That’s arts and entertainment: empower females


A collaborative effort

Emerging Canberra artist Jess Cochrane will create three limited-edition artworks in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz Canberra, and will host three pop-up giveaways on 17 March. Photo supplied.

Emerging Canberra artist Jess Cochrane will be collaborating with Mercedes-Benz Canberra this weekend to empower females through art.

Cochrane is creating three limited-edition artworks involving the iconic three-pointed star, and the femininity behind the history of Mercedes-Benz and the automotive industry.

On Sunday 17 March, Cochrane will host three pop-up art giveaways from the boot of a Mercedes-Benz Canberra convertible.

The pop-up will appear at Braddon, Kingston and Fyshwick over the course of the day, with different artwork prints and goodie bags up for grabs at each location.

Cochrane says the collaboration is about reclaiming the female form.

“Historically, women have been objectified in print advertising for motor vehicles. This art series is about empowering women by flipping this idea on its head and doing it in our own way.”

This event provides a great opportunity for Canberrans to engage with Cochrane’s work before she moves to London to further her art career.

A fusion of rare talent as poetry and music merge

Two of Australia’s highly-regarded creative talents have joined forces to collaborate on a unique album of songs, Whose Broken Is This?, to be launched alongside a book of poetry of the same name  later this month at Beyond Q Books, Weston.

The album has seen Canberra-based poet John Passant work alongside singer/songwriter Milena Cifali to set Passant’s poetry to music, with the album also incorporating a number of readings by Passant.

The poems being adapted are from Passant’s published volumes, Whose Broken Is This and Other Poems, which will be launched in conjunction with the album, and Songs for the Band Unformed.

Cifali says Passant’s poetry is a vital body of work.

“Thought-provoking, sensitive, brutal, honest and always hopeful. The poems shake and stir the dust in your soul, remaining there long after the dust has settled.”

The Whose Broken Is This? book and CD launch will be held at Beyond Q Books, Weston on 30 March 4.30-6pm with Passant, Cifali, and guest musicians in attendance.

An illuminating conference held for IWD

Earlier this month, over 130 photographers celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) by attending the sold-out Loud and Luminous conference at the ANU School of Arts.

Speakers included a cross-section of photographers, artists, curators, gallerists, educators, photo editors, mentors, festival organisers and photojournalists.

The day also included a handover of the Loud and Luminous book to the National Library of Australia, and an announcement of five artists selected to exhibit and receive a stipend to develop new work for their 2020 exhibition to be held at Photo Access Canberra.

The selected artists for 2020 are Tricia King, Helga Leunig, Tamara Whyte, Suellen Cook and Elise Searson.

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