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31 July - 9 August 2015

The North’s Sculpture Festival Proudly Supported by Glencore


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CONTENTS Introduction

Message from the Mayor Foreword Strand Ephemera 2013 Winner Strand Ephemera 2015 Overview

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Artworks

Artworks Overview 14 Artworks Reference Map 15 and Back Cover Detailed Artist and Artwork Information 18

Programs

Education Program Photographic Competition wilson/ryan/grose lawyers People’s Choice Competition Programs Overview Programs Reference Timetable Detailed Program Information

Fringe Events

Fringe Events Overview Detailed Fringe Event Information

Sponsors

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Anyone who has been to Townsville in winter will attest to the splendour of our region at this time of year. And there can be no better place to enjoy the perfect winter sunshine than The Strand, our idyllic beachfront with clear views across the water to picturesque Magnetic Island. Trips to The Strand will be all the more special with the return of The North's Sculpture Festival: Strand Ephemera, on display from Friday 31 July until Sunday 9 August 2015. Strand Ephemera began in 2001, soon after The Strand's redevelopment in 1999, and has returned every two years since to transform Townsville's most popular recreational space into an outdoor gallery of captivating, engaging, thought-provoking, and at times humorous artworks. It has grown and innovated with each incarnation, and particular thanks must go to major contributors such as 2015 Major Sponsor Glencore for enabling such an incredible evolution of the event. Loved by locals and visitors to the region alike, Strand Ephemera is the leading visual arts event in Townsville's calendar and has produced countless highlights over the years. Many will fondly remember the excitement surrounding the inaugural event in 2001; Gavin Ryan's Behold the Lyin' Fish winning the major award in 2003 before finding a permanent home on The Strand; Jeff Vickers' massive floating homage to the humble rubber duckie in

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2005; or more recently Whale Thong - a giant sculpture of a whale's tail made entirely from recycled rubber thongs. The collaborative project was organised by UnitingCare Community and included artists with and without disability. I have no doubt the 2015 edition of Strand Ephemera will provide many more highlights that will be fondly recalled in future years. The festival is jam-packed with potential lasting memories which could come from any one of the 31 top-class artworks by local and visiting artists, or the plethora of planned programs. Strand Ephemera is also coinciding for the first time with Townsville's world-class music event, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Together, these events provide a snapshot of the supreme quality of Townsville's arts and cultural sector. I strongly encourage everyone to head to The Strand for this year's Strand Ephemera - I guarantee you'll not only be basking in our delightful winter weather, but also immersing yourself in the incredible talents of the many participating artists, performers and musicians.

Cr Jenny Hill Mayor of Townsville

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IMAGE Jeff Vickers The Duck 2005

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FOREWORD In my three years in Townsville, a number of projects have stood out for various reasons. Brick by Brick captured the imaginations of the young and young at heart, breaking all manner of attendance records for Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and regional public galleries in Queensland. WOW, World of WearableArt made a statement of Townsville's cultural maturity. The overwhelmingly positive community response and high volumes of tourists to the exhibition underlined the city's capacity to be an Australian exclusive venue for landmark exhibitions of its kind. A host of exhibitions by north Queensland artists highlighted the talent in our own backyard, while curated exhibitions allowed the exploration of various topics, and of works in the City of Townsville Art Collection. For all of these hugely gratifying projects, nothing matches the anticipation amongst the community leading into Strand Ephemera. It's only right that this anticipation is rewarded with something new, something exciting. I hope Strand Ephemera 2015 delivers on this objective. Described as The North's Sculpture Festival, Strand Ephemera presents 31 stunning artworks; 28 of these compete for the major $10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence, while three artworks have been invited as non-competitive entries purely for the visiting public's enjoyment.

Strand Ephemera 2015 incorporates a new residency component. Zhi Qi Luo, a master artist from Townsville's sister city - Foshan, China - has created work for this year's show, marking a significant milestone in the relationship between our cities, and heralding what we hope will be the first of many more cultural exchanges in years to come. The visual feast in 2015 also engages two of Australia's leading 3D Pavement Artists working in chalk. Jenny McCracken and Rudy Kistler will transform The Strand walkways, opening portals to new adventures and providing opportunities for visitors to get an amazing photographic keepsake of their Strand Ephemera experience. Three of the world's best Sand Sculptors will also wow crowds with their large-scale creations. The Amazin' Walter (USA), and Australians Peter Redmond and Jino Van Bruinessen have won numerous awards for their stunning sand creations, which we anticipate will be particularly popular with families. A Public Art Symposium headlined by Jason Pomeroy, Founding Principal of Pomeroy Studio, also provides an opportunity to take a serious look at the public art industry, and the future of public art in our region. These are but a handful of the highlights from Strand Ephemera 2015 - I hope you enjoy.

Shane Fitzgerald Manager, Gallery Services

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IMAGE OPPOSITE Sandstorm Events


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STRAND EPHEMERA 2013 WINNER While all 31 works selected for the Strand Ephemera 2013 sparked the imagination of the visiting public, there could be only one winner of the major $10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence. Judged by Dr Donna Marcus, a prominent artist working in the public field and also a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, the award went to Port Douglas artist Rainer H. Schlüter. His monumental driftwood forms, entitled Blue Dancers (Danseuses Bleues) - Quintet took their inspiration “from two famous works; Matisse’s Danseuses Bleues and Giacometti’s Walking Man,” the artist stated. The beachwood forms, representing abstract dancers, were carved and assembled from fallen beach trees, and then painted in acrylic ultramarine blue. The exhibition’s guest judge, Dr Donna Marcus, said the winning work was “an elegant and well executed piece with many references that allow viewers to engage on numerous levels. Schlüter’s work is both poignant and playful, and a deserving winner.” The wilson/ryan/grose lawyers People’s Choice Award was tightly contested. Announced on the exhibition’s demount day, the winning work was UnitingCare Community’s collaborative artwork Whale Thong. To create the work, UnitingCare Community engaged visual artist Vonnie van Bemmel and sculptor and silversmith Julie Bentley to lead a group of amateur artists with disability through a series of workshops to

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conceptualise, design and construct a life-size sculpture of a whale’s tail. The project was funded by Artslink Queensland.

The sculpture was constructed from steel, reinforced wire and recycled rubber thongs, embedded in the sand, and featured lighting and the sound of a whale’s song. Dorothy Dawson, Program Coordinator Lifestyle Support Service at UnitingCare Commuity, said “Whale Thong is a humorous title for a project with a serious message about the benefits of inclusive communities and environmental conservation.” Well known photographer Andrew Rankin’s striking shot of a jumping figure amongst Rainer H. Schlüter’s Blue Dancers took out the Photographic Competition, as judged by professional photographer Honey Atkinson of Insight Creative.

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IMAGE OPPOSITE UnitingCare Community with visual artist Vonnie van Bemmel and silversmith/sculptor Julie Bentley: A collaborative recycled art project by artists with and without disability Whale Thong 2013 IMAGE RIGHT Andrew Rankin’s winning entry in the Strand Ephemera 2013 Photographic Competition of Rainer H. Schlüter’s award winning installation Blue Dancers (Danseuses Bleues) - Quintet Photographer: Andrew Rankin

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INTRODUCTION

STRAND EPHEMERA 2015 OVERVIEW Strand Ephemera 2015 is the eighth installment of the North's sculpture festival, and is again supported by major sponsor Glencore. Staged over ten days and ten nights from Friday 31 July until Sunday 9 August 2015, the festival completely transforms The Strand into a 2.2km exhibition space for amazing artworks, events, workshops and performances. 28 artworks are again competing for the major $10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence. The competing artists hail from many corners of Australia, and even overseas, with their works incorporating a wide variety of materials and techniques, and exploring topics ranging from the environment, community, human rights, to celebrations of the landscape, or those who make invaluable contributions to our society. Sponsored by wilson/ryan/grose lawyers, a People's Choice Award offers viewers the opportunity to have their say on a favourite artwork on display. The winning artist will receive a $2,000 Prize. Viewers can also enter the Photographic or Instagram Competitions by capturing their favourite Strand Ephemera moment or artwork, and go in the draw for cash prizes. This year's exhibition is supplemented by a selection of curated and non-competitive artworks, and vibrant performances and programs.

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Amongst the many highlights are hidden tropical artworks made by Ryan 'The Brickman' McNaught, the Southern Hemisphere's only Certified LEGOÂŽ Professional. The humorous sculptures will provide hours of entertainment (and exercise!) for young audiences intent on exploring The Strand to find them all. Polytoxic's landmark performance Trade Winds will create an otherworldly experience in the Rock Pool, reimagining voyages, meetings and exchanges seen on the trade routes of the Pacific Ocean. Some of the world's best sand sculptors and 3D pavement artists will be heading to Townsville for Strand Ephemera, providing an opportunity to view up-close the amazing works you may have only previously seen in chain emails! LensCap Crew are presenting a series of vox popping/ film workshops, and each night projecting the short films in a bid to establish Townsville's identity through the eyes of residents and visitors. If escapism is more your thing, step into La Luna Youth Arts' Magical Travel Box and be instantly transported to a location of your choice. Countless Fringe Events are also on offer. Amongst the attractions, you could make a trip to The Village to view Fringe Ephemera at The Village; or pop down to Umbrella Studio contemporary arts for the second Light on the Fringe .

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IMAGE Andrew Rankin The Tree of Light 2015 300 x 400 x 150 cm Acrylic mirrors, photographs and stainless steel

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ARTWORKS OVERVIEW 1 Major $10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence 31 Artworks 28 Competitive Entries 3 Non-Competitive, Invited Artists 3 States 3 Countries 2.2km of Strand Ephemera Magic 10 Days of Awesome


Please refer to the Back Cover of this publication for a fold out Artworks Reference Map, showing the locations at which you'll find: i SAND 3D

Visitor Information Desk Artwork Sand Sculpture 3D Pavement Artwork Townsville Artist Market (Saturday 1 August) Weave the Reef | Love the Reef (See Programs for dates) The Pink Piano La Luna Youth Arts' Magical Travel Box

Continue reading the following pages for detailed information about the artworks along The Strand and the artists behind them.

