Mini Photography Exhibition – University of Queensland

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Art Work Pictured Left to Right – World is Mirage, Divine Bird, and River of Everlasting Life.

After two weeks of exhibitions of the team of Illumine in Ashgrove Brisbane, and Ashmore, Gold Coast, creatives from the project took our art works to our local communities.

This image is of three of June Perkins photographs with accompanying poems at a celebration held the University of Queensland.

The photographs sparked many conversations, with the major response being they possessed tranquility and beauty. ‘The River of Everlasting Life’  photograph especially evoked a strong response from attendees. After looking at the art many attendees chose to read the poetry collection, The Dreamers.  They also approached the artist to share stories of photographers in  their families and their responses to the various photographs.

This dynamic event featured a showing of the film Light of the World, Devotional Readings, Audio visuals, a harpist, and an…

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Freedom to Respond to Art

Feedback on recent Poetry Workshop. Thanks so much Maria.

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June Perkins, author, poet, blogger, photographer and videographer, workshopped with attendees to create poetry in response to art and photography. Her latest workshop, Writing Poetry in Response to Art, showed how visual art could inspire poetry. Aspiring and emerging writers and poets were given an insight into thinking differently about writing poetry. This event was part of the mini Illumine Festival on 6-8th October, 2017 at Magda Community Artz, Brisbane.

This was a thought-provoking workshop which allowed one the freedom to write without boundaries. The creation of poetry or pieces of writing from a photograph/visual art piece was liberating. It allowed words to tumble onto the page from what was observed, sensed and heard within. It motivated one to write unhindered. To explore poetry with a new insight and confidence was decluttering and a freeing experience. This form of Art Therapy would fit well into Health and Well-being workshops…

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Writing Poetry in Response to Art

Workshop Offered at Magda Community Artz

(80 Boundary Road  Bardon, QLD 4065)

OCTOBER 7th Saturday  2-3pm

OCTOBER 8th Sunday 2-3pm

Click  HERE TO BOOK  (Selection of Date option will come up and you choose the day).

Description

June Perkins will share some ways in which the visual arts can inspire poetry. Participants will be invited to write their own poetry interacting with the Illumine Exhibit. They can also bring along a photograph or visual arts piece that they would like to write about.

This workshop is suitable for youth and adults who love both art, photography and poetry, or who are visual artists beginning to develop their poetic skills.

Although the workshop formally concludes at 3pm participants are welcome to continue on in the space writing their visually inspired poetry until 4pm if they wish and to chat about poetry and art.

Biography

June has been a poet since childhood, and has had many poems published, in collections of Pacific, Far North Queensland and Baha’i Writers during that time. She crowd funded and published the well received illustrated poetry collection for children and families, Magic Fish Dreaming. She recently shared her poetry and participated in a panel at the Queensland Poetry Festival.

June regularly contributes photographs to the Nineteen Months website, and attaches written reflections and quotes that speak with her photographs for this. Her blogs often include her own photography. She is generally interested in working across art forms as well as in the empowerment of youth and adults through writing.

Professional Website

For more information mandala and tapa workshops also available for this festival, visit our website https://beillumined.wordpress.com

This event is part of the mini Illumine Festival.

Standing Tall

Pearlz Dreaming

I will not tolerate any online trolling or bullying in my social media spaces.

Today in one of my facebook spaces someone posted something quite offensive.

I will report, block and delete such comments and think such people who do such things should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

You will not stop me creating my stories, art and events with your nastiness.

I like to keep all the spaces I contribute online in kind and safe places for people to chat and talk in.

All the best to the people who truly treat others with respect no matter where and when they meet them.

I have worked for ten years to create these spaces and stand tall to online bullies and trolls.

Please stay out of my spaces, and leave my friends, family and community alone.

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Entries Are Now Open for the Antarctic Poetry Exhibition

Antarctic Poetry Exhibition

ATTN: Poets

We’re putting on a poetry exhibition in the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and we want your work.

We’re accepting work that is either directly or abstractly inspired by the Antarctic e.g the climate, humanity, ice, isolation, science, survival, connection etc.

You will have informally exhibit your poem somewhere publicly in your part of the world as well. You will then have to take a photo of the poem in that particular place and write a short extract to explain the significance of the place – whether personal/scientific/other as part of your entry.

We’ll then take an image of the poem in the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station as well and make a digital poetry exhibition featuring images of the chosen poems in both settings.

Entry Requirements

  • The poem must be thematically linked with the Antarctic − either abstractly or directly. (E.g. climate change, penguins, Shackleton’s journey, loneliness etc.)
  • Entries must be…

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Call for Submissions: AHS Spring Haiga Kukai: Seasonal

Australian Haiku Society

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The Spring Australian Haiku Society Haiga Kukai is now open for entries. We would like to invite poets to send one haiku per image until 29th September. The winning haiku will be displayed on the AHS website.

Please note that if more than one haiku per image is submitted by any individual, only the first haiku sent will be considered.
Submissions will only be accepted if entered in the comments section.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although the copyright will remain with the author.
No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.

Good luck!

To enter, select the post title (or click here) and enter your haiku in the comment box below the post. Please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to…

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Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins

Lovely to hear of these suggested uses for the book! And to have more people interested in poetry!

Educate.Empower.

I’m writing this story in a bottle lost at sea…..

Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins is a collection of poems for children that ignite imagination, incite dreaming and explore the great land and wildlife of Australia.


Poetry is not something I read a lot of – but after reading Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins I believe it is something I should do more often.

Not only did I enjoy the diverse range of poems included in this book but the children I read it to lapped it up.

My son asked me to read the poem about the Cassowary several times over along with Pond Pests and Magic Fish Dreaming. We loved the rhyme in some poems, the storytelling within others and the speech between families.

Each poem told a different story and really ignited conversations about fairy teeth, why a Cassowary wasn’t at his home and the…

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Bird of the Heart and Illumine Exhibition

(c) June Perkins, Words and Image

I am busy preparing for the  ‘Illumine Exhibition  with Ruha, Minaira and Temily.  Just 4 weekends to go!

I’m not absolutely decided on which of my pieces are going in, but I enjoy the process of creating things and then working out how to present them.

I have been searching for the best specials and reasonable quality for printing and mounting, so that things attract the viewer but are not super expensive.

We are exhibiting at Magda Community Artz, which is not often used as an exhibition space, but is more regularly a performance space.  To adapt the space we will be using easels as well as the walls, and finding safe places to hang things from, and may even make use of some of the outdoor space. This is making me think carefully about how to print and mount the photographs and what kind of materials to print them on.  You can print on canvas, metal, fabric (cotton, silk), wood board, different kinds of paper and more.  Each of these has a different quality.

I have been on big searches in pinterest to look for inspiration.  One day I might even write a blog on it!

Another thing I have been looking at is how to present the poems.  Will it be on posters with the images like the photograph on this post, or will they be simply written under the photograph on foam core?  I might also read the poem under the image it goes with?

We’re having some performances of dance, music and poetry on opening night and charging a small door fee to help us cover the costs of the exhibition. If you are in Brisbane and able to attend you can book for our special opening night HERE