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August 2017

Fred Williams in the You Yangs

19 August @ 10:00 am - 5 November @ 5:00 pm
Fred Williams You Yang Pond 1963

Fred Williams in the You Yangs brings together the ground-breaking paintings, drawings and etchings that represent the turning point in Fred Williams’s art.  Williams started working in the You Yangs in 1962. It is his work of this period that defined what is commonly considered his ‘classic’ interpretation of the Australian landscape. This exhibition reveals Williams’s enduring fascination with the You Yangs as a recurring subject (among others) for his painting throughout the 1960s to the late 1970s, and surveys…

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October 2017

Michael Leunig: Recent, Rare and Classic Works on Paper

21 October @ 9:00 am - 4 November @ 4:00 pm
Michael Leunig Metropolis Gallery

Exciting news from Metropolis Gallery that Michael Leunig will be exhibiting Recent, Rare and Classic Works on Paper, including original drawings, paintings and etchings. Michael will also talk about his work and philosophies on opening night Saturday 21 October. Gallery director Robert Avitabile says this is a rare exhibition for any gallery and he is proud to be able to bring Leunig and his work to Geelong. Like other Australians I’ve grown up with Leunig’s work in the media since…

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Catherine Fox: Stop Fixing Women: Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everybody’s Business

24 October @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Author and presenter Catherine Fox will examine why genuine progress for women in the workplace is still too slow. The gender pay gap is 17.9%, only 3% of CEOs of top companies are women and the superannuation savings of men are double those of women. Fortunately many organisations are starting to recognise that systematic bias is the problem and we need to change the rules, not the women.

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Dr Kristy Goodwin – Raising Your Child in a Digital World

26 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hear from children’s technology and development expert, teacher and mother, Dr Kristy Goodwin about striking a healthy balance of time on-line without techno tantrums and conflict. This seminar will investigate the most current research and will explore the educational benefits of time online and strategies to balance ‘screen time’ with ‘green time’. Presented as part of Geelong Children’s week.

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Dorothy Johnston – The Swan Island Connection

27 October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Local writer Dorothy Johnston is the author of eleven novels, two of which have been short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. After spending thirty years in Canberra she returned to the Bellarine Peninsula where her sea-change mystery novels are set, Through A Camel’s Eye and this recent release,The Swan Island Connection.

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Discover your Ancestry

27 October @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For those interested in discovering more about their family history, this session will provide an introduction to the library’s family history resources.

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2017 Archibald Prize

28 October @ 10:00 am - 10 December @ 5:00 pm

First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been engaging art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many…

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Exposing Edith

29 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Exposing Edith is a cabaret tale of the legendary Piaf, created and performed by Michaela Burger (vocals) and Greg Wain (guitar). This breathtaking show is a stunning mix of authentic, vintage French chanson and contemporary sounds, featuring classics songs alongside lesser-known gems, celebrating Piaf’s life and loves and marking 100 years since her birth. “Michaela is an asset to the cabaret community!” Kate Ceberano, Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012-2014 Tickets can be ordered at any of our Customer…

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‘Not your average family’ Dance: a Children’s Week event

29 October @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Bluebird Foundation presents… A family dance for families that are anything but average! Come and join the fun at Bluebird Foundation’s ‘Not your average family’ Dance. The renowned Billy Tea Bush Band will lead the toe tapping, foot stompin’, hand clapping fun for kids and adults of all shapes, sizes and abilities. 3.00-4.30pm Sunday 29th October Geelong West Senior Citizens Hall 89 Autumn Street Geelong West Is your family a little different from most? Does someone in your family use…

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Venice – Australian Chamber Choir

29 October @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

By popular demand, with the ravishing sound of Italian renaissance instruments the Australian Chamber Choir celebrates its 10th Birthday, singing music for multiple choirs of voices and instruments, mostly written for the Basilica of San Marco, Venice. Close your eyes as you hear strains of Monteverdi,  Schütz , Rigatti  and Giovanni Gabrieli  and Andrea Gabrieli , in our Basilica, and you could almost be at San Marco ….   Tickets from www.Auschoir.com  or at the door  

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By the Water wildlife art exhibition

31 October @ 11:00 am - 19 November @ 3:00 pm
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Beyond pink and blue: challenging gender stereotyping from the early years

31 October @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A panel of experts discuss the effects of rigid gender stereotyping on children and on our society. The panel, which includes Early Childhood Practitioner Professor Glenda MacNaughton, Social Worker and mother Jess Boccia and Lecturer in Children’s Literature, Dr Michelle Smith, will explore the origins of the gendered nature of violence. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A session.In partnership with Reclaim the Night, Barwon Community Legal Service, Deakin University and Barwon South West Women’s Service.

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November 2017

Ross McMullin – Pompey Elliott at War

1 November @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join award-winning historian and biographer Ross McMullin for a presentation about his book on the wartime letters and diaries of Australia’s famous fighting general, Pompey Elliott. No one was more instrumental than Pompey in turning looming defeat into stunning victory at iconic battles such as Polygon Wood and Villers-Bretonneux.

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Discover your Military Family History and Heritage Centre Tour

2 November @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trace your military ancestors and learn how to use the library’s family history resources to help with your research.

