Song and Story
Song and Story was a project created for the 2019 Peninsula Summer Music festival (Ben Opie Artistic Director). The work was developed with artists from Baluk Arts and took place at Whistlewood Gallery run by Susan McCulloch.
Song and Story is a collaboration between musicians Stephanie Arnold, James Henry and visual artists Lisa Waup, Dominic White and Bob Kelly. The three visual artists are part of Baluk Arts an Urban Aboriginal Community Arts Centre based on the Peninsula. Using recorded interview fragments from interviews conducted by Stephanie, the work weaves the voices of the three artists describing their influences and artistic practice alongside pre-recorded and live music by Stephanie and James. The performances took place in the beautiful Whistlewood Gallery owned by Susan McCulloch where art works by Lisa Waup, Dominic White and Bob Kelly were displayed throughout allowing the audience to be surrounded by both the voices and work of the artists simultaneously.
Between each of these stories, was a performance of movements of a song written by James Henry telling the story of how the Ibis had to leave its breeding grounds of Narran Lakes to come to Sydney to find food.