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Four Winds Call to Artists | Bermagui Project Creative Field Studies

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Call out to Artists… Would you like to take part in a FREE Creative Field Studies project on the South Coast?

Would you like the opportunity to exhibit your artwork at the Bega Valley Shire Regional Gallery and in Canberra? 

Are you looking for new approaches and inspiration? Are you interested in the environment?sharon-field-botanical-art-mixed-flowers-exotics

This is a call out to visual artists, performing artists, media artists, textiles and fibre artists, writers, storytellers, slam poets, filmmakers, composers… artists of any medium! There will be two more Four Winds Creative Field Studies running in early 2017 in the South Coast region. If you are interested in being considered for these – whatever your art medium – please email your expression of interest to admin@fourwinds.com.au.

This opportunity is brought to you by Four Winds, Arts NSW and the Australian National University. With thanks to Cardno.

 

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Header image: ‘Real Rivers Series’ by Carolyn Young
Inset image 1: ‘Mixed Flowers (Exotic)’ by Sharon Field
Inset image 2: ‘Grassy Woodlands’ Series by Carolyn Young
Footer image: Four Winds Nature’s Concert Hall by Robert Tacheci

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Griffyn & Red Note Making Music in the Valley

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Griffyn Ensemble and Red Note Ensemble have been in residence this week in the lead up to the Sisters in Crime weekend, spending time with local residents and creating new music inspired by this experience.

Come along and hear their music and a little about their time in the Bega Valley. Its free!
A showing of the music created will be held on Friday 7 October at 6PM in the Bermagui Community Centre Hall.

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Bermagui children informing the creation of new music

Griffyn Ensemble have traveled from Canberra and Red Note Ensemble all the way from Scotland to create new music as part of our Bermagui Project. Big thanks to Regional Arts Fund and Arts NSW for making this possible!

Costa on the Arts, Ecology & Environment at Four Winds

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Costa Georgiadis, landscape architect and well known TV personality, is coming to Bermagui. Costa will be visiting three local schools during the day and will learn more about the Four Winds Native Species Arboretum when he visits the Four Winds site.
Costa will end the day delivering a keynote address as part of the Four Winds Radical Voice Talk Series – a talk in which he will speak about his experiences of the arts, ecology, environment and community – and how what we are doing locally fits in to the national context. The 45-minute talk will be followed by an audience Q and A and will be held in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion in Bermagui. Come and put your questions to Costa!
Wednesday 8 June 2016.
Adults $15. Children 16 & under FREE.
www.fourwinds.com.au or call 02 6493 3414.
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Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival Gallery of images

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Photo’s by Ben Marden Photography

 

There are many more photos to come, however, here’s a glimpse of what was a triumphant Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival…

 

 

Good Friday Night Opening Concert, 25 March 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Saturday, 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Sunday, 2016:

Four Winds conducts a festival biennially and hosts a diverse range of concerts,
workshops and community engagement projects throughout the year.
To find out what’s coming up next go to www.fourwinds.com.au
call +61 03 6493 3414 or drop in to our office at the Bermagui Communtity Centre.

Youth Workshops & Free Child Minding

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Children 16 and under are admitted free at Sound Shell events when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

EASTER SATURDAY YOUTH WORKSHOP – LET THE MACHINERY GROOVE

26/3/2016 | 10:45AM – 12:45PM | WINDSONG PAVILION

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 | Presented by Michael Hanlon | Tickets $25

pro-toolsIn this workshop we will create a musical work using looping technology and a combination of instruments and styles. Along the way you will be introduced to recording software and equipment with a focus on using “technology as an instrument”. Be prepared to experiment and collaborate. Don’t forget to bring along your instrument (which could be your voice) and also a usb stick to take the work home.

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

SUNDAY WORKSHOP – RHYTHM & MOVEMENT

27/3/2016 | 11AM – 12:30PM | WINDSONG PAVILION

Suitable for ages 12 to 16 | Presented by Taikoz | Tickets $25

kids smlTom Royce-Hampton, percussionist and member of Taikoz, will lead a session of rhythm and movement. Tom’s sessions are lots of fun as well as very challenging and creative. Instruments will not be used in the course of the workshop, so anyone can join in. And those who are learning an instrument, voice or dance will learn new skills that they can apply to their own music making.

 

The Festival provides complimentary, qualified on-site child-carers for young children and programs for older children. It is essential to book online in advance.

