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Laneway festival takes a new direction


2 February 2012

Stevie Fieldsend, 'Solve et Coagula', 2010. Photographer: Ian Hobbs
Stevie Fieldsend, 'Solve et Coagula', 2010. Photographer: Ian Hobbs

Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) at the University of Sydney is launching a brand new art event as part of the 2012 St Jerome's Laneway Festival, this Sunday 5 February.

Over 30 local and international bands will appear on stages across the SCA's Rozelle campus, while for the first time the festival will also showcase cutting edge Australian visual artists through site-specific installations, sculptures, videos, and performance works.

Professor Colin Rhodes, SCA Dean, said: "The Sydney College of the Arts is excited to be holding the festival once again within the sandstone ambiance of Kirkbride, and to be showcasing the work of SCA artists alongside the impressive 2012 festival line-up."

Kirkbride was built in 1883 as a state-of-the-art mental hospital. In 1996 SCA moved into the precinct, which has for the past three years also been an exciting and interactive site for the Laneway Festival.

"It is highly appropriate that an art school is the location for a music festival that supports such a broad range of urban music, both new and old favourites," Professor Rhodes said.

Caleb Kelly, the first year coordinator at SCA, has curated a sound and performance line-up, including Julian Day, Pia Van Gelder, Jonathan Hochman and Anna John, and Mark Shorter (aka Renny Kodgers).

Robyn Backen, a leading Australian installation artist and the SCA's Master of Studio Art coordinator, has curated artworks that actively engage and explore the surrounds of Callan Park and the SCA Campus grounds.

Ryszard Dabek, the Master of Interactive and Digital Media coordinator at SCA, is curating a program of videos for the festival that take a range of approaches to the moving image, from stop-motion animation to performance documentation.

Artists:

Andrew Newman Bryden Williams Claire Schierhout Eloise Crossman Emma Hicks Graham Burchett Greer Rochford Greg Shapley Isabella Andronos Julia Rochford Katherine Berger Lucas Davidson Sean Lowry William Pritchett Donald Briersley Bryden Williams Alex Pye Jason Christopher Stevie Fieldsend Sarah Mockford.

Festival tickets can be purchased online

Where: Laneway Festival, Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road Rozelle (enter opposite Cecily Street)

When: 11.30am to 10pm, Sunday 5 February 2012

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Further Information: Nerida Olson, 02 9351 1016, 0413 314 590, nerida.olson@sydney.edu.au W