As I sit here preparing for my first solo show, Becoming Gertrude, the question before me is what is my intrinsic motivation for doing it!
If teenagers, work, hobby farm, menagerie are not enough, the need to create and perform, bubbles through me like a unquenchable aquifer or thirst. Today I finally take time to reflect on the Regional Arts Conference and share my observations regarding this annual regional event.
What was the intrinsic motivation to seek sponsorshop from Country Arts WA to attend the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit and was it met?
As an emerging, exhumed regional artist; the content and focus of industry based conferences can be of questionable value sometimes and quite terrifying when you know so few people., let alone standing out like dogs paws. If it had not been for the Country Arts funding I would not have put my art first and taken the time from the day job and family to attend. I would attend again.
Now months later and overdue in my aquital, I wonder about the leads, contacts, opportunities and inspiration the conference generated and how easily it is to drop the balls offered by the conference environment and its fabulous array of characters.
The Regional Arts Conference is a good reminder to keep investing time and energy into the art of making and no matter how much I procrastinate and block, the artist in me is not going away so best I become informed and connected to the fabulous world of the arts in Western Australia.
Becoming Gertrude is showing as part of FAR Festival Far Fetched consists of three contemporary performance from local artists on the 24 FEBRUARY 2018. Performances at 2:00 PM and 8:00PM. Location:85 Vancouver Street, Albany, 6330. Tickets $20 purchase from TryBooking Or contact Vancouver Arts Centre at or 6820 3740. All other events are free!
The Vancouver Arts Centre is launching the Fringe Arts Regional (FAR) Festival 2018 this February. FAR Festival 2018 is part of the Vancouver Arts Centre’s commitment to supporting and encouraging the development of contemporary performance and creative practice in the Great Southern region.
The Festival features four weeks of artistic programming culminating in an incredible night of contemporary performance. Titled FAR FETCHED, the night features three performances: Air and Artefact by Annette Carmichael and James Gentle, Becoming Gertrude by Liz Jack, and Gertrude WellEase and The Presence of Wool choreographed by Sym Parr, with Rita Bush and Emma Leggatt. The night finishes with brief experimental performances from local acts and a big dance party at FAR OUT on Saturday 24 February 2018 from 8pm.
The Vancouver Arts Centre have taken the plunge for the first FAR Festival with the support of Denmark Arts, Creative Albany Inc, Tone List and the Albany Entertainment Centre.
View the program booklet here: