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BIG LITTLE HISTORIES OF CANOWINDRA - a multi-artform event

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Canowindra Rail Precinct

Gaskill Street

Canowindra, NSW 2804

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BLHOC

FRI 19th October 6.30pm

SAT 20th October - 11am-3pm

OPENING SAT 20th October - 6.30pm-10pm

SUN 21st October - 10am-12pm

A multi art-form event that interweaves four significant local histories, including Devonian, First Nation, Agricultural, and Bushranger. The event will continue a legacy of innovative material developed for public interest for the Canowindra, Cowra, Grenfell Historical Societies and Age of Fishes Museum.

These histories will be linked through a community event whilst activating one of Canowindra's most significant historical precincts. Site-specific works include multi-media projections, installation, soundscape, multi-artform, and Indigenous language. The event will be staged as a non-linear installation with performance between Canowindra Silos, Canowindra Historical Museum, Age of Fishes Museum, Swinging Bridge and Royal Hotel.

Research in consultation with the Canowindra Historical Museum has resulted in local history material being collected during the Silos Project (http://silosproject.com.au/) during the past four years. This engagement has been key to proposed and future community collaborations activating the Railway precinct in Canowindra.

Canowindra's community is passionate about telling their stories, this has led to the creative team producing a significant compilation of documented, local oral histories, working closely with community stakeholders that reflects a rich variety of viewpoints illustrated through a range contemporary multi art-forms. Community participation is central to both the making and experiencing the performance.

Dylan Gower Director of the CORRIDOR project said “the Heritage Activation and Create NSW grants will provide a dynamic example of how regional railway infrastructure can be repurposed as part of a Masterplan currently developed for the precinct. This event will bring new audiences and creative excellence to the Central West.”

Collaborators include International, metropolitan, regional artists, historians, and community.

AGRICULTURAL

Craig Walsh's multi-site projections will be presented at the Canowindra railway precinct, with oral stories, and historical imagery. A choreographed agricultural based dance called the Shearers Ballet led by Alison Plevey with collaboration by artist Phoebe Cowdery will accompany Walsh's projections.

BUSHRANGER

Led by community historian Craig Lawler, a number of installations based on local oral history and soundscape recordings will be located at historic sites including Blind Freddies' Bushranger tours, Gaskill Street shops, and the Canowindra Historic Society Coach Master cottage.

FIRST NATION

Wiradjuri artist Aleshia Lonsdale will lead on creating an installation exploring First Nation history. Collaboration with Craig Walsh will inform part of the audiovisual content for projection located at Canowindra Silos precinct. Soundscapes will occur throughout the town including the Silos precinct, Swinging Bridge and the shops on Canowindra’s famed dog-legged main street, Gaskill Street.

DEVONIAN FOSSIL

Craig Walsh will build on his existing relationship with Age of Fishes Museum to produce a second animation for BLHOC - the Mandageria Fairfaxi - the NSW State fossil fish. Craig's hugely successful animated "Grossi" projection in 2015, located into the Belubula River at Canowindra's famed Swinging Bridge can be viewed at the Age of Fishes Museum. The proposed Mandageria Fairfaxi animated model will move naturally and make its appearance in unlikely locations. Local musicians will engage audiences with numerous histories throughout the two-day event.

Local contributing visual and performance artists and designers include Heather Vallance, Kate Barclay, David Isbester,, Phoebe Cowdery, Aleshia Lonsdale, Beatrice Murray, Rebecca Dowling, Genevieve Carroll, Dylan Gower, Bill Moseley, Will Bennett, John Daly, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Nerida Cuddy, Mary-ann Wright, Pascale Stendell, John Bourke, Norm Palazzi, Larry Walsh, Oli Statham, Matt Davies, Claire Liversidge, Mila Gower, Lilly Wright.

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