Monday, August 18, 2008

Artsy Lesbian Types Wanted *Call For Submissions*

Don't know about queer and 'same sex' attracted women/females/girls etc but you could ask them I suppose? Still, figured someone here might be interested...


The Sal-On, a brand new, lesbian owned-and-run art space in Sydney's Inner
West, is putting out a call for submissions. Responses to the painting Gabrielle d'Estrees and one of her sisters in the bath (c. 1595) will form the core of an exhibition to be mounted at "The Sal-On" on 29 November. Open to lesbian artists working in all media, The Sal-On seeks works displaying a particular lesbian perspective on this painting.

Owner operators (and life-partners) Glennda Blyth and Sally Whitwell opened their multi-arts space in early August with an exhibition of works by Sydney photographer Angus Young entitled "Unplugged: what rocks and/or rolls". The performers were, in keeping with the theme of the event, completely 'unplugged'. Soprano Nadia Piave and cellist Rachel Scott with Sally on piano performed new arrangements of popular music as most have never heard it. The evening also included the world premiere of "She Walks in Beauty", a choral setting of the Byron poem that Sally composed as a gift for Glennda's birthday.

"The Sal-on", says Glennda, "is an art space specifically opened up with the intention of giving new artists the opportunity to show their work. As a lesbian artist myself, I am interested to see other lesbian perspectives. The repertoire of individual responses by different lesbians to the same stimuli is what we are keen to see and show. Why this painting, you ask? Simply because some years ago as a young twenty-something leafing through an art book in my lesbian London share house, this one caught my eye. I mean, what is that nipple tweak about?"

"But the Sal-On is much more than an art gallery," adds Sally. "Already we've had several musical ensembles use the space as a rehearsal venue, from highly trained professionals such as The Song Company and cellist Sally Maer (aka Cello Diva), to local queer chamber choir Door in the Wall and The Sydney Pop Choir, both of whom I direct. The music here is acoustic in the real sense, there's not a microphone or an amplifier in sight. In fact, I'd be quite happy with just candlelight!"

For information on how to submit work for consideration for this exhibition,
please email or phone 0411 873 436.

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