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Pride Gallery’s first exhibit opens

And also… 
Unexpected art struggle
High Tea with Prue
Tex and the Fat Rubber Band
More tix for Iphigenia
Organ back in action @ All Saints’ 
Wilbur Wilde Raising Standards
Aidan’s farewell rescheduled online

This Week in St Kilda #277

All events are subject to COVID announcements

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TWiSK is always free, proudly independent and totally self-fundedidentity, adornment, transformation @ Pride Gallery
Until 9 September
The Victorian Pride Centre is thrilled to stage identity, adornment, transformation as the inaugural exhibition for the Pride Gallery.
Curator Mish Eisen has brought Indigenous LGBTIQ+ artists together to create an exhibition exploring discovery of identity, resonance of adornment and bearings of transformation. Free
Book a Centre Tour

Carolyn Menzies | In Slender Times @ Linden Project Space
Until 29 August, Wednesday – Friday 11am – 4pm
Virtual Opening night via zoom – 10 August 6 pm
Carolyn Menzies presents a series of sculptural works and charcoal drawings that explore the intersection of art and craft. Menzies’ sculptures are made from steel wool and steel mesh.
The project space in not wheelchair accessible

Iphigenia in Splott @ Red Stitch
Until Sunday 8 August
Hurry, there are new seats released for the sold out production of Iphigenia in Splott available.
Don’t miss the chance to find out what all the fuss is about.

Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller’s Sing-A-Long Society @ Memo
Wednesday 4 August, 7 pm
Join the sing-along-society – fun times. $25

Art of Friendship @ Carlisle Street Arts Space
Until Wednesday 18 August, Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 5 pm
An exhibition about the strong ties between locals and Suai/Covalima in Timor-Leste. Free
Exhibition opening
 Thursday 5 August, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm Please register 
Film screening
 The Art of Friendship film screening, Thursday 12 August at 6 pm. Register to attend the film screening 

Strange Bedfellows > Analogue vs Digital @ Linden YouTube and Facebook
Thursday 5 August, 6 pm to 7 pm Free
Strange Bedfellows pairs two speakers on completely unrelated subjects, followed by questions from the audience.
The next bedfellows are 
Richard Sowada, 
founder and director of the Revelation Film Festival and Director of the St Kilda Film Festival; and 
Darren Vukasinovic,
founding CEO of Ignition Immersive & Inverse, with over 25 years’ experience.

Ben Salter @ George Lane
Tasmanian based songwriter and performer of eclectic acoustic-electronic sci fi folk jazz music.

High Tea with Prue Acton @ Brightspace
RESCHEDULED Saturday 14 August, 2 pm – 4 pm
Enjoy a special ticketed High Tea – Prue Acton in Conversation with Jacinta Parsons. $44
High Tea tix
Don’t miss the final week of the Prue Acton exhibition
Until Friday 6 August, Wednesday – Friday 11 am- 5 pm
View works on-line Coffee with a purpose @ St Kilda PCYC
Launch Saturday 7 August, 9 am – 11 am Free coffee
Olive’s Lane is a new coffee shop with a lot of heart at the local youth club and gym, St Kilda PCYC.
The café proceeds will help fund youth outreach programs and healthy activities.
The café is named after St Kilda PCYC’s founder, Olive Johnston
More info 
179 Inkerman Street, St Kilda.

Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band @ Memo
Tex has an exciting new band with Matt Walker.
It’s a blues swamp-groove kinda thing that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue. $55 / $40
Tix | YouTube 

St Kilda Repair Café @ EcoCentre St Kilda
Volunteer fixers and menders give their time and know-how to try to fix anything that is broken or needs mending – electrical appliances, computers, bicycles, clothing, jewellery.
For more information 
55A Blessington St, St Kilda.

