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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Recently had the pleasure of attending a 2 day conference and workshop series at the Lieder Theatre in Goulburn. Visiting Polish theatre company, Teatr Brama, have been in Australia as part of the EU funded cultural project Caravan Next, sharing their methods and philosophy with Australian communities.

Some terrific performances were presented by Lieder and Brama, closing out the conference with a collaborative piece prepared in only the few days that Brama were there.

Great people, wonderful work and a timely provocation for me as I question my return to the world of theatre. Brama’s practice was a refreshing affirmation of my own thinking and practice as it’s developed over the last 40 years.




We near the date of the opening of the Looking Through Windows Exhibition in Sydney – November 14th.



Still from aerial video of the Old Brewarina Mission site.

Team member Beth Macraild O’Loughlin is putting the finishing touches to the catalogue – this is a draft version she and Lorina are working on currently.


Proud to have have a couple of pix featured by the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Lands Council in their celebration of National Children’s Week. These were taken on an epic Return To Country trip with Harold Hunt and family.
“These two photos below are of Uncle Harold reconnecting with the 4th & 5th generation of his family.” – from their Facebook Page.


Thursday Oct 11th saw the launch of the CD of songs written for the Looking Through Windows Project – Simon’s collaborations and his own songs have been complied in a 10 track collection. Much needed rain across New England and in Armidale meant we weren’t able to put up the Tin Humpy installation but we had a great morning with Elders from Armidale and Inverell attending. Simon played 5 of the songs for an appreciative audience – laughter and tears. On display next to Simon is a textile based work by Michael Grogan made with old Mission issued blankets.

Next event is the full exhibition from Nov 12th at Gallery 107 in Redfern, with the official opening on Wed 14th.

Here’s a few photos from the morning.



SVM commissioned to record stories from past and present students for Armidale High School I Was There Community Day.
Armidale P&C organised a community day ahead of the forthcoming closure of the old school and the building of the new Super School that will see Armidale High merge with Duval High.

Here’s the interviewees, who generously told their stories and gave insights into student life at AHS as far back as the 1940’s

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