And we have launched!

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.
Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Weathering the Future has been officially launched!

Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates
Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates
We were very pleased to be joined by Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates, who gave a short address at the launch ceremony, which was introduced by the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Peter Freund. The exhibition is run under the council’s community arts program through Backspace Gallery.

Jessica Wilkinson, Fraser Mackay and Kirstyn McDermott read their works from the exhibition, with an introduction by Weathering the Future curator Jason Nahrung, before Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart officially launched the exhibition.

Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart
Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart
The icing on the cake came with Reuben Morgan playing his piano piece “Mother Earth”, written for the exhibition.

A rough count put the audience at more than 140, and two sales were recorded, which was especially gratifying.

Our thanks to everyone who was able to come, those who helped run the event — including the catering staff! — and all those who helped spread the word, including some wonderfully helpful Facebook pages.

Above all, people came, people saw, people enjoyed. Job well done, everyone!

The exhibition continues Thursdays to Sundays, noon-4pm, until and including December 23.

Jessica Wilkinson reads during the Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.
Jessica Wilkinson reads during the launch.
Fraser Mackay reads during the launch of Weathering the Future.
Fraser Mackay reads during the launch.
Kirstyn McDermott reads during the launch of Weathering the Future.
Kirstyn McDermott reads during the launch.
Reuben Morgan plays his composition "Mother Earth" during the Weathering the Future launch.
Reuben Morgan plays his composition “Mother Earth” during the Weathering the Future launch.

A taste of the Future at Words Out Loud

Writers from Weathering the Future at Words Out Loud in November
Writers from Weathering the Future at Words Out Loud in November
Fifteen of Weathering the Future’s writers presented their work at Words Out Loud on Thursday 15 November, and what really stood out was how effective these pieces are as standalones.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the written works are enhanced in the gallery when they are placed next to their corresponding art works.

Kirstyn McDermott brought art into the reading, folding up her poem as she read it, a correlation to her art work, which employs many pieces of paper folded into shapes and strung together. It’s an impressive piece that needs to be seen in the flesh.

Writers from Weathering the Future at November's Words Out Loud
Kirstyn McDermott at November’s Words Out Loud