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Presented by the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University in association with Casula Powerhouse.

Exhibitions, performances, music, artist talks, workshops, film screenings and more!

The Research Creation Showcase 2022 is a free and immersive full day/up late festival experience aimed at connecting the community with Western Sydney University’s most dynamic creative makers and thinkers. It’s an all day, into the night happening of creative thinking, making, knowing and fun.

Headlining this year’s event is 2022 Archibald Prize winner Blak Douglas. A graduate of Western Sydney University’s Design program, Blak Douglas will talk about his creative practice and his journey as one of Australia’s most important artists. He’ll also participate in interactive activities across the day.

Blak Douglas’ talk will be followed by a series of free artist-led workshops. The afternoon session includes short talks by Western Sydney University creative thinkers and makers, and a panel on art, voice and activism led by award-winning filmmaker Dr Wendy Chandler, featuring Blak Douglas and Timorese film producer Lurdes Pires. The discussion will form the basis for the launch of Dr Chandler’s collaborative online documentary and associated photographic exhibition Mobile Stories, an innovative multimedia project that documents the stories of young social change makers in Timor-Leste and Western Sydney. The night kicks into party mode with music performances and the launch of an important new film about one of Australia’s most important jazz musicians, Roger Frampton, written and directed by his daughter Emily Rytmeister.

So come along and meet, talk, learn, dance and mingle with your local University – Western Sydney – and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

Date: Thursday 3 November 9.30am - 10pm.

SESSION 1 9.30am-1pm
SESSION 2 2pm-5.30-pm
SESSION 3 7pm-10pm

Ticket note

The full day/night event will be split into 3 ticketed sessions. Please click on each link to book for the session you would like to attend. If you would like to attend the whole day please book all 3 sessions, these can be added to your cart in the same transaction. Below is the breakdown of the sessions and what you can expect from the fabulous performances and presentations.

*Note registrations for the artist led workshops will be open on the day from the counter at Casula Powerhouse. Please register your interest, places are limited.

Session 1 - 9.30am - 1pm

Image: Blak Douglas in his studio, courtesy of the artist

Following the Welcome to Country, the morning session features Blak Douglas in conversation with Western Sydney University design educator Dr Alison Gill. Blak Douglas was awarded the 2022 Archibald Prize and is a graduate from WSU’s Design program.  His work is influenced by photography and illustration and is noted for its focus on social justice. His work is also on exhibit in the Casula Powerhouse.

The keynote is followed by a series of artist-led workshops on cultural rituals of care; art, science and water ecology; creative writing and place; art and activism; and on the Powerhouse's 2023 Flight exhibition program.

Session 2 - 2pm - 5.30pm

Image: 'Family Life' by Debbie Cannon

The afternoon session includes lightning talks by WSU creative researchers focused on a range of different arts practices. It will be followed by a discussion panel on Art and Voice, led by creative researcher and award-winning filmmaker, Dr Wendy Chandler, featuring Blak Douglas and film producer Lurdes Pires. The afternoon concludes with the launch of Mobile Stories – a collaborative, interactive online documentary focused on Timor Leste and Western Sydney, involving creative contributions from Western Sydney University's Humanities and Communication Arts students, produced by Dr Wendy Chandler. The launch incorporates the Mobile Stories - Street Life exhibition, a curated selection of works from the online photography galleries featured in the documentary.

The afternoon session will include lightning talks by WSU creative researchers, and a series of workshops: CPAC’s Flight Project (led by Michelle Catanzaro, Juan Salazar and Rachel Morley),Tania Koury on cultural rituals of healing, Leo Robba’s Painted River Project and Blak Douglas on making art.

Session 3 -  7pm - 10pm

Roger Frampton on saxophone. Image: Dr Janet Saunders

The after-dinner session will feature the premiere of Dr Emily Rytmeister’s documentary, ‘Roger Frampton Comes Alive!’. The film is both a musical journey and biography through the life and times of Sydney-based prolific jazz composer and performer, Roger Frampton. Made by his daughter, Emily Rytmeister, this film recalls Roger Frampton as a musical genius and great exponent of jazz experimentation of the late 20th Century. The film is bookended by two musical performances: the first, a jazz trio featuring some of the musicians featured in Emily’s film; the second, a quartet, Giraffe led by WSU’s Dr John Encarnacao.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 3 November 9.30am - 10pm.

Ticket bookings are broken into 3 sessions.

SESSION 1 9.30am-1pm
SESSION 2 2pm-5.30-pm
SESSION 3 7pm-10pm