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FIVE Moves North

Posted by Andrea Lewis

This year will see FIVE complete projects in all four remaining communities – each of them very diverse both in terms of their regional location and their social and cultural makeup, and we look forward to the myriad of ways in which the project will manifest itself in its different sites.

The Wedge building, part of the Western Australian Museum, where Craig Walsh, will film community portraits (Image: courtesy WA Museum Geraldton)The Wedge building, part of the Western Australian Museum, where Craig Walsh, will film community portraits (Image: courtesy WA Museum Geraldton)

Needless to say, 2014 has been off to a busy start. Reflections after FIVE Busselton have allowed us to consider ways in which to make upcoming projects more effective. With Geraldton our first focus, planning is well on its way for the month-long residency that will take place there from late March to late April. Community consultation with local organisations has been ongoing since late in 2013 to secure vibrant partnerships at the local level, by which we can ensure reach to as much of the local community as possible. We are pleased to have The City of Greater Geraldton as a key partner on FIVE.

Artists Hiromi Tango and Craig Walsh – whom many of you know from FIVE Busselton – will once again run whole-of-community projects. Hiromi will work from the ACDC studios on a public sculpture for installation, while Craig will film digital portraits at the Wedge building, part of the Western Australian Museum. Both will work with the notions of 'home' and 'belonging' as they did in Busselton.

FIVE Geraldton will also see a series of opportunities for arts engagement by young adults – running concurrently with the whole-of-community projects. Possibilities at this point include digital works, site-specific works and night workshops.

Immediately following FIVE Geraldton, Craig will fly to Paraburdoo to engage with the community there. His work in Paraburdoo will dovetail with the public sculpture project being developed by artist Alex Mickle and members of the Rio Tinto workforce. Craig will film some of the blasting work, as well as sculpture developments taking place in the Men's Shed. The digital portraits of community members in the films will be woven together into a single work for the town of Paraburdoo and celebrated there in early June 2014.

FIVE Esperance will follow at the end of June, when artist Trevor Flynn – who has produced collaborative artworks with farming communities in Victoria – comes to Western Australia to do the same on three farms in the Esperance region. We wrap up with our fifth community, Derby, in October.

Be sure to follow individual blogs within each community – particularly Geraldton as the project gathers steam between now and the end of April.

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