2010/2011 Splendid artist Jimmy McGilchrist will soon be taking his work, Curious Creatures, to the major South African Afrikaans Arts Festival – Vryfees. In fact the work is billed as the headline act for this festival that attracts over 250,000 people!

Festival Director, Adri Herbert, opens the Festival program with the following comments:

‘The most important question we asked ourselves in the planning Vryfees 2012 was what can we show South African’s that they have never seen before. This is how the Curious Creatures installation became a reality for us, with the help of the Australia Council for the Arts… A first in South Africa…’

The first Adri is referring to, is the first time that audiences will see in South Africa an augmented reality work! It’s a long way from where the work was at this time last year. Prior to its showing at Splendour in the Grass in July/August, Curious Creatures was tested and shown to audiences at the Lismore Lantern Parade in June 2011.

Jimmy received an Australia Council Hopscotch Grant ($10,000) to tour this work overseas. This is a great outcome for Jimmy, for the Splendid program and tor the Australia Council in securing pathway’s for emerging artists to develop their careers outside the traditional gallery/performing arts venues.

All of us involved with Jimmy to date would like to say a huge Baie Geluk! (Congratulations)

To find out more on the Vryfees Festival head to www.vryfees.co.za