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5 October 2016

Our VicArts Grants program provides grants to  independent artists and arts companies. It supports a wide array artforms and diverse projects ranging from the research and development of new work, to the presentation of new works, collaborations between professional artists and Victorian communities  and international opportunities. Check out what VicArts Grants-supported artists are up to this October  – at home and abroad.

Lisa Roet's Golden Monkey at Beijing Design Week 2016

Lisa Roet's Golden Monkey at Beijing Design Week 2016

Lisa Roet, Golden Monkey
Presented as part of Beijing Design Week, Roet's 10 metre high inflatable "Golden Monkey" sculpture will  hugs  the award-winning Opposite House Hotel in the Taikoo Li Sanlitun shopping and dining hub in the central Chaoyang District. Embracing the architecturally designed facade  the work will engage the general public by day and night with its LED illumination. In Beijing until 31 October.

Adam Wheeler for Chunky Move, Quark
Choreographed by Adam Wheeler and Kyall Shanks, Quark is a contemporary dance work that unpacks issues surrounding young people and social media, while using cutting edge motion tracking technology to bring you a truly memorable dance experience. Runs from 6-9 October.

Australian Boys Choir and The Vocal Consort, Music at the Basilica
The Australian Boys Choir and The Vocal Consort are heading to Geelong to present a concert of four great English mass settings.  The Vocal Consort will sing the rarely heard Mass for Four Voices by Thomas Tallis and the boys are looking forward to sharing the exciting Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by organist Michael Fulcher. Presented at The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Geelong on Sunday 9 October.

Georgia Harvey, Jam Every Other Day
For six months, ceramicists Georgia Harvey and Dawn Vachon have jammed every other day. Through a process of exchange, each has provided the other with material to work with, be influenced by, rebuff or outright poach – all the while pondering the nature of influence and the pervasive artistic drive for originality. This exhibition, bringing together the collated results of this playful exploration, tells a story greater - or stranger - than its parts. At Tinning Street Gallery from 6 - 16 October.

The Village Festival
The Village is a beautiful, beguiling festival that exists to provide an intimate environment in which professional and non-professional artists and audiences can meet each other in bliss. The programming aesthetic is populist, accessible, quirky, and littered with the familiar and the exotic - folks you know personally and things you never knew existed. Presented at Edinburgh Gardens from 28 - 30 October.

Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company, Anchoring the Wind...Because I Matter
Anchoring the Wind.. Because I Matter is a new Australian theatre work that explores the issues surrounding some of our most vulnerable young people, especially those in care and those who work with them. This play gives voice to some of these stories, navigates the complexities of the care system and envisions a safer world. Presented in Geelong, Benalla and Wodonga throughout October.

Kill Your Darlings, Issue 27
Released on 4 October 2016, highlights from this issue include Royce Kurmelovs' investigation of the Whyalla steelworks and the continuing decline of Australian manufacturing; Sarah Coles on the David-and-Goliath battle between organic canola farmers and multinational agribusiness multinationals; Rebecca Shaw on representations of fatness in pop culture; Scott McCullough reporting on the unrest in Lebanon, and Amy Matthews on the intersection between feminism and the world of romance novels.

Australian Book Review, Issue 385
Highlights of the October issue include Kate Burridge's assessment of the colourful, yet 'selfieless' new Australian National Dictionary and David Rolph on 'the most famous statutory provision in Australia' - section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.