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2016: Events and Public Progam

EVENTS@JCG: April & May 2016
PUBLIC PROGRAM, as part of the Town of Victoria Park 2016 Arts Season


Pull up a bean bag and enjoy our FREE CULT CLASSICS skate movie screenings every Wednesday and Sunday throughout April at the John Curtin Gallery.


SCREENING: 24 April Soul Power
Sunday 2:00pm

Rated PG
Synopsis: In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12 hour three night long concert held in Kinshasha, Zaire. The musical festival also featured the Rumble in the Jungle epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Soul Power provides todays audience the opportunity to experience this historial musical event in all of its magnificent filmed glory.


SCREENING: 27 April & 1 May: Thrashin’
Wednesday 12:30pm & Sunday 2:00pm

Rated PG
Synopsis LA’s rival skateboarders, the laid back Ramp Locals and the punk rock Daggers go to war for skateboard supremacy in the action packed drama.




Image: Shaun Gladwell, Self Portrait Spinning and Falling (Paris), (2015), Single–channel HD video 16:9 , colour, silent, duration 11:00 minutes



2016 PAST Events and Public Progam


School Holiday Skateboarding Workshops - Wednesdays 13 and 20 April

Looking to keep your kids occupied during the April School Holidays? Why not bring them to work? The John Curtin Gallery will be holding two, two-hour skateboarding workshops for kids of all ages and skill levels during the Holidays as part of its exciting series of public program events. Hosted by the team at Skate Sculpture, the workshops involve general development of skills with experienced instructors. Extra skateboards and protective gear will be provided for anyone that does not already have them. .

The workshop will be held on Wednesday 13 and 20 April 10.00am to 12.00pm
Lunch will be included in the minimal fee of $10 per child
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

BOOK HERE Wednesday 20 April


SCREENING: 13 & 17 April Dogtown and Z Boys
Wednesday 12:30pm & Sunday 2:00pm

Rated M
Synopsis: "Dogtown and Z-Boys," directed and co-written by skateboard legend-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta, is the story of a group of accidental revolutionaries, gifted kids who inadvertently changed the world by doing what came naturally. It is also a unique documentary event: a ground-level, eyewitness account of the birth of an organic American pop culture phenomenon. Narrated by Sean Penn and featuring historic skating footage, a blistering rock soundtrack and interviews.

SCREENING: 20 April Thrashin’
Wednesday 12:30pm

Rated PG
Synopsis LA’s rival skateboarders, the laid back Ramp Locals and the punk rock Daggers go to war for skateboard supremacy in the action packed drama.



FLOOR TALK: Tuesday 12 April 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Capturing the Event – Robert Marshall, Curtin’s Department of Film and Television

Robert Marshall is a Clinical Professional Fellow in Curtin’s Department of Film and Television, with the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. In the context of Fara Fara, Robert will explore the video documentation of the live event, a relatively new genre which enables access to performance and theatre by remote audiences.


SCREENING: 6 & 10 April The Lords of Dogtown
Wednesday 12:30pm & Sunday 2:00pm

Rated M
Synopsis: A drought in 1970s Southern California has an unexpected side effect: as people empty their swimming pools, a group of teen surfers from the Dogtown area of Venice Beach move in with skateboards, and a new sport is born. Based on a true story, this film follows "Z-Boys" skate team members Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), plus manager Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger), as their fearless "pool surfing" leads to fame, fortune -- and misfortune.


Wednesday 30 March 12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Independence Cha-Cha, King Don João to Leopold, and Mobutu to Höller in 40 minutes - Dr Max de Vietri

Dr de Vietri will discuss the discovery of the Congo region by the Portuguese in 1482 which led to the establishment of the Zaire and Mobutu’s influence on musical development and his use of music as a political tool. This will lead the audience to understand Höller’s dual way of viewing things Congolese and Congolese politics.
Dr de Vietri has a master in International Relations and a Doctorate in Social Sciences and International Affairs at Curtin. He currently heads a socio-political advisory group which assists in the partnership of “foreign” economic entities and African governments for the mutual benefit of foreign investors and the African people and through the development of the rich resources of their continent.


Image: Jon Tarry, Dark Mirror White Noise, (2015), immersive sculptural, drawing installation, digital projection, sound, performance, duration 11:00 minutes

Wednesday 9 March 12:30pm – 1:30pm
JON TARRY – FREE ARTISTS TALK @ The John Curtin Gallery

Australian artist Jon Tarry will discuss his current art practice and his work Dark Mirror White Noise which is part of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival.
Tarry creates art as a way of testing ideas about the prosaic, political and poetic, in the form of sculpture, drawing, film and sound.


John Curtin Gallery in association with Park’d is pleased to announce its ongoing series of floor talks and community based activities as part of its free Public Program for 2016.

Wednesday 24 Feb, 11am - 1pm

BBoy crew Zou Rock will demo the dance style that has shaped street dancing around the world.

Thursday 25 Feb, 11am - 1pm

Temporary skate park for pro skaters to demo their skating skills at Curtin University.

Friday 26 Feb, 11am - 1pm

DJ Samwise will host a vocal looping, rapping and beatboxing session.



Jon Tarry and Esther Maria
Artists Talk and Performance
Wednesday 17 February 12:30 – 1:30pm

Multi-disciplinary artist Jon Tarry and Danish vocaliser and songwriter Esther Maria talk about Dark Mirror White Noise. This multi-faceted project spans both Tarry’s immersive installation at the John Curtin Gallery and their collaborative performance at the Chevron Festival Gardens on Monday 22 February.

Shaun Gladwell
Artist Talk
Thursday 11 February 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Artist Shaun Gladwell will discuss his latest video work Self Portrait, Spinning and Falling in Paris, 2016.

Image: Shaun Gladwell, Self Portrait Spinning and Falling (Paris), (2015), Single–channel HD video 16:9 , colour, silent, duration 11:00 minutes

Opening 6.30pm, Wednesday 10 February, 2016

Shaun Gladwell, Carsten Höller and Jon Tarry

A Perth International Arts Festival event supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.


Face to Face juxtaposes multi-faceted works by three distinguished artists: Shaun Gladwell (Australia) Carsten Höller (Belgium) and Jon Tarry (Australia). It is the first time Höller has exhibited work in Western Australia, and it also premieres new work from Gladwell and Tarry. In dedicated gallery spaces the work of each artist provides a dialogue between sound, image and the viewer. Featuring film shot in diverse situations in the Congo, Paris and Perth, the artists unravel the intoxicating power of performance be it solitary or to a mass crowd, competitively or in private.

Face to Face is a mesmerising experience where the intensity of three distinct works is amplified by their engagement with each other and their enticement to share in their energy.

RSVP to or phone 9266 4155.







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