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Hall passed: A motion to explore new improvements to Kingston City Hall was passed by councillors.
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Council to explore City Hall improvements Brodie Cowburn email@example.com A REPORT will be prepared that explores a “stage 2 masterplan” that considers the “structural feasibility” of Kingston City Hall, with potential future investment into the hall for improved arts facilities being considered. The report, to be handed down and considered by councillors in March, was moved by Cr Steve Staikos because “the Kingston City Hall is an important civic function, performance, arts and cultural venue for the south east of Melbourne, and the first master plan for building improvements into Kingston City Hall has been completed.” “We don’t have a lot of expenditure on arts in the city of Kingston and we don’t have a wonderful arts venue in our city. In the last ten years council has methodically invested in improvements at Kingston City Hall,” he said. “We’re really lucky to have a Kingston City Hall. However it’s too big to be a small venue and it’s too small to be a big venue. It’s not fit for purpose and it’s not providing what we need and what the community needs. If we have a performer
who comes and needs tiered seating, we have a beautiful stage, but we cant run any stage productions there. “What we need is an ambitious plan, and it’s going to cost money, it could cost in the vicinity of $5 million to $10 million, maybe more. “We can certainly afford to get a report, scope it out, see what it costs, then when we have our budget adopted in the middle of they year we’ll know if this is possible and when we can fund it.” The “key issues” that will be considered as part of a “stage 2 master plan” include “current usage, unmet community needs, and anticipated future usage.” Some of the changes that may be considered following the handing down of the report could include “restoration of the proscenium, options to implement fit-for-purpose backstage and stage facilities, consideration of a mezzanine balcony, tiered and or retractable seating, and enhancements to the facade to enhance the presence of the hall.” A $575,000 refurbishment of the hall was approved by Kingston Council for early 2016. (“New Year makeover for Kingston City Hall”, The News, 13/1/16)
OBSESSION: DEVIL IN THE DETAIL OBSESSION: Devil in the detail examines our fascination with the meticulous and micro, the real and the hyperreal and brings together a range of historical and contemporary works under three broad themes of still life, portraiture and landscape. The exhibition seduces us with the power of realism and intricate detail and showcases 65 works across sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video. Long before the onset of photography in the 19th century, painting was the means to realistically capture the world around us, with the technically brilliant artists of the Renaissance set the benchmark for realism. In the late 1960s photorealism emerged as
obsession: devil in the detail
Natasha Bieniek, Juan Ford, Sam Jinks, Audrey Flack, Jess Johnson, Patricia Piccinini, Tom Roberts, Ricky Swallow, TeamLab and others
30 NOV – 17 FEB Exclusively showing at MPRG. Obsession: Devil in the detail is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Sam Jinks, Woman and Child 2010, silicone, silk, acrylic, rabbit fur, polyurethane foam, timber and nylon, Shepparton Art Museum, Acquired with funds raised by the public and Greater Shepparton City Council, Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf
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mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au adults $4 concession $2
a painting style characterised by its precise rendering, painstaking attention to detail, and larger than life replication of everyday objects. Soon after, the term ‘hyper-realism’ was used to describe high fidelity realism in sculpture and painting. There are free guided tours of the Obsession exhibition every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Enjoy a conversation with Obsession artists and the exhibition curator on Valentine’s Day. Visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au to find out more about the exhibition and events, including the Gallery’s pre-schooler program Young at Art, and to listen to podcasts with artists from Obsession: Devil in the detail.
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