 

www.fourwinds.com.au | P 02 6493 3414

Why every child should make music

A little girl, barely four years old, sings her heart out. Baby sleep, sleep, baby, sleep, sleep, baby baby sleep she croons. Her grandpa accompanies her on the piano, looks up when she pauses, she shakes her head and goes on – sleep, baby…..she could sing all day. And then she bows.

Ok you say, well her grandfather is Richard Gill OAM, renowned conductor and Australia’s foremost music educator. Of course she sings, and loves to perform.

So do all kids, says Richard. Just give them a chance. He was speaking in Bermagui, NSW after giving a workshop for music teachers as part of an ongoing program run by Four Winds, a Festival and performance venue, for encouraging music education in the region.

He says around the age of two or three children start enjoying making patterns with words and creating songs. “They invent songs and music. This creativity comes naturally but it’s the first thing we knock out of them at school.”

Listening has a potent effect on all learning. Children who sing have an advantage in all areas of learning. It’s the bonus of being taught music. Richard Gill says music is fundamental to human beings. “Our ancestors sang for 250,000 years before they learnt to speak. Music is in our DNA,” he says.

When babies are still in the womb they learn to listen at around 18 weeks. Just before they are born they can distinguish between highs and lows. Hearing is a survival skill, and as so many mums know instinctively, singing, rocking, and humming to a new baby develops their listening skills, and children who aren’t cared for in this way are at a distinct disadvantage, Richard says.

Kids learn first by rhyming, making patterns. For example they sing:

Humpty dadadadada WALL,

Humpty dadadadada FALL.

Young children love to repeat this, they enjoy the rhythm of Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall. They eventually learn the words but the rhythm comes first. Through music they learn about pattern recognition, and they also learn about the abstract world, because music IS abstract believes Richard. “It makes it special. It singles it out from dance, drama and art which are largely concrete. Music can suggest all sorts of things in the mind of a child. It allows children to go into an abstract world, and that is powerful.”

Richard demonstrates this with an audience member. “Tell me what you hear when you listen to this. He plays a brief tune on the piano. The man in the front row says “ water”. “No” says Richard. “It wasn’t anything. But if you think it’s water that’s fine.”

He tries again. “Something moving fast”, says the man. Gill roars NO again.(And he does roar when he is passionate about something)

“How music speaks to you, it’s more important than anything. With children we have to lead them down a path to listen. What is the potential? We have to be incredibly careful we don’t impose our values on them. We don’t want to tell them its water when they see clouds.”

“We want children to make their own music. Teach them to sing, every child can sing. Music can give them extraordinary joy and happiness.“ Which is why as part of the Four Winds Festival at Easter there will be music workshops with drums and electronic looping technology for teens and some of Australia’s finest young musicians will drop into the free childcare for younger kids. So the small people and the large people can all have a wonderful time listening to music in a beautiful environment.

www.fourwinds.com.au.

Marilyn Chalkley

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Richard Gill sharing his joy of music.

2015 Gallery of Highlights at Four Winds

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January 2015 | The Four Winds Convivium

February 2015 | Four Winds Four Writers

March 2015 | Archie Roach & Shellie Morris

April 2015 | The Penny Quartet

June 2015 | Taikoz

June 2015 | Vale Neilma Gantner, Four Winds Founder

July 2015 | The Griffyn Ensemble

July 2015 | Genevieve Lacey & Jim Atkins in Residence

July 2015 | Native Species Arboretum Tree Planting begins

August 2015 | Tim Cope, Paul West & Bukhu

September 2015 | Spring Sing

October 2015 | Four Winds Open Day & Launch of Festival 2016 Program

October 2015 | Zephyrs Presents: The Vampires

October 2015 | ANAM Brass Banter

November 2015 | David Hewitt in Residence

November 2015 | A Day with Richard Gill

November 2015 | Lisa Young Workshops

November 2015 | Radical Son & Yuin Artists in Residence

November 2015 | A Tase of Four Winds @ bei amici

December 2015 | Bermagui Primary Wetlands Song Day

December 2015 | Carols in the Pavilion

Maboba’s Promise Screens ‘Love Marriage in Kabul’ in the Windsong Pavilion

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Australian aid organisation, Mahboba’s Promise, has decided to kick off their 2016 program by screening their award-winning documentary, Love Marriage in Kabul, in the Windsong Pavilion on the afternoon of Saturday 9 January 2016. The film promises to take viewers on a journey into a country not often accessed by the outside world.

Love Marriage in Kabul follows the incredible journey of Australian-Afghan woman, Mahboba Rawi, the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, as she challenges old traditions and passionately negotiates to make a love marriage happen in Kabul.

