Friday, March 11, 2011

Artful-e: Issue 16.00

EDITION SIXTEEN: An Incomplete Manifest

Electronic Alert for a Growing List of Creative People in and around Cairns
(717 readers, and a handful more tomorrow)

"What we need is more people who specialise in the impossible."  
— Theodore Roethke



The 2011 Cairns Festival: 50 Years Under a Tropical Sun,  will be held from 19 August to 4 September (and there may even be some cool events outside of those dates). We won't announce the full season until June, but there are some exciting developments on the horizon. The 2011 Festival is seeking expressions of interest and event/project proposals from artists, organisations, and producers everywhere. The submission process will be posted to the Cairns Festival website on Monday, and proposals accepted until 15 April. The guidelines will also include new participation areas and program venues designed to support individual artists, workshop leaders, and community arts engagement. Visit the Festival website from next week, and begin thinking about your involvement in our August/September celebration of 50 years under a tropical sun.   



Despite recent recent weather woes in Far North Queensland the 2011 Feast of the Senses will go ahead as scheduled. Take a drive SOuth to celebrate with them, and feast on events such as the Ultra-Tropics Gala Dinner on 25 March, Australian Bananas Market Day on 27 March, Dragon Kite Competition, and so much more from 18 March on. Find out what's coming up and plan your trip to Innisfail for Feast of the Senses, by clicking here.



There's a quartet of exhibition openings after work tonight, so plan your night around many a vernissage...

THE UNDERSCORECarly Whouley's latest photographs will be on view at Cell Art Space from 5 March to 2 April, with an opening reception on March 11 from 5:30pm. Whouley was born and bred in Cairns, and obtained a Bachelor of Film and Television Production from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art in 2002.
“Our landscape is grand and beautiful and saturated with enough textbook aesthetics to make any fanny pack-wearing tourist wee their cargo pants. Alas, so much goes unnoticed - the diminutive, modest, concealed quarters that form the underscore to this magnificently large-scale production. This is the Cairns that my grandparents, parents, siblings, friends and I know so well.”

The Underscore is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, the major day of global recognition for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
WOMEN IN THE ARTSThe 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day is being celebrated with a dynamic display of new work by local women artists. The ‘Women in the Arts’ exhibition is on view at c1907 Contemporary Artspace, with an opening reception on Friday 11 March from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Val Schier, Mayor of Cairns Regional Council will welcome the crowd.

Women in countries across the globe are participating in similar events celebrating women’s achievements and contribution within their communities. Local artists contributing to this exhibition include Jennifer Arthur, Robyn Baker, Raewyn Biggs, Kylie Burke, Sam Creyton, Rebecca Claire Edwards, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Margaret Genever, Ruth McKim, Rosie Miller, Caroline Mudge, Julie Poulsen, Rose Rigley, Adrienne Shaw, Vide Smith, Kristin Tennyson, Jenny Valmadre and Sam Vatovey

This exhibition highlights the diversity of talent amongst women in the local region. The show features both established and emerging women artists in the Cairns contemporary art scene. ‘Women who have been involved in the arts for a life-time will be shown alongside up-coming local talent. The arts community in Cairns is strong and this event is a chance to see artists at all stages of their career, who have come together to participate in this celebratory show,’ explains curator, Louisa Ennis-Thomas.

Artists have been invited to produce a work which highlights their individual approach to creating art. It is an opportunity to showcase their skills and to explore their medium of choice’. Traditional techniques such as painting, drawing and sculpture will be shown with more contemporary mediums such as digital media, sculptural assemblage and works with innovative materials.
TRANSFAUNALondon Artist, Tom Van Herrewege, is the latest arrival to Cairns as Artist-in-Residence at Tanks Arts Centre. His work explores fascinations and fears we have towards the animal world, and while in North Queesland, the artist will explore local snake life, as well as the other creatures in our midst. Van Herrewege will create a new series of drawings through March 10, and the public is invited to meet him at a launch of the exhibituion, Transfauna on March 11 from 6pm, at the Tanks.
Rosie Miller, John Eaton, and Sally Donald will show new works, clearly exploring ambiguous heritage, or ambiguously exploring clear heritage. Most are based in, on, or with paper. It all begins at 7pm at Billy's Coffee, 
aka Crate59 in Sheridan Street (Number 59). There will be food, drinks, and an unambiguous record player.

