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Manly Arts Festival 2011

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Don't know your pastels from your pastiche or your charcoals from your chiaroscuro? It doesn't matter because Manly Arts Festival has something for everyone, even the arts uninitiated. This explosion of visual arts, exhibitions, performance, workshops and special, literary and youth events hits the famous seaside town in September.

Digital Image: June Lahm - Reflections. 2011
Image appears courtesy of the Manly Arts Festival website


Full descriptions and contact details for all events can be found on the Festival website and a free program can be downloaded here. Below are some snippets of information to whet your appetite.

A free launch night will herald in the festival at Manly Art Gallery and Museum on Friday evening 2 September. Special guest is Nell Schofield, Australian actor, artist and writer.

After that things really kick into action. Community "art for all" activities mean that you can draw, stitch, nail, sculpt, paint or print to your heart's content through the glorious Manly early spring. They include Bin Your Art where residents are invited to attach a piece of art to their garbage bin on collection day for public (and possibly pongy) viewing, and Art in a Jar where anyone can place photos, drawings or mini sculptures in a jar to join a colourful and personal display. You can even swap jars at the end of the day.

If you're a dab hand a with a stick of chalk then relive your childhood by drawing on the recycled-surfboards-turned-into-chalkboards that will be placed around Manly for your drawing pleasure. If craft is more your thing you might like to get stitching for the Pillow on a Bench project.

Image appears courtesy of the Manly Arts Festival website

Manly Art Gallery will be a festival hub. It's the venue for the major festival exhibition Offshore: Artists of Scotland Island and Pittwater's Western Foreshore. This exhibition, curated by Katherine Roberts, will showcase the varied themes, styles and media employed by the members of this creative community. On Monday 5 September you can enjoy brunch and a guided tour of the exhibition. Also on show will be On the Beach: Gems from the MAG&M Collection, displaying the history of beach and swimwear in Manly, and contemporary arts and crafts from Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills.

At the Gallery you can also find out How to Buy Art:A Practical Guide or join in Manly's Big Draw: Sea Mail where you can add to the art installation through text, paint or collage - whatever takes your fancy.

One of the festival highlights will be Northern Beaches Open Studio Weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. If you've ever thought of the life of an artist as a lonely and penniless existence in a dark garret somewhere, then prepare to have your eyes opened. Travel to the delightful Northern Beaches where the artists themselves will throw open the doors of their studios and galleries, and give you an insight into life for an artist in the twenty-first century.
Image appears courtesy of the Manly Arts Festival website


Kids haven't been forgotten in the festival program. Activities and events for young people include Youth Art Cafe, an exhibition by young local artists; the 24/7 Youth Film Festival, a film-making competition for young people aged 12 to 25; and Manly Library Youth Photography Competition where happy snappers aged 12 to 20 can submit works on the theme 'Bush to Beach" and win great prizes.

Image appears courtesy of the Manly Arts Festival website


The festival isn't all about art. Musical events include the 6th Annual Manly Warringah Pipe Band Festival and Highland Gathering, the Sydney Vocal Arts Centre Showcase, and Jazz in the Kirk Cafe. The Sydney Chamber Music Festival will present three concerts on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.

If your tastes run more to the written and spoken word you haven't been left out either. Writers and poets of Pittwater will read from their works at Offshore Creatives: Books & Writing on Sunday 18 September and Saturday Storytime at Manly Library will feature local picture book authors reading their works for children.

The free Lantern Parade and Family Picnic will be the festival finale on Saturday 17 September from 4 to 8pm. Manly Art Gallery will provide the backdrop for a range of performances, and people are invited to bring a picnic and lanterns or carnival masks to celebrate the festival's colourful conclusion.

Image appears courtesy of the Manly Arts Festival website


Spring into spring this September at the Manly Arts Festival. If you can't find something to amuse, educate, entertain or inform you from this year's festival lineup then you're not really trying.
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Why? Because there's arty fun for everyone
When: 2 to 18 September 2011
Where: Manly, Northern Beaches and Pittwater
Cost: Varies for event or activity. Many are free.
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RAGLAN GALLERY is located at
1 West Promenade, Manly.
(next door from Civic Club)

Representing Australian artists both here and internationally, the gallery has
been operating for nearly thirty years. It has represented Australian art at SOFA
Chicago, for eighteen years, has shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum for five
years as well as Art London and at Saatchi Gallery, London.

Please, come to visit us!
By Jan - reader
Wednesday, 31st of August @ 11:37 am
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