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The Bermagui Project’s first Creative Field Study is a BioBlitz!

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14 artists, including leaders Carolyn Young and Sharon Field from Canberra, spent three days at Four Winds…
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…absorbing inspiration from each other, the Four Winds site, talks from the project’s Reference Group and the hive of activity that was the Four Winds BioBlitz.

The BioBlitz, made possible by Atlas of Life and Bournda Environmental Education Centre, brought scientists and naturalists from around the country to lead our community on flora and fauna surveys. Formidable survey results came back teeming with shells, moths, birds and the possible discovery of a new species of peacock spider (read about it here in the Bega District News), which has now been confirmed!

Take a look at photos from the BioBlitz here…

Artists left the Creative Field Study with a new network of likeminded artists, inspiration for a whole new body of work and ideas for exhibitions. If you’d like to be part of our 2017 Creative Field Studies, please submit an expression of interest here…

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!

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.

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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