Presented by Country Arts SA’s Arts on Screen

The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this Renaissance genius – who was this ambitious and passionate man?

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo: Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican, to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo.

We go in search of a greater understanding of this charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every
stroke he made.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo

Michelangelo: Love and Death – SA Screenings from Country Arts SA on Vimeo.

Pre-show talk with local artist

The film is about Michelangelo’s relationship with his contemporaries and how his work  was influenced by them. So, we’ve invited local artists  to talk about their practice and the contemporary influences on their work today.

Admission to CONNECT is FREE – approx. 20 mins

Download the Michelangelo CONNECT notes here.


CONNECT Guest Speakers

6.30pm Wed 26th July, Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
Meet Yorke Peninsula Artist: Bob Landt

In my words “WHY DO I PAINT?”

As long as I remember I’ve wanted to paint and please others with what I do. I guess much of this comes from living with both grandparents and then later coming to Adelaide as a child to live in Carrington Street city in the 1950’s. Parents, Grandparents, family friends and teachers all had an influence on what I do today. My grandparents were from farming and blacksmithing stock. My parents owned automotive repair shops and sold new and used automobiles. I still have the smell of coke fires, hot steel, oil and petrol deeply embedded in my nostrils.

My spiritual paintings come with a close association with my aboriginal friends and my experience of the church as a child. These things all have driven me to paint. I am proudly self-taught; but where the ideas and thoughts for the paintings come from I really don’t know. I constantly sketch in ink for later works to be completed usually in strong watercolour. I would suggest don’t be afraid of where the world takes you. Don’t set up barriers and work for your own enjoyment. Be true to yourself and others. Use your imagination. Bob Landt


6.30pm Tues 1 August, Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla                

Meet Whyalla Artist: Olivia White

Olivia Ann White (b.1990) is a young emerging artist, living and working in Whyalla. She graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Communication in 2012. Since completing her studies she has continued to develop her practice.

Olivia’s work blends realism and distorted landscape created from sampling her environment; resulting in richly coloured oil paintings and dimensional painted paper cut works. Her current practice is primarily focused on escapism. The signature shapes recurring in this work are drawn from local topography and referred to as the fragments. While the figures in her work sit in spaces simultaneously the foreground and background creating empty or indefinable space in the work.


1.30pm Sat 5 August        Chaffey Theatre                

Guest Speaker: Local Artist Yvette Frahn

My name is Yvette Frahn, I specialise in equestrian art concentrating on fine art works and also now
offering prints to reach a wider market. It is my vision to create very personal and emotive works of art for each individual. The spirit. I aim to connect the owner of each work very intimately to their subject matter – just as I do as I create each unique piece.

These images are intensely vibrant and exude life. My work is timeless but it captures a special time in
the life of each subject and client. I am based at Bugle Hut in my beautifully restored stone ‘Tractor Shed’ art studio on the family farm in the Riverland, South Australia.


6.30pm 24 August             Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre    

Guest Speaker Mt Gambier artist: Luke Pellen

Eclectic and Improvisational are two of my most favourite words. I have a varied artistic background: I have had experience composing, improvising and performing music; I also enjoy writing, and have had some fiction and non-fiction material published; and for the past 15 years I have also been engaged in amateur and professional theatre, including stand-up comedy, short film and TV commercials.

As a visual artist who works predominantly with ink/pencils and digital, my focus has always been on the rapid development of ideas utilising surrealist techniques such as automatic drawing. My images often depict strange contraptions, or figures, or faces. They draw on the humour of surrealism and absuralism, but they often also explore the darker realms of the psyche in the form of alienation, the psychotic fragmentation of the self, social anxiety and depression.


CONNECT is a new audience development program that provides opportunities for conversations with some of Australia’s top arts practitioners and find out more about how their art is made and get behind the scenes of our 2017 season.

If you’d like to stay in touch and receive updates about future CONNECT activities for 2017 or want to make any suggestions for future connect events please contact your local theatre.

If you are new to CONNECT and want to find out more about our future events just call us!

Michelangelo: Love and Death is supported by

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