Each year St Marys Corner produces a Queen Street Riches and Textures project through the engagement of professional contemporary artists who mentor local emerging artists within a selected artistic medium. The engagement is one of creative collaborations, mentoring, social interaction and conversations between artists and community in exploring place.
This year we engaged Peta Khan and Leigh Bramall, of Maitree House, Sydney based multi-media artists to produce Soundlapse, an exciting sound-based narrative about Queen Street St Marys. Peta Khan and Leigh Bramall provided their extensive professional experience mentoring the students at the Nepean Arts and Design Centre TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute. Projects such as this enrich the emerging artist’s skills and offers valuable real world experiences in the creative industry.
Using mobile digital media as a creative interplay of image, sound and video is an increasingly popular way to experience and document specific places. The mobile and smart phone technologies innovativelly capture the information-rich environment, enabling an immediate creative translation of what was recorded.
Queen Street Riches and Textures 2014 - Soundlapse interacted with people in their specific locality using the low-tech, low-cost and high-creative mobile digital media, documenting sounds and images capturing the social and cultural dynamics of the street and its vicinity.
The outcomes have created an inventive use of sound and photographic essays, website development, podcasts and sound maps that allow the community to easily find, learn about, and interact with Queens Street’s past, present and future.
We congratulate everyone who made this year’s Queen Street Riches and Textures project such an exciting, successful creative and inventive venture.