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Armidale Residents Invited to Make a Postcard and Create a Shared Community Story

Armidale residents are invited to be part of a cross-community art project that allows them the opportunity to say those words they wish they had said.

“I wish I’d told you …” is the first line of a postcard that Armidale locals can create to anonymously share a personal regret or recollection – and take the first step towards contributing to the creation of a powerful and positive community art work.

Private Posts is an interactive multi-arts project that explores the private regrets and recollections of Armidale people and translates them into a shared community story and bold collaborative art installation.

“This is stage one of a project that will take the local community through a positive creative process and create community connections,” said Jonathon Larsen, Private Posts’ Artist and Project Manager. “A pop up art cart will set up in public locations around Armidale. The community is invited to engage in the healing process of writing a message to someone who may now be unreachable, or revisiting a moment already past to say the words that had been left unsaid.”

From 30 July until mid-September, the community is invited to create a post card. Templates can be found online at www.privateposts.org or in the pop up art cart which will be located in public spaces throughout Armidale over the next few months. Follow the cart and the project via the website, Instagram or Private Posts facebook page – or receive updates directly to your inbox.

“Through its development and in its final outcome, this community art project builds connection, personal reflection and healing,’ said Mr Larsen. “Individuals that participate in the shared process of reflection become part of something larger. The result will be collaborative and profound, demonstrating the power of art created with community and by the community as shared personal thoughts create connections and tell a community story.”

Stages two, three and four will occur over the next six months. The private regrets and recollections posted anonymously by people in and around Armidale will be shared online and as community projections – creating connections through a recognition of shared experience. Individual messages will be transformed into a community narrative. A series of theatrical ‘portrait’ pieces will then be created, performed and recorded. The postcards, words, images, sounds and video recording captured during the project will become an art installation at the New England Regional Art Museum – opening on 10 February 2017.

Private Posts is a multi-layered Community Arts and Cultural Development project created by Project pARTners and managed in partnership with Beyond Empathy with the support of the New England Writers’ Centre, New England Regional Art Museum, University of New England, Locals4Locals, Armidale Regional Council and the Australia Council.

‘This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.’

For more information contact Jonathon Larsen, Project pARTners on 0488 737 238.