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Little Creatures after dark

3 November @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Creatures Brewing brings you the 2017 Archibald Prize after hours with a pop-up bar and pizzeria. Enjoy an after hours viewing of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2017 Archibald Prize. First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been…

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‘Desert Inscapes’ – Al Strangeways Art Exhibition

4 November 2017 @ 12:00 am - 26 January 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Award winning artist Al Strangeways will be exhibiting her artwork at The Studio@54 in Ocean Grove from November 4th, 2017.   Originally from England, but now a resident of the Northern Territory, Al’s artwork is inspired by the people, animals and landscapes of Central Australia.  This exhibition is entitled ‘Desert Inscapes’. ‘Desert Inscapes’ as …”it seems to cover both the subject matter (images and expressions from the desert centre) but also the intention behind pretty much all of my creative endeavours,…

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GPAC’s Musical Mornings – The Choir of Hard Knocks

8 November @ 10:30 am - 9 November @ 10:30 am

Now in its 10th anniversary year the Choir of Hard Knocks has performed in Australia’s most prestigious venues under the inspired direction of Founding Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM alongside the cream of Australian musical talent. Choir members come special backgrounds and circumstances, their talents and unique and vibrant sound leading to many wonderful performance invitations. This multi award-winning choir is still one of the most sought-after and celebrated acts in Australia today.

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Nick Riewoldt – The Things that Make Us

8 November @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

From number one pick in the 2000 AFL draft, to six-time winner of St Kilda’s best and fairest award, to five-time All Australian, to captaining his club for a record 220 games, to more than 330 games as a star of the AFL, Nick Riewoldt is an out-and-out champion. He’s also a man whose intelligence and insight allow him a deeply fascinating perspective on his life and career. The Things that Make Us is Nick’s autobiography, and it’s as powerful, interesting…

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Fiona McIntosh – The Tea Gardens

9 November @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Trouble is brewing . . . From England’s seaside town of Brighton to India’s slums of Calcutta and the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, The Tea Gardens is a story of heroism, heartache and healing and the latest release from Fiona McIntosh internationally bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin, The Perfumer’s Secret, The Last Dance and Nightingale.  Meet and hear Fiona at this special evening event.

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Little Creatures after dark

10 November @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Creatures Brewing brings you the 2017 Archibald Prize after hours with a pop-up bar and pizzeria. Enjoy an after hours viewing of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2017 Archibald Prize. First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been…

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Rachael Johns – The Greatest Gift

13 November @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Internationally best-selling author Rachael Johns will share the story of her eagerly anticipated new release, The Greatest Gift in this special in conversation event.  The Greatest Gift is the poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.  Don’t miss this chance to meet Australia’s leading writer of contemporary relationship stories.

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A Very Grumpy Christmas

14 November @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Geelong’s Grumpy Old Men Bryan, Rob and Colin uncover and explain ridiculous aspects of 21st Century celebrations with sketches, jokes, music, fun and surprises.  

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Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival

17 November @ 9:00 am - 19 November @ 5:00 pm

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is Australia’s only literary festival to showcase non-fiction literature, writing and ideas. Word for Word features writing masterclasses, panel discussions, “in conversation” sessions and high-profile keynote speakers. The topics explored range broadly from history to health; love and grief; economics and politics; art and food; sport, technology and much more.

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Little Creatures after dark

17 November @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Creatures Brewing brings you the 2017 Archibald Prize after hours with a pop-up bar and pizzeria. Enjoy an after hours viewing of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2017 Archibald Prize. First awarded in 1921, the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture, with subjects often including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Since its inception, the Archibald Prize has been…

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Peter Carey – A Long Way From Home

17 November @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017 opening night sets the scene for an exploration of the intersection between fiction and non-fiction with a rare opportunity to meet and hear internationally-acclaimed multi-award winning Australian author Peter Carey. Two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize and three-time winner of the Miles Franklin, Peter Carey will appear in conversation with Deakin University’s Maria Takolander in an event that is simply not to be missed. Please note that tickets are strictly limited and…

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Please Explain

18 November @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

John Safran and Anna Broinowski have immersed themselves and reported in detail on Australia’s transition from left-leaning multiculturalism to the divided landscape in which we now find ourselves. They share their experiences from within the ranks of the far-right outsiders. Session Chair: Lisa Waller Presented as part of the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017

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THE GOOD GIRL STRIPPED BARE: FROM BOGAN TO BONED AND BEYOND

18 November @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In her frank and funny ‘femoir’ – part memoir, part manifesto – Tracey Spicer recounts her journey from Brisbane ‘bogan’ to her dream role as national news anchor for a commercial network. Meet and hear Tracey ‘sheconstruct’ the structural barriers facing women in the workplace as she encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl. Presented as part of the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017.

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Reality Check: Sea-ing Our Future

18 November @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

In her recent Quarterly Essay, The Long Goodbye, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She joins acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery who is investigating exciting new technologies currently being developed to address our most pressing environmental issues as they discuss where we are now and what the possibilities may be for a positive future for us and our planet. Session Chair: Brett Bryan Presented as part of the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival 2017.

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The Truth of the Matter: Exploring Creative Non-Fiction

18 November @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Panel discussion with Lee Kofman, Alice Pung, Maria Tumarkin. Creative non-fiction is one of the fastest growing literary genres in its appeal to readers, writers and publishers alike. Audiences, it seems have developed an appetite for ‘true’. But creative non-fiction is often poorly understood and is very complex in terms of the many forms it can take and ethically it is very complicated.  Join three of the best exponents of the genre for a fascinating panel discussion. Presented as part…

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Only: A Memoir

18 November @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Caroline Baum has had a distinguished career in arts journalism and broadcasting working for the BBC, ABC radio and television, Vogue magazine (in the UK and Australia), and as founding editor of Good Reading magazine. Her memoir, Only, is a memoir of an unconventional childhood that explores what it means to be an only child — as both child and adult and what it means to be the daughter of two people damaged by trauma and tragedy. Session Chair: Angela Savage Presented as part…

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