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6 December 2017

Explore some of the events and projects happening in December that have received funding support through our grant programs.

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The Australian Music Vault is set to open in December, just one of the many diverse projects that has come to life with support from Creative Victoria. Visual art, music, publishing and special events are happening in Melbourne and throughout the regions. Explore them below and start to plan your summer!

BLINDSIDE GALLERY | ALWAYS THERE AND ALL A  PART
Funded through VicArts Grants
Melbourne, 6 — 22 December
Always there and all a part presents works that interrogate the complexities of navigating race in the arts. Curated by Andy Butler, recipient of the 2017 BLINDSIDE Emerging Curator Mentorship.

ALEX LAHEY | NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Funded through Music Works
US/Canada, 1 November – 13 December
The 24-year-old musician takes her rise up the ranks from music student to an artist with one of the most highly anticipated debut albums of 2017.

SPECIAL PLACE PROJECT | CELEBRATION EVENT
Funded through Education Projects
Collingwood English Language School, 8 December
Our Special Place in collaboration with artist Gonzalo Varela, uses the concept of a beehive as a structural framework to explore values of respect, kindness and learning, and as a symbol of an inclusive and collaborative community. Students explore the values through story-telling, drawing, literacy, and personal experiences to construct large wooden hexagons in groups. 40 students participated.

KAIELA ARTS | DESIGN ROOTS 2
Funded through the Organisations Investment Program
Shepparton, 30 November – 31 December
Kaiela Artists share the flora and fauna of Victoria Park Lake in a series of watercolour paintings & exciting contemporary screen-printed fabric that denotes their Design Roots 2 homewares collection.

WE ARE LIGHTNING!
Funded through VicArts Grants
Arts House, 7 – 10 December
Joseph O’Farrell and the UK’s Sam Halmarack combine theatre with the fist-pumping euphoria and power ballads of a stadium gig - a darkly comical work that reflects on the importance of communal spaces where people can come together and express themselves.

MAKE IT UP CLUB
Funded through VicArts Grants
Bar Open, 5, 12 & 19 December
An avant garde improvised music and sound performance, every Tuesday night, featuring Muze, Stevie Richards, Warwick Brown, Ollie Olsen, UBOA, Josten Myburgh, Jameson Feakes, Tramstein, Robin Fox Disco Set and more.

SOUNDING STORIES
Funded through Creative Suburbs
Arts Space at Realm – Ringwood, 20 November -  10 December
A magical mural in ArtSpace Realm that makes sound when touched. Created by art technology wizards Playable Streets in collaboration with children from local communities from Burma - developed in partnership with Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Region).

THE LIFTED BROW | TLB ONLINE
Funded through VicArts Grants
TLB Online focuses largely on publishing within two streams: TLB Review of Books, in which they run literary criticism and other pieces of writing about writing; and Commentary, which encompasses writing about the world and time in which we live.

ARTS PROJECT | 2017 ANNUAL GALA
Funded through VicArts Grants
Northcote, 9 – 20 December
Displaying an intriguing, inventive and thoughtful range of artworks, including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, the show is a celebration of Arts Project studio artists and their practice.

MEET THE ARTIST | AGATHA GOTHE-SNAPE
Funded through Regional Partnerships
Horsham Regional Gallery, 6 December
An evening talk by Seeing Voices exhibition artist Agatha Gothe-Snape, as she returns to Horsham after taking part in ACCA ART# 2 Regional Tour in 2011. Gothe-Snape is a multi-media artist who has been exhibiting since 2005, and is the subject of this year’s Archibald Prize winning painting by her partner Mitch Cairns.

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT
Funded through Music Works
Arts Centre Melbourne, opens December
Australia’s very own music hall of fame, the Vault is a celebration of Australian contemporary music - past, present and future. It’s online, it’s exhibitions, it’s from those in the ‘music know’ sharing their knowledge, memories and collections with everyone. A new permanent exhibition will open on Tuesday 19 December.

ARCHER MAGAZINE | FAMILY ISSUE
Funded through VicArts Grants
An award-winning print publication about sexuality, gender and identity. It is published twice-yearly in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on lesser-heard voices and the uniqueness of our experiences.

FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK
Funded through Music Works
Melbourne | Castlemaine | Ballarat, 16 – 17 December, 7 January
Freya Josephine Hollick is an Old-Timey, Country, Folk singer/songwriter from the Victorian Goldfields. Hollick has always had her roots in folk music, coming to earlier 20th Century folk, blues and country music through a hunger for knowledge of how and from where modern music evolved.

HER SOUND, HER STORY
Funded through Music Works
In 2015, photographer Michelle Grace Hunder teamed up with film maker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore to create Her Sound Her Story. The idea was to elevate and celebrate Australian women in music with a photographic exhibition, a concert with an exclusively female line-up, and a series of film vignette documentaries to tell their stories.

COAST | THE ARTISTS’ RETREAT
Supported through the Fine Arts Indemnification Scheme
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 8 December – 18 February
This ambitious exhibition will bring together masterpieces from these iconic artists as the basis of an extended conversation, considering our relationship to the coast, to the Australian landscape and our environment.

THE WIKIMEN | CAFÉ CULTURE SERIES
Funded through Touring Victoria and Small Regional Presenters
Wangaratta North | Bright | Mount Beauty, 1 – 3 December
Expect to hear Hawaiian blues, pop, samba, Western Swing, even Mills Brothers songs complete with heavenly harmonies and exotica music. Upbeat, fun and light hearted.

GOING DOWN SWINGING
Funded through VicArts Grants
Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.

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