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Unlike most of her contemporaries,
installation artist and sculptor Annie Kennedy
didn't come from an arty family or have fond
memories of childhood visits to galleries and artistic
soirees. In fact Kennedy is one of that rare breed of
artists that discovered their creative passions later in
life. Indeed she started her career as a cabinet maker...
Su ce to say, a career in the arts was not always on
"No way," says Annie. "It emerged at about the age
of 40, when I turned a sharp le in life and went via
cabinetmaking into ne arts. It was an unexpected
turn, full of huge sacri ces and great rewards. I'd
never been so poor in my life but was excited by what
was around me all the time. Ironically, it was a very
It was whilst studying furniture design that Annie
attended an exhibition at Customs House, and
the exhibition was to prove a turning point. "I was
struck by the realisation that I identi ed with the
artists I saw there, far more than furniture designers,"
recalls Annie. "I'd paid a lot of money to be doing
my cabinetmaking training so it was a painful truth.
I stopped making functional furniture and started
making sculptural pieces to build a portfolio for art
Not long a er, Annie set about studying and carving
a niche for herself in the artistic community. Her rst
exhibition took place in the Southern Highlands,
whilst she was still studying cabinetmaking full time.
"I made a big sculpture of a spider's web out of wire
for a local outdoor exhibition. Hanging in the web
were tiny glass plates with the names of aboriginal
language groups etched on them. I loved the challenge
and was also delighted when spiders began to build
their webs inside the work. It was my rst experience
of seeing that what I make could be changed and
added to by others."
e exhibition marked the beginning of
Kennedy's venture into collaborative art forms. Her
latest work, part of the Taylor Square Art Project
is entitled Camp Stonewall and will feature an
installation piece that explores the rich history of
Sydney's gay mecca.
Kennedy says the inspiration for the piece came
directly from the site. "Taylor Square and Oxford
Street are both associated with gay culture. I asked,
'How have things changed for the homosexual
community? What's the local story about that
change and how can I represent it?' I think I came
up with one way that the community can represent
Indeed Annie's work is o en about bringing focus
to a hidden subject:
"I like to take subjects that are forgotten or
overlooked and bring them out into the light again.
In a way they become monuments. A way of giving
substance and gravitas to experiences, people or
places that I feel deserve acknowledgement. In some
ways, this tries to challenge aspects of contemporary
life and to say 'Remember this. ink about where
you are and how you live. Is there something you are
taking for granted or failing to be? Pay attention!'"
However, Annie recognises that a community
art project works best when the community can
become involved so she's looking for volunteers to
help create the Camp Stonewall installation which
will see a tiled wall of art encasing the toilet block
at Taylor Square. Annie wants as many LGBT locals
to get involved as possible. Subsequently she will be
holding workshops over the next month for people
to create their own tile to add to the installation.
When it comes to driving, women are always
getting a bad rap. We're labelled terrible drivers
and often depicted as dimwitted when it comes to
the mechanics of owning a vehicle. Well wouldn't
you like to turn those naysayers around? What if I
told you that you could take part in an automotive
workshop run by women for women? Introducing
Managing Director Eleni Mitakos of Galmatic
says, "We are really excited to be running our
workshops; we truly believe that it is so important
for women to know as much as they can about
their vehicle. In the current climate, it should be
top of mind to ensure that they're savvy about the
industry and to ensure that they are getting the
most out of their wheels."
Galmatic courses include driver education and safety
tips as well as automotive knowledge. The Galmatic team
believes every driver should know facts such as:
At 80km it can take a car over 200 metres to stop.
Double the speed and you more than double the distance.
To be safer, never tailgate and try to keep a considerable
distance between you and the car in front.
Lack of sleep and driver fatigue can be fatal. If sleepy,
pull over and rest.
100ml of wine is considered a standard drink. Most
bar and restaurant glasses are much more than 100mls,
meaning often you may be over the limit to drive. Ask for
only 100ml every time you order a drink and ask to not
have your glass 'topped up', so that you can
keep track of how many drinks you have had.
Keep a check on speed - it is the one
variable a driver can control. If you crash at
90km the speed your body impacts is the
same as falling from the 1st oor of a building.
At 110km it is like falling from the 5th oor and
at 125km, it's like falling from the 9th oor.
"It's essential to know how your car
works, feels and responds before you are in
an emergency situation," says Eleni. "Most
drivers do not know if their car has ABS
(anti lock braking system) - the stopping
ability and technique is crucial to know in an
No matter where you stand with your vehicle, Galmatic
workshops give all the advice you need to keep it serving
its purpose! So what are you waiting for?
Galmatic workshops run nationwide --
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Go to galmatic.com.au.
The Taylor Square Arts Project heats up.
Saturday June 12, 12-2pm - Feminist Bookshop (Shop 9
Orange Grove Plaza, Balmain Rd, Lily eld)
Saturday June 19, 10am-1pm - Taylor Square (in front of
Saturday June 26, 10am-1pm - Taylor Square (Courthouse)
GET BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT
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