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by stapletonm
posted 23/09/2015

Arts EASTside / WESTside

John Kirkman at Bridges Ahoy

John Kirkman speaks at Bridges Ahoy

disco 2

Disco Dome experience

sydney harbour bridges ahoy disco images








This week on Arts Thursday we’ll look at aspects of arts practice in the East and in the West, focussing firstly on the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – a well-established arts prize in the East, while from a broader perspective, survey a highly regarded arts and community service, ICE, located in the Sydney’s West.

First up I speak to Barbara Flynn, Arts Advisor to the City of Sydney and various public authorities, whose speciality is public art. Barbara is a judge in this year’s Sculpture Prize and I’m interested to speak with her about the Prize, now in its 15th year – its value to the community, to arts practice, and its legacy; as well as some of the issues in judging such an award.

Around 11 am join me for a thoughtful and thought provoking conversation with John Kirkman, Executive Director of ICE – or Information and Cultural Exchange.

Founded over 20 years ago, ICE supports youth and disadvantaged communities in Sydney’s western suburbs through innovative cultural programs. Additionally, ICE has developed exciting and ground breaking public arts programs that encourage participants to re-discover their surroundings, particularly those of the suburbs, such as the inimitable Disco Domes run in Parramatta for the Sydney Festival earlier this year and Bridges Ahoy, part of last year’s Architecture Festival

In my conversation with John, we begin to also explore why there is a cultural divide between the East and West of Sydney, a subject dear to my heart and to John’s.

For further information on ICE go to: http://ice.org.au/

For further information on the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize go to: http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/

If you miss this program you can listen in later by going to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and clicking on the program date

Stephen Bird sculptor

Stephen Bird

Robert Owen

Robert Owen

Husseyin Sami

Husseyin Sami

Guan Wei

Guan Wei

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