Directed by Iranian-Australian, Amin Palangi, Love Marriage in Kabul has won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival and Best Documentary Award at the Canberra International Film Festival.

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Mahboba and the girls of the Panjshir Valley

The evening will be a revenue raiser for Mahboba’s Promise, an aid organisation with no political or religious ties to any groups, whose main concern is providing women and children with a path to being independent and self-sufficient in a country that has been racked by decades of war and where social safety nets do not exist.

Mahboba’s Promise has around twenty development projects in Afghanistan including orphanages, schools, and vocational and social enterprise programs. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Mahboba’s Promise to help support its projects in Afghanistan.

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Abdul on the roof at night

There will be light refreshments, a Q&A session and a bar available after the show. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. No bookings are required.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates.

 

An Update on Our ‘Carols in the Pavilion’

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Four Winds, with its friends Heartsong and the Friday Choir, are presenting an awe-inspiring evening of choral Christmas music in the Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds’ beautiful ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’ site at Barragga Bay.

At this busy time of year take a moment to relax. This concert offers you the chance to start your Christmas with a moment of peace and beauty – it will end with some communal carol singing under the stars. Audience members will be treated to mulled wine and mince pies within their ticket price.

Traditional carols such as ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and the ‘Wexford Carol’ will meet works by major composers; ‘Legend’ by Tchaikovsky and ‘Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light’ by Bach. Quiet and reflective pieces such as the Polish lullaby ‘Usnijze mi, usnij’ by Gorecki and ‘Infant Holy’ by Wilcocks will be complemented by the luscious harmonies of Warlock’s ‘Bethlehem Down’.

Heartsong, made up of 40 choristers will perform alongside the 8 piece Friday Choir. Together they will create a performance of pure peace and beauty during the last weekend before Christmas.  We encourage you to come along to spend 90 minutes immersed in magical Christmas music performed by local choristers.

Tickets are $40. There will be mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea and coffee available after the performance.

For a taste of what’s in store for you, have a listen below:

We would very much like to see you there and to share a pre-Christmas celebration with you.  For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

To read our previous blog post about the two special carols events we are hosting this year, click here.

Four Winds Presents a Special Carol Experience

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The festive season is fast upon us and for Four Winds that means the start of our Christmas choral program.

We have a number of things planned to musically mark the start of the silly season. A special, Community Carols event will take place on the Dickinson Oval in the heart of Bermagui, 18th December 2015. This event will be a celebration of community and the beautiful place we share, something Four Winds is very proud to be hosting. It is a free event and more details will be announced soon. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for updates.

The highlight of our Christmas program however, will be the Carols in the Pavilion: a traditional carol experience at Four Winds Windsong Pavilion for those wishing to experience the beauty of choral seasonal music. This event is shaping up to be a really special evening featuring two of our wonderful local choirs in the magnificent natural Four Winds site. Heartsong and the Friday Choir will take visitors on a beautiful musical journey beginning in the Windsong Pavilion and finishing under the stars. The program will include pieces from JS Bach, Prayer Before Sleep by Robinovitch and Ubi Caritas by Gjeilo.

Previous years have been a great success with the sound of choral voices floating over the water and into the summer twilight.

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Carols in the Pavilion, 2014

We strongly encourage you to come and be a part of this intimate, seasonal event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Richard Gill talks Music Education on ABC South East

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Recently, Richard Gill appeared in conversation with Tim Holt on ABC South East, discussing his beliefs surrounding the importance of a revolutionised musical education in Australian school curriculums. “Music holds the key to a quality education system,” said Richard.

You can listen to the entire, enlightening interview here:

For more information about Richard’s events on November 18th, please click here.

Dave Hewitt begins his Four Winds Residency

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A beautiful sunny morning at the Four Winds site welcomes David Hewitt, acclaimed percussionist and composer, with Jed Silver, sound artist/engineer, to day 3 of their residency in the Windsong Pavilion.

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Dave and Jed in the Windsong Pavilion.

Dave, continuing from his residency last year, will be working on a composition titled ONDES, a solo piece for percussion, voice, and live sound design.

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The view from the sound design deck.

Says Dave, “my starting point with ONDES is to explore gradually evolving waves of mesmeric rhythms and vocal melodies. For me this approach reflects the patient and evolving character of the local landscape, it’s seasons and it’s community. This meditative approach also serves to focus my creativity energies and to open up the possibility of other ideas. The material developed through ONDES will ultimately form the basis for a number of distinct projects which are also likely to include other artists i.e. musicians,choreographers, lighting designers and multimedia. Jed Silver, joins me as we collaborate to further develop this material utilizing his incredible skills in manipulating live sound.”

