Monday, April 4, 2016

Looking the goods

It's great to see the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre feature on pages 2-3 in today's Age - it does have a fairly sad past as the former Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital for World War II veterans but it's been inspiring to see it re-born as a gallery and cafe for the local community.  Under Construction featuring the work of six different artists exploring the creative process of installation and sculptural projects opens on Wednesday and has been curated by Claire Watson.
Louise Paramor Stupa City (installation detail) image via Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has also opened in Melbourne and is one of the longest-running, and largest, festivals held in this state.  Besides intelligence, I love a person who can make me laugh and it's interesting to note that many of our brightest comedians and TV hosts actually made the transition from law to comedy.
Image via Only Melbourne
Speaking of transitions, the Red Shoes women's network is holding its 'Fitted for Work' event on Thursday 14 April from 6.30 pm at the Old Shire Offices in Heidelberg.  There is an alarming number of women who are unemployed (or underemployed) and I find this quite disturbing (along with the numbers of victims of domestic violence) that so many of us lack financial independence and workplace equality.  Along with education, I think access to jobs and meaningful employment are the keys to social mobility and a more equitable distribution of wealth and opportunity.  Fitted for Work is a not-for-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged women look the part by way of a professional wardrobe, but more than that, I think it empowers women just as much on the inside by building confidence and self esteem.
Image via Fitted for Work
The nature of work and life itself is changing and in our generation, I think the rise of robotics, the digital disruption and the internet of things will completely revolutionise our professional and personal lives - hopefully for the better if we can continue to compete and innovate ourselves here in Australia.

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