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Foundation Impact Stories: Showcasing SA artists in Moving Image Program

Monday, 08 July 2024
5 min read
David Foreman, Act of Sorrow

Adelaide Festival Centre has always been a beacon for artistic expression and cultural celebration.

As part of our evolving Moving Image Program, we are proud to showcase large-scale digital artworks at the King William Road entrance to the Festival Theatre. This program, which changes its featured artworks monthly, is open to artists from around the globe. Thanks to the support of Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, the spotlight will shine on South Australian artists every month for the next six months.

The first featured artwork in this series is Act of Sorrow, a powerful collaboration between filmmaker David Foreman and Kangaroo Island artists Deborah Sleeman, Ria Byass, and Janine Mackintosh. This film captures the beauty of Remarkable Rocks, an iconic feature of Flinders Chase National Park and the western wilderness of Kangaroo Island. In a poignant artistic gesture, one of the rocks has been wrapped by the artists, symbolising both a tribute and a call to protect these natural wonders. 

David Foreman, reflecting on the opportunity, shared,

"It’s a privilege to have ‘Act of Sorrow’ projected on Adelaide Festival Centre’s outdoor screens. The Moving Image Program has created an opportunity for us as Kangaroo Island artists to share our work in a public Adelaide forum, helping to bridge the gap between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. We appreciate the support of Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation in making this possible."

Artists Ria Byass, Deborah Sleeman, and Janine Mackintosh expressed their sentiments on the project:

"The collaboration between the Moving Image Program at Adelaide Festival Centre and ‘Act of Sorrow’ strengthens the connection between urban and remote places. It seeks understanding of the importance of precious, fragile wild places and keeping them intact. It is a collective responsibility."

This initiative underscores the Foundation's dedication to fostering connections between communities, bringing to light stories and creations from all corners of our state. By ensuring that South Australian artists are prominently featured, the program helps nurture local talent and brings diverse, impactful narratives to a broader audience. The Moving Image Program, with its dynamic and engaging platform, continues to enrich the cultural landscape, one digital artwork at a time.

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David Foreman, Act of Sorrow, moving image (still)

Image: Photo by Sarah Northcott

As we look forward to the next six months, we invite you to visit the King William Road entrance to the Festival Theatre and immerse yourself in the creations of South Australian contemporary artists. Each month promises a new and thought-provoking piece, reflecting the unique perspectives and stories of South Australia.

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