Exhibitions    One River: Alluvial Connections, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT & Signal Point Gallery, SA

27.07.13 to 25.08.13

Community project links the Murray Mouth to the ancient heart of Australia

15 May 2013

 

Victor Harbour based visual artist Margaret Worth is one of ten artists and projects chosen to help tell the story of the Murray-Darling Basin as part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra. “Presenting the personal stories is what makes people feel connected to others across the distances within the Murray Darling Basin system,” Ms Worth said. She worked with well-known ABC writer Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh, photographer Richard Hodges, and performance poet Michelle Murray, to uncover personal stories and present these at a performance/installation at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa Wharf and at the Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra in August 2013.

 

Margaret’s project, ‘Alluvial Connections: From Source to Sea,’ is part of the One River program, commissioned by Robyn Archer AO. “If Australians are to re-imagine their capital in 2013 then the fact of its location is significant,” Ms Archer said. If you can touch four states and a territory through this mighty river system , then Canberra is part of that community and not as remote as people have often claimed.”

“Despite the continuing divisiveness over water usage and allocation throughout the system, I had always believed that widespread communities throughout that system could find a common ground in shared stories of river life. It’s heartening that we can use the occasion of the capital’s centenary year to record and disseminate these stories,” Ms Archer said.

 

Margaret Worth’s project tells the river stories of the Goolwa region across time. “In the river stones and alluvial sands are accumulations from the far northern and eastern origins of the Basin,” Ms Worth said. “They connect ancient times with the people and places of today.”

 

As part of the installation, a ground drawing presents the nineteen catchments of the Murray Darling Basin using local sands and gravels. River stones mark the ten regional locations of the One River projects on the ground plan. The writer and performer, Michelle Murray, speaks as a voice of the River, telling its mythological story, as she moves across the ground drawing in the direction of the ground water flow. Images of the region by Richard Hodges project across her as she moves. Twelve personal stories, of ordinary and extraordinary local people connecting to the water, have been written by Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh. They are available on the www.oneriver.com.au site and will become a component of the installation and performance.

 

One River is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government, and managed by Lindy Allen as National Program Producer under the auspices of Regional Arts Victoria.

One River: Alluvial Connections by Margaret Worth

One River: Alluvial Connections  2013

Stage set, costume, stories, projections, performance

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One River: Alluvial Connections by Margaret Worth

One River: Alluvial Connections  2013

Stage set, costume, stories, projections, performance

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One River: Alluvial Connections by Margaret Worth

One River: Alluvial Connections  2013

Stage set, costume, stories, projections, performance

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One River: Alluvial Connections by Margaret Worth

One River: Alluvial Connections  2013

Stage set, costume, stories, projections, performance

Variable

One River: Alluvial Connections by Margaret Worth

One River: Alluvial Connections  2013

Stage set, costume, stories, projections, performance

Variable

One River: Alluvial Connections by Margaret Worth

One River: Alluvial Connections  2013

Stage set, costume, stories, projections, performance

Variable