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Six Moments in Kingston – a big bold public art bus tour

3 April 2019

Step back in time and take a ride through Kingston’s history this May, and join the biggest, boldest public art program ever seen in the municipality – it features a curated bus tour, new music, video, sculpture and performance works dotted throughout Kingston.

Over two weekends in May, buses departing from the Kingston Arts Centre will tour six public artworks, responding to some of the most interesting and bizarre stories from Kingston’s history from the 1970s and 80s.

Featuring voice-over stories told by legendary Australian actor Michael Caton, the bus tour will take passengers on a 2-hour experience that stops at six locations where each historical moment originally occurred.

The City of Kingston received a $65,000 Creative Suburbs grant from Creative Victoria to create this exclusive travelling arts experience, curated by Dr David Cross and Dr Cameron Bishop.

The six infamous moments the Six Moments in Kingston bus tour will visit, include:

  • A celebration of globally successful Parkdale-raised rocker Rick Springfield, who received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance with Jessie's Girl;
  • The mysterious disappearance of aviator Fred Valentich who flew out from Moorabbin airport in 1978 never to be seen again;
  • The election of Moorabbin’s first female councillor and mayor, Julie Cooper, in 1976;
  • VFL player Phil Carman’s notorious head-butting incident at Moorabbin Oval, which resulted in a 20-week suspension;
  • The story of The Grange, a homestead built on the Nepean Highway in the late 1800s, controversially demolished in 1983 and replaced with the Moorabbin Police Station; and
  • The protest movements that mobilised Moorabbin, including the tent protest against homelessness by two teenage girls, protests for fair wages and anti-nuclear armament marches.

The six artists selected and inspired by these significant moments include video artist and animator Laresa Kosloff, craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick, curator and artist Spiros Panigirakis, multidisciplinary collective Field Theory, conceptual artist Steven Rhall and performance artist Shane McGrath.

Step back in time and climb aboard Kingston’s own magical mystery bus tour!

Dates Sat 19 May, Sun 20 May, Sat 25 May and Sun 26 May
Times 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Duration 2 hours
Location Buses depart Kingston City Hall
Address 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Tickets $7.50 – $10
Bookings and more information kingstonarts.com.au/PUBLIC-PROGRAMS/SIX-MOMENTS-IN-KINGSTON

 

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