Local Arts News Rewriting the Score
Orange Regional Conservatorium’s Rewriting the Score involved the coming together of 13 professional musicians from across Australia, eight of whom are living with a mild to moderate disability. The week long residency was a full-time collaborative and experimental workshop process. The musicians came from a variety of musical backgrounds, spending the week creating music compositions and sharing skills. The week culminated in a free public performance at the conservatorium. The eight successful applicants to the program came from metropolitan and regional NSW, Queensland, Perth and Tasmania. “We really had no idea what to expect when we brought these musicians together and put them in a room to simply create music, as they come from such diverse musical backgrounds. But … we are thrilled with the quality of music being composed and performed,” said Graham Sattler, Director Orange Regional Conservatorium.
The conservatorium documented the process and hopes to make it available as a practical model for others in inclusive participation in music. Rewriting the Score was supported by Arts NSW, in partnership with Accessible Arts.
Read more about this project including interviews with participants in the Sunday December 4 Arts Sunday, online at local Rural Press papers.
Image: (top) Musicians rehearing for the final performance. (bottom) Sydney drummer Andrew Hewitt and local jazz musician Rob Shannon. Photos: Maryanne Jaques/ Arts OutWest.
New Carcoar media centre
Carcoar School of Arts opened their new media centre in November. The School of Arts received a grant of $40,000 from the NSW Government earlier this year and spent the funds purchasing state of the art media equipment that would allow the Icely street building to also double as a media centre.
New facilities include a retractable screen, digital projection technology, state of the art sound systems, wireless internet connection and a giant high definition television screen. The new technology will also allow the centre to be used as a venue for weddings, birthdays and other functions as well as an education and lecture theatre.
The committee plans to run regular film nights at the School of Arts.
Contact Carcoar Media Sub Committee Andrew Baulch 02 6367 3290 Mobile 0412 265 344 Go to: www.carcoar.org/media_centre_14.html
13th Annual Kalari People's Choice Pamela Heikkinen
A lovely sunny evening set the mood for an enjoyable opening, by Mayor Bill West, of the 13th annual People’s Choice Exhibition. The display at Kalari Cellar Door and Art Gallery of art works by Central West artists is very varied with traditional and contemporary pieces using different media.
All visitors to the gallery are encouraged to vote for their favourite exhibit and at the end of the exhibition on 15 January 2012 the artist with the most votes wins a prize of $500. The Encouragement Award of $100, which is sponsored by Fiona Morton, was announced on the night and won by local artist Nancye Hudson. Nancye painted at school but only began painting again two years ago. Her winning painting, ‘The Old Tank’, was painted using her preferred medium of watercolour. The exhibition is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-5pm at 120 Carro Park Road. 02 6342 1465.
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