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What is FIVE Geraldton?

FIVE Geraldton was an exciting new community arts and cultural development project that took place in 2014. It was open to all in the community of Geraldton, and was part of a larger, statewide, project called FIVE. FIVE is a two-year partnership with DADAA and Rio Tinto that ran projects in five Western Australian communities during 2013 and 2014, including Geraldton, Busselton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance. The statewide project engaged over 7,000 participants from a broad cross-section of the population, including long-term residents, FIFO and residential workers and their families, and members from Aboriginal, farming and young adult communities.

FIVE aims to facilitate social connection and self-expression through engagement in artistic and cultural activities.

Three key arts projects took place in Geraldton from March to May 2014:

  • A whole-of-community sculptural project open to all in the broader community: Performance and installation artist Hiromi Tango worked, as she did in Busselton, with the community on creating a large-scale community sculpture.
  • A digital portrait artwork: Craig Walsh, who also participated in FIVE Busselton, captured a series of filmed stories from the Geraldton community, and wove these into a collective work about the experience of living in Geraldton.
  • A young adult project: A series of arts activities around street and leisure activities created site-specific works, including paste-ups in alley ways off the southern end of Marine Terrace.

The artistic outcomes from all three projects culminated in a public exhibition and screening in the City of Geraldton on Thursday 8 May 2014.

You can view the digital work, NEST: A Caring Symphony, here. A film for and about the people of Geraldton, community groups are encouraged to screen the work.

DADAA is continuing its collaboration with the City of Greater Geraldton, offering workshops in sound and performance workshops for young people. DADAA and Rio Tinto also continue to engage with the City of Greater Geraldton, a key local government partner, in mapping the impacts and planning the future of FIVE.

For more information, email or call Chris on (08) 9430 6616.

Dadaa Principal partnerRio Tinto Arts partner Australia Council