SVM commissioned by Blacklock Media to edit the promo video for Ngarrimili and had the privilege to attend their launch in March of this year.

Had the wonderful privilege to spend a whole day with a dynamic group of artists and Diversity in Arts advocates at Stories from the Future workshop in January at Parramatta Artists Studios in NSW! It was inspiring to spend time imagining a more equitable culturally diverse creative sector. Diversity Arts Australia are doing wonderful work in this sector.

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To round out his visit to Armidale, after visiting another rural centre, Goulburn, Krakow based performance artist Arti Grabowski conducted community arts workshop. Arti introduced the group to some of his working methods in designing and developing performance. We had a lot of fun devising short actions for what will be a short abstract video.

Arti had performed his monodrama “Dreamliner”, to a crowd of over 50 the previous night in one of the local shopfronts, as the inaugural Renew Armidale arts event. Performance art has very seldom made an appearance in Armidale over the years, so it was a refreshingly different night for curious locals.

The workshop introduced the participants to the three basic forms that Arti teaches his students in the Performance Art School at the fine arts academy where he works in the DEpartment of Intermedia – actions, interventions and manifestations.

Artis’ performance, public talk and workshop were a wonderful gift to this remote University town.

 

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Performance Art in Armidale???

Posted: January 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

SVM is currently planning and organising a flying visit to Armidale by renowned Polish performance artist, Arti Grabowski.

Arti is briefly visiting Australia to present his recent work Dreamliner, speak about Polish theatre/performance art and his practice and conduct workshops in both Goulburn and Armidale.

The Lieder Theatre in Goulburn, southern NSW, have nurtured a connection with Poland – firstly, in November of last year with the visit of theatre company Teatr Brama who were featured at the Periphery Festival – a two day symposium of talks, performances and workshops around theatre and social change.

And most recently, hot on the heels of that success, Lieder are now hosting a visit from one of Europe’s leading performance artists and theatre scholars, hailing from Kraków, Poland, dr Hab. Artur Grabowski.

My own attendance at Periphery lead to the connection with Lieder Theatre, Australia’s longest running independent theatre and it’s in association that we will host another leg of Arti’s tour here in Armidale. Things are coming together in a very short space of time since Lieder contacted us – a shopfront venue, a public talk with museum director Rachael Parsons at New England Regional Art Museum, and an evening workshop are planned.

It’s also a thrill to have Dave Eddy with his Festival of Delusion project playing a set before Arti’s show. SVM has travelled part of the way with Dave as he’s developed FOD in recent years. Performing with Arti is an ideal opportunity for us to see where Dave has got to with his improvised music and projected visuals show.

Show is Feb 13th from 8pm. Arti’s talk is Feb 14th 11 am with his workshop that same evening from 6pm.

Supported by Renew Armidale, High Country Theatre, Armidale Drama and Musical Society and Armidale City Council.

This is an exciting beginning to what may be an ongoing association between Goulburn and Armidale communities through the arts.

 

Some images from the final event for the 2 year long project – Looking Through Windows.

Dr Lorina Barker, the project leader, presented an installation of the replica humpy on the grounds of Booloominbah, at the University of New England in mid December. Works from the exhibition hung in the functions/centre. Strange to see the works representing dispossession and removal hanging in what was once the home of white settler/colonisers.

It’s been an epic journey over the two years, recording stories and making a diverse range of works with the project team. From the dusty outback towns of Brewarrina and Bourke, to the New England towns ofArmidale, Uralla, Guyra, Inverell, so many elders and their families have told us stories of the old days on the Missions and Reserves – poignant and moving stories of the experience and effect of government policies that saw so many First Nations people removed from their homelands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The replica Humpy will tour into other communities, with plans to launch another project in which we will build a replica in each community, guided by the memories and stories of local elders and families. These structures are powerful repositories of stories of the lived experience of forced removal and dispossession of Aboriginal people in NSW. They, along with the songs, artworks and artefacts in the exhibition are important catalysts for conversations we still need to have in this country.

Myall Creek and beyond book launch

Posted: December 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

The New England Regional Art Museum ( NERAM) last night launched the book that documents the Myall Creek and beyond exhibition that ran from June to October 2018. Front and centre is Bianca Beetson the curator, who assembled a wonderful team of artists who created powerful and beautiful work for the 180th Anniversary memorial year of the Myall Creek Massacre.

Bianca was recently awarded the inaugural ACHAA Award for excellence by an Aboriginal curator. To her right Rachael Parsons the current director at NERAM holds a copy of the book. Looking Through Windows colleague Beth Macraild O’Loughlin designed and produced the book  with photos from local photographer Simon Scott.

Also in the picture are Robert Heather former NERAM Director and initiator of the project, Adam Blakester and Adele Chapman-Burgess from Friends of Myall Creek. Great to be part of the team that worked on this.

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We’re finishing up work for 2018, with the final event of Looking Through Windows project – an elders and community gathering on the lawns of Booloominbah at the University of New England.

It’s been an extraordinary 2 years of work lead by Dr Lorina Barker listening to and recording the stories of the people of far western NSW and New England whose lives and those of their families were affected by the policies of forced removal and dispossession, of life on the reserves and missions.

SVM and the team have shot hundreds of hours of video; thousands of photographs; recorded hours of audio interviews; and created dozens of artworks to record and give expression to the experience of remembering, gathering and sharing.

We close out the year celebrating our work and the people we’ve had the privilege to spend time with at the numerous workshops and gatherings in Bourke, Brewarrina, Guyra, Tingha and Armidale; three major public exhibitions and seminars and conference presentations.

Several short films will now be edited/produced in the new to summarise the work of the project.

Meantime the old humpy goes up one last time!

 

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