Tura Welcomes Sian Murphy to the Team

Sian Murphy will be joining the Tura team next week in the role of Communications Coordinator.  Working in media relations, marketing, publicity and general communication, Sian will be vital in telling the story of Tura’s 35-year history alongside our constantly evolving and growing programs. Tura very much look forward to working with Sian as we approach our 35th year. Most recently, Sian has held the role of Marketing Coordinator at PICA.

Bio:
Sian Murphy is an artist and marketing professional living and working on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar. Graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Arts with a Bachelor of Arts Performance Making in 2019, has provided Sian with a deep understanding of the arts across a multitude of disciplines and art forms. Sian has worked with various organisations and productions including Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Steamworks Arts, WA Youth Theatre Company, and The Kabuki Drop. Sian is passionate about Western Australian art organisations and connecting audiences with the arts in meaningful ways, creating pathways to see and engage with live performance.

Dance Film Sound Lab: Artist Announcement

Tura In collaboration with Strut Dance, Deborah May and Adelina Larsson Mendoza lead an immersive film, sound, and choreography workshop for dancers and musicians/sound artists, in which makers of sound and dance explore musical/movement ideas and collaborate in creating sound and choreography for the camera.

From the callout, 10 artists across dance and sound have been selected to take part in the Dance Film Sound Lab.

Beginning with improvisation, creating sound with moving bodies and movement, and inspired by sound, the workshop will encourage imaginative and innovative ways of making and capturing movement and sound with consideration to light, sound, space, time and environment.

Recording and filming all stages and exercises, participants will delve into the requirements and rigours of filmmaking, the richness of cinematic language, sound design, and dance movement, plus experience the exhilaration of devising, making, and completing a short film of their own.

Selected Artists: 

 

Dance artists: L-R
Briannah Davis – photo supplied by artist
Aisha Samat – photo by Kathleen Wheatley
Jessica Pettitt – photo by Christophe Canato
Tessa Redman – photo by Megan Goldsman
Xin Ong – photo by David Cooper
Zakayyah MacLean – photo by Riyaana Harman

Sound artists:
Izzy French – photo by Michelle Chong
Moses Kington-Walberg – photo by Corey Battersby
Ozlem Kesik – photo by Ben Willis
Sophia Hansen Knarhoi – photo by Ben Simpson

A sonic exploration of often forgotten worlds

Taking audiences underwater, exploring the rich history of the ecology and materials from river systems around Australia, Alluvial Gold looks at what was left behind after years of dredging, changing estuarine ecology, and the impacts of human intervention.

Presented by Tura and PICA, this performance-installation by percussionist Louise Devenish, composer Stuart James and visual artist Erin Coates focuses on the silt, the sand, gravel, and the detritus of river beds, immersing audiences in a visceral drama to the often-forgotten worlds below the surface of the river.

Presented in the performance space of Perth’s home of contemporary art, and developed by a creative team of leading Western Australian contemporary artists, Alluvial Gold exists as art installation and as concert performance. Like many percussion performances, the work is both a visual and aural experience. Each component can be experienced as a piece of visual art in exhibition or as instrumental infrastructure in percussive performance, brought to life with a gripping new set design by one of Perth’s foremost stage designers, Bruce Mckinven.

Alluvial Gold features sculptural percussion instruments of ceramic, bronze, and aluminium, modelled on dolphin bones, native oyster shells and estuarine ecology, including a sonified curtain of oystershell. These are accompanied by underwater video, hydrophone river recordings, and processed audio samples used in combination with a vibraphone, percussion and electronics, weaving a tapestry of sonic material.

Seesaw Magazine described it as “A demonstration of beautifully integrated artistry from three thoughtful and immensely skilled creators.”

Alluvial Gold is on at PICA from 20 – 23 June, with a post-show artist talk on Tuesday 21 June. Tickets are available from PICA.

More information


Workshop for Artists


As part of program, Tura and PICA present a workshop with the presenting artists,
Alluvial Gold: Collaborative Creativity Across Visual Art and Sound.

Join us for a workshop exploring the collaboration between visual art and sound with Alluvial Gold artists Dr. Louise Devenish, Dr. Stuart James, and Erin Coates.

In this workshop, the artists will discuss and demonstrate their approach to interdisciplinary collaboration, using examples from Alluvial Gold.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Louise Devenish, Dr Stuart James and Erin Coates and is open to artists at any stage of their practice with an interest in cross-disciplinary and hybrid performance.

