The One River project presented an exciting opportunity for the Centenary of Canberra and the project team to collaborate with skilled and innovative regional artists and communities from across five states and territories and to hear and appreciate their stories and experiences.
One River worked with 10 artists and communities within the Basin to develop new work that explores our dependence on the river, local knowledge and history of the river, work that enhances our understanding of the beauty and the fragility of the river. Following an expressions-of-interest process (which closed on Fri 23 Nov 2012) the One River team announced these projects in early December. The ten One River Local Artists facilitated community engagement and story sharing towards creating an exceptional piece/pieces of art around the river theme. The local projects explored fresh, secret or forgotten stories and brought a new perspective to the debate or experience of living within the Murray-Darling Basin.
The local projects had a local public presentation in the early part of 2013 and travelled to Canberra for a final presentation in late August 2013. In the process of creating the artworks and presentations the aim was to stimulate discussion and debate and reflect upon the complex forces at work within the Murray-Darling Basin river system and how we manage it and its potential as a source of sustenance (and loss) within particular places and environments.
To see a printable list of these projects, click here