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Artists help halls talk in the Northern Rivers

Arts Northern Rivers is thrilled to announce the talented cohort of artists and artistic teams who will be working on the If These Halls Could Talk Project:

Opera Queensland + Tumbulgum Hall

NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) + Eureka Hall

Craig Walsh +The Channon Hall

Frances Belle Parker + Eatonsville Hall

Spaghetti Circus & Roundabout Theatre + Broadwater Riley’s Hill Hall

Grayson Cooke + Bonalbo Hall

H.W. Collective + Meerschaum Vale Hall

Peter Wood, CEO for Arts Northern Rivers said, ‘we are excited to be working with some of the country’s most acclaimed artists and companies.

‘Each of the artists attached to this project bring a wealth of experience in working with communities to produce collaborative work that resonates in a regional context.’

If These Halls Could Talk is a multi-arts project celebrating these halls and the role they play in our communities.

Arts Northern Rivers received Arts NSW Regional Partnerships funding and is also supported through the Regional Arts NSW Regional Arts Fund.  The two-year project invited everyone in the Northern Rivers to nominate their local hall for a chance to be involved in this exciting community arts project.

Over 120 nominations were received but with the help of a panel of industry experts seven halls from across the Northern Rivers were selected to have a renowned creative team collaborate with their community to create a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of their hall.

Over the next two months Arts Northern Rivers and the artists / artistic teams will be holding Show + Tell events at each of the seven halls.

Arts Northern Rivers is calling for anyone who has stories, photos, memorabilia or a connection to the halls to participate in the project by attending Show + Tell.

Director Rod Ainsworth from Opera Queensland said, ‘This is an extraordinary project – its scope across so many regional halls.

‘To be a small part in finding the rich and diverse stories of the region and helping those stories to be told at the Tumbulgum Hall is a rare privilege.’

Arts Northern Rivers has partnered with ABC North Coast, Southern Cross University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences and photographer Jules Ober to create three Show + Tell recording booths; Stories of the Hall, Faces of the Hall and Memorabilia of the Hall.

More information on the Arts Northern Rivers website