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Old is New, New is Old, 2023

Old is New, New is Old

Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum
New Artworks through Object Activation

Through contemporary art practices, social engagement, and object activations, the Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum had collection items brought to life by visiting artists, local artists, and community members.

Narrandera’s social history has been reinterpreted in ways to surprise and engage visitors. You can hear humorous stories of the past; see collection items through movement; listen to a song; and watch the weather patterns through lighting.

Many people collaborated to bring these new artworks to life and tell the stories of Narrandera in different ways.

Sunita Bala with Barbara Bryon and Julie Briggs. Additional voices Voices: Barbara Bryon, Barry Royal, Beau Johnson-Bryon, Bradley Egan, Briana Bryon, Brigitte Stanton, Bruce Waters, Calum Clapham-Eldridge, Chris Briggs, Dexter Briggs, Fortesque, Gary Angel, Garry Stanton, Gay Shute, Grahame Lonnie, Jo Eadie, Julie Briggs, Layla Bacayo, Liam Terry, Lindee Russell, Mathew Daymond, Nerelle Daly, Michael Lyons, Mike Smith, Neville Kschenka, Pam Lonnie, Reuben Zeh, Steve Wicker, Sue Killham, Sunita Bala, Ted Schulz, Terry Davies, Vince Stead, Zeb Schulz.

Diane Busuttil with Bebe Halyday, Doreen Angrove, Eve Webb, Holly McEwan, Julie Briggs, Lindee Russell.

Sarah Penicka-Smith, With One Voice Riverina whose members include: Peter Anthony*, Eiley Armida*, Jean Bevan*, Samantha Bell*, Christine Duncan*, Shannon Harrison*, Tim Hills* Ann Hunt*, Sue Kilham, Elsie Korhonen, Jay Korhonen, Zooey Korhonen, Barbara Kruger-Davis, Ben Kschenka*, Tracey Lewis, Simonne Lelievre*, Ethan Pressad, Sarah Smith*, Daisy Walsh, Elizabeth Walsh*, Libby Williams* (singers with an asterisk appear on the recording).

Nick Wishart with assistance from Hedge, Michael Petchkovsky, Steve Wicker.


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Sunita Bala

Sunita Bala is a mid-career, socially engaged artist focused on original, experimental, multi art form making that specialises in inclusive practices that inspire community to use the arts to engage in innovation, critical thinking and advocacy. Based in the Northern Rivers, Sunita’s engagement in the arts has spanned over 10 years, both nationally and internationally. She is President
of Lismore based post disability arts company Realartworks, creative facilitator at the experimental and inclusive arts, technology and media centre SeeSpace and is engaged with the University Centre of Rural Health to deliver the Art Based Compassion Focused Training (ABCFT) Project with Indigenous communities and health care professionals.

Diane Busuttil

Diane Busuttil is a dance artist, educator, and filmmaker whose work is recognised in Australia and internationally. In 2000, after studying BODY at the International Women’s University in Germany, she relocated to Berlin and toured major dance and theatre festivals in Germany, Asia, USA and Europe with various leading dance and theatre companies. Her experimental short films, including screendance works, have toured to over thirty international film festivals. After returning to Australia in 2015, she made her first documentary, Without Consent, then in 2020 made Together We Dance produced by FORM Dance Projects. In 2021 she completed a one-minute short film, Seen. In 2018, Diane founded Creative Caring, bringing dance and music interventions to seniors.

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Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith

Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith is a unique and innovative voice in Australian music. Currently, Sarah holds the positions of Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of River City Voices, Head of Creative Arts at St Andrew’s College, Principal Conductor with the Macquarie Singers & Macquarie Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Pacific Pride Choir. She founded the Lifehouse Volunteer Orchestra, bringing music to patients and their families at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. As an alumna of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera, Sarah made her international debut in Dallas in 2018. Sarah is a versatile, perceptive, and a passionate advocate for music as a force for change.

Vic McEwan

Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of the Cad Factory and an interdisciplinary artist working with sound, video, photography, installation, and performance. With an interest in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within lived experience, Vic is the first artist to receive a practice-led PhD through the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. Throughout his career he has created dozens of multi-arts outcomes that engage with the intricacies of contemporary arts practice while contributing to broader conversations about the role that the arts can play within our communities. He has been awarded multiple fellowships and awards and has toured work nationally and internationally.

Moving Through Time

Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum
Saturday 2 September 2023, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Join Sydney dance artist Diane Busuttil for a tea party to connect with local history and to reimagine the Parkside Cottage Museum objects in abstract ways. Your participation will be part of a new video artwork that will become a permanent museum item. Come along for a fun morning of conversation, movement, storytelling and cake!

Old is New, New is Old Launch

Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum

Saturday 25 November 2023, 7:30pm - 9pm

Join artists Diane Busuttil, Nick Wishart, Sarah Penicka-Smith Sunita Bala and Vic McEwan as they share new artworks inspired by objects in the museum made in collaboration with Narrandera artists and community members. With One Voice Riverina will debut a new original song, DJ Lay-da-Best will perform and their will be artist talks.

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Enjoy 'Narrandera like a Local' at Home!

Download the audio walk booklet, scan the QR codes and listen to this artwork.

This project is a partnership between Narrandera Shire Council, Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum and the Cad Factory. This project was supported by the NSW Government through

Create NSW.

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