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This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Hello. I'm James Valentine. This is the Mix arts show, businesses and culture. Today we're striving into the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a gathering
look at Primavera which is a gathering obviously some of our finest young up and comers. Here is what else we will do.My worst fears realised - I'm immortal ides on canvas.Of course you should paint my portrait, Sally. Why not do the family.Circa takes circus to a new generation.Andy Warhol says sex and parties you should be there for and I think circus is a third to that.And we talk to Tim and Jeff Buckley.Nicole, Primavera is all about young artists. I would think there's hundreds of thousand of young artists. How do you pick seven?There is hundreds of thousand of artists but these artists that I know are artists they've admired from a distance and some are friends and people I've known for a long time. Primavera is about moving your work from a small scale studio-based practice to the amazing MCA.I imagine it's intimidating. You y a young artist and what do you mean the Museum of an
Contemporary Art?I think it's an exciting but can be stressful pressure situation for artists. But as you can see I think the artists have really enjoyed the experience and they've created amazing works.This is a young artist. How are you in snNice to meet you.What does it mean for you to be in Primavera?It's an opportunity to show alongside some great artists and be curated by a spot on by a young curator, Nicole Foreshew.Is it a big step in your career? I am in the Museum of Contemporary Art?It is pretty mind blow ing for me to come up to the MCA and see a big banner on the outside with one of my paintings on there.That is pretty good. What have you done?I have done two paintings. I've used two of my friends as subjects.When I walked in I that it they were like glazed tilesIment it's oil on plywood board and I've oat h coated with it a thick layer of resin, that is 50 coats of varnish but only 50 few layers of resin. It gives a real good rippling reflection.Well done.Thank you very much. When we think of a portrait prize we think of the artist, what are their technique, what did they do? But what about the sitters whose personalities are being captured and canvas. This year's greech greech greech prize for female artists had 55 finalists. That is 55 dazzling faces all baring their souls for the sake of art and one of them happened to be me. Finals night, Sally.James.How are you goingFine.How are you?Now, what are our feeling
chances?Hard to knowAre you never
feeling confident?No, I'm never confident.Are you feeling pufrnd about the whole anticipation.Now,
thing?Nervous anticipation.Now, let's stop right there. I am not the only one feeling uncomfortable right now. This is Sally Robinson. Portia Geach
She is an artist, she won the Portia Geach prize a few years ago with a portrait of her mother and this year she wart wanted to find me. I find the notion of having my portrait painted to explain why. There's a public persona wanderring around there having an excellent time but I am probably more guarded. Even in relationships and with friends and that sort of stuff as well I am not necessarily -Wanting to let everything out.I understand that. And that makes you even more desirable as a subject.See.(Laughs).Look, OK -Is that a yes.That is yes.(Laughs)So she painted the portrait and then it was time for the unveiling. James, welcome to my studio.Hello.Hello, Sally. Where is it? It 's under there, do
is it? It's under here.Don't do it quite yet. I have to get myself -Siekd up.I am still a little worry. I am not sure what will be under there.Alright, OK,Here we go. it
Oh, so big! Why did you make it so large? I am not stepping away in horror, but stepping back to see it.It feels like it's really a portrait of me, it feels too self-important.Like I'm sort of yes of course you should paint my portrait, Sally. Why not do the family! How did you end up feeling about the paibtding?It's still a bit too close so I can't really tell you.I can tell you. You sent me an email saying a tolerable portrait.We are probably still at tolerable.Let's see how a portrait of a subject who hated having hoiz portrait taking by an artist who describes her work as tolerable. Let's see how it goes in the Portia Geach this year. Final s night! OK, so it's a full house and now the nerves are really starting to kick in. I like it more from across the room. lots
What are you thinking?There's lots of your energy there.Lots of my energyYou are poised for expressive action with the of
hand.Many of the subjects of the paintings are here and being amongst them makes me feel a little less uncomfortable. I am not the only one with their soul on display here.It's a nice painting.You are immort &al.Why did you say, yes, Lois? At this time your son is incarcerate ed in Egypt and your family is in turmoil. Why say yes to something like this?We are doing everything possible to make nit the public domain and this is one thing that Sally offer and I have never had any portrait painted before.Do you like it?I think it's amazing.She's captured me in a way that I didn't think was possible.We were recording all of our conversations.Fascinating stuff.We are doing a book about it.You got a lot of it.It was great.It got a few foit h photos and a cup of coffee.Right. Brace yourselves. Time for the big announcement.Our winner tonight is Natasha Bieniek with her self- portrait work Sahara.So congratulations, Natasha.OK, so we didn't win. I am kind of a bit disappointed winner.
and I went and looked at the winner. Is that it?I could walk past this and not even see it. Come on.Have you seen how big mine is?It is but you can walk past that and see nit have
a flash but for this work you have to get up and close to view it accurately.It's completely subjective.Although that is really beautiful.Well, thanks.Sorry, Sally.Really, look at it. It's great.

