Public Programs 2009

Poetry Readings by Jane Carnegie

Jane Carnegie

  • Image: Jane Carnegie

Jane Carnegie began to write poems a few weeks after her mother Margaret Carnegie died in 2002.  A surprising mixture of humour and sadness and sharp observations came pouring out.

Jame has prepared a new poetry manuscript entitled The Carnegies of Kildrummie and will test run it with the generous people of Wagga Wagga.  With a gift for the gab (on occasion, and when energy permits, since a legacy of polio has left its mark) she will regale the audiences with tales, read aloud a few poems and take questions from the floor.

When: Saturday 7 November 2009, 11:00am
Where: In the Margaret Carnegie Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free! 
There will be a light morning tea provided


Winter Lunch Hour Concerts 

 Winter Concerts

  • Image: Winter Lunch Hour Concert in the Art Gallery

Thursday 7 May, 2009

A concert of music for one or two guitars presented by Jeff Donovan & Rhys Mottley.

The program will include:Three Sonatas by Domenico Cimarosa

Sonatina by Federico Moreno-Torroba

Spanish & Latin American Folk Songs
      El Pano Moruno
      El Puerto
      Cantar Montanes

Three Tangos by Astor Piazzolla
      Verano Porteno
      Milonga del Angel
      La Muerte del Angel

Usher Walts by Nikita Koshkin

Time: Thursday 7 May, 1:10pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free

Thursday 11 June, 2009

Four Flutes - Music for Flute Quartet

Time: Thursday 11 June, 1:10pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free 


Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World

A tour celebrating Tibetan art and culture. 

28 April - 3 May 2009

The Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World tour visited Wagga Wagga this year. The tour once again brought a group of Tibetan monks from monasteries in India to travel throughout Australia bringing the Australian public a range of extraordinary experiences such as Tibetan ritual art forms, Buddhist practices and Tibetan culture. This was a rare opportunity to meet artists from another cultural background.

The visit operated under the direction and guidance of Geshe Sonam Thargye, spiritual director of Drol Kar Buddhist Centre at Tushita Paraparap on Victoria's south-west coast. 

The exhibition Spirit  was on display in the Main Gallery, which provided a backdrop to the weeks activities.

Sand Mandala

  • Image: Sand Mandala from the 2009 Sacred Footsteps from the Top of the World Tour, Photography Drew Halyday

Sand Mandala:

28 April - 3 May 2009; Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 12:00noon - 3:00pm.

The monks commenced each day with a half hour chant at 10:00am.  During this time the monks visualised and prepared for their work ahead on the sand mandala. The sand mandala is created temporarily on a board using traditional patterns and marble dust or sand. The monks began by drawing a pattern which is followed by colouring-in the patterns with dust.  To do this they fill a hollow, metal funnel with dust then rub the funnel with a stick creating a vibration which causes the dust to trickle out. The funnels come in 10 sizes, which determines the flow and size of the pattern created.

It can take about 200 hours to complete a mandala with four monks working for seven hours a day. The art dates back 2500 years in India. Within the mandalas there are five elements - fire, air, water, earth and space, represented by the colours red, yellow, blue, green and white. The mandalas symbolise different aspects of Buddhist beliefs, and rituals are incorporated during the creation process.

The sand mandala created during this visit was a Namgyalma (Sanskrit Ushnishavijaya) or Tara mandala. This mandala contains the essence of a powerful female energy for healing and  prolonging life. Her energy is said to work by purifying the meditator's mind and body of negative karmic conditions. Through the creation of this mandala, the monks generate a wish for the wellbeing ofallsentientbeings and bring about peace and happiness for the whole world.

The monks worked on the intricate patterns of the sand mandala until 5:00pm. Throughout the day there was opportunities for interaction and discussion about Buddhist practices and Tibetan culture.

Cost: donations; money raised by donations during the tour goes to projects for Tibetans in exile in India.

Closing Ceremony:

Sunday 3 May

On Sunday 3 May commencing at 2:00pm there was a ceremonial dissolution of the sand mandala, with a processional walk to the Murrumbidgee River. In Sanskrit, mandala means antidote, or the destruction of negative emotions, it is a symbol of a perfect world and its energy. At the end of their time, the mandala is destroyed, with the dust scattered during a ceremony.

Cost: Free 


Glass Percussion Project

Commencing 5 May 2009

Public performances and workshops for primary and secondary schools students.

 Glass Percussion Project

  • Image: Glass Percussion Project performance, December 2007 (detail)

The Glass Percussion Project is an initiative directed by glass artist Elaine Miles and percussionist/composer Eugene Ughetti, featuring up to 1000 hand blown glass objects creating an innovative sound and light installation.  There will be public performances and workshops for primary and secondary schools students.  These will take place in the National Art Glass Gallery.  The interactive, multi-disciplinary and innovative aspects of the project will make it one of great interest to our audience. 

For information about the exhibition go to Glass Percussion Project.

The Glass Percussion Project is supported by Gallery focusED 2008, proudly sponsored by Bluescope Steel and ConnedtED Arts, the NSW Government Arts Education Strategy.

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