RETURN TO PARADISEParadise Concerts International Classical Chamber Music Series opens its 2011 concert season with an exciting Gala launch on 26 March at Kewarra Resort, featuring the exciting new Trio, Luminosity. The group comprising guest international musicians Amy Stevens (viola) and Anne Stevens (piano), as well as violinist Kirtley Leigh Paine will make their debut at the opening concert at the stunning rainforest venue (newly refurbished and enlarged) of Kewarra Beach Resort. Mayor Val Schier will officially open the event and this year's concert series. Musical works include the witty Kegelstad Trio of Mozart, the electrically charged Khachaturian Trio, full of folk idioms and wild rhythmical abandon, and the Latin influences of Piazzolla in his Grand Tango, culminating in fiery Spanish technique with Sarasate's famous Navarra.
Learn more about Paradise Concerts by 
clicking here to visit their website...
and get your tickets by clicking here!

16.04OF MEN AND FASCINATORSQuietly, well ahead of the Festival season, and with the help of a crafty local image-maker, the Man vs Fascinator socio-photographic project begins...
Click here to read about the Man vs Fascinator project
Click here to see the first test portraits from Man vs Fascinator!

16.05CAIRNS FESTIVAL PROPSThe 2011 Cairns Festival: 50 Years Under a Tropical Sun, wants your creative ideas, arts events, and cultural collaborations. We're calling for proposlas from artists, producers, and organisations who want to bring a new program elements to the upcoming August 19 to September 4 season. To request the Expressions of Interest guidelines, or schedule a discussion with Fesitval staff, contact the Headquarters in City Place on 4044 3086 or  click here to send an email. 

Applications to perform at the 2011 Tablelands Folk Festival, the longest-running event of its type in Queensland, are now open. Simply proceed to the event’s colourful new website, located at to learn more. Deadline for submissions is May 31 for the October 20-23 event, but the sooner teh better. The award-winning festival, held annually throughout the picturesque Tablelands town of Yungaburra, takes great pride in the program it presents and the area it represents. Up to 75% of the program is filled by performers based between Torres Strait and Townsville. Preference is given to artists who present original material, not covers. However, musicians who play traditional music are welcome. Click here to read more.

The 20th Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival will take place up the road a piece, from 17 to 19 June, so begin making plans for a road trip. Beginning over 30 years ago, this event has become one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous people resulting in one of the most varied displays of Aboriginal Culture in the World. Traditional segments of the festival include dance, song, and other aspects of culture such as displays of hunting implements, weaving, and art. Non traditional components will include lifestyle choice programs, employment and recreational workshops, short film festival and night-time contemporary Aboriginal performers. Click here to learn more about the upcoming gathering and celebrations in Laura...

SING YOUR SONGAnyone who has ever wanted to sing but has not wanted to join a choir is invited to the next Soul Song rehearsal. The local group is a non-choral, non-religious choir singing a selection of pop, motown, gospel and soul songs from throughout the eras: music that is good of for your soul. Both men and women are welcome regardless of experience or talent. There are no auditions, and Soul Song teaches by ear (so you don't have to be able to read music). Joining Soul Song is easy: just come along to a rehearsal on a Tuesday night and check it out. The first rehearsal is free with no obligation to return (if it’s not for you). Soul Song rehearses on Tuesday evenings at St Margaret’s Anglican Church, 232 Aumuller Street from 7.15pm. Term dates for 2011 are: Tuesday 18 January through to Tuesday 12 April; and Tuesday 3 May through to Tuesday 21 June. If you want to learn more before coming along, please call Jacqueline on 0412 255587 or 4054 7598 or send an email enquiries


Who will be this year’s Port Douglas Carnivale ambassador? All will be revealed at the Carnivale Program Launch on 2 April – including the winner of the Song of Carnivale competition – at this showcase event. Book your tickets now online and get a primo seat to be front and centre for the launch of the 2011 program at the magical Sugar Wharf.
 Find out more about what's in store in Port by clicking here...

They wowed the crowd at the 2010 Cairns Festival Parade, and that was just their first public performance (when they knew two songs). Now, after months of practice and six weeks of intensive learning, the Cairns Pan Stars are ready for a full on party: Saturday March 19 at the Tanks Arts Centre! Tickets are only $10, and the supporting acts include DJs Culture Harry, Marcus Fari, Kanaka and Ultraviolet: all delivering full servings off a Caribbean menu of calypso, soca, zouk and reggae.

