In 2011 UNESCO declared 30th April International Jazz Day. Thanks to Burnie Arts Council member and jazz aficionado Viktor Zappner, the North West Coast of Tasmania is the only place in Australia which has celebrated this day with a special concert every single year since it’s inception! This year the feature artist is Emma Gilmartin. She will be joined by Viktor (piano), Alistair Dobson (saxophone), Kelly Ottaway (vibraphone), Nick Haywood (double-bass) and Beau Thomas (drums). Venue - Burnie Arts and Function Centre - cabaret style seating. For bookings phone 6430 5850 (Box Office)
On the 17th February the Burnie Arts Council Inc held our AGM. Our Executive Committee members were re-elected as a block unopposed. Lynne Price, President; Lyndal Thorne, Vice President; Lyn Smith, Treasurer; Pam Thorne, Secretary. We were entertained by Stringalong student Ryan Smith. Meeting image taken by Janine Morris. Photographic exhibition providing stunning backdrop by Con Rhee. Annual membership fees: single - $30, family - $45, student - $10. Enquiries Pam Thorne 0429 029 671.
At the Helen Denise Jones OAM Art Bursary fundraiser Christmas Concert on Sunday 25th November, the Arts Bursary recipient for 2019 was announced. Katelyn Geard - Visual Artist. Katelyn has just completed year 12 at Don College and is intending to undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at UTAS in Hobart next year. She already has a number of awards and exhibition credits to her name AND has completed a number of paid commissions. All the signs point to a strong future ahead for Katelyn. The $1000 Bursary will assist with Katelyn’s living expenses when she makes the move to Hobart in the new year. Bursary page on this website to be updated with this news soon!
To celebrate Burnie Arts Council Inc’s 70th Birthday, on the 22nd October a forum titled The Place of Art in the Art of Place was held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. Guest speakers included Saul Eslake (independent economist), Professor Kate Darian-Smith (Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania), Lindy Hume (Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island) and Vic McEwan (contemporary artist and Artistic Director of The Cad Factory). The forum was designed to be a provocation, the beginning of a process that will lead toward building a plan for the future direction of arts and culture in our region. Follow up consultation sessions have taken place since to hear feedback from the community. As an arts practitioner, arts administrator, or art lover residing in this area, what are your burning issues? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org - we are still accepting feedback. If you would like to be included on the email list send a message to email@example.com. The Place of Art in the Art of Place was generously supported by Ten Days on the Island, Burnie City Council, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.
The paper on skin Gala Parade and Award evening was a stunning display of colour, creativity and masterful use of Burnie's signature element, paper. Awards are as follows: $5000 Betta Milk Major Award: Svenja 'Lichen Morphology'. $1500 Friends of the Regional Gallery Runner Up Award: Polly Crowden 'Adira of Aberlone'. $500 Cocoon Design Public Vote Award, Cynthia Hawkins, 'Empress at Forbidden City'. Image: Grant Wells Photo. Svenja - 'Lichen Morphology'
Wednesday August 23rd 4pm at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. Call Pam Thorne on 0429 029 671 or Lynne Price on 0409 361 940 to RSVP. Non members welcome.
Burnie Arts Council Inc are happy to share upcoming arts events on this page. If you have an image or web-link they can also be included in the post. Send items to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lyndal Thorne on 0438 313 045. Selected items can also be shared on our Facebook page, with the contributors permission.