Epenarra & Canteen Creek Visit
This week, Media Mob have been out bush with our Visual Communication department out to Epenarra and Canteen Creek. The aim was to get our newest Media Mob employee William Thomson introduced to the area and familiar with the communities that Barkly Regional Arts work with.
Photo of Estelle and Harry, Canteen Creek locals who showed Media Mob around the community and giving a brief history of the local land.
Summer School Programs - Rock With The Doc & Pipe Up
Over the January Summer school holidays, Barkly Regional Arts was funded by Territory families and along side Barkly Council, was responsible for providing a summer school program for children between 10-17 years of age.
There were two programs, 'Rock With The Doc' and 'Pipe Up'.
Rock with the Doc was a program where kids were able to build and paint their own guitars or basses! The program was conducted by Dr. Flouride and helped by Barry Nattrass and Rachel Pelser.
The other program, 'Pipe Up' was conducted by Rachel Pelser and our special guest artist Regan Tamanui, who taught the kids how to create and cut their own stencils and then spray paint them onto coloured PCV pipes to tell their own stories!
And of course, Media Mob was responsible for documenting the whole event, just over two weeks of filming, it got tiring to say the least, but the final output was worth it!
The kids enjoyed themselves immensely, you can view our 'Small Moments' video on the program below!
You can see more on our 'Gallery' and 'Videos' page!
IDX FLINT PROGRAM - CANTEEN CREEK
This week the BRA team headed to Canteen Creek to run the IDX FLINT program. The school and community were treated to a week long workshop in robotics, 3D Printing, scratch game coding and drone flying.
We even put on a community band night with our WMC team. As part of our IDX FLINT grant, we now get to select $10k worth of this digital gear so we can continue to build these new digital skills in the community.
Also at the end of June 2 locals will be sent to Sydney for 3 days of intensive training to bring back to the community as well. To see more great images of the week, check out Barkly Arts Facebook page.
‘Barkly Artist Camp’ in Elliott
Our annual ‘Barkly Artist Camp’ in Elliott. We have had a wonderful week of carving, drawing, weaving and print making. Everyone made some beautiful work to take home and show their families. Our last day of the ‘Barkly Artist Camp’ in Elliott was so much fun! The artists finished up the work they have been creating in the morning and then we headed to the lake for the afternoon.
We fished, cooked up a stack of roo tails, ate the turkey we hunted earlier this week, and held a damper making competition! On behalf of Desart, BRA and the Kulimindini Art Centre, we thank all the artists for a successful camp. To see more great images of the week, check out Barkly Arts Facebook page.
LINDY BRODIE ARTIST PROFILE DOCUMENTARY
Barkly Regional Arts' Media Mob are currently working on a short documentary film on renowned Tennant Creek artist Lindy Brodie. Lindy is well-known for her use of vibrant colours and unique landscape paintings that depict life in the Barkly Region. This 'Artist Profile' documentary has seen the team travel to Alroy Downs Station - where Lindy grew up, film a number of interviews with community members and friends, and experiment with a number of new creative and fun filming techniques. Keep your eyes on the Media Mob Facebook page for regular updates.
DIGITAL MAPPING EXHIBITION OPENING
Thanks to all those who came to the launch of the DIGITAL MAPPING exhibition by Dion Beasley & Barkly Regional Arts' Media Mob. This unique exhibition features an interactive map of Canteen Creek, a large scale physical map & collection of photographs. The exhibition will be on display at the Barkly Regional Arts Gallery (65 Staunton St, Tennant Creek) until Friday 27 March. For more information on this wonderful project and to explore the interactive map of Canteen Creek, visit http://barklyarts.com.au/digital-mapping-interactive-map/
Media Mob in Canberra
Sean Bahr-Kelly went to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. The conference was where young Australians took to the stage at Parliament House to pitch their ideas on tackling tough issues such as the stigma surrounding mental health and the rise in obesity and sexual violence.Teams spoke from the heart to an audience of parliamentarians, senior business leaders and the general public in Canberra. Click here to check out the conference.
Media Mob Wins Golden Galah award!
A proud Sean Bahr-Kelly from Barkly Regional Arts with Media Mob's Golden Galah award for 'Best Indigenous Film' (for the 'Media Mob' documentary) & judges commendation for 'Body of Work' (for the Heywire Video Postcards series). These awards were presented last month at the Fist Full of Films competition in Darwin. Well done Media Mob!
DIGITAL MAPPING, CANTEEN CREEK, DION BEASLEY
Media Mob were out in Canteen Creek last week with Cheeky Dog artist Dion Beasley for the ‘Digital Mapping’ project. After working with Media Mob to take photos of Canteen Creek houses, dogs, and residents, Dion will draw a detailed map of the community which will then be digitized. This project will culminate in an interactive media exhibition at the new Artists of the Barkly gallery space at Barkly Regional Arts.
MEDIA MOB RELEASE HEYWIRE VIDEO POSTCARDS
Throughout the month of July, Media Mob will be releasing three video postcards each week (15 in Total). Created by MEDIA MOB (Barkly Regional Arts) and supported by an FRRR ABC HEYWIRE Youth Innovation Grant, these digital postcards follow the achievements of young individuals and groups living in Tennant Creek and the Barkly region, giving them the opportunity to promote the positive aspects of their community. To view the video postcards as they are released, visit our video page.
NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2014
Media mob's Sean Bahr-Kelly landed the role of roving reporter for National Youth Week 2014 in Tennant Creek. Sean covered the events held at Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts & Culture Centre, celebrating the young talents that the Barkly region has to offer. The night featured music workshops and performances by Tennant Creek locals Unbroken expanse, Barkly community groups: 'The Desert Sevens', The Hill boyz, Renee Larkin (aka Angel Bruce) & Eleanor Dixon. One of the major highlights of the night was Media Mob's premier screening of their Heywire Video Postcards series, which celebrates the achievements of young individuals & groups living in the Barkly Region.
Check out Sean's video here.
MUNGKARTA LIVING CULTURE PROJECT
Media Mob are currently working on a short cultural documentary focusing on the Barkly community of Mungkarta. The film will document the community’s return to their homeland of Walapunpa in early June 2014, where there will be a four-day cultural camp.
During this camp, community members will engage in traditional bush practices including: bush medicine & bush tucker collecting, art, traditional dance and painting.
For regular updates on this project follow Media Mob on Twitter and Facebook.
HEYWIRE VIDEO POSTCARDS
Media Mob have recently completed a series of HEYWIRE VIDEO POSTCARDS. Each video postcard followed the achievements of young individuals and groups, giving them the opportunity to tell their stories, and promote the positive aspects of their community.
The postcards were screened in Tennant Creek during National Youth Week at Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts and Culture Centre, and received rave reviews.
Barkly Regional Arts will be releasing the Video Postcards online throughout June and July, posting three videos each week. 15 postcards were created in total.