Exhibition creates gift for Tocumwal
The Retrospective Exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the Strawberry Fields Festival has delivered a lasting gift to the event’s home.
In preparation for the exhibit, students from Monash University’s architecture faculty had to survey the Tocumwal Town Hall to ensure their designs fit in to the exhibition space.
Designed to help them draw in detail, the drawings have now been gifted to the Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce.
Tocumwal Chamber president Sergio Redegalli, who is also a member of the hall committee, said such drawings can 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,” Mr Redegalli 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.’’
More than 100 people attended the opening of the exhibition on Sunday, including Member for Murray Austin Evans and Berrigan Shire Council representatives.
The exhibition will reopen to the public between 10am to 5pm this Saturday, October 27 and again on Saturday, November 3.
The exhibit will then be transported to the festival site for the November 16 to 18 event.
It boasts seven impressively large scale structures they designed and built by 19 Monash architecture students as part of their coursework, in collaboration with Strawberry Fields, photographers Duncographic and Zeazy, and visual arts collective John Fish.
Made out of cardboard, they include video dome, external walls, counters, entry stage and hundreds of photos capturing a decade of Strawberry Fields moments.
Strawberry Fields director Billy Staughton encourages everyone to visit the gallery and take a wander through the exhibition before it’s packed down and transported to the festival site.
“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,’’ he said.
Strawberry Fields media manager and photographer Duncan Jacob, aka Duncographic, at the opening.
Sarah and Annie Johnson enjoyed the exhibition on Sunday night.