Ex­hi­bi­tion cre­ates gift for Tocumwal

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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.

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