In the late 90’s a group of like-minded people decided to take a gamble and open an artist-run-space in one of the Melbourne’s notorious inner suburbs. Little would they realise that their humble Fitzroy gallery would become one of Melbourne’s longest running artist-run-spaces. I believe that part of the success of 69 Smith Street Gallery has been due to the dedication of a few of the original members who to this day are still playing an active part in the running of the gallery. As National Volunteer week begins (13-19 May) I find myself reflecting on my experiences of volunteering at Smith Street.
- People matters. An artist run space attracts people of all sizes, ages, and interests. I have met some wonderful talented people who have shown and taught me respect, patience and tolerance.
- Opportunity knocks. There is always something that needs doing, which translates to opportunities for sharing and learning new skills.
- Glass half full. By working together challenges soon become opportunities.
- With all its ups and downs the most important thing to remember is to HAVE FUN.
69 Smith Street Gallery will be celebrating 15 years of operations with a limited edition book of works by past and current members and a special end of year exhibition. For Information on membership, exhibiting or volunteering at the 69 Smith Street Gallery please visit www.69smithstreet.com.au
Time to get out your cameras, film rolls and creative spirits to celebrate Film Photography Day on Friday 13th April, 2013. Lomography Australia/NZ are celebrating Film Photography Day with LomoMatrix* events in 3 cities in Australia!
Date: Saturday 13 April
Time: 11am -1pm
Melbourne Location: Federation Square, corner of Flinders Street & St Kilda Road – near the information booth (Melbourne peeps can meet at 10am for a quick LomoWalk as well!)
Sydney Location: Dawes Point Park, Hickson Road The Rocks – on the grass down by the water.
Perth Location:-Hyde Park, Vincent Street – by the water playground
Bring your cameras (35mm is best for LomoMatrix), and they will supply the film… Don’t forget your funny hats, party balloons, streamers, inflatable friends, cosplay outfits and water pistols.
*LomoMatrix – Gather a bunch of Lomographers together, create a massive circle and let them shoot a picture right at the same time of somebody who makes a cool move in the middle. The outcome? A 360 degrees ‘Matrix’ – Lomography style.
We hope to see you there!
Finding Time is a collaboration of images created in response to improvised music by Mark Lockett, Richard Nunns and Jeff Henderson.
Mark Lockett has a degree in Jazz performance from Massey University and has toured and performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. His recent CD was recorded in NYC and received funding from Arts Victoria to tour Australia.
Richard Nunns is an expert in traditional Maori instruments. His music has featured on movies such as The Whale Rider and the Lord of the Rings. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Victoria University (2008), a Queen’s Service Medal (2009) and is a member of the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
Jeff Henderson is New Zealands leader performer of improvised and experimental music. He multi-talented and has performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA.
Location: Brunswick Street Gallery, 322 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Opening: Fri 22 March 2013, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: Fri 22 March to Thur 4 April 2013.
Don’t be fooled Gold Street Studios in Trentham East will be hosting a day of pinhole photography on Monday 1 April 2013. The day will be facilitated by Mike McCaw with special guest speaker David Tatnall. David produces gorgeous pinhole images, please visit his website www.davidtatnall.com for information on Davids images and workshops.
On Tuesday 2 April 2013 Gold Street Studios will be hosting the first Wet Plate Gathering. The day will be facilitated by Craig Tuffin. Craig has been a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and winning the Premiers Multicultural Photographic Awards (Peoples Choice). For more information on the Wet Plate Gathering please visit www.goldstreetstudios.com.
69 Smith Street relies on, encourages and acknowledges the dedication and hard work of its volunteers. As a thank you the Gallery will be showcasing the diverse works of some of the volunteers whose enthusiasm and commitment has helped the Gallery become a leading and legendary Fitzroy institution.
Location: 69 Smith Street Gallery, 69 Smith Street Fitzroy
Opening: Sat 2 March 2013, 4-6pm
Exhibition dates: Wed 27 February to Sun 17 March 2013.