Thursday, September 17, 2009

Melbourne Fringe Festival hits Town Hall Gallery next week!

Come along next week and check out The Paper Life Boat: how art can save your life, curated by Jo Waite & Bernard Caleo as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2009. This exhibition will be on at Town Hall Gallery from 3 September to 4 October 2009.

You loved them in Ugly, Drunk and Stupid (Melbourne Fringe Festival 2008 Town Hall Gallery), now you can see how comics have saved these artists lives! Featuring many of Melbourne’s best and most loved comic book makers, The Paper Life Boat explores how comics are much more than just words and pictures.

Curators Jo Waite and Bernard Caleo (of Cardigan Comics), will transform the gallery space into a giant paper life boat, allowing viewers to be inspired and moved by these creations.

Many artists talk about how the process of creating is something that they have to do, they have to have an outlet for their expression. The Paper Life Boat takes this further with a more literal response that this process of creation saves peoples lives by being part of something much bigger – the comic book scene.

“Often you will see people sketching away in their notebooks on public transport, at the pub or during their lunch break outside. You can tell that this act of creating is intuitive, impulsive and necessary to break away from the day to day workings of everyday life. If you make art, you have to do it all the time and this compulsion is difficult to explain to others but it often makes for great art!” Mardi Nowak, Curator Town Hall Gallery.

In conjunction with the exhibition are two public programs, both held on Saturday 26 September at Town Hall Gallery. So if you feel like avoiding the AFL grand final, come and discover your own paper life boat and enjoy some yummy cupcakes from the amazing Sugadeaux all in the gallery!

In Conversation: Saturday 26 September 2 – 3pm. Find out how comics saved the life of these artists with a talk by Bernard Caleo and Jo Waite.

Comic Jam: Saturday 26 September 3 – 4.30pm. Draw for your life with some of Melbourne’s best and upcoming comic book artists. Be inspired by the works in the gallery as visitors are asked to put pen to paper in the gallery and create!

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