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Oxley St.

Gregory St.

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IMAGE ABOVE Photograph taken by JCU student Mia Peronis as part of her Documentation of the Main Exhibition Tour, Strand Ephemera 2013

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Venomous Blue

290 x 190 x 80 cm Sculpture base, cotton, nylon, polyester, PVC materials Initially influenced by fashion and garment construction processes, Gray now utilises similar principles, bold colour, and exotic forms to produce soft sculpture. Venomous Blue takes inspiration from the Blue Ringed Octopus. Of the work, Gray states, “surprisingly it’s often the smallest and most vibrant creatures that are the most dangerous. Luckily for us, my creature is much friendlier - poke, prod or play; this one won’t harm you!”

Erica Gray is represented by:

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Bubble (Fountain of Zero) 200 x 200 x 200 cm Recycled/reused/reclaimed materials: PET plastic, bamboo, PVC pressure pipe, wood, wire, paint Based on the idea of a bubble made from the bottles that would normally contain it, quivering with promise. The zero implies low calorie; and a call for a zero carbon-nation. Over the last 10 years, Pamela Lee Brenner and Johannes Muljana have created thoughtprovoking installation, interactive and experimental artworks using recycled materials and technology.

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The Canopy of Golden Pods 16 sculpted pods, sizes variable: Small (8): 59 x 10 x 8cm; Medium (5): 72 x 12 x 10cm; Large (3): 85 x 14 x 12cm Heart Rimu, Golden Bay Rocks, oil, steel cable with nylon braid, copper fittings Pods sold individually: Small: $1,200 each; Medium: $1,900 each; Large: $2,500 each Pods are a symbol of newness and that which is on the cusp of change. They represent life, energy and adventure. Karen Walters states, "the beginning of my sculpting career started here in Townsville when I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree in 2002. Even though I have since returned to NZ I will always be deeply connected to this place. The Canopy of Golden Pods references growth and renewal within the North Queensland landscape, and, on a deeper level, represents the beginning of a life long journey." The Native New Zealand Rimu is a protected tree and highly valued. It is a hard timber which is recognised as being extremely weather resistant and resilient. These Golden Pods have been made to be hung outdoors or indoors. Karen has maintained a full time career in art since 2006. Her work has found its way into personal and public collections throughout the world. Walters owns and runs Kereru Gallery in the beautiful seaside village of Mapua, New Zealand.

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CARLA

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Oceania Botanica Sizes variable Digitally printed wheat pasted paper Oceania Botanica is inspired by the repetition and form of fractals found within the natural environment. Gottgens has used common sea shells, jelly fish and coral to create geometric patterns that when pasted onto the rocks will appear similar to the fossils often found embedded in rock surfaces. The artist states, “within the genre of sculpture it is often difficult to represent fragility. By responding to a specific site an artwork can blend into its surroundings and appear natural. This work reflects the fragile nature of our ocean and brings to the forefront the small delicate inhabitants of our sea beds that we take for granted because they are usually out of sight. Everything is affected by what we do on land and even though each sea creature has a natural life span our non-actions towards environmental signals will increase the slow destruction of the oceanic world.” Gottgens has exhibited nationally over the past four years within artistic collaborations and more recently as a solo artist. She has exhibited at exhibitions including Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, recently won the Stipend Award at Sculpture on the Greens, and The Toorak Village Traders Association prize at the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, and has produced a number of public and private commissions.

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TANYA with BOWEN STATE HIGH SCHOOL

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Colour in the Ocean 200 x 700 x 200 cm Salvaged driftwood and ocean plastics, wire, aluminium, metal rods, nuts, star pickets, acrylic cylinder Fish sold individually, $150 each 22 fish swirl throughout the established landscape of The Strand. Constructed using salvaged driftwood and rubbish from the local beaches, each sculpture represents 100 of the 2215 endangered animals in the Pacific. An acrylic cylinder is also incorporated to inspire viewers to collect washed up beach rubbish and help clean up the ocean. The artists state, "Colour in the Ocean should come from fish not pollution. This artwork is symbolic of the 2215 species of the Pacific endangered by the actions of humanity and pollution." Working with Tanya Coventry, an artist and teacher, students from Bowen State High School passionate about keeping oceans healthy have united to create this collaboration.

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Memorial to centennial conflict 30 x 720 x 240 cm Ethylene vinyl acetate, timber, metal fastenings, glue, acrylic paint $2000 for entire set; $40 for two figures All proceeds donated to Soldier On to support veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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One hundred figures represent the one hundred years since Gallipoli. As the view of camouflaged figures changes to become targets, we are reminded that war continues today. Jan Hynes is a Townsville artist who enjoys participating in this community event having exhibited in Strand Ephemera since its origin in 2001.

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The Silver Dragon 250 x 750 x 60 cm Stainless steel $20,680 The title of Joy Heylen’s artwork was inspired by the name of the longest breaking wave in the Qian Tang River. It is made up of a series of connected engineered stainless steel panels, which have been laser cut and engraved with organic elements. Each panel has been pressed and manually manipulated to create and mimic the flow of the ocean swell. Joy Heylen states of her work, "I would like to believe that my work is an interpretation of organic emotion and physical matter; exploring the relationship between the organic qualities and resistance of metal and generating a tension between the complex realism of form and the limitations and economy of the materials used." "I am intrigued by multi-positional sculpture which has been hand-crafted in the timeless method of sculpting metal with flame, combining both art and history, with a contemporary design."

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IMAG_NE 420 x 115 x 60cm Reclaimed timber, acrylic, aerated concrete Emma Anna completed a Masters of Art (Art in Public Space) at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Diploma of Graphic Design from the Sydney Institute Enmore Design Centre. Her public art practice explores the various ways in which cities can be used as canvasses to inspire and affect social change. Her public work also considers possibilities for the representation of 'community' in an increasingly globalised world. The revolutionary potential of the human imagination remains her greatest inspiration. Of IMAG_NE, the artist states, "the power of imagination affords us poetic sanctuary in an often hostile world." Emma Anna works and exhibits internationally across a range of media. Her work is held in a number of international public collections and private collections in the USA, South America, Europe and Australasia.

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Belief Size variable Salvaged plastics, LEDs Organic forms woven from colourful plastics depict a reef. Belief presents a finite environment constructed with an infinite material, illuminating contrast. West states, "Repurposed plastics are transformed into organic forms. Their scale and intricacy invite contemplation. Plastics are weaving their way into our total environment, while our choices challenge the longevity of natural wonders. Belief beckons contemplation of our relationships to resources and finite environments."

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The burden 160 x 120 x 110 cm Copper, steel Kaya Sulc was born in the Czech Republic and moved to Australia in 1951. From 1960-1963 he studied at The National Art School in Sydney. He currently lives and works in Cooroy, Queensland. His signature copper sculptures and vibrant paintings exhibit a fascination with the human form. Sulc has been the recipient of many awards and is represented in private collections in Australia, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. Sulc explains, “The human figure fascinates me both as a source of complex shapes and forms and as a subject of great evocative power. In my sculpture I like to push and pull and twist and distort my figures in order to make them speak...However, my figures always remain firmly based on reality, I want them to look real in an unrealistic way; distorted, contorted, but ‘possible’, capable of life, and as such, reflecting real life in their un-realness, their ambiguity, contradiction and even absurdity. The theme of the pair, the couple, joined or separated and searching, is running through my work, the dialogue between male and the female hopefully touching on some telling points.”

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The Tree of Light 300 x 500 x 250 cm Acrylic mirrors, photographs and stainless steel

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The Tree of Light explores our perception of light and the landscape. Mirrored disks and photographs of Cleveland Bay will rotate in the breeze. Viewers will see photographic images frozen in time along with reflected images against the backdrop of the surrounding landscape. Viewers can also interact with the images by repositioning the mirrors. How do we perceive the changing light of a landscape? How does our perception compare with that of a camera or a reflected image in a mirror?

The artist wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Sergio Lapico in the project design development of this artwork.

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Catch 680 x 1830 x 270 cm Trawler net, rope, wire and other beach floatsam A funnel-like view through a large trawler net strung high between trees, a symbolic catcher of various fish and birds that are threatened by extensive fishing and floating oceanic debris. The catch consists of some marine animals that are caught and the birds that swallow plastic. The net and material the animals are made from symbolises a small percentage of the waste that is gathered from our shoreline. The sustainability of oceans supporting life is a global issue. Marion Gaemers and Lynnette Griffiths have worked together using nets and marine debris creating large scale sculptures and small works since 2010 when they worked in Indigenous communities as facilitators for Ghost Net Art Project.

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Mantis Rhapsody 86 x 40 x 62 cm each Aluminium, steel, automotive paint $150 each

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HUGH

Hugh Martin has worked variously with photography, painting, printmaking and sculpture. His most successful work, Ant Raiders (Strand Ephemera 2003), is still in production today.

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In the wild, creatures often blend into their surroundings, but once spotted, suddenly their cover is removed...there they are, everywhere.

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ALISON

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Shimmer 250 x 1238 x 3.5 cm: installation on three sides of the Surf Life Saving viewing platform Recycled aluminium power pole disks, marine ply, screws, plastic tube, metal brackets Glistening, sparkling, twinkling and gleaming, the water is deceptively inviting. In the same way Shimmer alludes to this whilst reflecting on the vigilance of our Surf Life Saving community. Originally from an artistic family, Alison McDonald is a Townsville-based artist who combines her passions of recycling and the environment within her art. McDonald's artwork Shimmer is a kinetic installation made of thousands of silver disks which stand out from boards attached to the SLSQ building. Each disk moves and twinkles in reflected light, whilst gently tinkling in the wind. The underside subtly reflects their iconic red and yellow off the glossy white surface. Alison McDonald also wishes to acknowledge the assistance of:

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The Three Graces 45 x 300 x 350 cm Chillagoe marble

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The Three Graces consists of three carved marble slabs inspired by mushroom coral. It is a symbol of hope and continuation by presenting a parent piece and two offspring. The forms appear to float, and represent the beauty and fragility of the Great Barrier Reef and humanity’s important relationship with it.

