Get ready for another fabulous West End Weekend!

We’ve got heaps of artwork coming in by the truckloads in preparation for the 2011 Hedland Art Awards happening Friday, August 26th from 6pm. Artists from the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West and Kimberly areas have been working hard throughout the year creating wonderful artwork to be displayed in this year’s Awards exhibition. We can’t wait to set them all out and have a look!

Pre-selection starts next week and then it’s on to the hanging of the artwork where the talented Sean Byford will be lending his skills. August 26th will definitely be the biggest night of the year for the Port Hedland art culture scene!

What could be better than spending a late Saturday arvo walking around a gorgeous grass area while viewing locally, handmade wares, eating delicious food and listening to fantastic music? I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday evening and judging by the feedback we received at our last Markets in July, neither can you! Join us Saturday, August 27th , for another brilliant Market experience at the West End Markets.

My mind still drifts to the short films we watched at the last Future Shorts One screening in July. So many great films in such a short amount of time! It’s the good kind of emotional rollercoaster. Join us for the next instalment of Future Shorts One happening Sunday, August 28th with sundowner drinks starting at 5pm and the movie screenings beginning at 6pm. Screenings are strictly 18+ and RSVPs are essential!

In the meantime, check out my current fave from last month’s Future Shorts One: Passing Hearts.

Christian and Michael also win an AIPP Fusion Award

The Rail Yard – Winning AIPP Fusion Entry – APPA’s 2011 from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Full AIPP results found here

Future Shorts ONE International Short Film Festival

31 July · 17:00 – 20:00

Come one, come all to Future Shorts short film festival at the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland!

It’s the night before Heddy Cup, so join us for sundowner drinks in the courtyard from 5pm. Screening starts at 6pm!

This is a FREE event but you must RSVP to reserve seats for you and your friends. Please note this event it R 18+.

Red Dog Trailer

Following up on a discussion from last year, the Red Dog movie will be in cinemas August 4.

RED DOG Offical Trailer

Here is a poem Elaine Argaet posted about Red Dog last year on this blog:

IASKA Roebourne

IASKA has been doing some great public art and multimedia installations in the Roebourne area.  Check it out here

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route recently launched at the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia, in partnership with FORM, recently launched Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route in Canberra.  The Exhibition will be open until January 26, 2011.  Hopefully you will be able to see it in Canberra, otherwise it is anticipated that the exhibition will travel to Perth late 2011.

The event was a great success, with over 50 artists from the 9 community art enterprises along the Canning Stock Route able to attend, including about 20 from Martumili Artists in the East Pilbara.  The artists brought the opening and public programs to life with a generosity of  insights, cultural knowledge and personal stories.

Les Walkling Clip


One of the four photographers asked to participate in this project is Les Walkling. An incredibly nice guy who is passionate about photography in its purist, artistic form. A stickler for pushing quality in photography to the limit and an amazing communicator.

I have included what I thought was a typical Les response to my question. “Les, why aren’t you taking any photo’s” Only Les could of come up with such an intelligent reasoned response.

He was blown away by the Pilbara. It was his first trip to this region and it left an indelible impression on him.
See the clip here

Take 5 Stay Alive

Take 5 Media was born in Port Hedland in 2008. In the past 2 years it has quickly become recognised all over the globe from Canada, Mexico, Germany and throughout the Easternsea board of Australia.

Like all good things in and from Port Hedland, we built the foundation for Take 5 Media based on good people who care about promoting health and safety.

The Pilbara Project Part II

Well following on from the outing on Sunday with Nicole, we have managed to put together the sequel to Michael’s teaser, while it may not be in the same league (yet) it was a bit of fun whilst out taking some stills.

The Pilbara Project Part II from Chris Fox on Vimeo.

The Pilbara Project Part II, not quite as good as Michael’s work, but you have to start somewhere

Any comments or pointers appreciated, this was the first movie attempt, with footage from Nic’s 5D and from my D5000, and put together with iMovie.

Stills to follow later :)

The Pilbara Project Teaser

The Pilbara Project from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Well here it is. A post at last. In my defense editing video is a longer process than editing one still image at a time. Those stills guys, Tony, Les, Christian, and Peter have it easy.

It was a real honor to be involved with “The Pilbara Project” and many thanks go to FORM for giving me the opportunity to hang out with some amazing photographers and not just the professional ones. It was also great to see the graduates of the previous photographic courses enjoying the experience of shooting with the pros and not being intimidated by their experience.

This clip though short took a lot of time to produce and I am already seeing ways I could of done it better but it’s just a taste of what is to come. I have hours of footage and audio to sort through and hope to add to the project in future visits to the Pilbara with my new mates Les, Tony, Peter x2, Carolyn, Linda, Jane, Faye, Judith, Nicole, and Simon. Christian didn’t get a mention because he’s my brother not my mate (too long sharing the same room hehe!!) but I must say that he is instrumental in all of us being here and for that reason I think we all cant thank him enough.

Cheers for now guys……

Mike Fletcher

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