It's interesting how many contemporary circus companies there are in Australia. One of our finalists is Circa and Saint-Saens
they're staging a production of Saint-Saens can Val of the to
animals so it was a good chance to sit down with the director, Lifschitz, and why it's his passion. The things we do in circus are authentic and they embed within them great hope, you know. Andy Warhol said that sex and parties are the two things you still need to be there for and I think circus is a legitimate third for that. The risks are real. The existential thing happens in front of you.The carnival has this kind of wonderful vibrant sense but it's a timely show. I believe the first child has been born in whose lifetime elephants may no longer exist.We're in great danger of losing an extraordinary rich and diverse worlds. So something that explains to very young children it's an early childhood work, that there is a diversity of specie, that there are threats they face extern ally from people and therefore we should have a degree of care but also a celebration of animalness..Tell me about the show. It's Saint-Saens music?Via Quincy grapt our wonderful and talented composer and musical director who has reimagined it. Bulked it out and taken it via all sorts of musical bi roads and written overtures. One of the things that we can definitely offer humanity is bringing people to music that they wouldn't otherwise hear.So there's almost a sub versy purpose to this, look at this but also listen.We had the Melbourne festival recently be 2,500 people a night listening to an a string quartet program and when does that program? 250 in three-quarter
a drafty church and three-quarter of those knew the composer personally and but they never get a chance to hear it otherwise. I suppose I find myself surprised how vieg rant circus still. Is ice not turning out to be a fad but a new stream of performance.That is right. Australia has this rich and complex plex diverse history of physical performance and circus is another link in that chain. I think that the mediums finding
continually in danger of finding itself comfortable. There's a traditional hearted to this medium so we have to keep breaking it. Circus works very hard to make very different types of work. Everything we do as circus artists, everything our extraordinary acrobats do on stage could be much better by a well-trained monkey. It is precisely the quality of our humanness that makes those things impressive.So we bring our humanity and to use that to celebrate and unlock our animality and our physicality is a beautiful dance.

It's fair to say that George Brandis was controversial Arts Minister. He presided over deep funding cuts and the establishment of the in
national program for excellence in the arts in itself now a subject of a Senate inquiry. After the Cabinet reshuffle, Brandis is out and Mitch Fifield is in. What do we know about him? Not much except he likes '80s music so we sent Frost down to Artspace to get a conversation going about the past and future of Australian access
arts funding.We have broad access to arts funding.During his tenure as Minister for the arts, George Brandis was one of the most powerful and controversial people in cultural life.A bipartisan hands off approach to arts funding had been in place for decade. Overseen by the Australia Council. A funding body for all sectors of the arts and subject to regular Senate reviews.But all that changed in 2013 with the election of the Abbott Government and the appointment of Senator Brandis as Arts Minister.Funding cuts to the Australia Council announced in the 2014 Federal Government were significant but an even bigger change was coming in 2015 when Senator Brandis redirected $105 million of Australia Council money to set up the creation of the national program for excellence in the arts.A that a number of critics have said would disproportionately impact small to medium cultural organisations such as Artspace.There's been consternation in the community because it's funneling even more money in a very narrow direction rather than supporting the arts sector overall. And I guess the other that
aspect that's problematic is that it comes under the direct control of the Minister. And that opens itself to the politic sization of decision making in relation to grant giving.Brandis has a history of making controversial funding allocations and responses to developments within sectors of Australia's arts community.While many have celebrated Brandis's removal from the arts portfolio, it's unclear what his replacement Senator Mitch Fifield has planned.He has seemed to indicate he is willing to consult and quite broadly and he's also - he will have the benefit, I guess, of all the submissions that have been made evidence
to the Senate inquiry and the evidence that's been given at the public hear ing. So there's a lot of material now for him to draw on.The future of arts funding hangs in the balance. Will it remain in the status quo of the prebravend brand era or will Senator Fifield push on to into a brave new world awarding out standing achievements in field of excellence? Watch this space. In arts new, HBO's epic fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' has won best drama series at this year'semmy awards. The show also won awards for writing, direct and for best supporting actor Dinklage. Jon Hamm took oem best doctor but Viola Davis won the award for best actress in the sear series 'How To Get Away With Murder'.US R'n'B star Chris Brown may not be allowed to tour Australia domestic