Lennox ‘Madman’ Jordan is the genuine article: a Trinidadian, second generation steel pan maker, musical arranger and teacher. Back home, Lennox led 60-piece orchestra The Fascinators to the finals of Panorama, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual steel pan competition. Recently migrated to Australia, Lennox plays with calypso/jazz fusion quintet, The Badjohns, and is director of Panschool, a Sunshine Coast based outfit that has helped form steel bands in Melbourne, Darwin and our very own Cairns Pan Stars. From 7 February to 19 March, Lennox Jordan will be conducting steel pan workshops, open to interested Cairns musicians and community members. To learn more, 
click here to contact Violet Stannard: or call her on 0409 092 101

WALLWORKSOn Thursday, 1st April, another exciting new arts-space will be unveiled, when Cairns based, artist Daniel (Wally) Wallwork throws open the doors to his latest project, Wallwork Studios at 6 Hobler Street in Westcourt, Cairns. Fresh from creating 5 new large scale sculptures for the Cairns Domestic Airport, (due to be installed), the studio is a new and exciting phase in Wallworks career, creating a hub for him to bring his various, energetic arts identities under one roof, and grow his dynamic arts practice. Known in several guises, contemporary artist, graffiti artist, arts educator and Director of the Upholstery Contemporary Arts ARI (Artist Run Initative),  Wallwork has worked hard to carve a unique and dynamic path in the Australian arts landscape. The exhibition accompanying the opening, will feature a stunning selection of Wallworks trademark, slick, high-gloss, auto-industrial works, that have been shown throughout Australia in the last few years, with many never before seen in Cairns. The doors open at 5:30pm, followed by the Director of the Cairns Regional Gallery, Paul Brinkman officially opening Wallwork Studios at 6:30pm. Local hipsters, raconteurs will be getting the crowd moving, followed by one of Cairns’ smoothest DJs, Fred. There will be a bar-by-donation and finger food. Click here for the complete skinny!

Dance North in Townsville premieres two new short works by artistic director and choreographic force, Raewyn Hill, and guest international choreographers Ross McCormack and Elie Tass. 
Read about this weekend's double-bill program here.

MORE NEW MUSEUMSThe world's richest man, telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, gave a sneak peak Tuesday at the new museum where he plans to show his vast collection of art and collectibles, including priceless pieces by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, French sculptor Auguste Rodin and Italian master Leonardo da Vinci. The Soumaya museum — named after the tycoon's late wife — opens to the public on March 29 and admission will be free. Read about it by clicking here.

CRACKING UPCrack Theatre Festival and This Is Not Art will be unleashed on September the 29th, when all of Australia (read: some of Australia) come together in Newcastle to celebrate ART. Crack is now sending out the call for interesting and interested theatre artists, who may want to partake in Crack, and thus This is Not Art (TINA) 2011. Crack is a national festival and forum for (of and by) alternative theatre makers and performing artists. It's 4 days of performances, panels, forums, workshops and beautiful artistic collisions. Crack Theatre Festival is a place to experiment, explore and entice.  Learn more, and crack yourself up, by clicking here.


Don’t miss a spectacular weekend of music and mates in the unique setting that is Undara, with Outback Country Rock and Blues  from April 15 to 17. Performers include Luke O’Shea and Medicine Wheel, Bo Jenkins, Belinda Butler and the Good Things, Korey Livy, Daniel Champagne and Jordan Brodie. Accommodation is selling fast, and phone reservations can be made on 1800 990 992. 
Click here to plan your musical outback experience...

RAW DANCERaw Dance Company will bring it's latest show, Project X, to Cairns Civic Theatre on March 18 and 19. It promises to high-energy dance, steamy bodies and thumping live music. Project X is a combination of funk tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, live music, percussion and beat-boxing all rolled into one.  Click here to get into the Project X groove.

CRUMP, BRUKUP, YOUTUBEFriday night in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and 30 young men were crammed inside a tiny storefront on Marcus Garvey Boulevard. The wiry ringleader, Albert Esquilin, a 27-year-old graphic designer, cleared out a small oval and started to flail like a zombie. This was a warm-up for the Bed Stuy Veterans, one of dozens of dance groups in Brooklyn that are reviving an Afro-Caribbean freestyle dance called brukup. Click here to read the rest of the New York Times story on the YouTube revival of an Afro-Caribbean pop dance idiom.

MUSICAL GIFTINGThe 2011 edition of Opening Notes, a culturally rich and creatively made pakcage of music and images, will be coming together over the next few months. Opening Notes is a Cairns Festival initiaitves, representing our unique sense of place, and the CD, booklet, and package are given to every baby born in the far North: on teh day of birth and at the place of birth. The generous project is made possible by Cairns Regional Council and Cairns Penny Savings Bank, and hundreds of contributing creative people. If you'd like to become part of the 2011 edition, or have a local sogn to contribute, please contact the Cairns Festival office (or reply to this email). Learn more about the Opening Notes project here.

