Arts Northern Rivers and Eatonsville Hall are calling for anyone who has stories, photos, memorabilia or a connection to the hall to come along to Show + Tell a fun community day at the hall on Sunday 27 February.
In the surrounding park there will be live entertainment sponsored by the Hall Committee.
Show + Tell is the first phase Arts Northern Rivers’ If These Halls Could Talk project; a multi-arts project celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities.
‘Show + Tell’ will also be an opportunity to meet Frances Belle Parker the visual artist commissioned to work with the Eatonsville community.
Ms Parker will be working within the community to create a work inspired by the stories and people of Eatonsville Hall and its surrounds.
Eatonsville Hall sits a-top a bend in the mighty Clarence River, which is a constant source of inspiration for the artist and a recurring theme in her work.
‘I’m thrilled to be the artist working with the Eatonsville Hall and it’s community,’ said Ms Parker.
‘I’m looking forward to discovering more of the history of the hall and the people who have helped to shape the story of the hall.’
A proud Yaegl woman, Ms Parker came to prominence winning the Blake Prize in 2000 making her the youngest ever winner and the first Indigenous recipient in the prize’s history.
Arts Northern Rivers has partnered with ABC North Coast, Southern Cross University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences and photographer Jules Ober to create three recording booths at Show + Tell; Stories of the Hall, Faces of the Hall and Memorabilia of the Hall.
The material gathered at the Show + Tell event will be accessed by Ms Parker during the If These Halls Could Talk creative development period to provide inspiration for the process of developing a new work at Eatonsville Hall.
If These Halls Could Talk project is funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnership funding and Regional Arts NSW Regional Arts Fund.