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Dressing the Building - Change and Adaptation, Country Arts SA
18 Nov 2014
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Change and Adaptation is a 3 year partnership program connecting arts, health and the environment. It was established with the awareness that change is the biggest driver in the contemporary world.

This project title has become an overriding description for many of the activities that have evolved from the demolition and refurbishment of the Southern Fleurieu Health Service buildings. True to the program name, Change and Adaptation (Country Arts SA), we have developed new projects as the need arises. The overarching title ‘Dressing the Building’ encompasses projects that deal with the demolition of the old building, the site and staff wellbeing through the transition to the new premises.

- Undressing the Building – a Demolition Symphony is a partnership with the Southern Fleurieu Health Service, Create and Connect, and SFHS staff and community groups working with artist, Robert Petchell, to make music. Some workshops were held at Create and Connect, a Health Service art facility in Goolwa and with staff on site in Victor Harbor. Staff and clients created instruments from medical equipment and demolition gear. A lunch time concert for staff and clients was held on the Health Service demolition site to herald the first crunch of the wrecking ball.

These groups came together to perform the Demolition Symphony, a 3 part symphony, on 17th December 2013 and at a launch of the DVD illustrating the making of the Demolition Symphony The launch of the DVD was attended by approximately 30 staff. Both groups have appreciated the shift in ‘power’ relationships when clients and staff come together to perform. Staff recently asked to have more music sessions because they value how their participation in the sessions helps to reduce their stress levels. The groups will work towards a public performance to conclude the program.

- The Music Connect project is a partnership between Southern Fleurieu Health Service with their arts activity centre, Create and Connect, and The Cottage aged recreation centre and Alexandrina Council’s Centre for Positive Ageing’s Drumming Group. This project is an extension of the music program devised as part of Dressing the Building.

Funded through The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Communities Partnership Initiative with Country Arts SA and contributions from project partners.
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