DOWN UNDERArtist Helen Collins will have new works on view at Cell Art Space from 2 April to 7 May 2011, with an opening reception during the April 8 Cairns Creative Crawl. Collins endeavours to create an emotional connection rather than a contemporary clear image, as no person’s journey is without twists, emotions and upset.  The works capture inner feelings and emotions via the use of heightened colour and deliberate play with content.  The work is conceptual.  The viewer is required to analyse the image rather than the image instantly reveal itself. The artist completed a Diploma of Visual Arts through Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE in 2007 and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at James Cook University. This is her first solo exhibition, having previously participated in several group exhibitions. Read more on the Cell Art website.

YEAR OF R & JIn Australia, it seems that 2011 is the year of Romeo and Juliet. Click here to see what The Australian has to say about the star-crossed lovers, and the play's 21st century popularity.  

CLOSER TO A CULTURAL PRECINCTInternational and national architectural expertise combined with local experience and knowledge constitutes the short list of architectural teams invited to tender concept designs for the Cairns Cultural Precinct. Cairns Regional Council endorsed four teams of architectural firms at yesterday’s Cairns Cultural Precinct Committee following a comprehensive selection process involving multidisciplinary experts from both the government and private sector. Etc, etc...

REMEMBERING STOMPLooking back at the past goodness, high energy, and creative expressions of Stomp the Nard: click here for a YouTube peek! and here too.

LEARNING TO GOVERNTo paraphrase Mark Twain, there are two things you shouldn't look too closely at: your local legislative process and sausage-making. Did you know that there is an Integrity Act 2009? Or that there are a whole bunch of laws concerning Bathing Reserves? Or that, according to the official Local Government Guide for Mayors and Councillors: "Council acts as the executive of the local government and has no part in the administration. Councillors other than the mayor must not direct or attempt to direct the CEO. Neither the mayor nor any councillor can direct local government employees. To do so would be considered misconduct." Form your own opinion on public policy and sausage-making with this link...

The good buzz at Adelaide Fringe Festival, some of it at least, is all about Tuxedo Cat and its pop-up transformation of a derelict office building opposite Town Hall. Many consider this temporary palace of creativity, with its cheap ticket prices and experimental artists, to be the rekindled soul of the true Fringe. It all started with two hard working creative people, a curious pony, a handful of helpers, lots of licensing issues, and hard work. It ends with the latest incarnation of Tuxedo Cat, now home to 4 performance venues, two bars, a box office, and over a dozen Fringe shows every night. Could this model, click here to read about it, and all its Fringee goodness go over in the Far North? Why not...

Read more about Tuxedo Cat transformation across from Adelaide Town Hall, at this link...

NEXT BIG THINGSThe Theatre Board has awarded two producers and four theatre makers Cultural Leadership Skills Development grants to pursue  secondments, residencies, mentorships, training, community consultation, research or other development opportunities over two years. It has also given Cultural Leadership Program grants to organisations with clear ideas and programs to develop and distribute leadership skills. Click here for the whole story

GET YOURSELF A COMMUNITY HALLDid you know that Cairns Regional Council has a portfolio of two dozen community halls, and all of them are just waiting for your idea or event. Hold a graf art workshop, turn one into a weekend indie cinema, rehearse your avant garde play, present a jazz trio, do a poetry slam. From Daintree Hall to Gordonvale Community Hall, all you need to do is click on this link, contact the Council (or number indicated) and set yourself up as the next community user of one of these fine community halls...

GOREY'S WORLDThe New York Times explores our debt to macabre mastermind and illustrator, Edward Gorey. Read about his legacy here. 

REMEMBERING STOMP AGAINLooking back at the moves, the creative energy, the fun of Stomp the Nard: click here for a another YouTube peek!

WHAT'S THE FREQUENCYThe Guardian catches up with Michael Stipe, who isn't really at a loss for words. And the talk turns from REM to the new CD to the foibles of fame, and the massive insecurity of not being articulate. Peter Buck's non insane automatism with a cup of yoghurt even gets a mention. Read the story here

A CASE OF BLUESMake your plans now for the May 7th Cairns Blues Festival. An exciting line-up of artists is being announced as you read this. Click here to find out everything there is to know about the upcoming Cairns Blues Festival

EXPRESSIONS OF HEREThe International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil has become established as a reference for expressions of contemporary art from the South. Starting with this edition, Southern Panoramas competitive show will accept video, installation, performance, printed objects, and other artistic experiments produced from May 2009 onwards by visual artists born in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The selected works will compete for a money prize of US$ 24,000 and eight artist residency prizes, granted in partnership with institutions in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Further details on schedules, requirements, and criteria for the competition, along with the entry form, can be found here.

