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RealArtWorks Widely Praised for New Work at Sculpture Bermagui

Lismore-based inclusive arts organisation RealArtWorks Inc. has been widely praised by the Bermagui community for a new series of audio-visual artworks created for Sculpture Bermagui 2019.

Trail of Light and Sound was a multi-sensory procession of digital, sculptural and interactive artworks and performance that wowed audiences when it closed Sculpture Bermagui’s opening ceremony on 8 March.

Developed over a week, the project saw twelve Far North Coast artists collaborating with and mentoring ten local artists to create the trail’s works. Approximately half of the Bermagui-based contributors identified as experiencing a disability, while the Far North Coast contingent included The Useless Assembly, a group formed by select RealArtWorks Inc. members whose works investigate the compulsion to consume the new.

RealArtWorks Inc. works with emerging and professional artists who face barriers to creating work equally, whether that be from living with a disability, or belonging to a group that is marginalised culturally, socioeconomically or geographically.

Highlights of Trail of Light and Sound included interactive graphics sprawled over local shop windows, mapped projections on natural and man-made landscapes, and a flashmob of local Gadhu dancers. Together, the stunning works guided captivated festival attendees from one end of the Bermagui CBD (beginning at the Bermagui Community Centre) to the foreshore of the striking Dickinson Point headland, allowing locals to see their town with new eyes.

The project received such positive feedback from the stakeholders involved that there have already been talks of making it an annual experience with Sculpture Bermagui.

“The response in Bermagui from Bega Council, local businesses, our collaborative partners, general community and Sculpture Bermagui was overwhelming,” RealArtWorks Inc.s’ Sunita Bala said. “We had a lot of people feedback to us that this was their first experience with the arts.”

RealArtWorks Inc. also have future plans to visit other regional towns working with community to help create works for their own trails of light and sound.

Trail of Light and Sound was spearheaded by RealArtWorks Inc.’s Zeb Schulz and Sunita Bala, and Bermagui-based artist Scott Baker (aka Abre Ojos), in partnership with Sculpture Bermagui and the Bega Valley Shire Library.

It is the first series of works developed out of RealArtWorks Inc.‘s ongoing creative investigation, The (Un) Usual: When the Familiar becomes Strange, which explores the concepts, rituals and markers of the familiar and the strange. Within this framework, a group of artists collaboratively develop and create high-quality live artworks that can be installed and presented within very short time frames. The project is supported by the Regional Arts Fund.

RealArtWorks Inc has also previously presented works and presentations at Artstate Bathurst and Artstate Lismore. For Artstate Lismore, Regional Arts NSW commissioned a performance of The Overtopping, which was a site-specific, mulit-arts response to the devastating effects of Cyclone Debbie. The highly innovative and successful performance was also complimented by Overtopping Studio – a creative community hub run by flood-affected creatives activating empty shop spaces in the Lismore CBD.

For more information about RealArtWorks or Sculpture Bermagui, visit the websites for RealArtWorks or Sculpture Bermagui.