Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.
During stage 1, I’ve taken the opportunity to attend a self-directed artists residency at Wellington caves as part of the program. This has been the starting point of discussion and meetings with fellow artists in the program. An intensive creative discussion has developed during the residency with sound artist and fellow storyteller Kim Goldsmith. This conversation has prompted me to create a video work for stage 2.
What experts/community members did you connect with during your creative development?
I have been communicating with Mervyn Bishop, first Indigenous press photographer, (Dubbo) and with prominent members of the local Indigenous communities both in Port Macquarie and Kempsey (Birpai and Dhungutti country) including the LALC, to listen and learn about their perspective on the past, present and future of our region.
I’ve met and interviewed members of the Goolawah Co-operative (Kempsey). Goolawah Co-op is a land-sharing venture with the objective of building a community in an affordable rural location. The Co-op is off the grid, member houses rely on solar energy, collect rainwater and use compost toilets; and gardens supplement food supplies.
I’m communicating with Sam Mehan, he is a solar and off-grid power systems installer. Sam is from a non-Indigenous background but has been growing up by Indigenous values. Sam is an artist himself. He is the producer of ‘Blackmans Point Massacre’ (2021) documentary.