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A professional sculptor for more than 35 years, Bruinsma’s work is included in collections in Australia and overseas. He states, “for thirty five years now I’ve been making sculptures for landscapes and buildings in Australia and overseas. This means I work with people - developers, curators, gardeners, architects, project officers – but I also work with places. I work to intensify the value in every location. I highlight the natural qualities of the chosen site. And I clarify the social, historical and psychological factors – the desires, hopes and culture – that make each location special in the hearts of its custodians and visitors.”

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ZHI QI

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Seven Coloured Swallows 300 x 800 cm Textiles, steel wire, glue, LED lighting Zhi Qi Luo has undertaken a residency in Townsville to create new work for this year's Strand Ephemera. Zhi Qi Luo is a leading artist from Townsville's Sister City, Foshan, China. Zhi Qi Luo has worked as a sculptor for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Chinese Sculpture Academy, a member of the Guangdong Provincial Artist Association, as well as Vice Director of the Sculpture Art Committee of Foshan Artist Association. As a professional artist at a national level, he now works for the Art Institute of Foshan.

This project has been assisted by the following organisations and individuals: Foshan Foreign Affairs Bureau, China St Patrick’s College Simon Millcock and Adam Smith The Townsville Chinese Club Inc.

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Whale Shark 190 x 300 x 130 cm Mild steel Cameron Rushton is a Townsville resident, and a tradesman plant operator. Rushton enjoys animals and worked in metals for 20 years, and in recent years has turned his hand to creating life-like steel sculptures depicting various creatures. This work is Rushton’s first entry in Strand Ephemera, and his most ambitious project to date, depicting a young whale shark in motion. Whale sharks can grow up to 14 metres and are the largest known fish species. In June 2015, a group of whale sharks were discovered on the Great Barrier Reef, north Queensland, causing much excitement amongst marine biologists. While lone whale sharks have previously been seen in the marine park, this was the first time a group had been sighted and recorded.

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MJ

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A New Face 400 x 350 x 50 cm Aluminum, steel, plastic, concrete Born in Sydney in 1970, MJ Ryan Bennett studied Applied Art majoring in Gold and Silver Smithing at Monash University, Melbourne. She continued her studies as a Design Associate within the Metal Studio at the JamFactory, Adelaide. Through this work, the artist utilises an everyday object which may be considered by some to be ugly, temporary and cheap, and creates a refined and elegant public artwork. It resonates like the story of the ‘Ugly Duckling’, waiting for change and just wanting to show its real form. This sculpture incorporates a collection of plastic chairs with a steel frame grouped together on a steel arch. The structure lends an ephemeral quality; it gives the feeling of movement and change. The artist explains that her, “artistic practice incorporates wearable art, small sculptures and larger public artworks. My work has been described as ‘sophisticated pop art’. I like to create bold yet simple forms that impart a stimulating and lasting experience. I use a diverse range of mediums including metal, shell, fabric, plastic and wood.” Photo: Cathy Friel from Cathy Friel Photography

MJ Ryan Bennett also wishes to acknowledge the assistance of: Specialising in Powder Coating & Abrasive Blasting for all Domestic & Commercial Requirements

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“ Over 140 Colours to Choose From”

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Now You See Me... 300 x 350 x 120 cm Steel

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Thirty-four poles are vertically arranged at varying depths on a steel base. When viewed at any angle, the disjointed and seemingly random elements are puzzling. It is only when the viewer is perfectly aligned with the front of the sculpture at a predetermined focal point that an image of a cassowary and his chick come into view.

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The title Now you see me... omits the unstated remaining words ‘…now you don’t’. These words are left hanging in the air as we contemplate the link between this common phrase and the endangered cassowary. The cassowary is a keystone species essential for the distribution and germination of hundreds of rainforest seeds. Unfortunately, it is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, domestic dogs and motor vehicles. This sculpture aims to highlight the vulnerability of one of far North Queensland’s most iconic creatures. Gabi Sturman is a professional 3D artist specialising in multimedia sculptural works with a strong background in ceramics. Michael Sturman is an industrial chemist who enjoys fabricating metal and timber.

Photo: Sarah Scragg

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ELIZABETH

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String Things Sizes variable Cotton string, light rope, silver DVA mesh Poole creates spider web forms and other patterns to complement the existing stands of trees. The intention is to reflect the inherent ephemeral aspect and the mystery of our natural surroundings. The artist states, “the majority of my lifelong art practice has been based on observations and visual interpretations of the fragile and fragmented Australian bushland.”

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Four Rings 522 x 222 cm Synthetic polymer on MDF In 2013 Daniel Templeman was awarded a Doctorate in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He has exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and has completed several major public art commissions including the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Tugun Bypass, Southbank Educational Precinct, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne and most recently the Macrossen Tower in Brisbane’s CBD. Templeman was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery’s Melville Haysom Memorial Scholarship in 1997, first prize in the object-based category of the Churchie Art Prize in 2000 and 2001. He was highly commended for his work in the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Templeman’s work is held in state and private collections across Australia and abroad. Four Rings, as with many of Templeman’s large-scale sculptures, expertly manipulates pattern and geometry to achieve a seemingly impossible form and suggest motion. Photo: Sam Scoufos. Image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan and Strumpf

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The Ship We Are Sailing Together 110 x 60 x 205 cm Ramie fabric, acrylic panel, timber $ 9,500 2015 marks Juhé Wie's first appearance at Strand Ephemera, with her work intended to make a statement on love and happiness.

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Juhé Wie's artwork The Ship We Are Sailing Together explores, "the concept that the world of humans is constantly moving with the power of everyone working together, depicted through the conceptual expression shaped by the function of a ship, ramie fabric and the surrounding environment." "Whether we realise it or not, people influence each other every day as this ship has completed its form with all the different colours linked together," the artist explained. Inspired by traditional Korean patchwork, transparent dyed ramie fabric invites the viewers to appreciate the beauty of ‘us’ co-existing as this ship shines with light. Juhé Wie mainly works on 3 dimensional artworks adapting various media, including bag designing at gaya wie handmade.

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Blue Wanderer 220 x 250 x 250 cm Recycled metal - piano harps, brass and woodwind parts, steel, LED lights, EL wire Sue Tilley is a Townsville-based artist working in welded vintage found metal. Tilley's work often features animals as a metaphor for human behaviour. Her materials are collected during sculpture trips around Queensland. Blue Wanderer is an interactive musical butterfly sculpture created from piano harps and steel and featuring parts from other musical instruments. Tilley explains, "the Blue Tiger or Blue Wanderer Butterfly migrates north for the Winter, chasing the sun from as far south as Victoria. Mass migrations can be seen moving up the coast. Not to be confused with the Grey Nomad who displays similar behaviour."

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JULIE

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Decoys 12 forms, sizes variable Aluminium wire Nests sold individually, price on application A silversmith and sculptor, Julie Bentley is an avid beachcomber/recycler, often incorporating found objects into her work. She is also an observer and devotee of the natural world. Decoys is a hand-crafted aluminium sculpture highlighting and celebrating North Queenslanders’ delight in observing nesting sunbirds. The various nest and bird forms display the excitement of sunbirds tirelessly hovering and fluttering; their feeding and perching habits; their fast direct flight on short wings; a clutch of eggs; and captures the splendour of their completed nests, which are at times created opportunistically using available materials such as a seaglass hanging, light bulbs, crystal, ferns, or rope. The artist states, "everyone smiles when they see a sunbird. They are a tropical icon - once seen never forgotten. My sculpture represents sunbird comings and goings and phases of their nest building." The chosen material - aluminium - shines in the light and echoes the energy of the sunbirds, and emulates the lustrous dark blue colour of the throat of the male sunbird.

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Land Sew 230 x 50 x 700 cm Stainless steel, mariners rope, tent pegs

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Mimi Dennett-Fountain is a visual artist based in regional Australia. She is a previous recipient of numerous Australia Council Grants and art prizes. In Land Sew, the stainless steel needle sews up the surface of The Strand with mariners rope. The artist states, "mending is a quiet activity, mostly begun when everyone has finished for the day. You clean up the mess, sew up any holes that were made and the next day it begins again. At a time when there is destruction everywhere, a giant needle and thread is a symbol for all those people who would like to repair and nurture the world."

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Boat People 500 x 700 x 2000 cm Bamboo, rope, wire, metal, wood An artist working predominantly in bamboo, Lance Seadon has constructed a double-ended single outrigger for this year's Strand Ephemera. Speaking of his inspiration for the work, Seadon stated, "there have been 'Boat People' throughout history all seeking a common goal. I hope my boat and its passengers will convey a sense of that journey." In 2014, Seadon exhibited two bamboo sculptures in the Bamboo Society of Australia sculpture contest, with the works awarded First Prize and taking out the People's Choice Award respectively.

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Students and teachers from St Anthony’s Catholic College, Northern Beaches State High School, and St Patrick’s College have worked with artist and facilitator Ben Trupperbäumer, a noted north Queensland sculptor, to produce this work.

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Grand Annual Winter Tour to Anywhere Sizes variable Reusable materials including demolition grade timber, plywood, cardboard, PVC pipe and conduit, zip ties, steel

The sculpture looks at notions of linkage, connections, and associations between people, places and processes. Linking people and places is most noticeable along our highways during the annual winter pilgrimage when caravans dominate transport routes. Connecting the three schools are sculptural elements consisting of three arched sculptures (representing places) that are surrounded by many different, light hearted representations of caravans, highways and signage (people). Associations between project participants and ideas were strengthened through an artistic process that encouraged creativity and cooperation.

