Wan­der through the ex­hi­bi­tion

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

More than 100 peo­ple turned out for the open­ing of Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val’s in­au­gu­ral Ret­ro­spec­tive Ex­hi­bi­tion.

NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans and Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives were among guests at the open­ing on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, at Tocumwal’s war memo­rial hall.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is again open on Satur­day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Tied into the fes­ti­val’s 10-year an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the ex­hi­bi­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tive project be­tween Straw­berry Fields, Monash Univer­sity’s ar­chi­tec­ture fac­ulty, pho­tog­ra­phers Dunco­graphic and Zeazy and vis­ual art col­lec­tive John Fish.

With the ex­hi­bi­tion de­signed to give peo­ple the chance to take part and in­te­grate with Straw­berry Fields, which has called Tocumwal home for the past seven years, 19 Monash ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents re­vealed seven im­pres­sive large-scale struc­tures they de­signed and built as part of their course.

Made out of card­board, the metic­u­lously-de­signed and in­tri­cate struc­tures were erected by the stu­dents for the first time in the hall, two days be­fore the open­ing.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes a video dome, ex­ter­nal walls, coun­ters, en­try stage and hun­dreds of pho­tos cap­tur­ing a decade of Straw­berry Fields mo­ments which were as­sessed and judged by Monash ar­chi­tec­ture tu­tor Marie Le Touze and Straw­berry di­rec­tors Tara Ben­ney and Billy Staughton.

Mr Staughton said de­signs were judged based on their func­tion­al­ity, aes­thet­ics, and in­cor­po­ra­tion of sus­tain­able build­ing prin­ci­ples.

‘‘We’ve had three ses­sions ad­ju­di­cat­ing the progress of their work and ini­tially it seemed so far off what was ac­tu­ally able to be pro­duced,’’ he said.

‘‘You look at how in­tim­i­dat­ing the large hall is as a space, and to try and fill it with card­board that came in flat sheets and con­struct the ob­jects to fill the brief to cre­ate a tem­po­rary gallery for this ex­hi­bi­tion, then fill the space in the re­quired time is re­mark­able . . . it’s an ab­so­lute credit to them.’’

Mr Evans com­mended the fes­ti­val for fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion and the on­go­ing ef­forts to col­lab­o­rate with Tocumwal and broader com­mu­nity.

‘‘To com­bine the pho­tos of all the his­tory and the years of the Straw­berry Fields with the ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents with all their card­board con­struc­tions is re­ally good,’’ he said.

‘‘Or­gan­is­ers have al­ways made an ef­fort to work with the com­mu­nity, but they’re mak­ing even more ef­fort and I think that’s a good thing.

‘‘It’s a two-way thing; they’ve worked with the coun­cil, not against them and any con­cerns coun­cil have that come from the com­mu­nity are be­ing ad­dressed and met.’’

Mr Staughton en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to visit the gallery and take a wan­der through the ex­hi­bi­tion be­fore it was taken to the fes­ti­val site.

‘‘The stu­dents’ work will be dis­played on-site for the en­tirety of the fes­ti­val amongst a larger ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion called MONOSS (Mu­seum Of New and Old Straw­berry Stuff) that will fea­ture gal­leries and work­shop space for pa­trons to en­joy,’’ he said.

Ms Le Touze said although de­signed as a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion, the stu­dents’ ef­forts of­fered longterm ben­e­fits to lo­cals.

‘‘In Au­gust they sur­veyed the hall, which was great train­ing for them to learn how to draw in de­tail, a stun­ning ex­ist­ing build­ing that had no such draw­ings on record. We’re de­lighted to gift these draw­ings to the Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce,’’ she said.

Hall com­mit­tee and cham­ber pres­i­dent Ser­gio Rede­galli ex­pressed his grat­i­tude and said such draw­ings could cost up­wards of $20 000.

‘‘This means we’ll be able to use these draw­ings for pro­fes­sional grant ap­pli­ca­tions, it’s a last­ing gift and a bless­ing that ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity long term,’’ he said.

‘‘As much as Straw­berry Fields is awe­some for the com­mu­nity hav­ing de­vel­oped on­go­ing an­nual com­mu­nity grants scheme or us­ing lo­cal busi­nesses where pos­si­ble, this lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion fur­ther demon­strates their abil­ity to suc­cess­fully net­work Aus­tralian youth to our re­gion, while pre­serv­ing the nuts and bolts of our town.’’

This year’s Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate 10 years and is on in Tocumwal from No­vem­ber 16 to 18.

Open­ing night: NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans (sec­ond from right) and Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil Mayor Matthew Han­nan (front left) at the open­ing with Monash Univer­sity ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents and staff, and Straw­berry Fields di­rec­tors at the Tocumwal war memo­rial hall.

On show: Straw­berry Fields me­dia man­ager and main fes­ti­val pho­tog­ra­pher Dun­can Ja­cob, aka Dunco­graphic, who chore­ographed and pro­duced the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.