Blue Mountains arts projects rolling out in 2019

Blue Mountains artists met recently to share their exciting projects for 2019 with the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust advisory committee.

Chair of the City of the Arts Trust Advisory Committee, Cr Don McGregor said “it was a real pleasure to meet our very talented grant partners in person and it was a terrific opportunity for them to meet each other and talk about their exciting projects with the committee”.

 From left, Councillor Don McGregor with advisory committee members and grant partners Alex Gooding;  Jenny Day, Veechi Stuart, Camille Walsh, Grace Kim, Faye Wilson Jo Clancy, Tracy Miles, Margaret Davis, Saskia Everingham, Peter Shoemark and Julie Ankers.

From left, Councillor Don McGregor with advisory committee members and grant partners Alex Gooding; Jenny Day, Veechi Stuart, Camille Walsh, Grace Kim, Faye Wilson Jo Clancy, Tracy Miles, Margaret Davis, Saskia Everingham, Peter Shoemark and Julie Ankers.

Projects are already underway.

In early January, Wiradjuri dance artist Jo Clancy presented Yindyang – a dance and video installation – developed with Wiradjuri videographer Jamie Murray, Darug singer songwriter Jacinta Tobin and the Wagana Dancers, using slow media techniques advised by Vancouver filmmaker Gregory Coyes. The project was mentored by Aunty Carol Cooper.

And the young mentees of Faye Wilson’s ‘Blume Illustration Mentorship Project’ are currently developing practical experience in the creative fields of design, illustration and writing. 

Saskia Everingham is curating her exhibition, Sensa Flora, with 10 Blue Mountains women textile artists at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and Margaret Davis will deliver another high quality theatre event – Eating Pomegranates – combining physical theatre and social dance forms. Camille Walsh’s “Lanterns on the Lake” will be an ephemeral cultural arts event at Wentworth Falls Lake, and Varuna-National Writers’ House  is supporting  talented young people from across the Blue Mountains with the ‘City of the Arts Generation of New Writers’ project.

“The diversity of the 2019 projects promises to deliver a fabulous program of high quality cultural experiences for our community this year,” said Cr McGregor.