Get­ting crafty at Boorhaman

Artists drop into town for work­shops

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY ANITA McPHER­SON

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.res­i­den­cypro­

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.

am­cpher­son@ ne­me­

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