It's that exciting time of the year again, the 'silly' season, when we all drive around carparks for hours looking for parking; head into crowded shops to buy presents; and start singing 'Silent Night' in good cheer. Not so silent and far more relaxing is the upcoming Brunswick South Arts Festival being held at the Brunswick South Primary School, 56 Brunswick Road, Brunswick East on Friday 28 Nov 2014 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 29 Nov 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Friday 28 Nov is the Gala Opening night and requires $20 at the door to attend or you could buy tickets online at Trybooking. On Sat 29 Nov it's free to enter the Arts Festival, however a gold coin donation is required to view the artist's work on exhibition.
The quality of art on display is going to be amazing. You have to but CLICK HERE for a bit of a sneak peak as to what to expect on the night. There will also be a display of photographs, hand crafted jewellery, ceramics/sculpture, festival workshops, drawing, literature and entertainment that will bring together the best of local dance. Enjoy stalls of clothes, books, cakes, African and local food and sideshows with prizes to win.
Young budding artists will have the benefit of two leading figures in the field instructing them when they put pen to paper to create cartoons and illustrations. This featured main attraction will be hosted by children's book author Adam Wallace, and cartoonist for adults and kids, and father of a Brunswick South Primary School student, Andrew Weldon.
With more than 30 published works behind him, author and illustrator Adam Wallace's books are firm favourites with children thanks to their fun and exciting content. His titles include: Rhymes with Art, Jamie Brown is NOT Rich and Better Out Than In Number Twos, which was recently shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.
A cartoonist of note, Andrew Weldon's cartoons appear regularly in The Age newspaper, The New Yorker, The Spectator and The Big Issue to name a few, not to mention several books he has published. He is also a political cartoonist (appears in The Age regularly) and has illustrated many a Paul Jennings book with his cartoons.
If a pop up Christmas card workshop takes your fancy, why not one with Mary Ellen Jordan who is a children's book author and writer with books that have been shortlisted in a number of major literary awards. She also makes art and craft with paper. Join her to make your own pop up Christmas card and learn simple techniques you can use at home time and again.
If puppetry is your thing then there are workshops for that as well with Lemony S Puppet Theatre. With over 20 years theatre experience between two highly skilled puppet theatre makers Sarah Kriegler and Jacob Williams, I would be racing in to make bookings for all these exciting workshops with such great talents. Workshops cost between $5 and $10 with equipment supplied and proceeds going to the school. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the workshops. Check out the website or the Facebook Page for more details and to keep up to date.