Alluvial Gold Workshop
11am – 1pm Tuesday 21 June
More information

Regional Producer

Tura announces the new position of Regional Producer based in the Kimberley advertised today. We are seeking a highly organised, independent and dynamic person who is passionate about facilitating extraordinary, challenging and innovative cultural experiences in regional communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The Regional Producer will be responsible for supporting the successful delivery of existing regional projects, nurturing and maintaining key stakeholder relationships in the regions, and identifying and initiating new opportunities for further engagement with an expanded network of partners.

This is an exciting step forward for Tura and the regions.

This is an Indigenous Identified position

For full job package follow here

Tura appoints General Manager Dunja Rmandic

Dunja Rmandic. Photo by Brett Canet-Gibson

Tura is delighted to announce the appointment of Dunja Rmandić to the new role of General Manager.

Dunja is highly experienced in the arts and cultural sector and has worked as a project manager, curator, board member, industry adviser and peer reviewer.

Dunja comes from seven years at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) as the Associate Curator Projects and more recently as acting Curator International Art.

With over 15 years’ experience in the sector Dunja has worked in commercial, public and artist-run galleries and has delivered partnership projects with Proximity Festival, Co3 Contemporary Dance Company, Lester Prize and Spaced.

Dunja now sits on the board of directors of Spaced, as well as the peer review panel for Australia Council for the Arts. She has also been selected to undertake the Australia Council Arts Leaders program this year.

Tura Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director Tos Mahoney says Dunja joins the Tura team at an exciting time for the organisation.

“We are thrilled to have Dunja’s depth and breadth of experience on our team,” he says.

“Her appointment is invaluable in helping to guide Tura through a period of development, building on our highly successful programming particularly our regional community engagement.

“Dunja will bring her diverse skills and her national and international perspective to play a vital role in delivering our new strategic plan with its Australia-wide and global aspirations.”

A writer, sociology enthusiast and fierce advocate of contemporary creative cultures, Dunja’s career has focused on how creativity can help bring different points of view to the fore and better understand how we experience each other and ourselves.

Dunja says she looks forward to working with the Board and Staff at Tura to deliver brave artistic programs with positive social impact.

“The national standing and the reputation Tos Mahoney and his team have built over the years is truly impressive,” she says. “Given the experiential nature of the arts and culture sector, we have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.

“Through its sustainability and agile practice, Tura has survived and indeed thrived.

“I believe Tura has an important role to play as an arts leader and I welcome the challenges the future may bring,” Dunja says.

Be a Part of Our Future

Tura is looking to a bright future as we create a post pandemic infrastructure to support an expanding national program. We are building on over 30 years of  producing projects and experiences that celebrate music and the sonic arts across Australia. As part of our growth we have created three opportunities to join one of Australia’s leading contemporary arts companies – the positions of General Manager, Development Manager and Communications Coordinator.

Tura engages in an inspiring and innovative exploration of music and sound that resonates within Australian culture and the wider global community. We prioritise collaboration, embrace cross-cultural learning and defy expectations. Tura makes a leading contribution to the cultural life of Australia and beyond through award-winning productions and community engagement programs. Tura supports artistic risk and innovation to stimulate participants and audiences to experience uncommon perceptions of their world and themselves.

For job descriptions and application information please follow the links below.

General Manager
Development Manager
Communications Coordinator

A wonderfully strange mix…..

The Wreck
Warmun Residency 11 – 23 Oct

Last week Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney along with sculptor and sound artist Jon Tarry have been prepping the old ‘moda car’ (The Wreck) in its current digs – the overflow camp shed in Warmun, south west of Kununurra, east Kimberley – ahead of small clan of WA creatives who will gather in Warmun to bring the sonic sculpture back to life. This will be the first time the Wreck is performed since it was developed by Jon Rose and the Warmun community in 2017.

Carditj (The Wreck)

The Wreck by Jon Rose. Photo by Jon Tarry

The Wreck has since been painted by Gija artists. Over the years, there has much documentation made about The Wreck, the paintings, the stories and other wrecks.

In 2020, The Wreck was acquired by the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Destined for permanent installation in Boola Bardip, The Wreck will be the subject of a 3-week performance and exhibition tour from Kununurra to Perth in May/June 2023.

The tour will travel to Kununurra, Warmun, Halls Creek, Wangkatjungka, Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Midland, Perth.

This week, Tos and Jon were joined in Warmun by musicians Genevieve Wilkins & Tristen Parr, videographer Laure Bernard, photographer Jessica Wyld and sound engineer Guy Smith. The group has been working with students at Ngalangangpum School and members of the Warmun community, who will join in a special performance of The Wreck this Thursday 21 October 5pm at Ngalanangpum School.

