Leeton Shire artists wanted!

Red Earth Ecology is looking to commission four local artists for the “Leeton Memories” project.

Window display
Window display from the 2020 CASP project, Fivebough At The Heart Of Leeton.

“Our aim is to work with people to develop a series of displays based on interviews about observations of environmental change,” says project coordinator Jason Richardson.

“We have a small budget to cover materials and contribute something toward the time of the four contributors.”

Edited extracts from recorded interviews with longtime residents will prompt and inform a series of shop front installations and be linked to these displays using QR codes.

“The idea is that you’ll be able to hear a recorded commentary from older residents and that will inform the experience for viewers seeing the artworks,” says Jason.

“We hope people will think broadly about what materials can go into making a display and the budget should help to realise their ideas.”

The Leeton Memories project will raise the profile of local art and also aims to help the artists involved to develop their own projects.

Each display will be promoted with a profile of the contributors and discussion about the themes raised in the interview.

“We will also share our CASP application for this project with the artists, so they can get an understanding of what goes into a successful funding proposal.”

Afterwards Red Earth Ecology will consider assisting with grant applications from the artists for the development of future projects in our region where they relate to the aims of that organisation.

“Red Earth Ecology was incorporated to enable projects that link people to the landscape, whether through plant regeneration activities or cultural practices like making artworks,” says Jason.

“There’s also a need for pathways in the Riverina so artists can develop local projects and we’re willing to provide guidance.”

“We want this Leeton Memories project to be the start of something that will create new memories in Leeton for years to come.”

Leeton Memories is supported by Western Riverina Arts and Create NSW through funding from the NSW Government.