FAIR AFFAIRFrom Art Basel Miami to New York's Armory to Cairns Indigenous Art Fair: the New York Times inspects the Armory Show and explores the modern-day art fair phenomenon. Click here to explore for yourself

GO FOR RADF GRANTS NOWArtists in the Cairns region are encouraged to bring their talent forward and think big by seeking funding for their projects through the first round of the 2011 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). Cairns Regional Council invites artists and art workers to apply for funding for their projects. The first of two funding rounds for this year opened this week. Read more about RADF here.

LAST CALL: ADVENTUROUS NATUREA reminder from Rebecca Scott, Cairns Adventure Film Festival: I am just reminding you Artful-e readers that the 2nd annual Cairns Adventure Film Fest is still open for entries but is closing soon! Regular entry due date is March 18th, then late entry is April 1st, then absolutestest latest is April 8th... so save the dough and get in before March 18th!!! (You can enter via the CAFF website until April 1st.. otherwise it is only via Without a Box).The great news is:  1.) We have several copyright-free music options and 2.) we have gathered an awesome array of prizes including an HD Go Pro (care of our sponsors at Competition Friction - and a $200 voucher to spend on Sonic Flywear (thanks to Dave Guiliani at Sonic Flywear Australia)- see the page for more prizes in the weeks to come.
All details with how to enter CAFF 2011 are available here
Get into it and have your film included in Bec's CAFF Euro Tour in July this year!!! 

Arts Queensland has supported ten million dollars in new public art efforts over the past five years. That's a lot of cool structures, plop art, and intriguing sculptural works in public spaces. Click here to read about the latest opportunity to secure Art + Place grant funding.

Drum Up Big is one of the most dynamic and hard-working creative forces in the Cairns region. Click here to view the website and learn how you can get involved in the percussion revolution. And put your mouse here to read about Drum Up Big's monthly Foreshore Fridays, a free way to bang your own chosen percussion instrument.  

The frontiers of art-making are changing. The Australia Council for the Arts takes note, launches genart_sys : a window on digital culture. Click on this link to read more, and then click here to see the dedicated website.

The Metropolitan Opera pioneered it. Sydney Opera House recently followed. Many other major performing arts concerns are following suit and distributing their productions in high definition for select cinema screening. Yet another sign that the performing arts are moving towards an HD movie house distribution model, The New York Times talks with leading ballerina Natalia Osipova, who says she wants to dance all her repertoire for the screen. Click here to read what she has to say. 

CHICAGO'S NEW ARTS BOSS  In a wide-ranging interview about cultural matters with the Tribune last week, Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor-elect, signaled his intent to “raise up” the arts in Chicago, especially in the neighborhoods, and previewed a major generational and cultural shift at a City Hall about to be run by a confident leader who listens to the alternative rock band Wilco, likes the darker plays at Steppenwolf Theatre and American Theater Company and is not about to stop hanging out at rock venues like Schubas or the Riviera Theatre. Click here to see what Rahm is thinking when he says: “We are going to embrace the arts and culture, in a way that is true to who we are.”

OFF THE CANVASIt is so humbling when royals take the time to meet and greet with lowly civilians. Especially when it is a fake royal signing unauthorized autographs in front of their own 400-year-old painting in a museum. Click here to watch the video of King Philip IV of Spain, the prankster version, and his newfound fame. 

FACEBOOKERSPages, groups, fans, updates, uploads, links, and other tools of the Facebook marketer's trade. Things every arts organisation and audience-based event might want to study.Study the techniques here. What's that: you're already on the Facebook? Then read up on a few more tips and tricks to squeeze every bit of goodness out of your fruitful page...

MID-APRIL CREATIVE CRAWLCairns Creative Crawl, A self-guided exploration of creative addresses and cultural offerings in Cairns, will return as your after-work destination on Friday April 15. You'll find interesting and free things happening all over town, and new creative nooks and crannies to explore. A growing collection of arts organisations, studios spaces, restaurants and businesses will open up, and offer food, live music, new art, and free creative experiences for everybody. The Creative Crawl is self-guided and self-paced, so there is no exact start place, and no guided tour leader. Simply say goodbye to your busy work week, go for a walk about the city, pick the places you want to stop from the below offerings, explore some new ones, and connect yourself with our local creative vibe. Look for details in an upcoming edition of Artful-e...

NEW MOVE NETWORKAn exciting new dance initiative recently launched at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, and has set itself up as the place to experience new dance works. Move – Dance TNQ has established the New Move Network with an inaugural program of five, two-week choreographic residencies that began in February.