IMAGE Northern Beaches State High School student Robert Snow works with Ben Trupperbäumer

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Wave Harp 260 x 260 x 35 cm Bamboo, timber, steel, tie wires, rope, tyre, plastic pipe $3,000 The work Wave Harp is constructed from individually cut and crafted stems from a bamboo forest at Finch Hatton. Of the work, Kane stated, "potent combinations of art, music, and history inspired this work alluding to breaking waves, pulsating ocean rhythms and the mystery surrounding the historical voyage of the SS Yongala from Mackay." Educated at Townsville Grammar, Lesley Kane's passion for creativity continued in Mackay as an artist and Director of the multi-award winning Gargett Gallery. Jenni Hanna and Neil Brookes joined with Lesley Kane to build Wave Harp. The collaboration of these three team members has attracted a lot of attention in the small sugar-cane growing township of Finch Hatton in Mackay’s hinterland. Jenni’s creative photography and design skills and Neil’s sculptural and practical construction expertise complemented Lesley’s business backup. Jenni and Lesley continue to work with natural materials towards an exhibition in Mackay Botanical Gardens in August and Neil continues to pursue his passion for sculpting. Photo: Jenni Hanna

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Night as Day, Day as Night 200 x 350 x 5 cm Painted banner, speakers, projector Aaron Ashley is a Townsville-based artist working with projection, film, photography, illustration and design. His ambitious projection artwork seeks to manipulate people's perception of space, time, and image. Of the work, the artist states, "we live in a society with an intense, often imperceivable disparity between recorded information and reality. The projection, banner painting and soundscape show night as day and day as night, complete with glitches to highlight this disparity." Night as Day, Day as Night also features a soundscape by Matt Elwin.

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Beach Shack 315 x 368.5 x 368.5 cm Timber, nails, sleeper supports, pins, watercolour on ply paintings Indigenous and non-Indigenous, new and existing artists joined a group led by artist Lynn Scott-Cumming and Occupational Therapist Christine Mintrom to develop this work. Community Rehab North Queensland participants with progressive neurological conditions like Parkinson’s or participants recovering after a stroke, head injury or spinal injury were invited to depict how their lives at home and in the community had changed. Painting allowed these participants a pleasurable medium to express emotions, thoughts, wishes, hopes, dreams, and memories. Through painting they could highlight what was now important to them and how they continue to function despite significant challenges.

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S.O.S. 25 x 700 x 200 cm Glazed ceramic plastic cable ties, soft plastic mesh grid S.O.S. (Save Our Seas) expresses the fragility of sea life. This collaborative artwork is a collection of ceramic sea animals arranged over a submerged grid to form giant capital letters: S.O.S. across the beach. Each piece is glazed in ultramarine blue and turquoise to signify their connection to the sea. Senior creative art students of Pimlico State High School drew on their combined artistic experience along with the knowledge and guidance of experienced art teachers to complete this work.

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EDUCATION PROGRAM The involvement of local schools and students is a major focus of every Strand Ephemera. Gallery Services offers all schools within the region the possibility to be involved in workshops and guided tours, and forecasts more than 2,000 local primary and secondary students will visit this year's festival to participate in some of the available educational activities. Educational resources are also developed for teachers or parents to conduct self-guided learning adventures of the exhibition. An Education Kit targeted at secondary students is available upon request from Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, while a fun-filled Children's Activity Book is available from all three Information Desks along The Strand. Join Doug the Dugong as he guides you through the Activity Booklet and a selection of art works included in this year's Strand Ephemera. Both the Education Kit and Activity Book respond to works in the exhibition and link with current syllabus.

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IMAGE: Elizabeth Tillack providing an artist talk as part of a school tour during Strand Ephemera 2013

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PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

We’re calling for visitors to The Strand to capture their favourite moment during Strand Ephemera 2015 for a chance to win some great prizes.

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18 Years and Over Under 18 Years

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$500 $250

To enter simply download an entry form from the Strand Ephemera page of Townsville City Council’s website: www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Once you’ve completed the entry form, email it along with your photographs (maximum of five) to danielle.berry@townsville.qld.gov.au by 5pm Monday 10 August 2015. This year’s Strand Ephemera Photographic Competition will be judged by the Townsville Bulletin's Chief Photographer, Scott Radford-Chisholm.

Or collect one from any of the three Information Desks located on The Strand.

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ABOUT PROGRAMS

Scott Radford-Chisholm's love of Press Photography started back in his Primary school days, where he had his first photo published in a local Brisbane newspaper. His passion continued through school and then on to tertiary education where he studied photography at the Queensland College of Art. After 2 years of study, Scott was offered a cadetship at Sun Newspapers, Brisbane, in 1988. Scott moved to the north in 1993, working at the Townsville Bulletin and making his way up the ladder to the position of Chief Photographer, which he has held since 1998. In all, Scott has been associated with the News Limited group for some 28 years. Amongst his many achievements, Scott was a finalist in the Walkley Awards 2004 (Best Daily Life Photo), and has won Best News Photograph (2006) and Best Sports Photograph (2008) at the Queensland Media Awards.

IMAGE Strand Ephemera Photographic Competition judge Scott Radford-Chisholm IMAGE OPPOSITE Photograph by Diane Leakey depicting Ian Loiterton's artwork The End Game. This photograph was entered in the Strand Ephemera 2013 Photographic Competition.

INSTAGRAM Capture your Instagram moments! Join us at Strand Ephemera and share your favourite moments using the hashtag #StrandEphemera

The best photo uploaded as judged by way of popular vote will win $100! Voting closes at midnight on the final day of the exhibition, Sunday 9 August, 2015.

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WILSON/RYAN/GROSE LAWYERS

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD Love Strand Ephemera? Want to make sure your favourite artwork is recognised? Make sure you collect a voting slip for this year's wilson/ryan/grose lawyers People's Choice Award from any of the three Information Desks located on The Strand. The most popular artwork, as judged by Strand Ephemera visitors, will receive the People’s Choice Award of $2,000, proudly sponsored by wilson/ryan/grose lawyers. One lucky voter will win a 12 month membership to Gallery Services, Townsville, effective from January 2016. Entries may be lodged at the central Strand Ephemera Information Desk (near the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club) or Perc Tucker Regional Gallery by: 5pm Sunday 9 August, 2015.

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IMAGE OPPOSITE Strand Ephemera 2013 school tour visiting UnitingCare Community’s Whale Thong. Whale Thong was the winning work in the 2013 wilson/ryan/grose lawyers People's Choice Award.


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PROGRAMS OVERVIEW Over ten days, Strand Ephemera 2015 will offer so much more than just an amazing line-up of artworks to admire. The public program for this year’s Strand Ephemera features a variety of activities designed to complement and enhance the visitors’ experience of this wonderful ten-day event. The program features drop-in workshops by some of the artists from Strand Ephemera, along with amazing performances at the Rock Pool during the first week of the festival, and a series of Fringe Events showcasing the arts and cultural dynamism of our region. Workshops are programmed everyday during the festival and occur at various locations. Please refer to the Program timetable on the following pages for times, locations, and further information regarding the activity. All workshops are suitable for both adults and children. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout workshops. These workshops are free and are led by participating artists, with a variety of different activities ranging from sand sculpting, chalk art, through to weaving, clay modelling, and digital workshops!

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Guided tours take in the artworks along The Strand and are available upon request (prior bookings essential). You can also join in a number of scheduled tours at the nominated times, also available in the Program timetable following. The highlight tour as every year will be the Main Exhibition Tour, taking place from the Rock Pool at 9am Saturday 1 August, and featuring many of the participating artists speaking about their works. Please bring sensible footwear, sun protection, and water as the tour will walk the length of The Strand.

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Performances and Events will occur regularly throughout the festival. Take in dazzling shows at the Rock Pool by Polytoxic, catch some free musical entertainment (or have a hit of the keys yourself!) at the Pink Piano, discover and purchase some locally made arts and crafts at the Townsville Artist Market at the Pier Headland, watch acclaimed 3D Pavement Artist Jenny McCracken create a new artwork during Strand Ephemera, or watch some short films created by local talent LensCap Crew examining the identity of Townsville.

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The arts in Townsville truly comes alive during the festival so take the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the region has to offer. Please refer to the program for day-by-day listings to plan your visit, and read expanded information about some of these great opportunities in the Fringe Events section at the back of this publication.

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PROGRAMS REFERENCE TIMETABLE FRIDAY SATURDAY Main Exhibition Tour T When: 9am - 12pm Where: Beginning from the Rock Pool - The Strand

Sand Art Workshops When: 10am - 12pm Where: Strand Beach (central) - The Strand

This special tour of the all the works in Strand Ephemera will start at the Rock Pool near Erica Gray’s Venomous Blue and includes brief talks by participating artists at their works.

Develop your sculpting skills - create, invent, build and enjoy sand art with this year’s Strand Ephemera sand sculptors.

Townsville Artist Market When: 9am - 12pm Where: Pier Headland - The Strand

Pink Piano Performance PE JIG 'N' REEL When: 2 - 4pm Where: Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park -

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Enjoy the musical stylings of individual players and ensembles. The first Pink Piano performance is by JIG ‘N’ REEL, who will treat audiences to Irish music to dance and sing to.

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Learn how to vox pop and use professional journalism techniques to interview people to camera. Please bring a smart phone, iPad or camera.

Chalk Art Workshops W When: 3 - 5pm Where: Adjacent Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

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Join in and create pictures on The Strand, and see and learn some amazing techniques with this year's Strand Ephemera chalk artists.

The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand Paris is the city of love; New York never sleeps; but what about the identity of Townsville? The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

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Vox Popping Workshops LensCap Crew When: 4 - 6pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

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Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

Magical Travel Box La Luna Youth Arts When: 3 - 5pm Where: Near Strand Park - The Strand

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SUNDAY Sand Art Workshops When: 10am - 12pm Where: Strand Beach (central) - The Strand

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Fringe Ephemera at The Village When: 11am - 2pm Where: Wes Barrett Memorial Park

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Fringe Ephemera at The Village is on display throughout Strand Ephemera from Friday 31 July - Sunday 9 August. All are invited to join The Village and the participating artists for a special launch event. Free buses are available from The Strand:

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10:15am: Picnic Bay 10:20am: Gregory Street

1:30pm: The Village (return) Return to Gregory Street bus stop, and Picnic Bay bus stop. At this launch event you can enjoy art workshops, live music, food and drinks, and vote for your favourite piece of artwork for the People’s Choice Award!

Moon Jellyfish Workshop Lesley Kane When: 10am - 12pm Where: Near Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

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Meet artist Lesley Kane and create your own North Queensland stinger using disposable materials such as barbecue dessert plates and coloured ribbons. Paint it luminous so it glows in the dark and display it or wear it during an after-dark event during Strand Ephemera.

