A gi­ant idea for arts hub

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

Aus­tralian mu­sic stars Bernard Fan­ning and Paul Dempsey will join about 20 artists in Cos­sack for three days in Septem­ber as part of cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion, The Vast Project.

Artists will cre­ate, record and col­lab­o­rate to pro­duce an al­bum, paint­ings, film, a photo se­ries and other works in­spired by the Pil­bara.

Other artists join­ing the project in­clude award-win­ning song­writer Sally Selt­mann, sculp­tor Lis John­son, Roe­bourne film­maker Tyson Mowarin, WA pho­tog­ra­pher Rus­sell Ord and pro­ducer Anna Laverty. More artists are still to be an­nounced.

The Vast Project was con­ceived by Dampier lo­cal and mu­si­cian Qynn Beard­man and in­die rock band The Pan­ics’ front­man Jae Laf­fer.

Beard­man said the pair were ex­cited about the event and show­cas­ing the Pil­bara to vis­it­ing artists from around the coun­try.

“The VAST project is all about bring­ing some great artists to a re­ally beau­ti­ful part of the world, ex­pos­ing them to it in all its won­der, let­ting them take it all in and then cre­at­ing some vis­ual arts and mu­sic,” he said.

“There’s just some­thing about Cos­sack — some­thing about all the land­scapes of the Pil­bara re­ally — that in­spire me per­son­ally.

“It’s got a long and pow­er­ful his­tory of the art awards and of be­ing a hub of artis­tic pur­suits.”

Beard­man said for those three days in Septem­ber the ghost town would be trans­formed into a “cre­ative hub”.

“We’re re­ally en­cour­ag­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion of the artists while they’re there so there’ll be peo­ple paint­ing while other peo­ple write mu­sic next to them,” he said.

“There’s all these dif­fer­ent artis­tic dis­ci­plines feed­ing off the area and off each other and what they’re feel­ing, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the place.” Although the three-day event will be closed to the pub­lic, Beard­man said there were op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

More an­nounce­ments will be made in the com­ing weeks.

Visit face­book.com/thev­ast­pro­ject to stay up­dated.

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