Combining key practitioners and partnerships the 
New Move Network will support independent artists in their practice through a Studio Season with Raymond Blanco (14 – 27 February), Bonemap / Rebecca Youdell and Russell Milledge (11 - 24 April), Monica Stevens (27 June – 10 July), Sarah Collins (5 – 18 September) and Jess Jones (7-20 November).

Creatively the chorographers will have the ability to share their experiences and explore themes of Indigenous, non-Indigenous and shared identity, personal histories and collective knowledge with peers and public through engagement in forums, artist talks, masterclasses, workshops and choreographic showings. The work the artists create will be made through a series of kinaesthetic, text, sound and media processes, that will generate innovative and challenging new dance in tropical far north Queensland.

MOVE - dance tnq is a motivated network of dance practitioners who represent diverse interests and experiences within the Dance sector, expert industry members, and key stakeholders. For more information contact New Move Network project coordinator, Rebecca Youdell on 0407 794 385 or 
click here to email her, and visit the website to learn more...

OUR ATLASIs Queensland different? Are there aspects of its culture and landscape that are unmistakeably Queensland? What is distinctive about Queensland? These questions are answered in a variety of ways in the opening contributions to the Queensland Historical Atlas, online here... 

PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOLForty years ago a visionary artist, with the help of a few arts patrons, set up a glass-making studio and school about an hour North of Seattle. Ever since the woods have been buzzing with activity, and the Pilchuck hot shop has been at the centre of the contemporary glass art revival. What would it take to begin a creative exchange between Cairns and Pilchuck? What would happen if the Babinda Mill was transformed into Australia's answer to Pilchuck Glass School? Or what if we added a glass-making hot shop and ongoing workshop instruction to the plans for the Cairns Cultural, and our city became Australia's destination for contemporary fine art glass production? Click here to ponder something remarkable

TAKE A LEAPCalling all of the region's emerging visual artists: Cairns Regional Gallery wants to exhibit your work in its Loft Emerging Artists' Program. Check this out...

ARTISTS' RESOURCEThe Art in Tropical Australia website is a great source of information, and a resource for links about creative opportunities, contests, and more. Click here to see what they've got posted today...

EVENTS AND INFO WANTEDCairns Artful-e is an information conduit compiled by Eric Holowacz, producer of the Cairns Festival. He seeks out upcoming events, obscure quotes, interesting links, inspiring stories, and content that might support Far North artists, audiences, cultural producers, and creative thinkers. If you have news or ideas that might feed this cyber-conduit, please click here to send and email and help us expand the Artful-e effect. And the first person who sends an email with "tee-shirt" in the subject line, will get (you guessed it) an official Cairns Festival tee shirt (after confirmation of your win, collect at the Cairns Festival HQ in City Place).


The KickArts Hatch Program has a new name and will now be known as PROFILE. All of the other details including the application forms will stay the same. PROFILE is a KickArts Industry Development Initiative to support the presentation and promotion of more artists in the KickArts Contemporary Arts 2011 Exhibition Program. PROFILE is open to all individual artists, collectives and groups from Cardwell in the South to Mount Isa in the West, across Cape York and to the Torres Strait. Download the 
PROFILE application pack at this link!


Expressions of interest are invited for the part-time positions of Festival Manager, Artistic Director and Events Coordinator, Go Troppo Arts Festival 2011. Highly organised and motivated applicants should be prepared to source funding for their on-going position(s) and for other aspects of events, volunteers and partnerships development as well as for effective marketing to southern and overseas markets.

Successful applicants will have had prior experience in similar roles. They will report to the executive management committee on a regular basis and will receive direction from them. Assistance will be given re suggested funding sources and past records will be made available to the successful applicant(s). Please send your current CV and a covering letter detailing why you are interested in some or all of these positions to Jill Booth, President Go Troppo Arts Festival PO Box 925 Port Douglas 4877 or 
email by clicking here
Enquiries please phone 4099 3448 or 0439 886 480.

16.51LOFTY WORKSLocal artist Sam Creyton has a new exhibition, 100 Pieces, on view at the Cairns Regional Gallery's Emerging Artist Loft. Check out her carefully-constructed mark-making and mixed-media collage (and striking investigation of fragments) and buy what strikes you. There's more information at the Gallery's website...

