My name is Oonagh Sherrard, I am a Hawkesbury based composer/producer and have been funded by the NSW government through Create NSW to develop a series of downloadable stories, imagery and music inspired by the Hawkesbury River Deerubbin in the Windsor area.
At the moment I am seeking strories, knowledge and experiences about the river from the public and am hoping to reach as many people as I can to generate interest. We have a facebook page where people can follow our progress https://www.facebook.com/DeerubbinHawkesburyRiverStoryTrail/
Media release: 13 May 2019 An exciting new arts project, “11 Stories from the River” would like to record your stories, experiences or knowledge about the Hawkesbury River. Stories may be part of an innovative audio walk along the river at Windsor. Devised by local composer Oonagh Sherrard, the project has been funded by Create NSW to develop music, imagery and record stories inspired by the river. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on this mighty river, the geological heart of our area.” How to share your story: You can catch the project team on open day at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Baker Street Windsor on Saturday 18th May and Sunday 2nd & 16th June, 12-2pm.
A small booth will also be set up in the Museum foyer until the end of July where you can record a contribution anytime, or simply record something on your phone and email it to email@example.com Recordings made by the project will be held in the Local Oral History Collection at Hawkesbury Library. They may also be included in the downloadable story trail or an exhibition held at the Museum when the project is launched in 2020. School groups will also have input when stories are workshopped with students at Brewongle Environment Education Centre, Sackville North, Windsor Public School and Windsor High later in the year.
About the Project: The story trail will be freely downloadable along the public walkways on the river in Windsor. “It’s about bringing people to the river and enhancing their experience culturally”. Stories will be part of an evocative mix of music by Oonagh Sherrard and photos by photographer Sarah Rhodes. The project will draw on stories from local knowledge holders: WSU scientists Dr Ian Wright and Professor Basant Maheshwari, Darug custodians Leanne Watson and Erin Wilkins and historians Jan Barkley-Jack and Professor Grace Karskens. As a member of Hawkesbury Council’s Enhancing the Arts Working Group, Oonagh has initiated the project as a means of delivering more arts projects into the local area. “I’ve lived most of my life on the tributaries of the Hawkesbury, its a great source of inspiration for me, and I am also deeply concerned about the river’s health. This project aims to reconnect people with the river and its stories” Why 11 Stories? The number 11 comes from Luna Leopold’s remarkable River meandering theory where in any river the wavelength from one curve to the next is known to be 11 times the channel width. “I find this a beautifully fascinating theory, so have embedded the number 11 in the project”.
To keep in touch with the project please connect with us at www.facebook.com/deerubbinhawkesburyriverstorytrail
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