In the early hours of Sunday 29th April 2015, artist Myuran Sukumaran was executed by firing squad on Nusa Kambangan Island in Indonesia.
‘During the 72 hours [prior] to his execution, Myuran painted prolifically, producing some of his most powerful work… In this series, produced under the most difficult circumstances, we see potent and emotional images of the man Myuran had become – determined, focused, talented and brave; looking unflinchingly toward the next painting, and the legacy that would survive his execution: his art.’ – Campbelltown Arts Centre
To mark the third anniversary of Sukumaran’s death and the conclusion of the Another Day in Paradise exhibition, Tuggeranong Arts Centre is inviting artists to participate in a creative vigil.
On Sunday 29th April, the Centre’s galleries, workshop, theatre and rehearsal spaces will be open to artists working in any form to respond to Sukumaran’s story and his final series of paintings.
Artists may choose to respond to Sukumaran’s work directly, confront the ethics and politics of the death penalty, question their own mortality and the creative import of having a finite time to live, or react in other ways entirely.
7:00am – 3:30pm Artists at work
The following participating artists will work independently to produce creative responses:
- Nigel Featherstone and Pete Lyon (songwriting)
- Julia Higgs (drawing)
- Jess Higgins (etchings)
- Jenny Blake (painting)
- Jen Webb (poetry)
- Tom Buckland (sculpture)
- Blaide Lallemand
- Rachel Develin
10:00am and 11:00am Performance by Dianna Nixon
A spoken and sung improvisation using the Shakespeare monologue “The quality of mercy is not strained”.
2:00 – 5:00pm Writing Workshop
Writers of any form are invited to join an informal writing workshop to produce responses to Myuran Sukumaran’s artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to read their work in a public presentation at 5.30pm.
3:30pm Artist Talk: Matthew Sleeth
Matthew Sleeth is a multidisciplinary artist responsible for Kerobokan Portraits: Andrew and Myuran, which is on show in Gallery 1 as part of Another Day in Paradise. He also directed the film GUILTY, which will play in the Theatre at 7:00pm.
4:00pm Guitar Performance: Jim Moginie
Jim Moginie is an Australian musician best known for his work with Midnight Oil, of which he was a founding member, guitarist, keyboardist and leading songwriter.
5:00pm Word Portraits
Readings of selected entries and presentation of awards for the Word Portraits Youth Writing Prize.
6:30pm GUILTY Filmmaker’s Talk
GUILTY’s director, Matthew Sleeth, and producer, Maggie Miles will offer insight into the creation of their uniquely formatted hybrid documentary.
7:00pm GUILTY Film Screening
With archival and dramatic material, Guilty is a hybrid feature that takes us into the final 72 hours of Myuran Sukumaran’s life and the creation of his final paintings before his death by Indonesian firing squad on Nusakambagan Island on 29 April 2015. Seats are limited; please book online.
GUILTY is a Savage Films production supported by HIVE Fund, Adelaide Film Festival, ABC Arts, Screen Australia, Australia Council for the Arts; Good Pitch Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation; and Film Victoria.