Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Outsiders Festival - Adelaide 2010
29 August - 26 September
The West Torrens Auditorium
1, Brooker Terrace, Hilton, 5033

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Nicole Cornes earns $ 93000

I have no problem for people to earn a crust, nor for people to go on recruiting trips to resolve the skills shortage issues in Australia. I don't want a job that pays $100k, I would be happy to just have a part time job to be able to buy more art and painting materials.
Is that too much to ask, Honourable Mike Rann?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Property Council's George Inglis calls Adelaide a 'pathetic backwater' on Twitter

"We had a chance to make this city great, but now parochial bullshit and political pettiness has killed it.

"Let's all move to Melbourne and let this sh!thole fester in its own juices.

"It's easy to blame Nth Adelaide & parklands nuts for our problems, but when we all want everything for nothing, nothing will happen."

I know it sounds harsh and I am fighting so hard to change this view in my blog, but I must admit sometimes it is so difficult.

I cannot find a job in this town, the grant I've applied for has been rejected and I get no support from the government for the Outsiders Festival.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New hope

I read with joy this article.
I sincerely hope that something good will come out of this.
I am increasingly optimistic about the future of this town.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Finally, some good news!

So glad to see real talent appreciated in the rust bucket transformed in backwater and hopefully a true art centre in the near future thanks to acts like this.
CHARCOAL artist Kim Buck has won South Australia's top award for an arts graduate with her incredibly detailed drawings of human beings in motion.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's not just me

Peter Goers writes much better than I could ever hoped to write about the state of the South Australian Art Gallery here:

It is very refreshing to read true stories about naked emperors.

I totally agree with Peter and now that the elections are over, the arts minister can relax and stop spending on smoke and mirrors to please the masses and get re-elected, and focus on promoting some real art.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stone's Throw - Adelaide Central Gallery

Opened by Nic Folland, artist On Friday 19 March 2010

Exhibition concludes 17 April 2010

Curated by ACSA graduate and lecturer Julia Robinson, Stone’s Throw surveys the sculptural work of five ACSA graduates Lauren Andersen, Mary Coventry, Kate Benda, Kate Morkuna and Renate Nisi.

The significance we attach to everyday objects is often less about their common function and more about our relationship to them, their potential to trigger memories, stimulate thoughts and imaginings. Adelaide Central Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Stone’s Throw promises a broad spectrum of sculptural approaches linked by notions of the everyday.

Whilst there was no strict thematic premise for the show, “the title of the exhibition was chosen to speak of a specific physicality pertinent to sculptors of all disciplines” says Robinson...”a physicality suggested by the verb ‘throw’ and the noun ‘stone’ ”.

Kate Morkunas’ gentle wire sculptures of everyday objects, seem to speak of a glass half full whilst Kate Benda uses found and collected books to consider similar ideas of the power of ordinary objects to enrich our lives and carry meaning.

Mary Coventry also takes the everyday object as a starting point but pushes the physicality of the object to its limit. Renate Nisi’s works rather than being grounded in the everyday object, fuses the man made with the mystical as mountains become skyscrapers whilst Lauren Anderson’s work has consistently explored the sticky territory of the visual pun, defying you to laugh.

For further information or images please contact Prue Gramp, Gallery Manager, on (08) 8364 2809 or

Images attached: (D) Kate Benda, a pile of books on the floor, 2010, mixed media, 200 x 200mm. (U) Kate Morkunas, wire drawing 1, wire, dimensions variable

Adelaide Central Gallery

45 Osmond Terrace, Norwood SA 5067

T +618 8364 2809



Opening Hours:

Mon–Fri 9am–5pm,

Sat 11am–4pm

Gallery closed Easter holidays

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Outsiders on Sturt Street

A significant event in the artistic calendar of the Mad March and beyond is the Outsiders on Sturt Street, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

The exhibition closes on 7 April 2010.

Featuring important works by some of the prominent artists presented in the Outsiders Festival 2009, the exhibition is a celebration of the human creativity, in spite of adversity.

The exhibition celebrates the works of disabled, destitute, untrained, self-taught or marginalised artists.
The quality of their work is remarkable and, as the Minister for Education commented at the opening, extremely affordable.

Do yourselves a favour and spend a few minutes admiring the show.
And if you like something, don't hesitate to comment in the visitor's book and to buy what you like.

Thank you.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Murray Edwards - Enticement

One of the masters of pastel landscaped, Murray Edwards is showing some of his melancholic pieces at Artistic License gallery and studio.
It is a show that should entice you to visit his Corella studio in the Clare valley.
It is well worth the trip, as you get to meet a fascinating man, a lovely character, and to see one of the most beautiful sceneries this country has to offer.