because of his history of domestic violence. The new minutes for women Michaelia Cash said he could be deny add visa on character grounds. In 2009 he pleaded guilty to assault charge s after attacking his then girlfriend pop star Rhiana.Time for an excellent Pubchat. Look at how casually you are dressed today. That is lovely. Lemon lime and bitters for you. Create or of ideas at Vivid. Ignatius Jones, tonic for you.Is there a festival in the world you haven't had your mitts on at some point?Yes, quite a few.There's a few I would love to get my crazy mitts on.Let's have a chat object it.Absolutely.Let's talk festivals. What occur s to me is it's like once a city had to have a symphony orchestra and a concert hall to be centre of culture now it has to have a festival.That is very true. It's interesting w where festivals come from.And in worked
fact all the festivals I have worked on here I have used the southern Europe model, that one day of the year or the weekend or the week when you are actually allowed to drink a lot and fall asleep in the gutter.And that has been developed into all sorts of wonderful things and -In Australia we have many days like that!.Is the modern festival then an attempt to create things like the Day of Are
the Dead or a Balinese funeral? Are we trying in western cities that have got dull and staid to get something of the same vibe?I do think it's the hod onnistic pressure valve that society needs, a sense that there is a moment when you can celebrate and let your hair down and experience something a little bit different. From a contemporary perspective I think it's about offer ing a transformational experience in a city. So the idea of seeing a city in a way that you wouldn't on your normal kind of work a day life, and having the opportunity, ideally, to create stories and memories in a city and I think that is the tradition that festivals are that
continuing.Where are places that are doing it well, that are capturing what Ignatius is describing it but doing it in a modern sense?I think Adelaide does actually do it well and you think about how transformed and vibrant, energetic Adelaide is during Adelaide Festival and the Fringe in particular, if garden they create there is extraordinary and it does feel like the entire city is focussed on the idea of creativity and pleasure and enjoyment for the period of the Adelaide festival.I think it's all about difference, it's Abs the definitiator, that becomes the attractor. Because the world is hairy with festivals. But when a place like Parks fills up with Elvis impersonate ors something that is something people want to see. Fest slalling didn't start that way but they have now become tourist magnets and that is one of the reasons they are supported by governments, they do bring in a lot of noun the local economy.Those things that have been part of a culture for several hundred year, that is for the people, that is for the people of that city.And of the people.Now the modern festival is as you say Government supported to try trie to get the tourists is. homogenous
Does it just become a homogenous exercise?I don't think it can be. If you had the same offering everywhere, why would people travel for it. I think you have to have an element that comes from your local identity and otherwise it doesn't have that awe tennis local community
theity. You don't have the local community to support it. If you're just importing not
everything, then it's probably not for that place.You said the world is hairy with festivals. It can seem to me that every city is trying to have a writers festival and an arts festival.The Writers Festival, the arts festivals, those festivals are for the city. But if you want to bring the people from other cities then it is finding your niche. One of my favourites is the Shakespeare festival in Stratford in Canada.Who thauf thought! But it's this quaint little village with three or four international quality theelters and for - threaters and for three weeks every year they fill them with some spectacular stuff.You see a gap in Australia, like is there a festival we are not doing or is there a place that needs one? Someone would say in Sydney and Melbourne they can get back-to-back festivals. comedy
They go from writers to film to comedy to their summer festival kind of program. I can get a little festival fatigue.And I think there is festival fatigue without any question.Not to dwell on Vivid but we did make a strong strategic position in around 2011 not to be an arts festival. We were a creativity festival, an innovation festival, we were about the creative industries. And this has worked really well with those members of the general public who hear the word art and run screaming. By making it different, by really bringing saying
in a differentiate or and saying we are craed Creating the world's est outdoor gallery and you can touch the art and lick it if you want to -Don't lick it!You see a lot of that.People smiling. Pushing their prams.Is there any gap? Has Australia got all the festival it needs?we have to look at what our strengths are and think what can we show the world about how we live that is useful and we can export to the world.And I think the festival of one genre is I think kind of past its prime. I think a festival of sort of hybrid creativity is a really finish
