (including Pom Pom, Where Are You?), Judith Rossell Wormwood Mire (the follow-on novel after Withering-BySea), Shaun Tan (from Tales From Suburbia), Chris Nixon (from Meet Captain Cook) and Liz Anneli (from Howzat).

A WestWords touring exhibition presented by Blue Mountains Library and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


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Public Programs ACCESS: INSPIRED BY ART WITH CLARE DELANEY THURSDAYS 12 OCTOBER – 9 NOVEMBER 10:30AM – 12:30PM Set over five weeks, these unique art classes are for people with all abilities; they provide an opportunity to meet people outside our everyday connections. The focus of the classes is as much about making new and different social connections as it is about creating art. The classes are informal, friendly, relaxed and fun. Students must be able to have an attention span of two hours. $75 | $60 InSight Members Materials are included. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

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WOLLEMI ARTISAN MARKET CHRISTMAS EDITION SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 10AM – 3PM FREE EVENT

INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE TEA AND HERBAL BLENDS SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 10:30AM – 12:30PM This creative hands-on learning experience will introduced you to various types and grades of teas and choosing inclusions like spices and herbs. Push the boundaries and explore your full sensory skills to understand: the importance of choosing base teas; flavours relationship; balance; visual appeal; Inclusions; ratios; and flavours.

Participants will put together their own creation, taste it during the workshop and take one creation home. Tea blending is not just art, it is chemistry of flavours, knowledge, skills and tricks that with practice will give you the necessary experience to achieve the charm of blended teas. The workshop will be run by Liliana Algorry - Tea Sommelier and Tea Blender.

Join us at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market: Christmas Edition, featuring live music, delicious food and stalls from designers and artists that showcase a range of unique and creative gifts, homewares, prints, jewellery, clothing & accessories, stationery, beauty products, children’s clothing, toys and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local in the Blue Mountains.

For more public programs visit bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au

$27 | $25 InSight Members Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

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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. Our philosophy is to showcase the

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highest quality of local produce in our offerings. The restaurant menu serves up delicious meals prepared to order 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. PHOTO: Ona Janzen


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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BRAEMAR GALLERY VOLUNTEER CALLOUT

Braemar Gallery is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the operations of the community gallery. The Volunteer Team provides invaluable support to the Braemar Gallery Management Committee by undertaking a range of light duties and interesting tasks. No experience is necessary, just an appreciation of art and an eagerness to greet visitors with a friendly smile and provide general information as required. Work within a unique, historic and vibrant arts facility and connect with artists, volunteers, the local community and visitors from far and wide.

To express an interest in joining our team of volunteers, please download and complete the Volunteer Registration Form: bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/ braemar-gallery For all volunteer enquiries, please contact: Braemar Gallery Volunteer Coordinator braemargallery@gmail.com

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Braemar Gallery Exhibition Guide

21 SEPTEMBER – 15 OCTOBER ROD JULIAN HISTORIC ART IN PROMOTIONS OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

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RACHAEL HONNERY & KATHERINE KENNEDY COLLECTABLES: A NEW NOSTALGIA 14 DECEMBER – 21 JANUARY SUMMER EXPOSURE A BRAEMAR GALLERY COMMUNITY EXHIBITION


MORE BENEFITS TO INSIGHT MEMBERS IN 2018 Your InSight Membership is your ticket to inside offers and savings at the Blue Mountains Theatre. InSight Members receive a 10% discount on tickets to all Blue Mountains Theatre house shows as well as exclusive access to pre-sale tickets on selected events across the annual program. Now, from 2018 as a new benefit to InSight Members, we will waive the booking fee on ticket purchases for members. InSight Members receive a range of benefits across three major Arts venues in the Blue Mountains: Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre and Braemar Gallery. View the full list of membership benefits and pricing via bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au PHOTO: silversalt

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GIVE THE GIFT OF THEATRE THIS CHRISTMAS It’s that time of year again…if you’re looking for a fabulous and unique gift to suit absolutely anyone this Christmas, then look no further! A Blue Mountains Theatre Gift Voucher is just the thing – whether it’s rock or baroque, dance or drama, stage or screen they love, our Gift Voucher is the way to go. The recipient of the voucher has the freedom to choose what they see and when, and you get all the kudos for their fabulous night out. Gift Vouchers are available in your choice of denomination and are valid for a year from the date of purchase. Gift Vouchers are available via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 PHOTO: silversalt

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Theatre: The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet. The Nutcracker: Christmas would not be Christmas without The Nutcracker! Come and celebrate the holidays by joining the magical adventure of Clara, Fritz and the Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. Romeo and Juliet: Based on the Prokofiev ballet in three Acts, this dramatic ballet stays loyal to Shakespeare’s enduring and tragic tale. The romantic pas de deux, taut fight scenes and the festive street dances will leave you awe-inspired.

THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE THE NUTCRACKER SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER, 7:30PM ROMEO AND JULIET SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER, 7:30PM “The Russian National Theatre Ballet is a cut above.” – The Washington Post

Adult $89 | Concession $79 Child Under 15 $69 | Student $69 With its wide repertoire of classical ballet masterpieces, high standards of performance and respect for the traditions of Russian ballet, The Russian National Ballet Theatre is praised by critics and audiences throughout the world.

Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will present two separate performances at the Blue Mountains

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FAITH I BRANKO FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 8PM Faith i Branko are leading Serbian Roma violinist, Branko Ristic, and UK accordionist Faith Ristic. Branko Ristic ‘one of the leading Roma Violinists of the century’, joined with Faith Ristic – a highly charismatic and virtuosic UK

accordionist – to compose and perform high-energy original music that draws from each of their musical heritages and expresses their unique personal connection. Together, Faith i Branko perform Roma/Jazz influenced music that is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited.

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as Steel Magnolias, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Don's Party; on television in House Husbands, Home and Away, All Saints; and the films Careful He Might Hear You, Summerfield and The Wog Boy. Her extensive recording output includes the first solo Sondheim album, which gained her worldwide acclaim.

$49 | $45 Concession Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.

“Chutzpah, Swagger: Geraldine is back!” – Sydney Morning Herald Turner’s Turn is a celebration of Geraldine’s incredible life on stage and marks her first cabaret performance in more than ten years. This intimate evening of songs from her celebrated career, peppered with show business anecdotes and stories (and there are some great stories to tell), is a rare opportunity to see one of Australia’s most beloved stage performers. up close and personal, in an intimate setting.

ntains Theatre Geraldine is accompanied on piano by Musical Director Brad Miller.

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Turner’s Turn SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 8PM “An Australian legend…performed to perfection…proving to the audience from the first second she meant business by showcasing the great pizzazz she is famous for.”

– Indulge Magazine

Geraldine Turner is a true icon of Australian show business. Throughout a career that spans four decades, she has earned her place in the Australian Theatre as one of this country's most legendary leading ladies. While her roles in the stage musicals Anything Goes, Chicago, Oliver, Into The Woods, Company, Cabaret, A Little Night Music, Call Me Madam and Sweeney Todd established her as an award-winning musical theatre star, Geraldine has also won enormous acclaim for her roles in plays such

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THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE ROMEO AND JULIET SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER

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ACACIA STRING QUARTET

Final Concert of 2017

Sat 23 June 2018, 7.30pm

TONY LEE Sydney International Piano Competition

ROGER WOODWARD

Best Australian Pianist 2016

Piano Recital

John Adams, Ludwig van Beethoven,

Sat 28 July 2018, 7.30pm

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

LAST NIGHT AT THE PROMS

Sun 19 November 2017 2.30pm

Blue Mountains Orchestra/100 Voice Choir

Sun 9 September 2018, 2.00pm

THE ENCHANTED FLUTE

IAN COOPER & EMMA PASK

Melissa Doecke & Mark Isaacs Flute & Piano

Jazz Soul & Gypsy Swing

Sat 3 March 2018, 7.30pm

Sat 15 September 2018, 7.30pm

STREETON TRIO

SIMON TEDESCHI

Piano & Strings

Piano Recital

Sat 5 May 2018, 7.30pm

Sat 10 November 2018, 7.30pm

See our website for pricing and more information

www.bmconcerts.com

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Tickets: www.bmconcerts.com Phone (02) 4723 5050 or visit the Blue Mountains Theatre box office

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FROM THE HUB What a year it has been for the Blue Mountains Theatre. Comedy has proved to be a smash hit – the year began with three sold out performances of Ahn Do’s The Happiest Refugee Live, and continued in the same, side-splitting path with Kitty Flanagan’s Smashing selling out three shows and James Valentine’s Afternoons Tonight!, Sydney Comedy Festival Roadshow and Akmal playing to full houses. The laughs keep on coming with Lawrence Mooney, best-known as host of ABC TV’s Dirty Laundry Live and winner of best show at both Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, presenting his show Like Literally on 17 November. And we are thrilled to announce those mistresses of eccentric humour, the Kransky Sisters, will perform A Very Kransky Christmas here in the Blue Mountains on 6 December.

But it’s not all about comedy, we’re also particularly thrilled to have the internationally renowned Russian National Ballet Theatre for two nights in December performing the perennial Christmas classic The Nutcracker on 9 December, followed by Romeo & Juliet on 10 December. Originating a little closer to home, the Blue Mountains Musical Society presents The Little Mermaid; and local heroes The Robertson Brothers announced a second performance of their show The Everly Brothers & Buddy Holly in Concert on 25 November. Details for all shows can be found at bluemountainstheatre.com Tim Smith Facility Manager, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub


BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Facility Manager Tim Smith Programs Coordinator Yvonne Hellmers Administration & Ticketing Officer Mim Lombardi Theatre & Building Technician Philip Regan Marketing Officer Clare Power Business Administration Officer Agnes Zalan Front of House Supervisor Andrew Lyons

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InSight Membership Magazine Issue 15  

InSight is the membership magazine of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub and Braemar Gallery, featuring...