Organ recital @ All Saints’ East St Kilda
The organ at All Saints’ has been under wraps for several months while roof repairs were going on. Now it’s ready to be heard again in all its magnificence under the guiding hands of organist Terry Norman. 
$25.00 (full), $20.00 (concession); students with a valid student card are admitted free
2 Chapel Street, East St Kilda

Wilbur Wilde ‘Raising Standards’ @ Memo
Wilbur with some of the finest cats in the biz:  Eugene Ball (Trumpet) Mike Jordan (Drums and Cymbals), Phillip Rex (Bass) and Mark Fitzgibbon (Piano). $40 / $30

Aidan’s Farewell to St Kilda concert @ Online from Christ Church
Sunday 8 August, 7:30pm
A very special event for Aidan McGartland, a local musicologist and opera singer. 
Aidan has been accepted to pursue his music studies at the prestigious University of Oxford. He will be based at Christ Church college. Join him in a musical celebration before he leaves to say farewell and help fundraise for his dream.
The concert presents many notable and emerging musicians, alongside Aidan, including Linda Barcan, Dean Sky-Lucas and Lisette Bolton, with special guest Suzanne Johnson as host. $30

How to get away with Murder @ Sisters in Crime YouTube
Get away with it now 
The snap lock down didn’t stop the Sisters recording this wildly entertaining event for you. Authors Vikki Petraitis, Karina Kilmore, Narrelle M Harris and Ilsa Evans take a humorous stab at revealing what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to making a killing.
The advantages – and disadvantages – of poison, bullets, a push off a tall building or cliff, or the Strangers on a Train scenario (or for Melburnians, Strangers on a Tram).


The Who’s Tommy @ Palais
From Friday 13 August – Saturday 21 August (two matinees)
He may be deaf, dumb and blind but he sure plays a mean pinball. Rescheduled from 2020!

Feels Like Home Festival @ Space2b
Sunday 29 August, 12pm – 3 pm
The festival kicks off at 12pm with the launch of the vibrant street art gracing the laneway behind Space2b.
The St Kilda Primary School Band will join Zimbabwean drummers in a parade from Space2b along Chapel Street to the Uniting Church, St Kilda.
Culturally diverse performances as well as culinary offerings from Nepal, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India and Brazil will be on offer from 1pm to 3pm
Parade at Space2b – 144 Chapel St, St Kilda
Festival at Uniting Church – 163 Chapel St, St Kilda

Unexpected art clashes with the permit system

Art, politics and permits can be a diabolical minefield as artist Julie Shiels found as she navigated the frustrating and expensive world of Council permits.
Former St Kilda resident and prolific artist Julie Shiels used some of her lockdown hours to create political parodies using grandmaster paintings featuring quotes and headshots from national ‘leaders’.
The result was The Grandmasters: Six months is a long time in politics
“Addressing climate change, women’s issues and COVID, the digital collages draw on art history and combine historical and mythic imagery with verbatim quotes from our political leaders,’ she told TWiSK.
Temporary hoarding ideal for a temporary exhibit
Seeking a cheeky public place to exhibit the collected works, Julie got permission from friends to use temporary construction hoardings on their Ferrars Street property as an exhibition space.
All good so far, and the social media feedback was positive, with the unexpected art bringing joy to walkers during the recent lockdowns.
‘You made my day. I just stumbled on these work. Especially good at time when we can’t go to a gallery.’
‘So great. Came across them by accident last week. Back again today for a second browse. Bravo.’
Parodies get ripped off
But soon after installation, persons unknown, for reasons unknown, systematically ripped down all the posters.
This offended Julie and raised her hackles.
“I had permission from the owners to use the space,” she proclaimed.
Before reinstalling the art, Julie contacted Council to legitimise the exhibit by getting a permit – and then a whole new world of trouble began.
More hurdles than the Olympics
There were forms to be lodged, fees to be paid and more hurdles than at the Olympics.
But most frustrating was the contradictory advice given by the ‘next person’ at council.
One officer suggested an $1100 fee, another $200, others were not sure that a permit was required – it was a conga line of contradictions.
Frustrated, Julie even wrote a lengthy letter to the Mayor, in part saying “it would be a sad state of affairs if onerous requirements deprive communities of the surprise encounters that temporary artworks provide.”
Undaunted, Julie intends to proceed with more unexpected art.
Watch that space!
Suggest a St Kilda location
Do you have any suggestions for building sites or public spaces where Julie can paste up her work?
View the works online 
Greg Day
Happy to chat anytime 0418 345 829
Content suggestions and community questions are always welcome.

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