Selby & Friends
Kathy Selby has announced the Selby & Friends At Home initiative is now active and available on their YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/SelbyandFriends1/videos. The first offering is a recording from a live concert from 2012 with guests Sophie Rowell (violin) and Clancy Newman (cello), playing Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music. A new offering will be uploaded each week.
Craft ACT's new online exhibition, Wayfaring, which means "to travel by foot", features work by four artists who have created jewellery and objects about walked journeys, memory and place. This a creative collaboration tour and features work by artists with close associations to Tasmania: Bella Dower, Sara Lindsay, Sarah Stubbs and Zoë Veness. The first instalment took place in Melbourne at Radiant Pavilion in September 2019. It builds on the Melbourne show with new work developed by each artist to test different materials and processes, modes of seriality, combinations of objects and display configurations with the view to explore and refine curatorial methods for the final exhibition in Hobart in 2021. craftact.org.au.
NFSA online content
The National Film and Sound Archive has lots of online collections for the public to enjoy. There are curated collections on Vintage Cats, Vintage Dogs, Australian Animals and a Skippy online exhibition. Sports fans can enjoy content on Aussie rules, rugby league, tennis, cricket, skiing, surfing, the Commonwealth Games and more. You can see Vintage Fashion and Film Costumes and an online exhibition about the Oscar-winning frocks of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Amateur historians can investigate True Crime, view content on the Anzac centenary, the Missing Prime Minister, the Last Man Hanged, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and our National Treasures. And for transport buffs there are Trains, Planes and Automobiles in abundance, Public Transport and even Daredevil Motorcycle Chariots. nfsa.gov.au.
Support is available to arts organisations under the JobKeeper payment. It provides organisations with $1500 a fortnight, per eligible employee, for six months. It's intended to support many arts organisations to keep their people on the books while normal operations are suspended. More than 600,000 Australians are employed in the cultural and creative sector. Most organisations in the arts sector are expected to meet the eligibility requirement of revenue having fallen by 30 per cent or more, given that performances have been suspended and venues closed. The JobKeeper payment commences immediately, will be backdated to March 1 and the first payment will be received by employers in the first week of May. Eligible employers include arts organisations structured as companies, partnerships, trusts, sole traders, not-for-profits and charities. Eligible employees include full-time, part-time, casuals employed for more than 12 months and self-employed. Eligible companies in the arts and creative sector can register their interest in the Jobseeker payment on the Australian Taxation Office website: ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/. For more information about COVID-19 and arts support, visit: arts.gov.au/covid-19-update.
Jazz at Smiths
This week would have featured James Luke's group paying a tribute to the influence of J.S. Bach in jazz. Organiser Geoff Page hopes the performance will take place about the same time this year. In the meantime he suggests jazz lovers might show their ongoing appreciation of jazz musicians by sending them a fraction of what they might have paid to hear them in concert. The plan is that they direct deposit an amount to the Jazz at the Gods account marked with the name James Luke and Page will send it to Luke in a week to distribute among the musicians whose gig was unavoidably cancelled. The account is Jazz at the Gods BSB 082-902 Acc No 86-594-6006.
National Gallery videos
Did you miss going to the National Gallery of Australia before the coronavirus restrictions? Would you like to see something different about the Matisse & Picasso exhibition? The gallery has put up some short videos about elements of the show It's not the same as seeing the works, but art lovers will probably enjoy them. youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9vFq9tpXteSELtqzxD87pc5Bc__fUoT4/.