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Monash, Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) NOW: Amazing examples of graduates creativity

The Hidden Hybrid (2021) by Lili Xilai Li. Photo- medianet

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 23 November 2021: The ‘MADA (Monash, Art, Design and Architecture) Now’ exhibition is active online and and open physically at the Monash Caulfield campus till 3 December 2021. This hybrid exhibition (Monash.edu/mada/now) showcases the work of over 750 graduating artists, curators, designers, architects and urban planners.

A number of significant prizes were announced at the launch, including The Daniel Dorall prize for highest achieving student in Fine Art awarded to Erin Hallyburton, and the Damian Bertoli Award, dedicated to his memory as a dear MADA colleague, artist and mentor, going to Alexis Kanatsios.

Full details on outstanding students and prize winners across Architecture, Urban Planning, Design and Fine Art, as well as recorded messages from each head of department and the Dean are viewable on the website.

Fine Art Interim Head of Department, Spiros Panigirakis said at the launch: ‘What a year and what an astounding response from our fine arts community. With too many obstacles to note, students practising across many fields, studios and occupations, made art matter.’

The Dean, Professor Shane Murray also pointed to the importance of this year’s show, ‘I am immensely proud of our staff and of the remarkable creative community we have here at MADA’ he said.

‘These students have achieved amazing results through an incredibly challenging period. This whole show is truly full of energy and provocation. It demonstrates that the creative sector is in great hands.’

Megan Kamei, Asobi, details of installation (2021)
Megan Kamei, Asobi, details of installation (2021). Photo- medianet

Online exhibition: monash.edu/mada/events/2021/madanow

Sangam Festival 2021- ‘Earth Matters Walking Tour: Interactive culture excels


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 28 February 2021: It started with Drum Theatre, moved to Harmony Square, and then culminated at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre. An interactive cultural experience in Dandenong it was. A well-crafted presentation at the Drum Theatre – a combination tale of music, words, and dance started the exceptional experience, and then people walked to Harmony Square across the road, to be treated with dances and interactive dance-yoga and Bollywood dancing. Every step of yoga and later the musical Bollywood movements were good exercises and entertainment blended with the ambiance of an open sky.

From Harmony Square, a short walk to the beautiful space behind the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre saw beautiful classical dances with tea and samosa. Passerby’s probably wondered at the mesmerizing flow of music accompanying the dances. The three-stop walking cultural experience was a good effort to integrate South Asian performing arts with audience participation.

With support from the Victorian Government and Co-produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), the 2021 Sangam Festival is supported by Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, City of Greater Dandenong, and Yarra City Council. Venue partners are Abbotsford Convent, The Drum Theatre, Dancehouse, and Bunjil Place are guided by Blakdance and supported by Ausdance Victoria, Peril Magazine, and SouthAsian Today.


Sangam is a platform for established and emerging South Asian-Australian artists to learn, create and showcase their art alongside globally renowned artists from the South Asian Diaspora. It’s based in Naarm/ Melbourne.

The Sangam team has Dr. Priya Srinivasan, performer/choreographer/writer who lives and works in the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people in Narrm/Melbourne combining theory and practice to work towards social justice issues through art, Hari Srinivasan, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Uthra Vijay, Artistic Director of Keerthana School of Music, Sunanda – Dada Desi Co-curator, Priya Pavri – Producer, Varsha Ramesh – Producer, Shweta Kawatra – Marketing and Communications Advisor, Shweta Kawatra – Marketing and Communications Advisor and Ruiqi Fu – Media Coordinator.

In fact, there is much more coming up in the festival. Check – www.sangam.com.au