PIPE ME A TUNECairns RSL Pipes and Drums are looking for 3 to 4 new drummers to play bass drum and side drums with their group. Drummers need no experience, just a keen interest in making some noise! Cairns RSL Pipes and Drums have 10 pipers and meet every Wednesday for practice from 7pm to 9pm at Cairns High School. To get into the beat, contact: Allan McKay on 4055 4735 or 0412 630 651

ENTER THE BARONS OF TANGLookout Cairns, for the Barons are coming, and they are bringing an onslaught of gypsy, folk funk, tango mayhem. Here's a look at what they might unleash! And another, on a quieter note...


The chief role of cities is to magnify human strengths. This is true in commerce, science, technology, and the arts; indeed, it is easy to argue, as Jane Jacobs did, that civilization and cities are synonymous. Harvard professor Edward Glaeser's new book Triumph of the City might explain why growing higher learning and the tertiary education base of the Far North is the key to making our city great. Glaeser defines the city as a "mass of connected humanity." His emphasis on human capital is important (
says's genius architecture critic Witold Rybczynski) because politicians and planners tend to overvalue the physical environment. They encourage cities to look for the Next New Thing, whether it's pedestrian malls, downtown stadiums, iconic museums, or light rail. Find out what else he is saying about the human element, and maybe how to make the conditions thrive for North Queensland...


Go online and ask for money? Just ask? Explain what you're making, offer some incentive to people for donating to your project, but, openly beg? There is a new way of funding new projects. It's called crowd funding, and scores of playwrights, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, designers and writers have tapped the on-line masses for support. Some consider it nothing less than a fundamental change in the way creative projects receive funding. 
Read more at this link...

Cairns Regional Council offers grant funding for community festivals and events. The next round opens in April, and all you ned to do is follow this link to find out how to make your case.

MAJOR FESTIVALS FUNDINGConsider your event a larger more complex affair, and need major funding? Cairns Regional Council offers grant funding for major events that want to happen. The next round opens in April, and all you need to do is follow this link to find out how to ask for the dose.

MAYORAL FUNDINGIf that doesn't work, why not ask the Mayor's Community Fund for help? Cairns Regional Council offers special funding for good things that want to happen. Find out how to make your request by reading over the simple application form here.

DIVERSIFY MEWhile you are at it, peruse the guidelines of the Economic Diversification Fund Grant Program Guidelines, a lucrative Cairns Regional Council award of up to $20,000. You have until March 21 to click here, then figure out where business meets paradise, and achieve successful lodgment.

IT HAPPENED TODAYAn almanac of interesting and curious literary history, a diary of notable happenings, can be found here...

ART-O-MATICALLY GOODThanks to Cairns Festival, Far North Queensland is home to the only Art-o-mat machine in the Southern Hemisphere. The unique original art vending machine will make its debut in the public lobby of KickArts, in the Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts. Workshops and starter packs for local artists will follow. Check the upcoming edition of Artful-e for news about a launch, opportunities for Australian artists to get involved, and how you can stop by and purchase your very own Art-o-mat works from around the world...


Sydney has lost its cultural vibrancy through a lack of strategic planning and investment, apathy towards artists and a failure to engage diverse communities. Ouch. Contrary to the boast by Events NSW that Sydney is Australia's creative capital, arts company chiefs are critical about the state government's neglect of cultural infrastructure and the lack of a cohesive creative vision. Double ouch. Read about the decline of a giant, and why sunny Queensland is the new place to be, 
at this link to Sydney Morning Herald...

LA MAMA WORKSOver 40 years ago, Off Off Broadway jumped hemispheres and inspired a new Australian theatre scene in a small Melbourne building in Carlton. 1,800 new stage works later, La Mama has helped forge the careers of David Williamson, Barry Dickins, Cate Blanchett, Lloyd Jones, and Julia Zemiro. Beginning with Jack Hibberd's play Three Old Friends in 1967, La Mama has provided a low financial risk model that supports innovation and enables artists to explore new ways of expression. There is no other stage quite like it. Learn more about Melbourne's La Mama here.

THE PLAY'S THE THINGAnd the $20,000 prize is yours, if your play is the thing. Click here to learn how to submit your stage script to the Richard Burton Award for New Plays, Australia's richest playwright booty.

TALKIN' CREATIVELYWhat if Cairns Festival asked a bunch of creative people a bunch of questions, and they all told us more about what they do. We did, and they did, and the links are here. And we're about to ask a whole crop of other cultural leaders for their thoughts by indulging us in a brief e-interview. If you would like to submit to the five-minute enquiry, click here to request your tailor-made questions.

