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Upstairs at the Gallery -
The Art Galler y of Ballarat’s new music series, Upstairs at the Galler y is
enticing people to get out and about in the winter months, with an inspiring
line up of artists making use of the brilliant acoustics of the main rooms
of the Gallery.
The music series kicked off in May with a sell-out performance by the popular
Seraphim Trio. This was followed by a number of contemporar y music concerts
presented by Adam Simmons. These contemporary concerts have grown in
popularity with each performance, as word of mouth has spread and the
cosy, atmospheric Galler y environment has attracted people looking to do
something a little different over the winter months.
The music program has been designed to complement the Gallery’s primar y
role as a focus for visual arts by bringing in new audiences for different
Seraphim Trio return in August with a romantic, passionate program of music
by Tchaikovsky, Bloch and Mozart, and there are two more concerts from
Adam Simmons planned for 21 September and 2 November.
Adam Simmons grew up in Ballarat but is now based in Melbourne and has
a national reputation as a skilled performer, composer and improviser.
In his four concerts for Upstairs at the Gallery he has selected very different
performers to pair up with. The first two concerts saw him play with Noriko
Tadano, who performs on the Japanese shamisen, and Wang Zheng-Ting,
a master of the sheng, the Chinese mouth organ.
He returns in September with experimental “art rock” musician David Brown
and in November with singer-songwriter Wendy Morrison and Italian pianist
Details of the remaining concerts are available from the Art Galler y of Ballarat website at
www.artgaller yofballarat.com.au or by contacting the Galler y on 5320 5858.
kat Pengelly costumes
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is again demonstrating its support of local artists,
with an exhibition of artistic fashion by Ballarat-based artist Kat Pengelly.
The exhibition, called Launch Pad, features two collections of artful, sculptural
Described by Kat as ‘conceptual haute couture’, the eye-catching designs
are largely nautical-themed which bring together street fashion with less
functional sculptural inspiration such as large boat shaped collars, anchors,
marine rope and life buoys.
Kat has established a reputation for innovative work over the past 15 years.
Her work is often related to performance and is frequently wearable, eye
catching and thought-provoking, involving hair, make-up, choreography,
music, sound, lights, film and photo elements.
The exhibition also features her first pair of shoes, having attended a course
in shoe making run by internationally acclaimed shoe-makers Prescott and
Mackay of London.
The exhibition opened on Saturday 25 June, with a fashion show, multimedia
display and cocktail function in the Art Gallery of Ballarat Function Hall,
attended by over 300 people.
Launch Pad: An Exhibition of artful fashion is on display at the Art Gallery
of Ballarat until Sunday 14 August. Entr y is free.
Above: 300 people packed into the Art Gallery of Ballarat Function Hall to experience
the glamour and hype of a fashion parade for the opening of Launch Pad
Below: East meets west - Adam Simmons and Wang Zheng-Ting play on western and
asian flutes for the last Upstairs at the Galler y concert in June
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