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Chalk Art Workshops W When: 3 - 5pm Where: Adjacent Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

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Join in and create pictures on The Strand, and see and learn some amazing techniques with this year's Strand Ephemera chalk artists.


Pink Piano Performance PE Townsville Concert Band When: 4 - 5pm Where: Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park -

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

Enjoy the musical stylings of individual players and ensembles. The second Pink Piano performance is by Townsville Concert Band.

Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

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Magical Travel Box La Luna Youth Arts When: 4 - 8pm Where: Near Strand Park - The Strand

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Participatory theatre – choose any place in the world, and any person you want to be, then create photographic proof of your transformation!

Trade Winds Polytoxic When: 6.30pm and 7.30pm sessions Where: The Rock Pool - The Strand

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Watch as two performers literally dance on the water illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections. Each scheduled performance lasts approximately 25 minutes.

The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

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MONDAY Weave the Reef | Love the Reef W Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. When: 3 - 5pm Where: Parkland opposite Oxley Street - The Strand Join Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. and artist Marion Gaemers to create coral reef structures using marine debris, ghost nets and recycled materials.

Fishy Finger Puppet Workshop Erica Gray When: 3 - 5pm Where: Near Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

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Work with exhibiting artist Erica Gray to transform fish-inspired imagery into 3D paper cut-out ‘fish finger’ finger puppets, or ‘catch of the day’ hats to wear and display.

Public Art Symposium When: 1.30 - 4.30pm Where: The Banquet Centre - The Brewery

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The Strand Ephemera Public Art Symposium brings together some of the leading minds involved in public art to discuss inspirational projects, and get a clearer picture of the future for public art in Townsville. Speakers in 2015 are Prof. Jason Pomeroy, Janet Echelman, and Carolyn Karnovsky and Kate Parker from the FORM Public Art team.

TUESDAY Someone I Know Workshop Jan Hynes When: 3 - 5pm Where: Near Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

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Work with artist Jan Hynes to design and make a card sculpture cut-out of someone you know. Attach your figure to a stick support and display it as part of Jan’s installation!

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Pink Piano Performance PE PINK LADIES When: 3 - 4pm Where: Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park

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The third Pink Piano performance is a piano and flute session from PINK LADIES.


The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

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Trade Winds Polytoxic When: 6.30pm and 7.30pm sessions Where: The Rock Pool - The Strand

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Guided Exhibition Tour T When: Begins from 3pm Where: Beginning from the Picnic Bay Surf Life

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Enjoy an informed and interactive guided tour of some of the works presented in the Strand Ephemera exhibition. Departs from the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club in the direction of the Rock Pool.

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TUESDAY Pink Piano Performance PE Kathleen Pomeroy When: 4 - 4.30pm Where: Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park

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The fourth Pink Piano performance is a selection of tunes by Kathleen Pomeroy.

Instagram and My Town Workshop LensCap Crew When: 4 - 6pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

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Take a walk with artist Margot Douglas and Michael Bromage and learn how to photograph Townsville. Take interesting photos with your phone, iPad or camera and publish them on the ABC.

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Weave the Reef | Love the Reef W Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. When: 3 - 5pm Where: Parkland opposite Oxley Street - The Strand

Time Lapse Video Workshop LensCap Crew When: 4 - 6pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Join Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. and artist Marion Gaemers to create coral reef structures using marine debris, ghost nets and recycled materials.

Learn how to make fascinating time-lapse video and publish it on the ABC with artist Jesse Midgley. Please bring a phone, iPad or dSLR camera.

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The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Trade Winds Polytoxic When: 6.30pm and 7.30pm sessions Where: The Rock Pool - The Strand

The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Watch as two performers literally dance on the water illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections. Each scheduled performance lasts approximately 25 minutes.

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The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

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THURSDAY Guided Exhibition Tour When: Begins from 2pm Where: Beginning from the Picnic Bay Surf Life

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Enjoy an informed and interactive guided tour of some of the works presented in the Strand Ephemera exhibition. Departs from the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club in the direction of Tobruk Pool.

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Pop-Up Ephemera St Patrick's College When: 6 - 7.30pm Where: The Verandah and Gardens

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Join St Patrick’s Lantern Parade - a procession of students carrying hand-made paper lanterns along The Strand, arriving at the College at 6.30pm.

Join St Patrick’s Pop-Up Ephemera - celebrating the creative and performing arts in education. Guests can view student artworks and enjoy choir, music and drama.

Stringing Along Workshop W Elizabeth Poole When: 3 - 5pm Where: Parkland opposite Oxley Street - The Strand

The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Have fun exploring and experimenting with string. Learn new techniques and discover the art of threading string though mesh to create patterns and 3D designs.

The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Cane Curving Workshop W MJ Ryan Bennett When: 3 - 5pm Where: Near Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club -

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

Bend and curve bamboo cane and be amazed at the organic sculptural structures that you construct. Strand Ephemera Artist MJ will guide and inspire you.

Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

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FRIDAY Weave the Reef | Love the Reef W Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. When: 3 - 5pm Where: Parkland opposite Oxley Street - The Strand

The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Join Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. and artist Marion Gaemers to create coral reef structures using marine debris, ghost nets and recycled materials.

The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

The Shape of Things Workshop Gabi Sturman When: 3 - 5pm Where: Near Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club -

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

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Play with clay and model and make animal shapes. Explore the idea and ways of creating your animals as silhouettes with artist Gabi Sturman.

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The Shape of Things Workshop W Gabi Sturman When: 10am - 12pm Where: Parkland opposite Oxley Street - The Strand Play with clay and model and make animal shapes. Explore the idea and ways of creating your animals as silhouettes with artist Gabi Sturman.


Saving Club - The Strand

Enjoy an informed and interactive guided tour of some of the works presented in the Strand Ephemera exhibition. Departs from the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club in the direction of Tobruk Pool.

Pink Piano Performance PE JIG 'N' REEL When: 2 - 4pm Where: Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park

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Enjoy the musical stylings of individual players and ensembles. JIG ‘N’ REEL return to treat audiences to Irish music to dance and sing to.

Light on the Fringe Umbrella Studio contemporary arts When: 6 - 9pm Where: Umbrella Studio contemporary arts

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Light on the Fringe is a collaborative new media project featuring multiple digital projections, sounds and moving images illuminating the outside east wall of the Umbrella Studio contemporary arts building.

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Twilight Exhibition Tour T When: Begins from 6pm Where: Beginning from the Picnic Bay Surf Life

Chalk Art Workshops W When: 3 - 5pm Where: Adjacent Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

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SATURDAY Magical Travel Box La Luna Youth Arts When: 4 - 8pm Where: Near Strand Park - The Strand

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Participatory theatre – choose any place in the world, and any person you want to be, then create photographic proof of your transformation!

Vox Popping Workshops LensCap Crew When: 4 - 6pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

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Learn how to vox pop and use professional journalism techniques to interview people to camera. Please bring a smart phone, iPad or camera.

SUNDAY Sand Art Workshops When: 10am - 12pm Where: Strand Beach (central) - The Strand

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Lantern Making Workshop W Zhi Qi Luo When: 10am - 12pm Where: Parkland opposite Oxley Street - The Strand Meet visiting artist Zhi Qi Luo from Foshan in China and learn how to make a lantern.


The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Pico Projectors LensCap Crew When: 6 - 8pm Where: Random locations - The Strand

Light on the Fringe Umbrella Studio contemporary arts When: 6 - 9pm Where: Umbrella Studio contemporary arts

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Light on the Fringe is a collaborative new media project featuring multiple digital projections, sounds and moving images illuminating the outside east wall of the Umbrella Studio contemporary arts building.

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Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

Pink Piano Performance PE LETTUCE DANCE BAND When: 10.30 - 11.30am Where: Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park -

Chalk Art Workshops W When: 3 - 5pm Where: Adjacent Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club

For the final Pink Piano performance, enjoy dance music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with the LETTUCE DANCE BAND.

Join in and create pictures on The Strand, and see and learn some amazing techniques with this year's Strand Ephemera chalk artists.

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The Identity of Townsville PE LensCap Crew When: 6 - 7pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand

Participatory theatre – choose any place in the world, and any person you want to be, then create photographic proof of your transformation!

The LensCap Crew will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” with answers screened along with ABC Open documentaries.

Twilight Exhibition Tour When: Begins from 6pm Where: Beginning from the Picnic Bay Surf Life

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Enjoy an informed and interactive guided tour of some of the works presented in the Strand Ephemera exhibition. Departs from the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club in the direction of the Rock Pool.

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Look out for mini projections appearing at random locations along The Strand courtesy of the LensCap Crew pico projectionists – people with tiny projectors. Discover movies, art, and conversations about the identity of Townsville.

Chalk: An Australian Perspective PE Film Screening (54 minutes) When: 7 - 8pm Where: Gregory Street Headland - The Strand Share in the excitement as Jenny McCracken wins gold and achieves her dream of becoming the first Australian Madonnara. Narrated by Charles Waterstreet, this film explores the art of street painting and the passion these artists have for chalk.

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TRADE WINDS

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6.30pm and 7.30pm sessions, Sunday 2 - Tuesday 4 August, 2015 (Performance lasts approximately 25 minutes)

Created and performed by Polytoxic Artwork: Samuel Tupou Animation: Pete Foley Production Manager: Justin Marshman Performers: Leah Shelton and Lisa Fa'alafi

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Enter the enchanting technicolour world of Polytoxic, where the traditions of the Pacific collide with the whims of pop culture. Trade Winds is a unique site-specific performance installation featuring Polytoxic's trademark physicality and striking visuals. Performed atop the water, this work re-imagines voyages, meetings and exchanges seen on the trade routes of the Pacific Ocean in a breathtakingly beautiful festival experience for all ages. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Trade Winds is co-produced by Metro Arts and Polytoxic. Trade Winds has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Trade Winds is the result of a collaboration between the innovative dance-theatre company Polytoxic, one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Pacific visual artists, Samuel Tupou, and talented animator Pete Foley.

