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THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY’S CELEBRATION of its National Day 2010 was kicked off by the launch of “An Aussie in Manila,” a mixed-media exhibition of artworks by Philippine-based Australian artist Henry Bateman, at Sining Kamalig Gallery (4/L, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao).

The exhibit, until Feb. 21, features deconstructions of Bateman’s adopted lifestyle in Manila, through photography and digital art.

What is it that distinguishes Manila in the eye of this Aussie expat?

It’s not only the jumble of the urban streetscape or the overly polite shop assistants. For Bateman, there is more to this Filipino-Chinese-Spanish-American conglomerate. In this profligate meeting of East and West, where for most, the dance is attuned to the melody of the cash register, his sojourn has become an enthralling escape from the eucalyptus.

Bateman has been making art for over three decades. He designed lighting and sets for a variety of Australian theatrical productions.

At the turn of the century, he abandoned painting in favor of photographic works. In 2007, his works were exhibited in Canberra.

Meanwhile, “White Hot: Contemporary Australia Glass” is showing at Ayala Museum until Feb. 26. It features the works of internationally celebrated Australian glass artists Nadege Desgenetez, Wendy Fairclough, Deirdre Feeney, Jessica Loughlin, Tom Moore, Brenden Scott French, Itzell Tazzyman and Janice Vitkovsky.

Presented by Asialink in partnership with Craft ACT and Canberra Glassworks, the exhibition showcases the strength and dynamism of Australia’s creative glass industry.

Australian Ambassador Rod Smith with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo and Ayala Museum director Guillermo Luz formally opened the exhibition during the embassy’s Australia Day reception on Jan. 26.

Mall-goers were treated to a taste of Australia’s vibrant cultural and artistic scene, with performances by Didgeridoo virtuoso and composer William Barton and the Orava String Quartet at Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center and TriNoma.

Some 300 students were given an insight into the group’s influences of ancient traditions and Western culture during master classes at the UP College of Music and University of Sto. Tomas Conservatory of Music.

The group also entertained some 1,000 students, parents and faculty at the British School Manila.

Bateman's works

Roy Veneracion, Red Mansueto, Gus Albor, Nestor Vinluan, Jonah Salvosa, Eli Gajo

Henry Bateman

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