interesting way to go.To finish off most festivals, it could be a single night or a drink after a great performance.I've just come back from the Venice Biennale.OK,Lovely, darling.For me that is extraordinary because suddenly you are in a city that itself is boggling the mind in terms of the theatricality of this city and then you have got art dispersed through the entire city. I had this incredible experienceThere was a conference on where we were following a band who were playing Killing in the Name Of as they danced down one of the great afternoon use of Venice and we danced along behind them. That was pretty good.You win. We haven't even yours but that winsIt's a cross between getting caught in the Tomatina.The tomato throwing completely
-Yes, I did come out completely - I looked like a lasagne and another one in Spain Virgen de la Paloma, which is Madrid's number one festival of the dove or the Virgin of the Dove, where one entire area of Madrid dresses as they would have in the 1880s fights
and they told very special bull fights that where all the bull fighters dressed as they would have in the 1880s and they dance in the streets.Where was I? I was in another century in another place.That's transformative. That's good. That's Pubchat. Thank you. .Cheers.The life and death of Jeff and Tim Buckley is one of music's most tragic tales. They were father and son, they were estrange ed their whole live and died before their I'm l time. The music is being brought back to stage by Lucas, who was a collaborator with Jeff buck Burke. Joining him on stage will be Martha Steve Kilbey
Wainwright, Willie Mason and Steve Kilbey from the Church.We thought up with Gary Lucas before the start of 2 national tour.- start of the national tour. You're in Australia performing the music of Tim and Jeff Buckley in a state of grace.What is it about their music that still resonate s with audiences that you perform to today?I think the two of them, father and son, composed and performed some of the most singular music in the popular music or folk-based song book. The two of them possessed absolute ly virtuoso vocal eight, far beyond those of mortal men. You've assembled various vocalists such as Martha Wainwright and Steve Kilbey from the Church. What was the common thread in their abilities that led you to include them?I think the main stled just honouring and respecting, venerating these two great artists who should be better known than they are.I mean, here Jeff was considered a superstar, certainly he was better known here than he was Why
in the US, let's say.Really? Why do you think that?The great taste of Australians. What else could it be! When I came out it was the era of grunge and nirvana and this kind of sound was getting very popular, an under ground rock sound. While Jeff like ed to learn about music and hard core music, the record didn't reflect it.Tell me specifically about the instrumentation you wrote for Grace.This thing. I was plague it up here but with this guitar. I just wrote like
these things unconsciously.I like a beautiful moment and everybody's happy and the kingdom, but then it goes... and we're back down in the dungeon.It's like the more realistic picture of the way or
life is. It's not one way happy or sad. And this goes back to Tim. He was like - he was kind of obsessed I know from his album titles with this kind of (Sings) #
due ality. (Sings) # Here I am # Here I am describe
# Waiting to hold you #You describe Jeff as actually being both genuine and manipulative.You read the that
book, I take it!.The success that he derive ed from this big deal ultimate ly wasn't making him happy.The last time I saw him I asked how he was going and he said, 'It's sux. Everything is (bleep)ed' And I said, 'What do you mean?' And he said, 'My group, my management, and my label, it's all shit.' And I said, 'That's (Sings)
awful.' (Sings) # Oh that was so real #A couple of weeks later I got offstage and this guy came up and said you may be going to call to go to memorandum tis and I said really? And he said it's not going very well down there, he is trying to write new songs and Grace was a beautiful thing.That's what he said. Like give us another Grace.I was kind of hoping that I would hear I wasn't going to chase Jeff & but the phone call I got was a friend of mine at MTV News saying did you hear the new, Jeff is missing, they think he might (Sings) #
have drowned. That was a shock. (Sings) # This is our last embrace # Must I always see your face # Well, that is all we have got time for. I hope you enjoyed this look around Primavera 2015. If you want to know more. You can visit our website and check us out on iView and don't forget the new iView arts channel. I'm James Valentine. See you soon. This program is not captioned.

This Program is Captioned Live by CSI AustraliaToday - the Foreign Minister says Australia's considering softening its opposition to the Assad regime in Syria. Julie Bishop says she's confident Australian journalist Peter Greste will soon be pardoned by Egypt.It seems quite clear that the Egyptian Government
President, the Egyptian Government is trying to resolve our situation, which is very encouraging to me.Shocking vision emerging of a woman being struck by a man during last night's AFL preliminary final.Women need to feel safe at the football and that behaviour is - cannot be tolerated in any form.And Hawthorn secures a spot in their 4th straight AFL grand final with a win over Fremantle in Perth.