Poster for Duke Albada’s work The World of Wagga Wagga. Funded by the Artist Initiated Project, Wagga Wagga City Council, Public Art Program
Public Art in Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga City Council is calling artists to submit for the following opportunities.
Public Art Project
This project incorporates the design for a bike rack or combination of bike racks (maximum 4) as part of the Fitzmaurice Street pavement area. Following consultation with our local Fitzmaurice Street-traders and the Public Art Panel, we propose the curation of a series of artist designed racks that function both as bicycle racks and places of historic interpretation. We are calling these locations “Story Places”.
These bicycle racks and story places are capable of interpreting the history of the area, providing function as a bike rack as well as having the potential as part of wayfaring to become markers to the historic precinct as part of a walking trail.
Artist Initiated Project
The Artist Initiated Project is an open opportunity to propose any work for any location in Wagga Wagga. Permanent, temporary, sculptural, performative, installation, media, the possibilities are endless.
funds projects up to $20,000 in total including installation.
Closing: Sunday 23 September
The World of Wagga Wagga
A past Artist Initiated Project that received funding was Duke Albada’s inspiring and evocative sound installation, The World of Wagga Wagga. The work features 182 short stories recorded and compiled by Duke Albada during her residency in Wagga Wagga earlier this year.
The World of Wagga Wagga will be installed in the Sister City Walk Arcade, at 104 Baylis Street, for the next three months.
When: Friday, 10 August 2012, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Where: Sister City Walk Arcade
In Duke’s own words: “I explored Wagga Wagga brandishing an inquisitive attitude and audio recording equipment. I collected 20 hours of audio, featuring interviews with locals from all walks of life, events and activities plus the sounds heard at a variety of locations in and around Wagga Wagga. This is edited in 182 short stories collectively building an audible portrait of Wagga Wagga. The composition is divided in voices (interviews) and field recordings.”
“The stories, voice and sound, portray an array of emotions and connections with this place, they can be humorous, serious, poetic, song, spontaneous or meticulously constructed. The two tracks are played simultaneously and as they vary in subtlety and intensity the stories sometimes merge, corroborate and reinforce the topic but at other times collide; the combinations are never the same.”
Writer-in-residence: Andrew Daddo
Andrew Daddo is of course well known as one of Australia’s most popular television personalities. But he is possibly even more well-known these days as a successful children’s author. Andrew began writing for children in 2001, when his first collection of stories, Sprung!, was published. Since then, Andrew has written 18 best-selling books, including the hugely successful picture book collaboration with Emma Quay, Good Night, Me. Andrew lives on Sydney’s northern beaches with his wife and three children.
Andrew Daddo will be discussing writing for children and his new book as part of his Booranga Writers residence.
When: Tuesday 14th August, 5pm
Where: Wagga Wagga City Library
Australian Nation Poetry Slam: Wagga Heat
The Wagga Heat of the Australian National Poetry Slam will be hosted by Booranga Director Derek Motion. Entry is open to anyone: the performance must be your own work, and you need to keep it to under 2 minutes. Turn up early on the night to register if you are entering.
When: Friday 13th September, 7pm
Where: The Black Swan Hotel (in North Wagga)
The Albury Writers’ Festival
This year’s festival is sure to be a great one, featuring Fiona O’Loughlin, Jane Caro, and Jason Steger, featured novelists Charlotte Wood and Elliot Perlman, plus many more.
When: 5 - 9 September 2012
First devised in Tokyo for designers to share their work, PechaKucha Night has turned into a world wide phenomenon. Events happen in hundreds of cities around the world, including Wagga Wagga.
Listen to 8 regional speakers presenting a diverse range of ideas and projects.
When: Thursday 16 August, 6pm – 8pm, including a refreshment break
Where: Museum of the Riverina, Historic Council Chambers site