The inaugural Flinders Festival of Creative Arts is done and dusted and what a week it has been!
Over 1000 Creative Arts enthusiasts around Adelaide came together to celebrate Creative Arts at Flinders at the Bedford Park and Victoria Square campus as well as Adelaide Festival Centre and Wallis Cinema Mitcham.
Watch the week’s wrap-up video
The Flinders Festival of Creative Arts Program
Couldn’t make it? Here’s what you missed out on:
Creative Arts Student Exhibition
Running all week in the Alere Function Centre on the top level of the Hub, this exhibition showed off the Visual Effects & Entertainment Design, Visual Arts, Fashion and Costume Design students’ work.
Dry Winter Screening
At this special screening of Dry Winter, a feature-length film about a couple in regional South Australia on the edge of breakdown, by Kyle Davis (director), Bridget McDonald (screenwriter) and Michael Harpas (producer), the audience got to chat with the three Flinders alumni about their first production after graduating.
Virtual Production Showcase
The Void gurus Jason Bevan and Cameron Mackness took us through 2022’s project highlights by students, staff and industry. With an interactive set-up, participants learned how motion capture works and got to feature in a virtual production themselves.
Launching Last Call
Creative Writing’s Honours class of 2022 has published their first co-authored book ‘Last Call’ about an ill-fated pub crawl. Drama’s 3rd-year students took the opportunity and brought the story to life in a live table reading at the Tav.
FUMA Floor Talk
Think museums are boring? Think again. At Flinders Museum of Art, Indigenous Visual Artist and Professor Ali Gumillya Baker took everyone along on an emotional ride through Hayley Millar Baker’s exhibition ‘There we were all in one place’. Highlighting the hidden messages in each piece, Ali spoke about both her own and Hayley’s family history which inspired this exhibit.
At the Research Centre for Creative Arts’ end-of-year event, our researchers talked about their non-traditional research projects of 2022. Cameron Mackness presented the Void’s motion capture and virtual production work; Environmental & Digital Artist in Residence Rosina Possingham took us through her virtual production project ‘Herding Caterpillars’ as well as how it led to her CreaTech VR project which was showcased at the Nature Festival SA 2022; the Indigenous Unbound Collective presented their research including their new mangroves project in Port Adelaide; Dr Sarah Peters spoke about verbatim theatre, Dr Amy Matthews and Alex Cothren delved into Climate Fiction and activism and Dr Tully Barnett described her work on arts and health.
Drama Student Showcase: be/coming
This year’s graduating Honours actors each put together their own piece. Partly based on Caleb Lewis’ provocation ‘now or never’, partly based on personal experiences inspired by Emma Beech’s teaching, the students moved the audience with their final showcase be/coming in the Adelaide Festival Centre at three different shows.
Screen Student Showcase: Sunset Screening
The sun came out for the week’s big outdoor event – a screening of the best Screen student work of 2022. Covering short films by 1st, 2nd and 3rd year, Master and Honours students, this event showcased the progression Screen students go through during their degree.
During the last panel discussion of the Fearless Conversations series, Drama lecturer Dr Chris Hay, Tutti Arts Creative Director Gaelle Mellis, Single Asian Female Director Nescha Jelk and Indigenous actress, writer and editor Carissa Lee discussed the increased requirement for authenticity and identity on the Australian stage. The panellists highlighted the need for representation of minorities on stage, including disability, sexuality, gender and ethnicity.
Flinders Film Showcase
Celebrating the best student, staff and alumni works of the past few years, the Flinders Film Showcase brought together the Screen cohort, industry and public at Wallis Cinema Mitcham. An amazing output of creativity.
The Flinders Festival of Creative Arts 2023 will be bigger and even better
We hope you enjoyed the Flinders Festival of Creative Arts as much as we did and look forward to doing it all again in 2023. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
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