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Dave and Jed will be in the Windsong Pavilion until the end of this week. We’re very excited to see the finished product!

The Value of Music Education – Richard Gill

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“Music is important for the following reasons: it is abstract, it doesn’t mean anything outside itself. Music does not describe. Music does not narrate. Music does not tell stories. Music evokes. Music suggests, music implies, and music opens up the mind of a child in an extraordinary way. This abstraction about music is what offers a child the chance to move into a really special way of thinking.”

Richard Gill OAM is one of Australia’s pre-eminent conductors and has been recognised for his contribution to music by receiving several awards. Perhaps most importantly, however, has been his work in music education and the revitalisation of music in Australian schools.

Four Winds is very excited to be welcoming Richard to The Windsong Pavilion on November 18th to share his insights. The day will begin with a participative creative music workshop from 9:30am – 3pm, for music teachers, music leaders and music enthusiasts in and out of the classroom. Following that, Richard will deliver a keynote address from 4:30 – 6:30pm on how he believes music can transform lives.  We suggest you watch the video below to get a sense of what an interesting and engaging session this is going to be.

For more information on the day or to book your spot, please follow this link.

Wise Up to Wetlands

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Four Winds exists to enrich the lives of people through the power of unique music-in-nature experiences. We are also committed to raising an awareness of nature through the artistic form. We believe this creates a dialogue and stimulates thought regarding environmental issues in an innovative way that extends the reach of important environmental issues and concerns to new audiences.

Wise up to Wetlands is a school based artistic program that aims to raise an awareness and knowledge of the important wetland areas in Bermagui. There is a clear lack of community knowledge about the uniqueness and value of these areas that we hope to address by instilling an awareness, recognition and pride in them.

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The project involves the commissioning of a song to be composed by four of Four Winds Indigenous artistic collaborators: Warren Foster Snr, Warren Foster Jnr, Jacob Morris, and Joel Deaves. These artists have consistently provided quality musical outcomes in past projects with us. As Yuin Traditional Owners they are committed to education about important wetlands.

Once developed, the Bermagui Primary School will partner with us to teach the song to 150 students so that it may be performed at future Four Winds, school and community events.

This project compliments and supports another developing Four Winds project, known as the ‘Bermagui Project’ which brings together Indigenous, arts and non-arts (eg. sciences, philosophy, health) communities to creatively collaborate in alternative ways of engaging communities about place by provoking dialogue and attracting audiences to be active participants. With both these projects, we seek to promote the cross-cultural knowledge of contemporary Indigenous artists whose ancestry has long recognised this place and the link between art, culture and expression.

Four Winds is extremely grateful to Local Land Services South East for their support as a funder of the Wise Up to Wetlands project.

Four Winds Gets Behind Music Education

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The value of an early education in music is now recognised worldwide. The scientific data is clear; children who have good early education in music thrive at every level. In short, music education makes a profound difference in the lives of children and the benefits are life-long.

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program was founded by Australia’s foremost music educatos, Richard Gill, and has a very specific goal … to make high-quality music mentoring available to generalist classroom teachers across Australia with the aim of providing quality music education, not just for the few, but for every primary school child in Australia.

Last September, Four Winds launched an ambitious campaign to raise the funds necessary to bring Richard Gill’s program to the local school community of the Far South Coast of NSW. With the generous help of our wonderful donors, we’ve been able to select two local music teachers and begin implementing the program. Starting with primary schools in the local area, making a difference to over 100 local primary students this year alone, and benefitting many more students in the future. This program will have all the more impact in this low-income area where schools welcome many indigenous and disadvantaged students.

The NMTMP has been the perfect opportunity for the Four Winds community to affect the lives of ordinary Australian children in the way we know best, through music. We hope to continue into the future.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this program or want to expand yourself as a music educator, we are hosting a very special and educational day event with Richard Gill on the 18th November. Please follow this link for more details.

Bermagui Primary Records New Wetlands Song at Four Winds

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On Monday 14th December, Four Winds welcomed the children of Bermagui Primary School to the Pavilion for a day of music-making and artistic exploration.

The Indigenous artists worked with the children to record and engineer a new song as part of the ‘Wise Up to Wetlands’ project: a school based artistic program that aims to raise an awareness and knowledge of the important wetland areas in Bermagui. The project was funded, in part, by NSW Local Land Services.

