Archive for January, 2019

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.