Let’s Get Digital
We are very pleased to announce fifteen fantastic projects supported through our Let’s Get Digital Fund. Small to medium galleries, museums and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with new strategies of digital engagement. Let’s Get Digital will support a range of institutions in adapting to this environment by developing skills and resources to integrate digital experiences into their future programming.
Each project has dedicated $10,000 to employ regional artists and creatives to produce and deliver enhanced digital and artistic content for their communities and to collaborate with staff and volunteers to enhance their digital knowledge, with $3000 allocated to support project costs.
LET’S GET DIGITAL PROJECTS
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery hosted a series of workshops, developed in conjunction with the Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Community Services staff, Kelso High, and artists Sven and We Buy Your Kids, to engage young people in creating empowering content that ‘Lit Up’ Bathurst over NAIDOC week. Funds will compliment a successful Stronger Country Communities Grant which installed digital screens and projectors across the Bathurst CBD by focusing on content creation and digital skills.
Cumberland City Council – Granville Centre Art Gallery will initiate a Digital Online Program Series, created by Ricky Tana from Opnsrc.co in collaboration with the gallery team, to engage audiences with gallery programming. The project will include podcasts, videos, and audio tours created in consultation with Accessible Arts to engage diverse audiences with the gallery.
Maitland Regional Gallery created Waterways, a short film, online learning resource and digital excursion that complements the exhibition Barka, the forgotten river, a collaboration between Badger Bates, Justine Muller and the Wilcannia Community. The project linked audiences and students from Maitland, Broken Hill and Wilcannia providing insights into First Nations cultural knowledge and fostering custodianship of local waterways.
Mudgee Region Gallery is creating a suite of digital materials, with video artist Kim V. Goldsmith, that will provide insights into the inaugural year of programming for Mudgee Region Gallery, built with funding from Create NSW and the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. The video resources will explore the process of making works of art for exhibition.
The Lock Up, Newcastle will commission a contemporary artist to create a site-specific digital work that engages with the rich heritage of The Lock Up – a former police station and holding cell. This work will form part of the ongoing creative offerings of the gallery but will also help entice tourists and other audiences newer to contemporary art into the space.
Crawford House Museum will create a virtual tour of Crawford House that brings to life some of the stories that haunt the objects held within the museum’s collection. The tours will enliven the collection whilst providing a resource for scholars and an enticement for tourists to visit.
Greater Hume Council is making a six-part web series that will explore the dynamic histories of objects from six local museums; the Culcairn Station Masters House; the Holbrook Woolpack Inn; the Headlie Taylor Header, Holbrook Submarine, Jindera Pioneer and Wymah Schoolhouse Museums.
Wingham Museum will engage a local videographer to create digital content that enlivens its collection. The focus will be on the unique and significant stories behind the collection, rather than the collection itself and will be shared on the web and through QR links on the museum’s display banners.
Montreal Goldfield and Heritage Centre will provide visitors with the chance for a virtual conversation with a miner buried deep within the earth. Funds will be used to update signage and equipment to simulate a ‘conversation’ with the ghosts of the past.
Port Macquarie Museum is making a digital art and creative story telling project by Mic Rees, Old Books New Looks, that reimagines Annabella Boswell’s archives through a digital exhibition at the Port Macquarie Museum, on the museum’s website and through social media. Annabella Boswell’s archives were inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World in 2019 and offer a unique insight into colonial life.
Dharriwaa Elders Group: a digital story telling workshop for Walgett Aboriginal young people with their Elders remembering the contributions of Walgett’s Aboriginal Volunteer Defence Corp to Australia during WWII. The workshop will contribute to an exhibition that includes photographs, stories and other ephemera from the era.
Hawkesbury Regional Museum: Rivers are mathematically beautiful. According to Luna Leopold’s river meandering theory, the length of a meander is, on average, 11 times the river’s width. 11 Stories from the River will be an interactive website that hosts recordings from a series of location-based audio walks created by Oonagh Sherrard along the banks of Dyaruban (Hawkesbury River). The collaborative work will include field recordings and collaborations with Darug elders and musicians.
Wiradjuri Keeping Place – Parkes Cultural Centre: Yindyamarra is intrinsic to the culture of Wiradjuri. It underpins their relationship to country and community, teaching and living. This project will employ Ub Ubbo Exchange to create an audio-visual component of the Wiradjuri Keeping Place exhibition in the Parkes Cultural Centre.
Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre: What can a 1964 basket made by Aunty Eddie Whyman or a 120-year-old basket made by women at Moonahcullah teach us about our culture? This digital story telling project will engage emerging Aboriginal artists to create digital interpretations of the lively objects within the centre’s collection.
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery: an immersive installation that explores the story of the Dyarubbin river. An artist will work with Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Erin Wilkins, Jasmine Seymour and Rhiannon Wright to explore the ecological, cultural and spiritual significance of the river for women.
For further information please contact Zanny Begg, Digital Project Creative on firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET’S GET DIGITAL CREATIVE
Zanny Begg is working as the Digital Creative at MGNSW overseeing the Let’s Get Digital project. She is helping manage the fifteen Let’s Get Digital projects and running training workshops to assist Museums, Galleries and Aboriginal Keeping Places explore new forms of digital communication. These training workshops have covered topics such as using social media, recording and editing podcasts, building a web presence and working with augmented and virtual reality platforms.
As part of this role Zanny is working with Daniel Browning, renown journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker and writer, to host a special mentoring and training workshop as a partnership between Broken Hill Library and MGNSW. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland. He will mentor young Indigenous sound recordists and run a workshop on recording oral histories.
Zanny has also organised a partnership between Bathurst Regional Gallery and MGNSW to host a projection mapping training workshop. Celebrated projection artist Craig Walsh will share his projection mapping skills alongside his technical collaborator Steven Thomasson. Founder of Lūpa, Dara Gill, will run a supporting workshop on getting the most from your projector.
Zanny is an artist filmmaker who has experimented with algorithms, multi-channel projections, web-based media and other forms of digital practice. Her recent works include the 2018 ACMI Artist Film Commission, The Beehive, and the 2020 ACCA Open Commission, Magic Mountains. She has a PhD in Art Theory and a mini retrospective of her work, These Stories will be Different, will tour with MGNSW over 2022-23. More information about her work can be found on www.zannybegg.com.
Let’s Get Digital is proudly supported by the NSW Government though Create NSW as part of Arts Restart