St Kilda Arts Alive

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Text & image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Supported by Creative Victoria the St Kilda Arts Community launched their third Art Crawl this September with a special event at St Kilda’s iconic Palais Theatre.

MC Tony Bolton and comedian Nikki Osborne hosted the fun-filled evening with Bernadene Voss the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip as keynote speaker.

The Mayor was joined by Cr Ogy Simic and Cr Marcus Pearl in celebrating and endorsing the official launch of St Kilda Arts Alive Sept 2018 Art Crawl.

The view of the St Kilda art scene over the weekend was more intimate than in previous art crawls with most of the activities happening within the established art galleries, where art enthusiasts met and engaged with the artists and their art through organised walking tours.

Currently, with 23 empty shops, the sunset side of Fitzroy Street was light on in participation. However, Tolarno Restaurant hosted a beautiful exhibition by national treasure Mirka Mora, St Luja, an extraordinary Pop-Up Poetry event presented by Grid Art Space titled Tribute to Women featuring five amazing poets and musicians in Marian Webb, Rowena Molloy, Belle Phoenix, Lisa Wood and Annemarie Bowman. The Pelican featured an outstanding photographic exhibition by St Kilda based visual artist Alan Cotton as well as kicking off their Jazz afternoons on Sundays. The Paris end of Fitzroy Street had Textured Life by Kate Drinnan open the doors to the public along with the Alex Theatre featuring among other artists sculptor Adrian Spurr and theatrical productions over the weekend.

A stage was erected in Acland Street Mall showcasing entertainment over the weekend. Planetary Healing Artists presented a multicultural celebration for the International Day of Peace on Friday. On Saturday night the arts community commandeered the stage where Carol Ann Gill’s Pantomime Productions presented a teaser from The Frog Prince. On Sunday various spoken word along with local and visiting performing artists graced the stage throughout the day.

The Acland Street precinct had special events at Memo Music Hall, Made in Earth, Empower, Toot, Art Yarramunua, Readings, Abby Road, Comedy at Big Mouth and an exhibition by Salik Silverstein at Leroys.

Barkly Street, St Kilda Road and Carlisle Streets precincts shined bright this crawl with 106art, the Storehouse, 4Diverse, Body Gallery, Space2b, Maureen Williams, Ilanel and Design Studio going all out to put on top exhibitions.

The Post Pop-Up Gallery situated upstairs presented by Grid Art Space featured the works of seven local artists in Dino Damiani, Robert Scholten, Rainbow Clarke, Salik Silverstein, Salvatori Lolicato, Calthestoner and Remen Blake Hambly.

As Policy values the positive influence of art and culture as a fertile way to energise St Kilda, State and local government’s are keen to support the creative endeavours of organisations like the St Kilda Arts Community, a non-for profit managed by a small and dedicated team of volunteers.

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