Yuin artists, Warren Foster Snr, Warren Foster Jnr, Joel Deaves and Jacob Morris, were on hand to lead and accompany the children through the recording of a song they had composed for them.

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Warren Foster Snr and other local musicians helping the Bermagui Primary children record in the Pavilion

Take a listen of the Wetlands Song recording here:

 

The project was also an opportunity for the children to have their music recorded by local professional recording artists, Michael Hanlon and Sats Kramer. After just a few takes and with the support of music teacher Merinda Antill, the track was laid and it was time for the children to relax and enjoy the surrounds.

Here’s a little video of the kids’ visual and sound creations from the day:

Yellow Team = Kindergarten on visuals, Yr 3/4 on sound

Red Team = Yr 1 on visuals, Yr 4/5 on sound

Blue Team – Yr 2 on visuals, Yr 2/3 on sound

For many of our local children, it was the first time they had seen the site and many were asking about the festival and Four Winds activities.

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The Bermagui Primary kids taking inspiration from nature

After lunch the children took part in creating a visual and sound artscape; inspired by nature, in nature and with nature. Dividing up into groups, the children created three-dimensional collages using natural materials found around on site.

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The Bermagui Project

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The Bermagui Project is a process of coming together and discovering, transferring knowledge and reflecting about our place. The project will draw together stories, culture, history and knowledge of our place and reflect that in new works of music, dance and art, as well as how we experience the Four Winds’ site.

Our 10ha site has two architect designed arts performances spaces with manicured surrounds providing an inspirational setting for music. To enhance our natural environment, Four Winds decided to transform much of the remaining area of ex-beef cattle grazing land, into a native species arboretum. With major input from local Landcare, botanists and Indigenous local knowledge, including creating interpretive signage, we will restore the original flora – greatly increasing biodiversity – and provide native species education and for our local, regional and national community.

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The Bermagui Project is a commitment to our beliefs: that music making can transform lives; that our place, our site and our community are connected; that the environment is vital to human flourishment; and that a strong cultural life helps create a strong community.

 

Bermagui Project Stage 1 | 2014 – 2015:

The first year, 2014, of the Bermagui Project worked to build on our years of song-writing workshops with the local Koori community, Shellie Morris returned with Archie Roach to perform and to continue composing music with local Indigenous musicians. In 2016, David Leha (Radical Son) continued this work, resulting in a performance at the 2016 Festival.

We worked to:

  1. Build stronger relationships with local Indigenous communities as the basis for ongoing creative arts projects and collaborations;
  2. Foster two-way learning between Indigenous and non-indigenous members of the community;
  3. Work with emerging musicians and potential or existing artistic leaders and mentors to create pathways for others in the community to be supported in music making;
  4. Create more opportunities for original works of music (dance, arts?) to be presented in the community;
  5. Involve local professional musicians so that the creative lives of participating artists, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are enriched.
  6. Inform the way the Four Winds’ evolves as a native species arboretum and space for performance and education

We invite you to stay in touch for more developments of this exciting project.

Bermagui Primary Wetlands Song Day

CLICK HERE to view the Wetlands Song creation story as part of Bermagui Project Phase 1

 

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CLICK HERE to see the Four Seasons Live Streamed event from the Sydney Opera House, followed by an afternoon of Bermagui Project activities with local schools

 

Bermagui Project Stage 2 | 2016 – 2018

Stage 2 of the Bermagui Project has now received funding from Arts NSW and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Fund. It builds on, and significantly develops, the initial Indigenous phase of this project as well as confirming our track record for delivering projects by working in partnership with the community.

The Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation instigated through creative collaborations between musical and visual artists, scientists and the South Coast community. It encourages communities to reflect on ‘place’, inspired by local Indigenous knowledge, scientific analysis of the environment and through creative arts practice.

The project’s geographical focus is the country between Mount Gulaga and Mumbulla Mountain and involves the Indigenous community, professional artists, ANU, regional artists and young people.The ANU School of Art Field Studies Program methodology will be used to train leading visual artists as co-ordinators, working with other visual artists from our region whose work is inspired by our place.The resulting works will be exhibited as part of a collaboration with the Bega Regional Gallery.

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of the arts in our region, Four Winds will continue to be part of the National Music Teacher Mentoring program in 2016. We will be exploring a theme of music and words for a different style of festival in 2017 and commissioning different works leading into our Easter Festival in 2018.

 

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