I would strongly encourage you to visit the show. It closes on the 1st of April.

It is part of a group exhibition with works by Grace Delaney, Tracey Grivell and Amanda Rodney.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spamalot at the Northern Light Theatre Company

A delightful production, full of fun, great voices, terrific acting, a show to remember. A must see show, even if you have to walk to Elizabeth.

About Spamalot from the Northern Light Company's website:

"Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle

Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle

Director: Michael Pole

Musical Director: Peter Johns

Choreographer: Sue Pole

Finally, "Spamalot!" the hit Broadway and West End Musical that set Musical theatre back 100 years comes to Adelaide and goes Beyond The Fringe!

Starring the cream of Adelaide's theatrical talent, and acted with panache, precision, and many other words beginning with "P", this is Python's silliest and funniest film transformed to the big stage, in a presentation of a multi-Tony-award-winning production.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" live on stage… featuring all of the film's most famous sequences - the French taunters who speak in the most outrageous of accents - the Killer Rabbit - the suicidal and limbless Black Knight - the Knights who say 'Ni' and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Watch in amazement as King Arthur and his faithful servant Patsy "ride" (with the assistance of coconuts) the breadth of England to seek the most holy of Grails - on a mission from God himself (who makes a charming guest appearance by special arrangement in Act 1) - with the assistance of his faithful knights:

The brave Sir Lancelot - the heroic Sir Bedevere - the charming Sir Galahad - and the not-so-brave Sir Robin who nearly vanquished the vicious Chicken of Bristol and personally wet himself at the battle of Baden Hill!

Fall in love with the luscious Lady of the Lake and her stunning Laker Girls!

Be amazed at the class, chintz and sheer cheapness of this production!

Marvel as our heroes do battle with their fearsome adversaries and wonder just how far they can go before being arrested for being silly things!

And remember - what happens in Camelot…stays in Camelot!"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2010

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2010

Friday 19 February to Sunday 14 March

Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground

King William Road, Adelaide

Just a few days left to see a great exhibition.

A very pleasant surprise and an indication of good things to come in Adelaide.

This year's exhibition includes some very interesting ideas, a variety of materials and techniques, in a very attractive and comfortable setting.

It is so refreshing and encouraging to see that new talent exists and is recognised and promoted in Adelaide.

Artists: Sophia Bersée, Zoë Brooks, Thom Buchanan, Kim Buck, Matthew Cronin, Carolina Facelli, Cathy Frawley, Klaus Gutowski, Ray Harris, Shaw Hendry, Elizabeth Hetzel, Scott James, Anik Janyooyan, Michelle Jones, Ros Matson, Wayne McAra, Astra Parker, Rachael Polson, Brooke Randall, Gina Ray-Zwar, Guy Ringwood, Joshua Searson, Shelley Smith, Andrea Taylor, CJ Taylor, Alessandra Tomeo, Lyn Wood, Jaime Z

A must see, if you are in Adelaide.

The very good news is that the comprehensive catalogue has been posted online, for those who cannot make it. Enjoy.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Adelaide Festival opening night

French pyrotechnics company Groupe F, the artists behind the Eiffel Tower's millennium display and London's new year celebrations have offered the only free event in the Adelaide Festival with a combination of smoke and fireworks.

While the fireworks could be seen and heard by all, the men with spinning fire wheels on their backs could not be seen by everyone on the ground.

It was the perfect occasion for the Premier Mike Rann for another election appearance, amongst boos and cheers from the crowd.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Outsiders at the Fringe Parade

The Outsiders getting ready to march in front of 100000 people in the Fringe parade.
A beautiful hot day in Adelaide and the Outsiders, in their first year of existence, have not disappointed.
Their colourful and simple message Art for all and All for art was very well received by an estimated 100000 cheering fans.
The journey continues.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My questions to Mike Rann

As the minister for the Arts, when was the last time you have visited a gallery?
Are you going to support the Outsiders festival?


