Art and About Sydney – Opening Night

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The opening of Art and About Sydney was celebrated at Martin Place earlier tonight. The celebration, coined as Friday Night Live, was an evening of cocktails, music and film that set the tone for what is sure to be an inspiring and exciting festival. The event started with a screening of The Arrival by Shaun Tan with a live performance of the score by percussionist Ben Walsh and the 10-piece Orkestra of the Underground. Next The Break filled the audience with trippy space age rock from their new album, Space Farm. Delicious cocktails were on offer throughout the night alongside quirky food trucks. 

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For the night owls the evening was just beginning. Attendees could head to the Justice and Police Museum for part one of Penguin Plays Rough at City of Shadows exhibition. This exhibition/performance/literary hybrid brings together ten writers, comedians, playwrights and other wordsmiths to create a story, over several months, in response to a photo chosen from the Police Forensic Archive.

For those looking for a chilled evening Custom’s House library offered the solution: relaxed music, readings and performance. Other recommendations for the night included seeing the Artists’ Market at the State Library of NSW or taking in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Australian Museum.

Art and About Sydney boasts an eclectic and intriguing mix of artworks and performances that will bring the city to life from the 20th of September to the 20th of October. Have a look at the full spread of events and exhibitions here. In the next weeks I will be trying to see and review as much of the festival as possible! Happy festivaling!

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PICTURE 1000 WORDS

Picture 1000 Words

This September my writing will be exhibited in photo-literary collaboration PICTURE 1000 WORDS. The exhibition, which explores the power of images to inspire written creativity, will be exhibited from the 2nd to the 29th of September at the City Library Gallery, Melbourne.

Fascinated by the varying interpretations that people often make of his images, documentary and travel photographer Cam Cope decided to conduct an experiment: to see what happens when authors are invited to respond to his photographs in writing. Playing on the old adage ‘a picture paints a thousand words’, Cam Cope asked each author to respond to a collection of enigmatic photographs from around the world.

None of the writers were told the real world origins of the photos and our imaginations were left to fill in the details (I still do not know where my picture was taken). Each story had to be penned to an exact 1000 word count for authenticity. Which is a detail that I respect but found hard to complete. It was an exciting process to be part of that began back in 2012. My story ‘South Beach’, that will be included, inspired the longer ‘Home’ published in the UTS Anthology.

The exhibition will feature thirteen large print photographs by Cam Cope, paired with thirteen one-thousand-word short stories written by Alice Allan, Andrew Bitfield, Jessie Cole, Rijn Collins, Brett Hamm, Kate Hennessy, Mary- anne Khan, Louise Nicholls, Ashley Orr, Holly Ringland, Luke Wright, Aisling Smith and me.

A short story anthology / photo book of Picture 1000 Words will be launched concurrently to the exhibition in September and be available for order at http://www.camcope.com. All prints are limited edition and available for sale.

Over the next few weeks I will be releasing extracts from the exhibition and hopefully more things along the same vein. Please come along to the opening night! You can RSVP here.

Also check out Cam Cope’s awesome blog: www.camcope.wordpress.com .
Picture 1000 Words

Exhibition Dates: 2 – 29 September 2013
Opening Celebration: Thursday September 5th 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: The Gallery @ City Library 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 7.45pm, Friday 8am – 5.45pm, Saturday 10am – 4.45pm, Sunday 12pm – 4.45pm (closed public holidays).

CONTACT Cam Cope for more info, images or interview opportunities on contact@camcope.com or 0400 565 558