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Venue started for
and by artists in
new hands now
Lauren Harvey and Jacqui Malins at Art Underground.
It was founded in 2014 by artists to
create a pressure-free performance
space and arts platform where all
styles and levels of experience were
Though the founding organisers of
Art Underground Open Mic hung up
their hats at a send-off event last
Friday, they hope a fresh crop of
people create the next incarnation of
the monthly southside event, hosted at
the Beyond Q Bookshop in Curtin.
"I like to think Art Underground has
become this community where
everyone is welcome and can enjoy the
thrill of sharing their ideas and
experiences with an audience," Art
Underground co-director Lauren
"We were four people with
relatively little experience.
To start something that has had
packed-out crowds every month for
almost two years just goes to show
anyone can do it."
Arts and live performance in
Canberra have traditionally been
synonymous with the city and inner
North, with a few scattered outposts.
"We wanted to highlight awesome
venues outside of the traditional arts
precincts," co-creator Arrin Chapman
"And also break away from the very
city-centric poetry and music scene,
giving people on the southside
opportunities to enjoy live
Whether as Art Underground or not,
Ms Harvey said she hoped it had paved
the way for others to jump in, run
participatory arts events like it and see
what that awakened in communities.
Taking stock of the countless
performances, volumes of zines and
gallons of warm chai, what will stay
with her is how the event appealed to
school-aged youth as much as it did
Along with the monthly showcase
of visual art over time the open mic has
hosted a huge variety of performers,
poets, musicians and more eccentric
acts including burlesque, celebrity
impressions and interpretive dance.
We've had lots of stand-out
performances but Jacqui Malins, a
relatively prominent Canberra poet
now, did her first ever poetry
performance at the first ever Art
Underground," she said.
"This year she competed in the
Australian Poetry Slam Finals at the
It just goes to show how having a
safe space to explore what you can do
on a stage can encourage people to go
on and do amazing things."
You can send ideas or
expressions of interest to:
ACT Legislative Assembly member
Alistair Coe was once one of the
Canberra students who took part in the
Lions Clubs Youth of the Year Quest.
Young people aged 16 to 18 and at
high or secondary school are eligible
to apply for the 2016 contest.
Winning a world study tour or even
a six-week trip around Australia could
become a reality for the successful
The Quest offers participants many
rewards including a chance to develop
their curriculum vitae, practice
interviews, express their opinions and
make speeches, all within the friendly
atmosphere of a Lions meeting.
Young people will make friendships
and have a unique opportunity to voice
their opinions and share the passion of
youth/yoty/, send an email to
gungahlin.act.lions.org.au or phone
Mick Richardson on 0427 541 996.
Local judging will start in February
CHANCE TO LISTEN TO
MUSINGS OF AUTHORS
Authors Inga Simpson and Maria
Katsonis are part of this month's
literary line-up at Muse, in the East
Hotel, close to the parliamentary
triangle. Katsonis will discuss her
memoir, The Good Greek Girl, with
Mental Health Australia's Frank
Quinlan on Tuesday, November 17 at
8pm. A week later, Simpson, who
penned Mr Wigg and Nest, will talk
about her novels, nature and nurture.
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