Getting crafty at Boorhaman
Artists drop into town for workshops
AN abandoned school site in Boorhaman will be brought to life in an innovative new way this week when it becomes the location of a three-week residency for two cutting edge Melbourne-based artists.
Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato will be living and working in the rural town from September 18 through to October 8, creating ambitious, large scale artworks using materials found on site and around the community.
They will also be engaging with the community during the experience through a number of workshops and artist talks, making the community integral to the evolving work they create.
The Boorhaman Residency Project was instigated by artists and co-directors Kate Hill and Eugene Howard.
Kate grew up on a farm in Boorhaman and went to the local primary school before it closed down in 2006 and Eugene visited Boorhaman yearly for family holidays, to stay in a farm house next to the Ovens River.
After finishing a fine art degree in Melbourne, Kate completed her Masters of Community Cultural Development and she said this project reflects the pair’s shared interest in “urban and rural conversations”.
“When I went to school there it was an amazing part of my life and I thought it would be an incredible place to reinvigorate,” she said.
“We wanted to activate the space as a creative hub.
“The premise of the residency is to reuse the site for its original purpose of educating and to re-engage rural kids – there is a lot of separation between the urban and rural worlds.”
Dylan Martorell is an artist and musician who works with found materials and robotics to create immersive sound installations.
He will host a two-part workshop across two days on September 27 and 29 from 1pm to 4pm, where participants aged from eight to 16 are invited to help him construct sound based sculptures from recycled parts and farm equipment, and then create a videoed performance using them and incorporating experimental lighting and sound.
Chaco Kato is an artist who makes site-responsive works using sculpture, installation and drawings and she will host a workshop for young people and adults on October 6 from 2pm until 4.30pm where participants will be taught weaving techniques as a method for working into small, hand built looms, as well as large architectural looms.
Kate said she hoped the many people in the region with an interest in textiles and textile art will particularly want to get on board and experience the large scale weaving installation.
The residency will be celebrated at an Open Day on Saturday, October 7 where the public is invited to join the artists for talks, conversations and picnics while experiencing their work established in the old school grounds in Boorhaman.
The workshops are free but places are limited, with details available at www.residencyprojects.com.
Registrations for the sessions can be made by emailing hello@residencyprojects. com.
WARP AND WEFT: Artist Chaco Kato who is known for textile installations will take up residency at the former Boorhaman Primary School next week.