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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
Craig Walsh recreating
Ballarat residents are being treated to some evocative images projected in
public spaces as part of an innovative Australia-wide tour by internationally
renowned Australian artist Craig Walsh.
Digital Odyssey is an epic two-year national tour organised by the Museum
of Contemporary Art in Sydney. It aims to bring Craig Walsh's evocative
artwork to rural and remote locations throughout Australia.
Craig is in Ballarat throughout December, working with a group of young
multimedia artists and interested professionals working in this field, to
develop themes and create artworks for large-scale public projections.
Walsh's artworks are captivating, visually stunning, responsive projections
in public spaces; on trees, buildings and rivers. The site-specific works are
innovative and transform the banal reality of daily life into fantastic moments
of extraordinary wonder.
According to artist Craig Walsh the project is a two-way collaboration with
the communities he visits.
"Digital Odyssey provides a unique opportunity to immerse my practice in
regional Australia over a two year period. Likewise, the remote areas we
visit will also no doubt have a major effect on the future of my practice,"
Alfred Deakin Place is the central location of the installations and these
stunning projections can be seen from Christmas until early January.
For more information about the project visit www.digitalodyssey.com.au or
call Council's backspace arts venue on 5320 5643.
Aspirations - a small
exhibition with a big heart
The Ballarat Arts Foundation (BAF) is celebrating ten years of fostering,
supporting and promoting local artists with a special showcase exhibition
of the many artists who have won BAF awards.
The Aspirations exhibition is being held in the Clark Education Gallery
at the Gold Museum until 6 February, 2011 and will feature paintings,
drawings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and fashion design, while the
accompanying documentary will feature singers and musicians in a variety
Profiles of all BAF award recipients will form part of this exuberant and
colourful exhibition, which is sponsored by the University of Ballarat and
the Arts Academy, in conjunction with Arts Victoria, and the Gold Museum,
Sovereign Hill Museums Association.
The Ballarat Arts Foundation was first launched at the then Ballarat Fine Art
Gallery on 24 November, 2000. The City of Ballarat has been a Principal
Supporter of the Foundation since that time. The Foundation has also
enjoyed seed funding from the Rotary Club of Ballarat South and strong
support from The Courier.
The Foundation was designed to celebrate and support the achievements
and aspirations of visual and performing artists who have lived, worked or
studied in Ballarat. Many of these artists have received awards or support
from the Foundation, allowing them to go on exploring their talent and
making a mark on the art world.
In a letter of thanks to the Foundation, triple-award recipient Claire George
"I feel proud to live in a city which harbors and welcomes the arts, and
have the utmost respect for the BAF and its support and nurturing for young
artists like myself".
Above: Craig Walsh workshop with students from Murray Bridge High School,
2010 single-channel digital projection Murray Bridge, South Australia. Image
courtesy and © the artist. Photo: Craig Walsh
Below: Gold Museum assistant curator Claire Muir at the Aspirations exhibition.
Photo courtesy of The Courier
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