Article: Melbourne Composers' League, Elbow Room: Mini Festival

An article has been written by Alan Holley about the Melbourne Composers’ League concert held in Montsalvat’s Barn Gallery on Sunday 30th September 2018.

Holley writes:

In the historic Montsalvat in the hills just out of Melbourne two concerts of 19 new works were presented by the Melbourne Composers’ League in just one day. The MCL is a rarity in Australia - a group of composers who band together to present new music with a focus on composers from Victoria. Appropriate then that the concert was held in the grounds of the important mid-20th century artist colony, a place devoted to communal artistic endeavours.

Encompassing composers of differing professional development, MCL concerts can be varied but all surely offer up a few gems. There was no theme in the selection for this one day mini festival and the music presented was a cross section from some of the members. And still it ran like clockwork due to the sterling efforts of co-curators Johanna Selleck (composer/flautist) and Colin McKellar.

To read the entire article click here

MCL MONTSALVAT 2018_FINAL2.jpg

Current Artist in Residence, Chalise van Wyngaardt, opens play in this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival

Our current Artist in Residence Chalise van Wyngaardt opens her new play Objectophilia as part of the Fringe Festival on the 14th of September.  Written by Charlise during her residency here at Montsalvat, it’s a must see!

MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD PRODIGY CHALISE VAN WYNGAARDT PRESENTS ‘OBJECTOPHILIA’: THE ONE WOMAN ROMANCE WITH A CAST OF TWO

What kind of love is too taboo for you to accept? Queer spoken word artist and theatre-maker Chalise van Wyngaardt throws out the question this Melbourne Fringe in her latest one-woman play: Objectophilia, a psycho-romantic drama with a not-so-conventional love interest: a lamp. Poetic spoken-word monologue and neurotic physical theatre collide as Chalise dives into the mind of the Objectophile (or Objectum-Sexual), cracking open a conversation that will make you wish you stayed home with a nice RomCom.

The core focus of Chalise’s spoken-word and theatre has always been the intersection of faith and sexuality. She received full house standing ovations last Melbourne Fringe and has toured her spoken word poetry through numerous events and festivals across Australia. Objectophilia is Chalise’s most daring step yet, towards solving the age old conundrum: What is the nature of love and sexuality?

‘It started off as a joke,’ says Chalise, ‘I was drinking beers with a mate one night, and he started impersonating a hypermasculine aussie bloke who was so lonely, he formed an intimate relationship with a lamp. He just would not let this joke go, telling me in length about all the dates he’d go on with this lamp, ‘till he started crying about the fact that the bartender laughed his relationship off and wouldn’t serve his lamp a drink at the pub. Then it struck me – this story sounds exactly like the story of being queer in a conservative right-wing society!’

Chalise’s research found an entire community of ‘objectum-sexuals’ (a term coined by the woman who married the Berlin Wall) whose coming-out stories sound all-too-similar to her own story, and to so many stories in the LGBTQI community. ‘So where’s the line?’ Asks Chalise, ‘and if there isn’t one, where’s our trigger?’

Chalise is in love with language, and language loves her right back. As a poet and performer she has never not impressed me.’ Steve Smart, MPU President

“Chalise has sparks of Dante, Keats, Shakespeare, Ginsberg, with even more raw power than Patti Smith…” ―Peter Davis, 3CR Spoken Word

OBJECTOPHILIA
Dates:
September 14 – 21 (excl. Monday 17th)
Times: 7:45 PM (6:45 PM Sunday) (50 minutes)
Venue: Son of Loft, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne
Tickets: Full $20, Conc. $18.50, Preview $17, Group 4+ $17.50ea

TO BOOK TICKETS visit melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 9666
For media enquiries contact: Chalise van Wyngaardt, 0402 709 606 or chalisevw@gmail.com

Objectophilia_PROMO_Image.jpeg

Jessica Jarvie - Winner, Peoples Choice Award, The Nillumbik Prize 2018

The winner of the Peoples Choice Award, The Nillumbik Prize 2018 was drawn on 18th July 2018 and the winner is Jessica Jarvie for her artwork, Winter Blues. 

