Thursday, November 24, 2016

Regeneration

This is the name of the new garden-inspired quilt exhibition by members of the Victorian Quilters Inc., that opened yesterday at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre with a special Garden Party Exhibition Launch this Saturday afternoon from 2 - 4 pm at the Homestead to celebrate both Regeneration and Verdant Garden.
Above: Susan Matthews Anigozanthos 5 (detail), 2015 Hand dyed cotton, linocut printing,
silk screen, ink, thread | 35 x 35cm Courtesy of the artist
It is an artistic week in that the 2017 Banyule Arts and Culture Program launch is being held tonight at Hatch Contemporary Arts Centre in Ivanhoe while its Alphington Open Studios this weekend along with it being the second weekend of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios - there's lots going on.
Image via 2017 Banyule Arts & Culture Program Facebook page
If you're interested in starting your Christmas shopping, the first Heide Makers' Market is on this Saturday and I think would be a great market to go to as it's in collaboration with The Rose Street Artists Market.  It's been in the planning for a number of years now so I'm glad it's finally got off the ground.  Other markets on this weekend include the Sisters' Market in Brunswick along with the Guild Christmas Market at the Guild of Objects in North Melbourne.
Image via Heide Makers' Market Facebook page
If you're more interested in some exercise, the Family Bike Rally Day at Warringal Parklands in Heidelberg on Sunday sounds like fun (just watch out for the snakes!) - it includes a free sausage sizzle and there'll also be a coffee van at Possum Hollow.
L-R - MC Francis Leach, Dr Joanna Barbousas, John Marsden, Rosa Storelli & Professor Anthony McGrew
I'm a little weary after having run my final Bold Thinking Series lecture on the Education Revolution last night at the State Library followed by drinks and a bite to eat afterward with my team at Cookie on Swanston Street.  It was a packed event full of passionate and engaged teachers so the lecture itself went very fast and it was a real thrill to meet writer/teacher/school principal John Marsden who is still encouraging students to be subversive!  He stayed right until the very end and had a queue of people wanting him to sign their books and speak to him.
John Marsden and me - State Library Victoria
The lectures will be returning next year in what is going to be a big year at La Trobe which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary so a year of looking back but also a year of looking forward as it cements its reputation as an innovative university that produces career-ready graduates.  I may also be assisting the 50th Anniversary team promoting some of the launch events they have planned for early March so stay tuned.  I'll be back tomorrow with a local profile.

Nb: Miss Rosanna is a Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Board member

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