Wangaratta Chronicle

Immersed in art at Boorhaman

- By ANITA McPHERSON

AN artist who makes siterespon­sive works using sculpture and installati­on will host a workshop for all on Friday, as part of the Boorhaman Residency Project which is currently underway.

Melbourne-based artists Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell are living and working in the rural town this week at the old primary school where they are creating ambitious, large scale artworks using materials found on site and in the town.

The project is the brainchild of co-directors Kate Hill and Eugene Howard who wanted to reinvigora­te the old school site by using it as a space to inspire and educate people.

While Dylan hosted two school holiday workshops last week where participan­ts got involved in making sound sculptures and video performanc­e, this week it will be Chaco’s turn to share her skills during a textile-based session.

Ms Hill said the two workshops by Dylan Martorell proved to be very successful.

“Participan­ts did a series of activities such as using robotics to trigger sound recordings, making instrument­s from old farm equipment, and recording a music video as a band,” she said.

“Sound and video from this project will be presented to viewers at our Open Day on Saturday as projection­s and imbedded sound pieces, and it will be viewable in an exhibition at the Wangaratta Art Gallery in May next year.”

This Friday from 2pm until 4.30pm participan­ts are invited to come to a free workshop and learn weaving techniques with master textile artist, Chaco Kato.

An Open Day will be held on Saturday where the public is invited to join the artists for talks and a picnic while experienci­ng their work in the old school grounds.

Visitors will be able to interact with the sculptures Dylan Martorell and participan­ts have made including touch responsive objects hooked up to a sound scape recorded around Boorhaman.

They will also be able to see Chaco Kato’s large scale weaving and contribute their own weaving into the piece.

There will also be a free sausage sizzle and other activities on site such as soccer on the oval, four-square, a portrait booth in front of the green screen and afternoon tea.

An Auslan interprete­d “Welcome to Country” will be held at 10am, and introducti­on to the residency and works on site by the artists between 10.30am and midday, followed by lunch and more hands-on sessions in the afternoon.

Places for the Friday workshop are limited and registrati­ons can be made by emailing hello@ residencyp­rojects.com.

 ??  ?? TEXTILE INSTALLATI­ON: Artist Chaco Kato will showcase the large scale weaving work she has created at Boorhaman during an Open Day on Saturday.
TEXTILE INSTALLATI­ON: Artist Chaco Kato will showcase the large scale weaving work she has created at Boorhaman during an Open Day on Saturday.

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