A group exhibition of visual artwork inspired by aspects of the familiar.
February 18 - March 14 2010
Opening times:
Thursdays - Fridays, 4-8 pm
Saturdays - Sundays, 11 am - 5 pm
School of Practical Philosophy, Crosby Hall,
69 Prospect Road, Prospect

Alex Bickford, NEAMI Arts Coordinator 8240 2566
NEAMI - Improving mental health & wellbeing in local communities.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Opening at the Highway Inn - the Greenhill Galleries

Rebecca and Sara Prince

when WILLSY chats about her TV/Movie/Showbiz careers
with RUSSELL STARKE & launches the arts careers of
(Rebecca is an artist, Sara a photographer)


Friday, February 12, 2010

Little rant about the Central Market

The Central Market is considered one of the attractions of this beautiful city.
For anyone visiting the markets, the most convenient solution would be to drive down Gouger Street and park at the markets.
Only problem, the brain that runs the car park has a mind of its own. It believes the car park to be full when there are hundreds of free spaces. As a result, cars have to spend a very very long time on the ramp until said brain decides that there are some free spaces.
To anyone with some common sense solving this problem would mean emptying the car park for five minutes (at night, for example) and re-setting the brain that runs the car park.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Not so bad, after all

Cities in Canada and Australia are most liveable in the world
Canadian and Australian cities account for eight of the top ten spots in the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest liveability ranking. Vancouver (Canada) continues to top the Economist Intelligence Unit's global liveability survey with a score of 98%, which bodes well for visitors during the Winter Olympics this year.
All of the top ten cities achieve scores of over 95% and almost half of the cities surveyed (64 of 140) score more than 80% which puts them in the very top tier of liveability. For most cities liveability has been unaffected by the global downturn, which may have hit wages and prices but has had less of an impact on factors that the survey measures like infrastructure or crime levels.

A recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit sows Adelaide at number 8, together with Perth.
Not bad, after all.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Not happy, Rann!

SOUTH Australia has become one of the few states in the world to censor the internet.,1,26665381-5006301,00.html

Stefan Maguran - 5038 - for compliance

Friday, January 29, 2010

Neil Sheppard at Artistic License Gallery

One of the most prolific artists I've ever met, Neil Sheppard continues his journey into discovering new themes and styles. A must see exhibition.
A real pleasure to see a politician touching a painting.

(The Leader of the opposition, Isobel Redmond opening the Neil Sheppard show at Artistic License Gallery).
Funny thing - I was there and she didn't drive off.

In fairness, Ms. Chantelois wasn't there either.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Fleurieu Art Prize - Australia’s richest art prize - will move to 2011

Just when I thought nothing can be worse that the Premier cancelling his presence and opening of the traditional Australia Day Art show at the Greenhill Galleries, thanks to Jim Thalassoudis we learn in consternation about the cancellation of the Fleurieu Art Prize for 2011
The Government would not say how much it paid Lance Armstrong to be in Adelaide for the Tour Downunder, but one has to wonder.

Is Adelaide the backwater of Australia?
I'm glad you asked.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Open letter to the Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Mike Rann

Good afternoon, and thank you for taking the time to read my message.

I am disheartened to hear about South Australia losing tourism dollars to other states due to the lack of funding in the arts and I have decided to do something about that. I would appreciate your consideration and help on the matter.
A bit about myself.
I am a 52 years old Electronics Engineer and Project manager originally from Romania, now living in Adelaide.
I have Masters degree from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest and 17 years ago I came to Australia, after a few years in Research in Romania, to help fill in the skills shortage in my field.
I could never find work in Australia in research, apart from six months with a small enterprise in biotechnology that went bust.
My 17 years in Australia have been dedicated to moving manufacturing offshore, a very sad endeavour for our state.

After successfully making my jobs redundant so many times, I have become unemployed again.
One doesn't have to be Premier to realise that at 52 the chances of finding meaningful (even menial) employment are extremely slim.
I am a living example of a policy based on innuendo regarding the skills shortages in this country.
At the moment I am using my right hand side of the brain by painting abstract and impressionistic paintings which reveal my journey through a range of mediums and techniques to keep the brain evenly, but not fully, occupied.

I am also organising the second edition of the Outsiders Festival - Adelaide - September 2010.
After the success of the first Outsiders Festival, there is a very strong interest in the festival from interstate and overseas.

Hearing that you are philanthropists amongst other endeavours, I am writing to you to ask for help.
Money would help in advertising the event and pay my bills, a dedicated space for a permanent exhibition would no doubt make the Outsiders an all-year-round event.

Many thanks, in advance.

Faithfully Yours,

Stefan Maguran

Monday, January 11, 2010

ART Gallery of SA director Christopher Menz has refused to renew his contract in protest at inadequate State Government funding.

It is increasingly difficult, with the local government ignoring the arts to combat the Victorian theory about Adelaide.
A shameful day for the State.,22606,26578467-5006301,00.html

Monday, January 4, 2010