21 April ~ 01 May
Opening Friday 22 April, 6 – 9pm
Luminous (adj): “bright or glowing”
Numinous (adj): “having a mysterious or spiritual quality”. Colour, light and wonderment inform Melbourne painter, Claire Lefebvre’s latest solo exhibition ‘Luminous Numinous’. Through the use of poured paint, meticulous lines and delicate pointillism, Claire’s works invoke personal moments of discovery. Each pool of layered pigment is an invitation for wonderment, contemplation and meditation. These mysterious, pulsating fields of colour and multiplicity explore a trait that unites us as humans: inherent curiosity.
Australian artists are encouraged to apply for a travel grant of up to $6,000 to assist them to expand their creative networks and participate in inter-cultural creative collaborations across Asia.
The grants are being offered by the Playking Foundation in association with Arts Centre Melbourne. The support is chiefly intended to assist with travel costs and living expenses for Australian artists developing projects in Asia.
Projects can be at an early stage of development if a creative connection has already been formed and a live performance is being planned.
Two rounds of grants are offered across each financial year with the current round closing6 May 2016.
The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for Multicultural Arts and Festivals funding for events to be held between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. Up to $5,000 is available for each project that provides opportunities for Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural traditions.
The Strengthening Communities Activity aims to strengthen communities and promote inclusion and participation of disadvantaged people in community life. Multicultural Arts and Festivals (MAF) grants are aimed at building cohesive Australian communities. They do so by providing opportunities for Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural traditions, including through multicultural arts and festival projects.
You Are So Very Beautiful is a collaborative guerrilla kindness project by two amazing and inspiring women, Betsy Greer and Mary England in which they dropped small handcrafted affirmations around Baltimore earlier this year.
These affirmations were stitched, painted, drawn and otherwise created by a variety of people all around the world with sentences all starting with “You Are So Very…” and posted to Betsy. They were then dropped around and given to people in the Baltimore area by Betsy, Mary and some enthusiastic volunteers.
Because craftivism is as much about fighting the bad things of this world as it is about fighting the bad things we tell ourselves. We live in a world where the media constantly tries to tell us what is in, out, cool, passé. Every day we have to fight to remember that we are enough just as we are, we are beautiful just as we are. Some days, though, we forget. And those days can drag on into weeks and months. Leaving our souls sucked and dry, leave us husks of what we were as children, back when we knew we were amazing.
It’s time to remind both ourselves and others of just how wonderful we are just as we are. It’s time to let our acts of stitching go by leaving them in places for someone to find, someone who needs to hear those words just as you do, if not more. As craftivism is about healing ourselves as we make, and then healing the world with our products, let’s get to it. (http://craftivism.com/youaresoverybeautiful/)
I am very excited to announce that I’m organising the Melbourne drop of You Are So Very Beautiful, which will be on the 30th of April, 2016. This drop coincides with a drop in Canada on the same day. How lovely is that, on opposite sides of the world, this gorgous project will be happening in unison!
I’ll be stitching some YASVB affirmations, but I’d love for you to make some affirmations too that I can spread around Melbourne for people to find. You can see two above that have been created by the public already!
Want to participate?
Here are the instructions:
Make a sign (no bigger than palm size, please) that contains an affirmation starting with “You are” on it. All types of craft are okay, so run with it! It’s up to you if you tag it with your @social_media_handle, but please tag it the back of the sign with #yasvb.