Samuel Tupou is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Pacific visual artists whose artwork sets traditional Tongan Tapa patterns against the stylised images and wildly artificial colours of western pop culture.

Polytoxic is based in Brisbane, Australia, and creates work inspired by the traditions of the Pacific, the guts of physical performance and the crimes of pop-culture. Trade Winds was co-conceived and choreographed by Polytoxic Co-Directors Lisa Fa’alafi and Leah Shelton.

Pete Foley is an animator, illustrator and motion designer, whose distinct point of view holds references to Art Deco, minimalism, mythology and video game culture.

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IMAGE PREVIOUS SPREAD Trade Winds by Polytoxic Visuals by Samuel Tupou Photo by Sean Young IMAGE LEFT Trade Winds by Polytoxic Visuals by Samuel Tupou Photo by Jarrad Seng IMAGE RIGHT Trade Winds by Polytoxic Visuals by Samuel Tupou Photo by Vibrance Magazine

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PUBLIC ART SYMPOSIUM When: Where:

1.30 - 4.30pm Monday 3 August, 2015 The Banquet Centre - The Brewery 252 Flinders Street, Townsville

Strand Ephemera delves deeper into the possibilities, benefits, triumphs and challenges of public art through the Public Art Symposium. Presented at the beautiful Banquet Centre on the first floor of The Brewery, the Public Art Symposium has been made possible with the generous support of Arts Queensland and Townsville City Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund. The event features leading minds in public art with backgrounds in event coordination and arts administration, architecture and master planning, and creating amazing artworks for the public realm. Speakers of this quality and level of experience present a unique opportunity for local artists, architects and arts enthusiasts to tap into their wealth of knowledge in the field of public art and urban design. Please continue reading for more about this year's Public Art Symposium speakers.

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Presenting on FORM’s Art in Place program, Carolyn Karnovsky and Kate Parker will share a range of case studies at the crossroads of art, community and place. Art in Place utilises a number of platforms to enrich audience experience, build local capacity and express cultural identity. Carolyn and Kate will share insights into these platforms, including PUBLIC 2015 - a ten-day, international program that sees neighborhoods across Western Australia transformed by the creative talent of local, national and international street artists; and Land.Mark.Art, a unique program that takes Aboriginal visual artists through a hands-on, long-term process of design and three-dimensional artform development, to date resulting in 35 public art commissions and professional development for 70 Aboriginal artists living across Western Australia.

FORM is a not-for-profit cultural organisation that works to build a cultural and creative ecology for Western Australia; an ecology that values artistic excellence, improves arts access for all, and encourages the development of resilient and vibrant communities. FORM’s approach is embedded in research and development, and designed to create legacy projects that showcase outcomes across a full visual arts spectrum. FORM's projects grow from a process of co-creation, whereby they facilitate relationships between artists and communities to enable outcomes that are mutually relevant, authentic, and enduring. IMAGE Phlegm and Hense for PUBLIC 2015. Photographer Bewley Shaylor, image courtesy of FORM.

Carolyn Karnovsky Senior Art Consultant Since 2008, Carolyn has led the development of FORM’s Public Art Consultancy division, specialising in the brokering and project management of cultural infrastructure projects and the commissioning of creative talent from across Australia and overseas.

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Kate Parker Project Manager : Public Art Kate joined the FORM Public Art team in 2013 with over three years’ experience in the architecture industry. Kate specialises in project management, and artist/client liaison; delivering public art for both government infrastructure projects and private commercial developments.

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Society’s cultural practices, along with its climate, help shape the buildings and places in which we inhabit. Successful buildings and places have open ears and eyes - listening and looking intently at what people say and what they do. The ability to distill such observations of how society live, work and play is therefore key. Chameleon-like, we should absorb and adapt to our context in order to design successful built environments that are similarly chameleon like in being socially, economically, spatially, culturally, technologically and environmentally sensitive. Using case studies and footage from his popular TV series, Prof Pomeroy’s lecture seeks to demonstrate how distilling the essence of past cultures can inform the design of the present built environment; the lessons from which can be learned and disseminated for the benefit of future generations.

About Pomeroy Studio Pomeroy Studio is an international team of designers and thought leaders of sustainable built environments based in Singapore. The Studio comprises masterplanners, landscape architects, architects, interior and graphic designers, as well as sustainability consultants and academics. A knowledge base that applies a rigorous academic approach to quantitative and qualitative research compliments an interdisciplinary design process that lies at the foundation of their creative design decision-making.

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Jason Pomeroy | Founding Principal, Pomeroy Studio Prof. Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning British registered architect, masterplanner and academic at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda. He graduated with distinction from the Canterbury School of Architecture and Cambridge University, and is the Founding Principal of Pomeroy Studio. In addition to leading Pomeroy Studio, he is the author of two books, Skycourt and Skygarden:

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Greening the Urban Habitat (2014) and Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today (2011), and is a special professor at the University of Nottingham and the Universita IUAV di Venezia. He sits on the editorial board of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and is an active member of the Singapore Green Building Council. Jason also promotes the role and importance of architecture in society through his two television series on Singapore’s Channel NewsAsia, City Re:Design and City Time Traveller.

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Brian Robinson is of the Maluyligal and Wuthathi tribal groups of the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula. Born on Waiben (Thursday Island) and now Cairns-based, Brian is known for his printmaking, installation and public sculptures in which he uses a variety of techniques to produce bold, innovative and distinctive works. Robinson’s work has contributed significantly to his home environs of Cairns through a number of major public art installations including his monumental and iconic stainless steel woven sculptures installed on the Cairns Esplanade in 2003. His work reflects the tropical marine environment surrounding Waiben, and the inhabitants of that environment. It is an essential part of his life and culture, imbued with the customs, traditions and lifestyles of the Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as the mixed bloodlines and intercultural influences that are a feature of the broader expanse of Melanesia.

His work has featured in many exhibitions nationally and internationally, including in Berlin [Germany], Noumea [New Caledonia], Washington DC United States of America], Utrecht [Netherlands], as well as major national exhibitions like Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait and GOMA-Q: Contemporary Queensland Art at the Gallery of Modern Art [Brisbane], and currently Perc Tucker Regional Gallery’s exhibition Country & Western: landscape reimagined. Robinson will speak on his experiences developing work for the public realm. His public art commissions are handled exclusively through CREATIVEMOVE. Text and image sourced from www.creativemove.com.au IMAGE Brian Robinson Woven Fish 2003

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SAND SCULPTURES The Strand beaches will rise up in 2015, taking amazing new form thanks to the talents of three of the world's leading sand sculptors.

Townsville audiences will be treated to three large-scale sand sculptures by these three leading artists, prepared in time for Strand Ephemera's launch on Friday 31 July.

Visiting all the way from the South Padre Island in Texas, USA is Amazin' Walter, one of the world's most experienced sand sculptors.

For the location of the sand sculptures, please refer to the Artworks Reference Map within this publication.

Amazin' Walter first began sculpting with sand upon moving to South Padre Island in the 1980s. Over time Walter's castles have become increasingly extravagant, and he has been invited to show his works around the world. Amazin' Walter is also experienced in holding workshops and sharing his talent with members of the community. Leading Australian sand sculptors Peter Redmond, and Jino Van Bruinessen, the 2015 Sand Sculpting Champion, are also headed to Townsville. Peter and Jino are both part of the Sand Sculpting Australia team, managed by Sandstorm Events.

Amazin' Walter, Peter Redmond and Jino Van Bruinessen will remain in Townsville for the duration of Strand Ephemera, hosting daily workshops with local school students, and drop-in programs for the broader community. At these programs, you can meet and speak with the artists and try your hand at some introductory sand sculpting techniques. For more details about these sessions, including times, dates and locations, please read the Programs Reference Timetable within this publication.

Sandstorm Events was established in May 2004 by Sharon Redmond and operates from Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Since its launch, Sandstorm Events has run 25 major Sand Sculpting events ranging from 1500 tonnes through to 4000 tonnes throughout Australia with over 1. 2 million visitors enjoying these sand sculpture displays. The showpiece event – Sand Sculpting Australia – is held on the Frankston Waterfront and attracts upwards of 130,000 visitors to the region each year during the 4-month period that it is open.

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Amazin' Walter has competed in Masters Class Competitions since 1993 in Virginia Beach, where his team won second place at the North American Sandsculpting Championship. In 1994 he won the American Championship Competition at Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Amazin' Walter has won many awards and prizes since, and has been featured on numerous TV shows, from news to reality shows such as Sand Blasters, where the sculptures were blown up with black powder. His wealth of experience includes building a sculpture for Oprah, and recent awards include winning first place, sculptor's choice, and people's choice at the Duo Championship with partner John Gowdy in 2013. With his daughter, Amazin' Walter won third place and people's choice at the Texas Sandfest in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Possibly the oldest sand sculptor in captivity, Amazin' Walter has made a reputation for himself building castles and is best known for his arches. His competition and commercial work has carried him to China, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Taiwan, many cities in the USA and now finally to Australia! Amazin' Walter is also the Grand PoohBah of the Sons of the Beach, a nonprofit (dis)organisation dedicated to having fun, helping others have fun, and 'unlittering'! (To properly dispose of more garbage than you generate.) The North’s Sculpture Festival

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With a background in Graphic Design and Illustration, Peter Redmond started carving in sand as a ‘junior’ at Sand Sculpting Australia’s 2006 event at Rye. He learned quickly and used the experience as a springboard into other sand projects. Since this formative experience, Peter has worked steadily around Australia as part of the Sand Sculpting Australia team, creating unique works at festivals, events, shopping centres and smaller corporate jobs.

