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Flow - Multicultural Stories Project
10 Dec 2014
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FLOW, a multicultural art and stories project was launched as part of South Australian Living Artists week at the McCormick Centre on 5 August, 2014.

Conceptualised by Riverland devotee Olivia Allen and designed by artists Kathryn Sproul and Christopher Bartlett with sound by Jason Sweeney, FLOW gathered stories from the diverse multicultural communities of the Riverland that reflected their personal, cultural and historical interaction with water.

As well as the stories told, many groups and community members of the region were integral to the project attending weaving workshops to weave pods that formed the main sculptural installation.

The sculptural installation is set amongst the wetlands at the McCormick Centre for theEnvironment and incorporates the sounds and stories of water as told by the Riverland community. A soundtrack can be download: https://soundcloud.com/flow-2014

It is the first large sculptural work in the McCormick Centre and the first grand-scale project Country Arts SA and the McCormick Centre for the Enviroment have done in conjunction.

Designer Kathryn Sproul said the workshops have also been a great way to start conversations within the community.

“I have loved seeing the originality and diverse designs in response to the task of weaving a pod shape,” she said. “The delight of the workshops in the Riverland has been the emergence of the conversations as we work. There is something about the magic of sitting around the table weaving.”

FLOW was produced by Country Arts SA with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts and advisory body and through the Ministry for the Arts, Regional Arts Fund that supports sustainable cultural development in communities across regional and remote Australia.

Flow is the first project in the Country Arts SA This Is A River 2014 – 2016 program.
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Cultural Diversity Environment Regional CACD Public Art Sound Storytelling Visual Arts Artist Arts Manager Funder Producer Sector Agency
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