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Public Progam 2009

Public Lectures, Forums and Artist Floor Talks


Nalda Searles - Drifting in My Own Land


Cathy Blanchflower
19 June - 30 August


Wednesday 24 June
Nalda Searles

Artist floor talk

Please join us as Nalda Searles speaks about her works currently on show.


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Kangaroo Couple 1995-2008, white 1730 x 560 x 390 mm; brown 1900 x 660 x 510 mm, wool dresses, plant dyed silk, xanthorrheoa spathes, silk strings, common fodder, cotton mannequins, photo: Eva Fernandez


Sunday 28 June
Cathy Blanchflower

Artist floor talk

Cathy Blanchflower will conduct a walk through of her survey exhibition, speaking about her earliest paintings right through to her most recent work


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Cathy Blanchflower, Aster XI, 2004, 122 x 122cm, oil on canvas, Private Collection, Melbourne, Courtesy of the Artist & Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne.


Sunday 26 July
Anne Farren, Curator, Textile Artist and Course Co-ordinator, fashion and textile design, School of Design & Art, Curtin University

a(dress)ing the form

Anne Farren will give her response to the exhibition, focusing on Searles's use of the garment or "dress" throughout her work.


Wednesday 29 July
Dr Christiane Keller, Curator,  Anthropology, Western Australian Museum

Nalda Searles and the Aboriginal fibre art Movement.
Nalda Searles has extensively worked with Indigenous artists for over 3 decades. She shared bush trips, camp stories and art with artists from the South-west to the Deserts of WA and all over the country. These cross-cultural experiences have not only shaped her art making but also influenced Indigenous fibre practice in Australia. This talk investigates the threads spun across the country by a magnificent artist, teacher and mentor.

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Floortalk, Christiane Keller, 29 July, 2009

Wednesday 5 August
Dr. Ann Schilo, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Humanities, Curtin University

Crafting women's views
This talk will draw upon a reading of these exhibitions as evidence of the distinctiveness of women's artistic practice. It will investigate the idea that these artists provide unique ways of visualising women's experience of being in the world, their personal insights into the drifts between memory, place and practice.

Wednesday 12 August
Carly Davenport, Project Manager and Curator, FORM
'The Canning Stock Route Project'

A lighthouse of leadership across regions.

What is the alchemy of intercultural fibre arts exchang? Nalda Searles has worked across the breadth of Western Australia and beyond its borders for over 30 years, particularly with Indigenous women from remote Aboriginal communities. As one of Australia's leading intercultural arts educators, Searles embodies many of the magical ingredients of the fibre arts world. She is a catalyst to all practitioners encouraging each to find and explore their own, distinct, creative voice.
Carly Davenport has had the great pleasure of working with Nalda Searles to facilitate three fibre arts workshops via FORM's professional development programs (2005-8). Davenport will talk about Searles's work with a range of practitioners during the programs; Cultural Strands, held in Kings Park in 2006, Clever with Our Hands held at the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland in 2007 and also as part of the Canning Stock Route Project at Kunawarritji community in 2008.

Sunday 16 August (Open Day)
WAAPA string ensembles and wind quartet

string quartet: first and second movements from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59/3 in C major, one of the “Rasumovsky” Quartets

string octet: Mendelssohn's Octet in E flat major.

wind quartet: Farkas Suite of Ancient Hungarian Dances for Wind Quintet

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WAAPA string ensemble during a performance at the John Curtin Gallery during of art & music, Feb 2009


Wednesday 26 August
Darryn Ansted, Lecturer in Painting, School of Design and Art, Curtin University

Logic and Sensation - A Dialectic in Op Art and Post- Op.

Sunday 30 August
Nalda Searles

Artist floor talk

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Nalda Searles floor talk, JCG, June, 2009



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Artists floor talks: Rachel Keirath and Marzena Topka
Wednesday 6 May 12:30pm

Rachel Keirath: An anthology of encounters: a neverendingproject
Marzena Topka: Ruptured Spaces

To listen to these floortalks, please click on Multimedia.

Mr Donal Fitzpatrick, Head, School of Design and Art (SODA), Curtin
Wednesday 13 May 12:30pm

Donal Fitzpatrick will present a response to the works presented in dOFa09

Artists floor talks: Mio Takagi and Roger Goodman
Wednesday 20 May 12:30pm

Roger Goodman: Moving in circles
Mio Takagi: Days of future past

To listen to these floortalks, please click on Multimedia.

Julian Goddard, Head of Department of Art, School of Design and Art, Curtin
Wednesday 27 May 12:30pm

Artist Floor Talk: Elizabeth Hammond
Sunday 31 May 2:00pm


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of art & music
13 February - 3 April


Adam Geczy
Sunday 15 February

Sydney artist, Adam Gezcy will be giving a floor talk to discuss Paris Requiem, a collaboration between himself and internationally renowned composer, Peter Sculthorpe.

Please join us for this very special event.

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Adam Geczy and Peter Sculthorpe, Paris Requiem, 2006, video still


To listen to Adam Geczy's floor talk please click on Multimedia.

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Jonathan Mustard, Artist and Co-Director of Jambird
Wednesday 11 March

Duets and Solos - From Collaboration to Cross-over: Musicians making visual art

Jonathan Mustard, one of Perth's most innovative composers, will be discussing his collaborations with dancers, theatre artists, choreographers and visual artists. He will also be performing one of his peices.

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image still from video of performance, shot be Chrissie Parrott


To view full performance please click on Multimedia

Jonathan Paget, Lecturer in Music, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Wednesday 25 March
Sculthorpe, Vegemite, and Australian identity

This presentation will discuss the music of Peter Sculthorpe, the ways in which Sculthorpe has cultivated an Australian image, and the mechanisms through which cultural icons are created. The presentation will also include a performance of Sculthorpe's From Kakadu for solo guitar.

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sunset in the North West of Australia, photo: Jonathan Paget


Matthew Hoy
Sunday 29 March, 2:00pm
Wednesday 1 April, 12:30pm
Live cello solo

Melbourne cellist, Matthew Hoy, will be presenting a live performance of Peter Sculthorpe's Requiem for cello alone (1979), the musical component to Adam Geczy and Peter Sculthorpe's Paris Requiem.


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Eneksis Vocal Ensemble, Directed by Micheal McCarthy & the WAAPA String Ensemble, directed by Peter Tanfield
Thursday 2 April
12:30 - 1:30pm
live performance

Eneksis Vocal Ensemble, directed by Micheal McCarthy will perform works of and based on Thomas Tallis and the WAAPA String Ensemble, directed by Peter Tanfield will present Vaughan Williams 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis'.

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Eneksis Vocal Ensemble during the performance at the John Curtin Gallery, April 2009

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WAAPA String Ensemble during the performance at the John Curtin Gallery, April 2009


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