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Jino came to Australia over 30 years ago from the Netherlands, and presently lives in the Blue Mountains. He has worked in the Film and Television/Entertainment industry for over 19 years, starting out as a prop maker and sculptor/scenic artist, and progressively becoming more involved in concept and design. A one-off sand sculpture in 1992 led to a series of annual events, and Jino has now been working on the Sand Sculpting Australia team for over 11 years. Winning the Australian Sand Sculptor Title in 2004 and 2005 are amongst his many accomplishments. Earlier this year, Jino was awarded the 2015 Sand Sculpting Champion title on the Surfers Paradise Foreshore for his sculpture of Winnie the Pooh and friends. Jino's work interpreted this year’s theme of ‘Magical Friendships’ featuring Disney; the winning sculpture weighed in at more than 10 tonnes and took around 26 hours to create. Jino also took out the People's Choice Award. IMAGE Sandstorm Events Tackling the Mountain The North’s Sculpture Festival

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3D PAVEMENT ART In 2015, Strand Ephemera is set to feature two of Australia's finest 3D Pavement Artists; Jenny McCracken and Rudy Kistler. McCracken and Kistler will be creating two major works near Strand Park in preparation for the launch of Strand Ephemera on Friday 31 July. Members of the public will have the opportunity to engage with the artists and try their hand at chalk art each weekend of the festival, while school students will be scheduled to work alongside the artists from Monday 3 - Friday 7 August. Jenny McCracken will be developing a second major work during the festival, allowing Strand Ephemera visitors to watch the process of creation up-close, gaining greater insight into 3D Pavement Art. Viewers are also welcome to ask questions and engage in one-on-one dialogue with the artist. The Townsville community will help shape the outcome of this artwork, with a popular vote on The Strand set to decide what the final artwork will be! Closing Strand Ephemera in 2015 will be an outdoor screening of the film CHALK: An Australian Perpective. Having first aired on Foxtel's Studio Channel in August 2014, the documentary follows Australia’s Champion Pavement Artists Jenny McCracken and Anton Pulvirenti. The film takes viewers with the artists to the piazza of Grazie di Curtatone in Italy to compete at the Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari.

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CHALK: An Australian Perpective explores how this once dying art form has evolved and exploded in popularity around the world. The film also introduces audiences to Master Artist Kurt Wenner, the inventor of 3D Pavement Art. Narrated by Charles Waterstreet, CHALK: An Australian Perspective explores the art of street painting and the passion these artists have for chalk. For more details about the workshops and film screening, including times, dates and locations, please read the Programs section of this publication. McCracken and Kistler are managed by ZEST Events International, an Australian company that launched in 1998, working with artists to engage audiences and create memorable experiences through art. The ZEST team of artists and entertainers specialise in 3D Pavement Art, live art performances, murals, art workshops, conference and event activities, commissioned art, art management and consulting.

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Jenny McCracken’s background includes the development of scenic art, working in theatre production companies, leading teams of artists in producing sets and props for shows, musicals and special events. McCracken creates 3D Pavement Art, trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) murals, portraits, visual minutes and sculptures, and is experienced in delivering art workshops. She has won several international prizes and is Australia’s first Madonnara. In 2012 she won a gold medal for Australia in Lombardy, Italy at Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnaro, the world’s original and most prestigious street painting festival. McCracken has worked nationally and internationally at festivals, events, competitions and on corporate promotions since 1991. Since beginning work as a professional artist McCracken has been involved in and led many community, festival and youth projects at which she teaches specific chalk art skills or just generally facilitates fun with chalk outdoors.

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Having moved from Chicago, USA to Australia in 2001, Rudy Kistler is now based in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. His art has taken him through America, Japan and all corners of Australia, where he has developed a strong reputation for his entertaining banter and his artistic talents. Kistler brings his life experiences to his artwork; his pavement art is wonderfully interactive and live art performances are engaging. Kistler also has a passion for teaching in regional areas of Australia. For example, Rudy on the Run is an award-winning program of workshops that uses chalk art as a platform to engage interest in other subjects, such as literacy, mathematics, the environment and Australian history.

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Strand Ephemera sees the return of the southern hemisphere’s only LEGO® Certified Professional Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman! McNaught was last in Townsville for the landmark Perc Tucker Regional Gallery exhibition Brick by Brick in 2013/2014.

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'THE BRICKMAN' RYAN McNAUGHT McNaught has created ten new works specifically for display in this year's Strand Ephemera festival. Each of the ten sculptures has a particularly tropical flavour, such as the seagull pictured opposite. The sculptures are positioned in trees throughout The Strand, but you won't find their locations marked on any map! Instead, young (and young-at-heart) visitors are encouraged to get a copy of the free Activity Book from one of the three Visitor Information Desks. Doug the Dugong will be your Activity Book guide, and also provide some very handy clues to help you identify and find Ryan McNaught's ten sculptures. Happy hunting!

IMAGE OPPOSITE Seagull sculpture by Ryan 'The Brickman' McNaught

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THE PINK PIANO

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Friday 31 July - Sunday 9 August, 2015 Pathway between the Pier and Strand Park - The Strand (look for on-site signage)

It's back! Originally included in Strand Ephemera 2009 as an artwork by Jan Hynes, the Pink Piano will be at Strand Ephemera from Friday 31 July until Sunday 9 August for public use. Members of the public are welcome to use the Pink Piano and fill the air with sweet (or jangly!) music. To ensure the Pink Piano's availability, please reference the timetable in the Programs section of this publication for scheduled performances, and contact Philippa Johnson to book your spot.

As this is an instrument exposed to the elements, the piano is in 'honky-tonk' mode - it’s fun and it’s also the meeting point for individual players or ensembles of other instruments; string, wind or brass can meet at the Pink Piano to play for the public. With Strand Ephemera this year coinciding with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, also be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled as you may just be treated to some surprise public performances by one of the world's best musicians (using one of the world's humblest instruments).

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3 - 5pm Monday 3, Wednesday 5, Friday 7 August, 2015

Parkland near Oxley Street intersection - The Strand (look for on-site signage)

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WEAVE THE REEF | LOVE THE REEF Join members of Fibres and Fabrics Association Inc. with artist Marion Gaemers in this series of free, popup community workshops. The Weave the Reef | Love the Reef workshop series has been running monthly in the Townsville CBD since April 2015, and will culminate in a large installation at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Flinders Street during the major exhibition REEF, to be launched in December. Participants will be guided in creating coral reef structures from marine debris, recycled clothing and crochet, including ghost nets and rubbish collected from Tangaroa Blue Foundation Beach Clean Ups. Components of the community artwork resulting from previous workshops will also be displayed as part of Strand Ephemera.

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LA LUNA YOUTH ARTS

MAGICAL TRAVEL BOX

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3 - 5pm Saturday 1 4 - 8pm Sunday 2 August 4 - 8pm Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 August Near Strand Park - The Strand (look for on-site signage)

Fancy a journey to a famous city, country villa, sandy desert or snow-capped mountain? Keen to hang out in a cobble stone alley in the past or a space station in the future? Always wanted to be a baker, spy or dancer? Pop into the Magical Travel Box, choose your destination, change your identity and create photographic evidence of your secret holiday escape. The Magical Travel Box shifts the focus of creativity from actors and authors to the community by creating circumstances where the audience entertain themselves. This breaks from tradition by actively involving the audience in creating their own small ‘charades-like' shows and inspiring mass participation by people who normally don’t engage in theatre or are too shy to perform in front of crowds.

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The community participates in a performance which follows their own vision, becoming the creative forces of the project. Innovative forms of theatre, like participatory theatre, build community capacity and stimulate positive social values for the arts. Artists Shane Keen and John Bradshaw will help you create your great escape. Choose a projected background, select a costume and pose for the camera to record your transformation. Find your photo on Instagram at #lalunayoutharts and #StrandEphemera

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TOWNSVILLE ARTIST MARKET When: Where:

9am - 12pm Saturday 1 August, 2015 Pier Headland - The Strand (look for on-site signage)

For one time only, the popular Townsville Artist Market will be appearing on The Strand during Strand Ephemera! Normally staged at the picturesque Riverway Art Centre, the event will add to the Strand Ephemera festivities, with stalls to be centred around the Pier Headland. The Market coincides with the Main Artist Tour, providing a prime opportunity to walk The Strand in the company of participating artists, learn more about the works on display, and pick up a creative gift by one of the dedicated artists and crafts people from the region. The Townsville Artist Market features fine art, jewellery and fashion, one-of-a-kind gifts and homemade food. There is entertainment for everyone, including local musicians and roaming entertainment. The mix of art, craft and music at the Townsville Artist Market will make for a fabulous day out.

New stall holders and entertainers are always welcome. Community and cultural groups are encouraged to get involved. A site fee of $10 applies. Stalls must be art or craft. Please contact Pinnacles Gallery for information and bookings: (07) 4773 8871 pinnacles@townsville.qld.gov.au

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THE IDENTITY OF TOWNSVILLE FILMMAKING

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4 - 6pm on selected dates. Please refer to the Programs Reference Timetable for dates Gregory Street Headland

Bring your phone, iPad or camera to these drop-in vox pop workshops. Learn how to make interesting videos, interview people and help reveal the identity of Townsville. Your video interviews could end up on the Gregory Street Headland big screen!

6 - 8pm Friday 31 July Sunday 9 August, 2015 (excl. Sat 1 August during Strand Ephemera launch)

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To discover the identity of Townsville, the LensCap Crew digital storytelling club will interview visitors on The Strand, asking “What is your Townsville?” The answers can be seen on the big screen at Gregory Street Headland from 6-8pm each night throughout Strand Ephemera, along with ABC Open documentaries featuring local residents. Mini projections will also appear at various locations along The Strand.

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FRINGE EVENTS OVERVIEW In 2013, Strand Ephemera promoted a series of Fringe Events for the first time. These events, organised and delivered by hard working and talented Townsville artists and arts organisations, were supported through inclusion in Strand Ephemera publications and cross-promotion throughout the festival. These events complemented Strand Ephemera’s program, built on public engagement and further developed mutually-supportive arts relationships within the Townsville region. Most significantly, they painted a true picture of the vibrant arts and creative community of Townsville and the host of possibilities for locals and visitors alike. In 2015, Strand Ephemera is proud to support by showcasing the different programs and events coinciding with the North's Sculpture Festival, headlined by the nationally recognised Australian Festival of Chamber Music. The AFCM offers a star-studded program of musical performances, including the free concert headlined by THE 1812!, performed at Queens Gardens and supported by Townsville City Council.

