Exhibition News

National touring Peace Helicopter project heads to Melbourne

Published Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Filipino Artist Alwin Reamillo is visiting Melbourne as part of the national tour of his Thuringowa Helicopter Project.
The dramatic 4m long helicopter sculpture made of bamboo and crab shells is flying around the country with an ever-growing fleet of mini helicopters in an effort to bring people together to share stories of migration and to generate cultural exchange and collaboration.

As part of this tour, Reamillo will undergo a 4-week residency at The Substation in Newport, during which time he will work with the local Filipino and Polynesian communities, school groups and members of the general public to create an installation in the vast industrial foyer of The Substation.

The project aims to invoke the spirit of 'Bayanihan': a Filipino concept for community solidarity and cooperation. Through creating Peace Helicopters and designing 'flight plans', young people are encouraged to imagine paths to positive futures and to take an active role in the peace-building process.

Alwin Reamillo, was born in Manila in 1964. He studied painting at The University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (1981-1985), and has been exhibiting mixed-media installations and presenting performance based work since 1986. He has also undertaken numerous international residencies to produce community-based collaborative projects, and was recently featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney)'s Make it New exhibition.

The Thurwingowa Helicopter Project has already involved more than 1,500 people in North Queensland (Pinnacles Gallery), New South Wales (Museum of Contemporary Art & Cambelltown Regional Gallery), and the Northern Territory (The Darwin Festival).

In addition to community-based workshops and creating the installation itself, Reamillo will also be engaging in Filipino events across Melbourne including the Filipino Fiesta at the Melbourne showgrounds, and Pasco Celebration at Federation Square.

The Thurwingowa Helicopter Project
Exhibition Dates: 4 December - 6 February

Free Community Workshops
21 & 28 November
To register your interest, please contact Stephanie Kabanyana on stephanie@thesubstation.org.au

Public Artist Talk
Saturday 4 Dec, 3pm
The Substation
1 Market St
Newport VIC 3015

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