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CASP Project | The History of Narrandera Workshops

The History of Narrandera in 8 & ½ Objects Project is a Country Arts Support Program funded project that is an exploration of the rich stories that make up the extraordinary history of Narrandera.
Two regional artists- Nina O’Brien (Photographer) and Kate Rotherham (Creative Writer) start work with the Narrandera community in May at the invitation of the Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum. The artists will undertake the telling of stories for significant objects in the museum, eight objects have been pre-selected for inclusion due to their significance and a ninth object will be chosen by the artists when on site. This work will culminate in unique creative interpretation of key Narrandera stories that will feature in an exhibition later this year.
The project kicks off with a workshop program on Saturday 5th May in Narrandera where community members may choose to work with one or both artists to develop their own skills in creative writing and photography. The workshop program is planned as very hands on, suitable for beginners through to advanced and no special equipment necessary. Workshops are free of charge, however place are limited so interested community members are advised to book early.

Workshop 1

Event: Creative Writing and Object Stories
When: Saturday 5th May 9.30am -11.30am
Join the Narrandera Parkside Museum’s writer-in-residence Kate Rotherham for a morning getting in touch with our inner writer (while learning how to silence our inner writing critic!) with a special focus on writing interpretation of museum objects. This will be a supportive, hands-on workshop designed to increase your writing confidence. Please bring along your writing materials and a photo or personal item that is special to you. Entry is free but numbers are limited so bookings are essential.
Location: Arts Hub @ The Station, Whitton Street, Narrandera
Contact: Barbara Byron, 0400 346 043

Workshop 2

Event: Object Stories & Photography
When: Saturday 5th May 2pm – 4pm
Come down to the Narrandera Parkside Musuem and join photographer Nina O’Brien to learn the art of object storytelling by photography. This is a hands on workshop where you are invite to bring along your smart phone/ camera/ whatever photographic equipment you have available and join Nina in a casual environment- observing her documenting objects and receiving practical tips and support on making the most of what you have available! Beginners are welcome!
Entry is free but numbers are limited so bookings are essential.
Location: Narrandera Parkside Museum, 28 Twynam Street, Narrandera
Contact: Barbara Byron, 0400 346 043
Maximum Numbers for workshop are 12

About the Artists

Nina O’Brien- Photographer
Passionate about regional Australia, and the small communities which form the backbone of our nation; Nina divides her time between photography, community development projects and other community based artistic pursuits; all of which require a creative approach to getting things done. Nina has worked on the Paste Ups Community Project (South West Arts), The Sum of Us (Albury), A Day in the Life of Deniliquin. Touring exhibitions include Domestic Theatrics and her accomplishments include inclusion in The Head On Portrait Prize -showing at Photoville, NYC , still’ exhibition- gaffa gallery (sydney); sham of the perfect web and blog-feature artist- feature artist .
Kate Rotherham- Writer
Kate Rotherham is a writer and creative writing tutor. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines and her short plays have been performed around Australia. Kate’s stories have appeared in The Best Australian Stories 2011 (Black Ink), and four editions of Award Winning Australian Writing (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) (Melbourne Books). Her writing awards include the 2012 Joseph Furphy Commerative Literary Award, 2012 My Child/Parenting Express Short Story Award, 2011 Elyne Mitchell Rural Women’s Writing Award, 2010 Eastern Regional Libraries Award.