HELPING A CULTURAL FACILITY HAPPENHave ideas for a possible new Cultural Precinct? Maybe you think it should have 100 studio spaces for local artists? or soundproof music rehearsal rooms? or workshop spaces for crafts-people? a glas-blowing studio and hot shop? or a world class concert hall and museum facility? Perhaps you want to suggest that it include a creative industries campus for university students? or an aquarium where the tanks also house sculptures by Australia's greatest artists? Maybe you think this creative place should have a kids playground (creatively inspired by artists, designed by local children, and built by parents and civic leaders)? Maybe you crave a giant outdoor cinema and free movies there every weekend? Perhaps there is a recording studio, or an ABC radio production and broadcast suite? Floating art studios? Tropical kitchen for cooking classes and the culinary arts? How would you make its plaza a vibrant gathering place? What would you want a $200 million creative place to have? Take a look at the comprehensive feasibility study here

STARTING WITH ARTArtStart grants for graduate and final year artists open for applications in January. Click here to go to the Australia Council website to learn how you could be $10,000 richer as you launch your creative career...

VIBRANT CITYLook at all the live music and stuff coming up at the Esplanade and City Place. Drumming workshops, market days, Snake Gully live, The McMennamins, Suave Swing...not to mention the busking and teh DJs. Who said the CBD lacked a vibrant core? Click here to dispell that myth.

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This issue of Cairns Artful-e is a delicious dog's breakfast of creative opportunities, links, happenings, ideas, and flights of fancy. This newfangled cyber-telegraph transmission began in late 2010 as a no-cost information conduit, powered by the community-minded folks at Cairns Regional Council's Cultural Services and Facilities branch, and one fastidious Interweb traveller at its Cairns Festival office. The readership is building, and much more information wants to be free and out there. Some of these items will fire up the engine of imagination. Other bits might lack the oomph you require. Even greater things will be revealed Please let us know if you don't want to get this regular email transmission. Pester us if you are receiving it more than once at a time. Send us events and opportunities that should be mentioned. Forward some or all of this to a friend. Cairns Artful-e is our earnest attempt to be helpful, and spread the news. As we bask in another wet season in the Far North, join us in giving thanks for so many of the creative and fruitful things around us...

According to 
Bruce Mau's website, the designer's Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying beliefs, strategies and motivations. Originally drafted in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth is a good flight plan for design strategies, new thinking, and motivations for unleashing creativity. At Cairns Artful-e, every now and then, we go back to these 43 items and take closer note. As with today..

Allow events to change you.
You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

Forget about good.
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you'll never have real growth.

Process is more important than outcome.
When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we've already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to
be there.

Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).
Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

Go deep.
The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

Capture accidents.
The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

Begin anywhere.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

Everyone is a leader.
Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

Harvest ideas.
Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.

Keep moving.
The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.

Slow down.
Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

Don’t be cool.
Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

Ask stupid questions.
Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.

Stay up late.
Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you're separated from the rest of the world.

Work the metaphor.
Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for.

Be careful to take risks.
Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.

Repeat yourself.
If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.

Make your own tools.
Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.

Stand on someone’s shoulders.
You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.

Avoid software.
The problem with software is that everyone has it.

Don’t clean your desk.
You might find something in the morning that you can’t see tonight.

Don’t enter awards competitions.
Just don’t. It’s not good for you.

Read only left-hand pages.
Marshall McLuhan did this. By decreasing the amount of information, we leave room for what he called our "noodle."

Make new words.
Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.

Think with your mind.
Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.

Organization = Liberty.
Real innovation in design, or any other field, happens in context. That context is usually some form of cooperatively managed enterprise. Frank Gehry, for instance, is only able to realize Bilbao because his studio can deliver it on budget. The myth of a split between "creatives" and "suits" is what Leonard Cohen calls a 'charming artifact of the past.'

Don’t borrow money.
Once again, Frank Gehry’s advice. By maintaining financial control, we maintain creative control. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s surprising how hard it is to maintain this discipline, and how many have failed.

Listen carefully.
Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.

Take field trips.
The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic–simulated environment.

Make mistakes faster.
This isn’t my idea – I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove.

Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You'll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable. We have only to look to Richard Hamilton and his version of Marcel Duchamp’s large glass to see how rich, discredited, and underused imitation is as a technique.

When you forget the words, do what Ella did: make up something else ... but not words.

Break it, stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.

Explore the other edge.
Great liberty exists when we avoid trying to run with the technological pack. We can’t find the leading edge because it’s trampled underfoot. Try using old-tech equipment made obsolete by an economic cycle but still rich with potential.

Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms.
Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces – what Dr. Seuss calls "the waiting place." Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference – the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals – but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.

Avoid fields.
Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes. Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.

People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I've become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.

Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.

Power to the people.
Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can't be free agents if we’re not free.