Launceston 2010

Junction 2010 national conference was held in Launceston, Tasmania from August 27-29 building on the inspiration and momentum created at Art at the Heart. In 2010 delegates experienced a cool change in Australia’s most southern and only island state.  

Junction 2010 attracted 710 delegates from across Australia and overseas to Launceston.  The four action‐packed days of the conference included six plenary sessions, 45 concurrent sessions, a hands‐on stream, four twilight PechaKucha sessions, a poster room and a series of interactive displays.

The Junction Arts Festival attracted an estimated 62,000 members of the public to engage with one or more of the 47 festival events. The festival included exhibitions, theatre, dance, opera, installations, participatory events and a big top featuring live music and performances each evening. The festival has resulted in Junction becoming an ongoing winter festival.

Ian Pidd, Artistic Director:

Ian is a freelance director of theatre and events. He was for four years the artistic director of the acclaimed Back to Back theatre with whom the Green Room nominated the Mind’s Eye and a number of award winning productions.

Ian was the Chair of the Fringe Festival for seven years and has had direct hands-on experience in the engine room of festivals ranging in size from the Natimuk Fringe to Moomba. Ian was Artistic Director of Back To Back Theatre from 1995 - 1998, directed shows for Snuff Puppets from 1998 - 2009. He is currently the co-artistic director of The Village Festival that exists to provide an intimate environment in which professional and non-professional artists and audiences can meet each other.

Regional Arts Australia Conference Launceston

Highlights:

WRITERS IN THE CAFE

This project began during a conversation with the Tasmanian Writers Centre: seven writers would set up their pens/computers/quills in popular cafes in the city. The punters would be encouraged to ask the writers to create poems, love letters, letters of complaint, etc. It was imagined that the service would be light‐hearted, throwaway, fun. What happed was that people took the service very seriously. The writers found themselves writing letters to children who had passed away, a letter to a mother who had died, a letter from a husband to his wife admitting an affair and begging for forgiveness. The writers found themselves performing a much needed social function. Several of the writers have been back to the cafes offering the same service in the months since the festival.

“Writers reported that they enjoyed the project greatly, and more than they had expected, because many people used the service to write letters which were significant in their personal lives. Writers reported that they felt honoured to be taken into the confidence and personal experiences of these people. Examples of letters included a letter to a parent estranged for 20 years; a letter of closure to a loved one who had passed away; a letter to a baby to be read on its eighteenth birthday; a letter to an ill grandparent. There were also letters of a lighter nature expressing love and fun.” Esther Ottaway, Communications Coordinator, Tasmanian Writers Centre

To see the Story Exchange click here

"As I moved through the dimly light space, treading carefully across the axis, it became clear how many of our children are optimistic, how many are pessimistic, how many will rely on technology and how many feel that the solutions lay in a return to nature. Powerful, beautiful, surreal and factual. A must‐see. – Patrick Sutczak, Critical Mass blog

To see the Seven Sisters of Pleiades click here

"I loved the Pleiades tree also – I was raised in the English countryside and it reminded me of snow on the winter branches which quite affected me."  – Kareina

"Was so wonderful watching you install your beautiful work ... my little girl is still talking about the snow tree" – Loz and Dinny

CRITICAL MASS

Critical Mass was a project that grew out of a series of conversations about the thin state of arts reviewing in Australia. Based around a collective of Tasmanian writers called Write Response, Critical Mass attempted to Give flesh to Jean Baudrillard's urging that in writing about art the reviewing must bring something into being that did not exist before. A big thank you to Kylie Eastley for doing the heavy lifting on this project and to Arts Tasmania for great hands‐on support.

To see full reviews on the Critical Mass Blogspot click here

Comments from delegates about Junction:

“High quality plenary sessions.” “Hearing high quality informed and inspiring people share their knowledge.” “People came up to me and said they would like to work with me in the future!” “Real confidence boost actually that I didn't expect!” “A sense of teamwork.” “Validation that what I'm doing is valued by others and some good contacts across Australia.” “It would be my most favourite conference ever for so many reasons. You did much to Increase knowledge and resources to Australian regional arts.”

Regional Arts Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and pays its respect to their Elders past and present.