Fringe Ephemera at The Village offers eight more amazing artworks to admire during Strand Ephemera. A free bus service from The Strand is offered for a launch celebration on the morning of Sunday 2 August. The launch will be a fun-filled affair with workshops, music, food and drinks also available. Umbrella Studio contemporary arts once again showcases work by talented north Queensland digital artists with the two-night digital projection event, Light on the Fringe. Throughout Strand Ephemera, be sure to also check out Umbrella's program of exhibitions. Landmark exhibitions are also on show in Townsville's regional gallery venues, with Pinnacles Gallery displaying A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art; and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery showing the Gavin Wilson-curated Country & Western: landscape re-imagined. Schools have been more involved in Strand Ephemera than ever before in 2015, and this has extended to Fringe Events, with St Patrick's College organising a Lantern Parade and Pop-Up Ephemera that will provide a glimpse of the region's future art stars. While in Townsville for Strand Ephemera, be sure to check out all the region has to offer.

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IMAGE Daniel de Borah performs at the 2014 Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Photo: Andrew Rankin

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The world’s finest music in Townsville this August The 25th Anniversary Australian Festival of Chamber Music When: Friday 31 July – Saturday 8 August, 2015 Where: Townsville, North Queensland Cost: Tickets from $47 | Families’ Concert $20 The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents a brilliant 9 day program in Townsville that includes 30 of the world’s finest musicians and over 25 concerts and special events. There’s something for everyone including one-hour Sunset concerts, evening concerts with world premieres, two entertaining Concert Crawls, a Families’ Concert, a big Free Concert in Queens Gardens and much more! afcm.com.au 1800 44 99 77

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International pianist Piotr Anderszewski to perform exclusively in Townsville

Don’t miss your chance to hear this exceptional artist live. Families’ Concert – The Little Sweep

FREE Concert in Queens Gardens – THE 1812!

This short opera tells the tale of a young sweep who gets stuck up a chimney and is rescued by plucky children who plot to keep him safe. Combining local talent with visiting Festival artists from around the world this is an entertaining concert that the whole family will enjoy.

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2.30pm Saturday 1 August, 2015 Townsville Civic Theatre $20 Adults | $10 Children

Bring the family and enjoy some of the best musicians in the world performing in the beautiful leafy Queens Gardens. This free concert presented by AFCM and Townsville City Council includes the 1RAR band and the Barrier Reef Orchestra collaborating with visiting musicians including the fabulously talented Amy Dickson on saxophone.

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3pm Sunday 2 August, 2015 Queens Gardens Bach by Candlelight featuring Piotr Anderszewski

The 25th Anniversary Long Table Lunch Bask in the sunshine and admire the ocean view while sipping on French champagne, enjoying canapés and a two course lunch with matching wines. With one long table set for 150 guests and music performed by the Festival’s young professionals, it really is a splendid way to spend the day!

This hugely popular concert presents a delightful program of Bach with performances by legendary pianist Piotr Anderszewski, American artist Lorna McGhee (flute), UK’s Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Australia’s most prestigious quartet, the Goldner String Quartet.

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1pm Tuesday 4 August, 2015 The Strand, Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club $200

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Hailed as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, European pianist Piotr Anderszewski will perform exclusively at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Anderszewski will perform four concerts including the Governor’s Gala on Saturday 1 August.

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8pm Wednesday 5 August, 2015 Townsville Civic Theatre $68 Adults | $61 Members | $65 Concession | $26 Students Under 26

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To further celebrate Strand Ephemera, The Village is proud to be showcasing the work of nationally acclaimed artists at Fringe Ephemera at The Village. Fringe Ephemera at The Village is on display throughout Strand Ephemera from Friday 31 July - Sunday 9 August. All are invited to join The Village and the participating artists for a special launch event. At this launch event you can enjoy art workshops, live music, food and drinks, and vote for your favourite piece of artwork for the People’s Choice Award!

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11am Sunday 2 August, 2015 Wes Barrett Memorial Park The Village Riveredge Blvd Oonoonba QLD 4811

Jump on the bus from The Strand and head out to The Village for the launch on Sunday 2 August! Bus services from The Strand to Fringe Ephemera at The Village available:

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10:15am: Picnic Bay 10:20am: Gregory Street

Return: 1:30pm: The Village

Return to Gregory Street bus stop, and Picnic Bay bus stop. For more about Fringe Ephemera at The Village, contact: Karen Moran (07) 3452 7927 karen.moran@dilgp.qld.gov.au

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Lillian Del Papa | Sue Bright | Adriaan Vanderlught | Scotia Monkivitch and Jo Cruikshanks | Ebony Russell | Birgit Grepentin | Yifang Lu | Oonoonba State School students working with artist Ebony Russell To find out more about how you can live riverside, cityside at The Village, visit or contact us at: Riveredge Boulevard Oonoonba QLD 4811 1300 650 689 www.thevillagetownsville.com.au www.facebook.com/TheVillageEstate

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IMAGE Adriaan Vanderlugt Commercialising the Reef 2015 60 x 65 x 125 cm Aluminium and powder-coated aluminium

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THE It’s easy to feel right at home in a beautiful community like The Village. No wonder those who have already settled there would overwhelmingly recommend the move. Along the meandering Ross River, surrounded by nature, parks and greenery, it’s a lifestyle second to none. Located just 3.5km from the CBD, being so close to work, schools and the centre of town makes life a breeze and gives you so much more time to enjoy everything The Village has to offer…like the 1.6km of riverfront pathways and the one-hectare park equipped with BBQ, picnic shelters and play equipment.

On completion, The Village will deliver over 1,000 homes and feature a mixed-use precinct that will facilitate a combination of retail and community space. To find out more about how you can live riverside, cityside at The Village, visit us at Riveredge Boulevard, Oonoonba or call 1300 650 689. Visit us online at www.thevillagetownsville.com.au

The Village is proud to offer a wide range of home designs and land only options that cater to your individual and family needs. Working with a variety of leading Townsville builders, The Village is focused on delivering modern, sophisticated homes that suit all lifestyles. This masterfully designed estate will deliver an ecologically sustainable residential community that incorporates established trees, embraces the river and includes a network of open parks that will link the existing river front access from Fairfield Waters to the Abbott Street pedestrian cycle bridge.

IMAGE OPPOSITE Scotia Monkivitch and Jo Cruickshanks Walking Boarders 2015 Paper, sand 5.8 x 15.2 cm each

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When: Where:

6 – 9pm Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August, 2015 Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, 482 Flinders Street, Townsville

Light on the Fringe is a collaborative new media project featuring multiple digital projections, sounds and moving images illuminating the outside east wall of the Umbrella Studio contemporary arts building. A variety of new media artists including James Cook University students and Umbrella Studio contemporary arts members have come together to develop these works. Light on the Fringe is coordinated by Aaron Ashley, visual artist and selected entrant in this year's Strand Ephemera.

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IMAGE ABOVE Light on the Fringe 2013

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the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art

PINNACLES GALLERY 19 JUNE - 16 AUGUST 2015 A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art is a ground breaking exhibition that explores how two distinct industries - tattooing and contemporary art are becoming increasingly interconnected.

Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre, 20 Village Blvd (07) 4773 8871 pinnacles@townsville.qld.gov.au www.bit.ly/pinntcc @TCC_Pinnacles /PinnaclesTCC Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

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The works featured in the exhibition are by local, national and international tattoo and contemporary artists, and evidence a crossover of styles, technology and techniques, themes and iconography.

A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Research has been supported through the Darling Travel Grants | Domestic, administered by the Gordon Darling Foundation

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IMAGE eX de Medici Mother Skull [detail] 2006 Watercolour and metallic pigment on paper, 109 x 114 cm Private Collection of Kate Dulhunty. © eX de Medici

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Country &Western landscape re-imagined A Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Exhibition Curated by Gavin Wilson 24 July - 20 September 2015 Gazing across the nation’s landscape, artists have referenced the past, the future and the ever present, to identify and give a sense of place to the space they occupy. The experience can be grounded in the physical reality of a site, along with its deep, often-elusive spiritual associations. Country & Western: landscape re-imagined brings into focus the contrasting insights and cultural imperatives, both Indigenous (country) and non-Indigenous (western), that have given shape and substance to our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past 25 years.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Cnr Denham and Flinders Street (07) 4727 9011 ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au www.bit.ly/ptrgtcc

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@TCC_PercTucker /PercTuckerTCC Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 10am - 2pm

In traversing the Australian landscape through a disparate body of work by a significant group of 37 artists working in various media, the exhibition reaffirms the impact landscape exerts on the national psyche.

IMAGE OPPOSITE Angelina George b. 1937 - 2015 Yungul Mangi Near Ruined City [detail] 2007 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 160 x 200 cm Purchased 2008, Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory Collection Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award winning painting

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ST PATRICK’S

POP-UP EPHEMERA & LANTERN PARADE Lantern Parade When: Begins 6pm Wednesday 5 August, 2015 Where: Begins from St. Patrick's College and

proceeds towards Gregory Street Headland before returning

Join us for the St Patrick’s Lantern Parade - celebrating the creative and performing arts in education. The event will commence with a hand-made paper lantern parade involving students from St Patrick’s College and St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand.

Pop-Up Ephemera When: 6 - 7.30pm Wednesday 5 August, 2015 Where: The Verandah and Gardens

St Patrick’s College - The Strand

Following the Lantern Parade, guests are invited to attend St Patrick's Pop-Up Ephemera and view the displays of student artwork and enjoy choir, music and drama performances on The Verandah and front gardens of the College. Canapés will be served and drinks will be available.

The parade will proceed along The Strand beachfront and arrive at the College by 6.30pm.

St Patrick's College 45 The Strand (07) 4753 0300 office@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au www.stpatscollege.qld.edu.au

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IMAGE OPPOSITE Paper lanterns made by students from St Patrick’s College and St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand


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SPONSORS

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS Strand Ephemera is organised and funded by Gallery Services, Townsville City Council, with the generous support of numerous sponsors, supporters and partners who enable the delivery of specific prizes and components of the exhibition. This additional support enables Gallery Services to go beyond its base level and provide an exhibition that delights the general public and attracts visitors to the region. Gallery Services and Townsville City Council wish to thank all of the Strand Ephemera sponsors, supporters and partners for their invaluable contributions.

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