Tura is working with Warmun Community Inc, Ngalangangpum School and the Warmun Arts Centre.

This further development of The Wreck is made possible through the WA Dept of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industry’s Made in WA fund.

Moving Forward

Sound FX Residency
18 – 29 October 2021
Fitzroy Valley, West Kimberley

The Fitzroy River

The Fitzroy River, photo by Mark Jones

Sound artist Sam Newman and dancer Tara Gower head to Fitzroy Crossing today for a two-week residency as part of Tura’s Sound FX program. With program facilitator Gillian Howell locked out of WA, Sam and Tara will continue working with theme of Flow and the River as they explore sound and movement with students at Fitzroy Valley District High School and the broader community.

Tara will be working with primary students developing new dance work whilst Sam will work with senior students through the Ranger program on Country, using field recording and composition. Both processes will enable expression of current realities along with connection to Country and community.

The Sound FX program creates bridges between the traditional and contemporary, exploring music, story and language through long term collaborations. It encourages support, respect for and the revival of Aboriginal languages whilst developing new cultural works for performance, distribution and education.

Sound FX is based on the principal that music is a social and cultural practice that we humans use (and have always used) to explore, express, celebrate and live well in our world. ‘Living well in our worlds’ doesn’t necessarily look the same in all contexts. Keeping a focus on ‘flow’ as a value and practice as well as a starting point for creative music-making has been central to the Sound FX residency approach. This is not about outsiders coming in with the whole project figured out in advance, it is a methodology of letting the creative process and projects unfold, as conversations take place, people share ideas and plant the seeds for other ideas, and over time the ideas with the most ‘flow’ come to the fore.

This will be certainly be the case as Sam and Tara explore new connections with students and community of the Fitzroy Valley.

A showing of the works in progress created during the residency along with the local launch of the Flow album resulting from the first three years of the program will take place at the school on the evening of 28th Oct.

Sonus3: A celebration of music and dance across the Kimberley

Tura is embarking on the 2021 Sonus3 Tour from 9 – 23 September, bringing diverse and vibrant groups of artists together in a celebration of culture and place.

Stephen Pigram, Sonus2 2020. Photo by Sarah Duguid

The evolving Sonus line-ups and collaborations pivots in a captivating new direction for Sonus3 with internationally renowned dance company Marrugeku joining the Tura Touring Program for the first time.

Sonus3 will see Kimberley singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram, Iranian percussionist Esfandiar Shahmir, cellist Tristen Parr, and flautist Tos Mahoney collaborate with Marrugeku co-Artistic Director Dalisa Pigram, guest dancer Tara Gower and other guest artists, performing concerts in Kununurra, Warmun, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Kooljaman, One Arm Point, Djarindjin/Lombadina and Beagle Bay.

In addition to the concerts in each community, Sonus3 will host workshops in schools, engaging primary and secondary music students with content from the tour.

Artistic Director Tos Mahoney said Tura’s award-winning Regional Programs are committed to community engagement, drawing on a 20-year history of connection and shared learning.

“From interactive school workshops to collaborations with local artists as well as cultural exchanges with Traditional Owners, the Sonus tours are very much a two-way process with touring artists being powerfully influenced by the people and places they meet and experience,” he said.

“The tours also make a significant contribution to the social, cultural, educational, and community lives of people living in regional centres and remote communities across the Kimberley through the community engagement program.

The 2021 Sonus3 Tour is supported by the Government of Western Australia through Playing WA, The Regional Touring Fund of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, association with Lotterywest.

Major Partners include Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message and the Rowley Foundation.

See full tour site

Situ-8:Hotel artists announced and tickets on sale

Tura in partnership with STRUT Dance, and LINK Dance Company, is pleased to announce the composers and choreographers for Situ8:Hotel, the 2021 season of site specific short and sharp dance works. SITU-8 will be be presented Aug 26 – 28 2021 at the Alex Hotel.

Curated by Geordie Crawley and Serena Chalker, eight artists – four choreographers and four composers – will collaborate to produce four amazing new dance and sound works to be presented at the Alex Hotel, in the thriving heart of Northbridge

Composers and sound artists Azariah Felton; Rachael Dease; Felicity Groom; and Stephen de Filippo & Kane Tenadii-Hay will partner with local choreographers Mitchell Aldridge; Georgia Van Gils, Celina Hage & Nikki Tarling, Rhiana Katz; and May Greenberg. The works will be performed by local independent dance artists alongside Link Dance Company.

More info & tickets.