If These Halls Could Talk was a multi-arts project managed by Arts Northern Rivers, who commissioned renowned artists to transform seven halls across the Northern Rivers into site-specific works in response to the unique narrative of the halls and their community. This March, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery and Grafton Regional Gallery will each present an exhibition celebrating this project.
The Northern Rivers Community Gallery exhibition will showcase the work produced at two of the halls; Land to Vale a film by H.W. Collective who worked with Meerschaum Vale Hall in the Ballina Shire and 20th Birthday Party; a performance based work by Spaghetti Circus, Roundabout Theatre and designer and director Joey Ruigrok van der Werven at Broadwater Rileys Hill Hall in the Richmond Valley.
Tweed Regional Gallery will focus on the 102-year-old tale of Tumbulgum Hall as told by Opera Queensland in their original production Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever. The major performing arts company focused on the halls connection to the river, creating a musical journey that led audiences into the next world and onto forever.
Grafton Regional Gallery will present the work of local Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker, who transformed Eatonsville Hall through a large-scale immersive installation. Inspired by the underlying Indigenous history and as a meeting place for the hall community, the work offers a space to reflect on the many histories of the hall.
Northern Rivers Community Gallery | March 1 – March 26
Official Opening 2 March 5:30pm
Tweed Regional Gallery | 17 February – 21 May
Official Opening 3 March 6:00pm
Grafton Regional Gallery | 29 March – 7 May
Official Opening 31 March 5:00pm
For further information visit artsnorthernrivers.com.au