Looking Through Windows team gathers

Posted: February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our first team meeting for the Looking Through Windows project convened last night, with cooler weather after the terrible recent heatwave in NSW and other parts of the country. SVM was there with team leader and curator, Dr Lorina Barker and artists Matt Pilkington, Kim Scales, Simon Mellor and Beth O’Loughlan as we made plans for the first community engagement week to run from March 20th. We’re headed to the far western NSW town of Brewarrina to visit the site of the Old Mission with elders and community members. This will be a big week with people coming from as far away as Sydney, to gather and tell their stories of the Mission and the fragmentation of families through the past policies of forced removal of family groups from their homelands and the subsequent policies of removing children.

Other team members, filmmakers Brendan and Lyndsay will travel from Campbelltown, (Western Sydney) to the location with two of the women who recently appeared in the documentary Servant or Slave, both removed from the Mission as children to the Cootamundra Girls’ Home. They will document a very powerful and emotional return for the two Aunts, to the place of their early childhoods.

Planning and design of the November exhibition is under way – artworks in a variety of media will be created by team members and SVM will work on the digital content and undertake project documentation with digital video and photos.


Flyer/poster graphic, to be used for lead-up events, workshops and for the exhibition

And here’s the team at the first gathering, enjoying a feed and a drop in temperature! Loads of ideas bounced around, both creative and logistical.

Looking Through Windows will use video, paintings and sculptural works, live performance, digital media, installations, and photography to try to capture and retell some of the history of those with connections to the Old Mission, dating back to the 1930’s.

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