Tuesday, September 8, 2015

One for the people

It is with great pleasure that I'm happy to announce that Hatch Contemporary Arts Space will remain where it is at 14 Ivanhoe Parade in Ivanhoe until the new Ivanhoe Community Hub is built.  Banyule Council last night voted not only to abandon the current 'Intention to Sell' process but further resolved that no tenants be moved from the building until the new hub is built, which is fantastic news for the local community and great to see the democratic process in action with council taking on board feedback from all submissions it received in relation to this matter.
Liminal Lights by Julie Andrews image via Montsalvat
It is a win for the local arts community as well and I just wanted to mention a couple of other art exhibitions taking place this week in other neighbouring municipalities. The fairly atmospheric looking Liminal Lights by Julie Andrews at Montsalvat in Eltham and Christophe Koller: Crossing the line at LUMA in Bundoora both start tomorrow with an opening being held this Saturday from 3 - 5 pm for Christophe Koller's exhibition and on Sunday 19 September from 1 - 3 pm for Liminal Lights.  Meanwhile, Hatch is currently closed while the Arts and Culture team prepare for the upcoming biennial Banyule Award Works on Paper Exhibition on 13 October.
Image via Montsalvat
Montsalvat is also holding its Arts Festival this Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm which will be a fantastic day out if the weather gets warmer as it is predicted to do this week.  Family tickets are $25, Adults $10, Children/Concession $5 and Children Under 5 are free.
Image via Amazon
On another note, I am still reading Autobiography of a Yogi at the moment but there are a number of other interesting books that I've seen out there.  One is 'A Force for Good' written by Daniel Goleman (who wrote 'Emotional Intelligence') about the Dalai Lama's vision for the world.  Given the current humanitarian crisis with Syrian refugees, I often think about the Dalai Lama's words "my religion is kindness" and I have previously read his book 'The Art of Happiness'.  Other books on my list include 'The Art of Work' by Jeff Goins as well as the new book by scientist and author Tim Flannery called 'Atmosphere of Hope'.  It is easy to be cynical or get overwhelmed about many of the complex problems and issues in the world sometimes - I try to remember that the only power I have is my own as an individual to choose my actions and reactions, and that always counts for something.

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