17 February 2017

If These Halls Could Talk | A Series of Exhibitions

If These Halls Could Talk ran throughout 2016 and culminated in a season of contemporary arts events held in seven community halls across the Northern Rivers during late 2016. The program featured international and locally renowned artists and creative teams in an ambitious program that traversed performance, installations and film. The artists produced bold and captivating new works to activate the historic spaces giving new life and creating new memories for the halls and their communities. This March, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery and Grafton Regional Gallery will each present an exhibition celebrating the 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.
March 1 – March 26
Official Opening 2 March 5:30pm
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.
17 February – 21 May
Official Opening 3 March 6:00pm
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.
29 March – 7 May
Official Opening 31 March 5:00pm
Images | Darcy Grant
Kate Holmes and Jules Ober