EnLIGHTen Me Birregurra
Six small Victorian towns including Birregurra each received $350,000 to undertake an ambitious two-year project to transform their communities as part of Small Town Transformations.
Armed with a vision of contemporary art and visual storytelling, the community of Birregurra embarked on a journey to transform its idle Mechanics Institute Hall from a shrinking violet into a thriving arts and cultural asset pulsing with energy and inventiveness.
enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart is a transformational project that will re-frame the hall and other spaces as places of creative and connective possibility through a two year process of arts development.
The project will ultimately provide Birregurra's community with the tools and drive to propel its hall into an enduring hive of artistic and cultural activity the state will be proud of.
Source Material: www.enlightenmebirre.com
Role: Oversight Committee Member (2016-2018)
& Collaborating Artist
As collaborating artist and member of the oversight team, I worked in collaboration with the group to design a two-year program of events and arts skills development, along with some physical updates to the Birregurra Mechanics Institute Hall. Working together with the project's arts manager Fiona Brandscheid, we designed strategy to identify, network and attract contribution from high quality visual and performing artists from the Otway region and ensured retention of these artists by offering space and resources for exciting, artist-driven experimentation and collaboration. This included a large scale final live performance Directed by Gorkem Acaroglu along with a major projection installation by Craig Walsh.
Provide an oversight role for the governance of the project.
Provide ongoing support to the Project Managers - Chris Barter (Project Manager of Civil Works & Landscaping) and Fiona Brandscheid (Project Manager of Arts Development).
Participate in discussion, strategic development & decision making for:
- Landscaping and building development
- Arts development & community engagement
- Project management
- Risk assessment
- Technical production and performance elements
Collaborate with the Project Manager of Arts Development to:
- Source and procure talent
- Negotiate and draft artists contracts
- Monitor artistic planning & delivery
- Contribute direction and choreography to final performance outcomes