This year Outback Arts partnered with Signal Creative and commenced a three year project with the young women in Warren and Walgett as part of Outback Arts’ Aboriginal Arts Program.
Women Outfront is about empowering women and the communities to create original music, performance and dance inspired by the surrounding areas of each town. Participants will develop creative skills and experience in terms of artist identity, performance, musical style, direction, music production and promotion. Signal will also provide ongoing mentoring support for the girls.
Warren: Dryland, Wetlands
We visited Warren and took a trip to the local wetlands to take pictures and make sound recordings, then returned to the school for an afternoon of brainstorming. We then facilitated three workshops – Music Creation, Dance and Craft to start pulling the ideas into the show. After our initial meeting we brainstormed the following ideas with the group:
Dry theme, Open land, Two sides, old and bright
The group were also keen to use the decorated branches, dance and make beats for the show.
Walgett: River Stories
We took a trip on country with the Sista Speak teachers. The group discussed a performance around the concept of Walgett – Where 2 rivers meet. We will facilitated three workshops – Music Creation, Dance and Craft to start pulling the ideas into the show.
“We look forward to presenting our initial work later in the year for community members and taking the performances on the road!”
The project is funded through the Commonwealth Bank Grassroots Grant program.