FEDERATION SQUARE MELBOURNE
art4ashes sculptures were on display in the BMW Edge Theatre
walkway, around the perimeter of the stage, as part of the RAV
Illuminated by Fire Event in The Light in Winter Spectacular.
Kathryn, and all the Illuminated by Fire artists directed informative
tours around their own projects, from June 29 until July 3, 2011.
Speech explaining art4ashes Describing each sculpture Mmmm, very interesting idea
BMW Edge set the remarkable sculptures made by the 9 talented
Kyneton workshop participants off just perfectly, especially at night.
Continuum of Life Flame Memory Tree
Remembering Stephen La Terra Mia Apocrypha
The Leaving Eternity Nurture with Thorns
Click art4ashes above for Kathryn's 'what if' video of 7 sculptures
Music by Scott Cameron who performed at the exhibition - 7 Nov.
The art4ashes event was a very moving occasion for the many
attendees, involving speeches, a candle lighting memory ceremony
and an uplifting song tribute especially written for the exhibition.
Kathryn's descriptive speech acknowledged all the participants.
Donna Jackson explained about the background of the Illuminated
by Fire project and how art4ashes fitted into the concept regarding
the many different ways to relate to and respect fire in our lives.
The finely detailed work in the participant's sculptures was much
admired and had helped them in a very positive way deal with
the loss of their loved ones, through time to think about them.
Residents for whom Black Saturday fires had destroyed their home
or studio had the opportunity to ackowledge their connection to
each other in the sculpture and in the candle Memory Ceremony.
And the grand finale was the moving rendition of Wait for Tomorrow
by talented composer, Scott Cameron. Poignant lyrics by Kathleen
McLennan resonated through the chapel in superb quality of voice.
As a partner in this project, the Kyneton Community and Learning
Centre was also the Preview Exhibition venue during the Daffodil and
Arts Festival on the 11th and 12th of September. Their brand new
complex showcased the collection of sculptures as works-in-progress.
art4ashes blog on RAV Storyboard
Click on Illuminated by Fire for Promo Video
Illuminated by Fire is a project about the places we care about and the
story and role of fire within those places. Working across 11 different
locations in Victoria, the project aims to share stories, increase our
understanding and to create astonishing art in various forms and media.
It will explore connections between people and place, using a creative
approach to provoke discussion about living sustainably in the most
bush fire prone region of the world. The significance of Black Saturday
fires will be addressed in an artistic community enhancing manner.
A two year project initiated by Regional Arts Victoria, 'Illuminated by
Fire' will be delivered in partnership with the Neighbourhood House and
Learning Centre (NHLC) network. It will embed an artist-in-residence
in eleven locations across regional Victoria - from the rugged coastal
Portland in the west, Hamilton, Ballarat, Creswick, Kyneton, Maldon,
Swan Hill on the northern border with NSW, Flowerdale, Hurstbridge to
Briagolong and Lakes Entrance on the coast in the far east of the state.
A local workshop program engaged participants through a staged
process beginning with the sharing and development of stories in
relation to fire, to a local presentation outcome (November 2010)
and finally to a site-specific multi media installation in Melbourne (2011).
Illuminated by Fire is a RAV project supported by the Australia Council,
the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body, through its
Community Partnerships Section; the Victorian Government through Arts
Victoria and the Community Support Fund; the Office of the Emergency
Services Commissioner and the Harold Mitchell Foundation.
Regional Arts Victoria's Managing Director - Lindy Allen, Artistic Director -
Donna Jackson, Film maker - Malcolm McKinnon and Project Co-ordinator -
Joe Toohey launched the 11 projects at Flowerdale on Saturday, 29th May
to RAV Patron, Professor David de Kretser AC, Governor of Victoria.
A highlight of the occasion was the lighting of ceremonial fires in black
drums by each of the artists representing their projects. Peter Bachelor,
Minister for the Arts stood in for a missing artist. The ceremony was
lead by Peter Auty, CFA Captain of Flowerdale (who has a tile made in
his name, together with his community in the AFTER project).
The occasion was very well received by an appreciative crowd.
Midland Express article by Angela Crawford. Picture by Chris Fleming.
Regional Arts Victoria's Artistic Director, Donna Jackson visited the exhibition
to guage requirements for the official launch, also to be held in Kyneton.
TJ Scott's 5 Piper Street 10-4pm Sunday 7 November