6.00p.m - 10.00p.m
213 Great Alpine Rd
La Fiera's festival launch party at Michelini Wines.
On display will be a selection of artwork from aboriginal artist Billy Doolan’s "Sicilian Dreaming" exhibition which was launched in Italy in 2012. Exhibited in Zafferena and Palermo and was shown at the Villa Whitaker, with the final showing at the Monastero del Ritiro in Syracuse opened by the Australian Vice Embassedor to Rome.
$35 per person (TBC) - evening includes complimentary sparkling wine on arrival and supper.
Prepaid tickets only - available from Michelini Wines Cellar Door: (03) 57 51 1990
“Sicilian Dreaming” exhibits will be on display throughout the Festival at Michelini Wines Cellar door and The Myrtleford Gallery
On display will be a selection of artwork from aboriginal artist Billy Doolan’s "Sicilian Dreaming" exhibition which was launched in Italy in 2012.
The Italian Institute of Culture in Melbourne held Billy Doolan's first major solo public exhibition titled Between Sea and Sky: Songs of a Voyage in 2010 with the paintings '...the result of a cultural exchange project initiated by Melbourne-based Sicilian-born arts promoter Maria Sanciolo-Bell'
All eight of Doolan's Sicilian themed paintings included in the IAI were painted between the George Wright Aboriginal Hostel in Melbourne and his Townsville home. The works presented a unique set of challenges for the artist who gained his inspiration from his trip to Sicily in 2009. He was mindful of presenting a sensitive and respectful rendering of Sicilian history and life and the project took over a year to complete.
The Sicilian project led to the biggest non-commercial travelling exhibition of indigenous artwork to leave Australia as of 2011 and inspired articles in Essentials Magazine Autumn 2011 edition and Italianicious Magazine “Impressions of Sicily” in Nov-Dec edition 2011