The People Choice award of $500 is offered to the artist of the work deemed most popular by the people throughout the duration of the Nillumbik Prize 2018 finalists exhibition.

The Nillumbik Prize is a diverse exhibition which welcomes a broad variety of mediums and this year was no exception. The 2018 call out received entries spanning video, sculpture, painting, photography, installation, textiles, ceramics and glass, to name a few. Montsalvat was thrilled to, once again, host and administer this prize from the initial call for entries, all the way through to the resulting exhibition, and have enjoyed the experience of sharing it with our visitors over its' two month duration (31 May - 22 July 2018).

An enormous congratulations to Jessica Jarvie!

Congratulations also to all of this year's applicants who have each brought such passion and appreciation to this annual art prize. 

Image: Jarvie Jessica, 'Winter Blues', watercolour on paper, 67cm x 86cm

Jarvie_Jessica_Winter Blues_watercolour on paper_59.4x84.1cm.JPG

Siri Hayes - Winner, The Nillumbik Prize 2018

The winner of the Nillumbik Prize 2018, as well as two Highly Commended awards, were selected and announced by Mark Feary, Artistic Director of Gertrude Contemporary, at the official opening of the exhibition on Thursday 31 May 2018. 

Siri Hayes was named winner of The Nillumbik Prize 2018 for her work Yellow oranges and purple browns, and Samuel Condon and Ash Keating were both awarded high commendations. Mark Feary had this to say about the Prize and his selection;

'Some 15 years after its founding, the Nillumbik Prize demonstrates its capacity to evolve and reflect the shifting nature of artistic practice. In selecting Siri Hayes as the 2018 recipient for her work 'Yellow oranges and purple browns', I was attracted to her abstraction of the photographic. It is a digital image of an image not yet formed, and indeed one that will never be revealed. With a nod to modernist abstraction in painting, the work nevertheless positions itself very much within a contemporary context. 
The work of Ash Keating similarly reflects upon the medium of painting. Yet instead of a canvas, Ash uses a vast concrete wall of an unremarkable industrial facility. As if to note the blight of such bland architecture, the artist paints its entire surface as if to evaporate the vision of the building entirely. Samuel Condon’s skillfully rendered painting has a scale that encourages intimacy. Somewhat timeless in its representation, the work shows its capacity to be highly representational, while almost dispensing with the full plane of the canvas.' 

The Nillumbik Prize is a diverse exhibition which welcomes a broad variety of mediums and this year was no exception. The 2018 call out received entries spanning video, sculpture, painting, photography, installation, textiles, ceramics and glass, to name a few. Montsalvat was thrilled to, once again, host and administer this prize from the initial call for entries, all the way through to the resulting exhibition, and will enjoy the experience of sharing it with our visitors over its' two month duration (31 May - 22 July 2018).

This year, the Nillumbik Prize received 182 artwork entries from 136 artists who either reside in or have a connection to the Nillumbik Shire. The selection panel consisted of Anthony Fitzpatrick of TarraWarra Museum, artist Christine Johnson and Grace Longato, Cultural Collections Officer at the Nillumbik Shire Council. We offer our thanks to the selection panel for their expert insights and integrity which resulted in a wonderfully diverse exhibition.

We would also like to thank Mark Feary sincerely for his generosity in judging The Nillumbik Prize 2018, and for his considerate and thoughtful evaluations of the many works on show. 

Last, but most certainly not least, we extend our enormous congratulations to the winners, the finalists, and all of this year's applicants who have each brought such passion and appreciation to this annual art prize. 

Visit the exhibition to have your say in the People's Choice Award, which will be drawn and announced on Wednesday the 18th July.

Image: 2018 Winner Siri HayesYellow oranges and purple browns, 2017, inkjet on cotton rag paper, 77cm x 77cm

Hayes_Siri_Yellow oranges and purple brown_inkjet on cotton rag paper_77 x 77cm.jpg