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EXPLORING ART THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ARTIST:
'The Gallery Watch Experience - Through The Eyes of the Presenter'
by Travellers Intern Frankie Aldaiji.
An account of Frankie's first presenting role assigned to him via the TV work experience
Gallery East in North Fremantle, WA, was the venue for the most recent episode of
Gallery Watch to be screened on Friday April 20th. For those not familiar with the
contents of the program, it’s basically a weekly show focusing on visual artists
displaying their works in and around Perth galleries, and in this case involved
me, the presenter meeting up with and chatting to the painters as they talk us through
the thinking behind their creations.
Established in 1991, the gallery is run by directors David Forrest and Jánis Nedéla.
Director of Gallery East since 1992 and Chairman of The Association of Western Australian
Art Galleries, David boasts a wealth of knowledge on the work of artists and craft
practitioners presently working within Western Australia. Jánis himself is and an
established Western Australian Artist himself contains impressive works within Galerie
Dusseldorf, Perth's foremost contemporary art gallery, and with Uber Gallery, Melbourne.
Two of the nation’s finest painters were exhibiting on the night at Gallery East.
With renaissance inspired artist Drusilla Williams showcasing her work under the
theme 'Fishes and Loaves', focusing on still lifes, and cleverly combining the use
of colour and light to good effect. Established artist Phillip Cook displayed his
fine pieces under the banner of ‘Here and Elsewhere’ a reference to landscapes we
see all around us in our daily lives.
Filming for the program was undertaken by acclaimed producer Tibor Meszaros who
came up with the concept for the show itself more than six years ago, which has
been hitting the screens of Access 31 Perth, Channel 31 Melbourne and currently
in the past two years on Aurora channel 183 on the Foxtel Digital network. Indeed
it was at Gallery East where the very first episode shooting of Gallery Watch was
Assigned with the unforgiving task of tracking my movements on camera, Tibor quite
often reminded me that the mic was indeed not actually an ice cream cone, as I continuously
held it all too close to my mouth, making for an extremely thankless task of picking
up my voice!
Being my first time presenting a program of any kind on television, I couldn’t help
but feel an attack of the butterflies occur more often than once. Indeed at times
any preparation I had undertaken prior to being recorded seemingly, and regularly
made an exit for the nearest open window.
Further excitement and intrigue was provided when director Jánis Nedéla took numerous
still photos of myself interviewing the artists at the kind request of the Foxtel
Digital Network, informing us that the pictures will appear in the June issue of
their Programme Guide. Apologies for my alarming dress sense in advance, the striped
shirt has now been retired you'll all be pleased to know!
Nevertheless, a good time was had by all, with complimentary glasses of wine flowing
as freely as the conversation. The artists discussed at great length their work,
and what and who inspired or influenced them to get to where they are today. Visitors
to the gallery were also forthcoming and straight-talking in providing their interpretations
and opinions on the pictures, making for an interesting and informative watch!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome
Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet
where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator
for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well
as while you're on your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide
and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching
Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all
we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome,
elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're
used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should
be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all
our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!
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Annette was wonderful!! She really made me feel like I had a support system from
the second I met her at the airport.