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Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Outsiders on Sturt Street - Opening Speech



Good afternoon everybody, and thanks for being here.
Before we start, I wish to acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.
I also wish to acknowledge the presence of the Minister for Education, the Honourable Jane Lomax - Smith.

The Outsiders Festival is an annual event organised by Stefan Maguran, an unemployed artist and Project Manager.
It is entirely sponsored by the Maguran family budget based on his extremely patient, caring and understanding wife’s salary, the very competitive entry fee of AU$ 20 for 3 artworks and only 10% of potential sales and relies on the kindness of people like you.
Apart from purchasing art in the exhibition today, You can also help by donating artworks or money.
The first international Outsiders Festival, held in November 2009 at the West Torrens Auditorium and the Parks Centre was a successful experiment, as almost all participants have met first online, and only very close to the festival in real life.
From this, a group of people supporting each other, called the Outsiders has emerged. Still most of the interaction is happening online and the group has now more than 800 members worldwide.
The Outsiders on Sturt Street is a small contribution of this group the the artistic fabric of the Festival State and we are grateful to the Adelaide South West Community Centre for their invitation for us to exhibit during the Adelaide and Fringe Festivals, the Clipsal 500 and the State elections.
I thank you all on behalf of the group for being here and I am sure you will agree with me that there are plenty of interesting artworks to admire and to take home.
The show presents a variety of styles from a variety of artists, all inspired and passionate about their work:
Miron Abramovici - USA
Betty Anderson - Adelaide
Claudio Braier - Argentina
Joanne Chua - Adelaide
Mike Greenwood - New Zealand
Stefan Maguran - Adelaide
Dana Nance - Adelaide
Frank Phelan - Adelaide
Peter Jungle Philips - Adelaide
Geoge Pivas - Adelaide
Angela Polglaze - Melbourne
Jamahl Pollard - Riverland
Mike Retter - Adelaide
Mark Roberts - Adelaide
Julie Stephens - Victoria
Leon Woods - Adelaide
I declare this exhibition now open - I welcome you all - enjoy.

Acknowledgements:

All the Outsiders artists
My family and my friends
Judith and Jane
Joanne Chua and Leon Woods
Sorin Buzila