Thursday, December 14, 2006

$1 Story Shop – for one day only

$1 Story Shop opens for one day only, Saturday December 16 at 50 Melville Street (Between Jimmy’s Skate Shop and B&B Electrical)

Between 11am and 4pm this Saturday, we will install this unique shop in Hobart. Rather than selling anything, we are asking people to share their personal stories about life in Hobart, and in return the $1 story shop will hand over a shiny one dollar coin. Shoppers can sell their thoughts to the project by writing them down in the shop, recording them on video, or simply by talking to us on the day. The shop will be hard to miss, with bright blue letting, boldly advertising the cash offer on the shop’s windows. We hope to be busy all day, swapping dollar coins for revealing, humorous and intimate stories from casual passers-by.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Rudi Seberov MCs Quiz Extravaganza

The write/here project Quiz Extravaganza, held at the Republic bar & Cafe on 30 November was definitely a great night for all. Supported by many friends and generous (and competitive) supporters form the arts community – the winning honours went to a fiercely competitive team of artists led by Mary Scott. Money raised on the night will fund a billboard in North Hobart, 250 elizabeth Street.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Familiar Strangers

Share your story
Asking for responses from Tasmanian viewers...
Do you feel isolated here?
Call +61 (0)438 694 989 and leave a message on voicemail
get your voice heard (and remain anonymous)

Are you reading this blog from interstate or overseas?
Post a comment and tell us about your experience of isolation from the place where you live.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ten Days on the Island 2007 program launched

Image credit – Lynda Warner/ Ten Days on the Island

The write/here project is extremely proud to be included in Ten Days on the Island 2007. Launched in Hobart earlier this week, the program looks fantastic – we can't wait to install and celebrate our project in this prestigious festival next March.

Artistic Director, Elizabeth Walsh:
" In my first edition of Tasmania's international arts festival one of my aims has been to shine a powerful light on us and our creative spirit, promoting our treasures across the globe and inviting artists from other islands to share their stories."

The write/here project has grown in strength and ambition over the last 12 months, with many thanks to Elizabeth, David, Maria and all the staff at Ten Days for their belief and investment in our project.

To surf the program and book tickets, go to

Saturday, November 11, 2006

first workshops address youth voice

As mentioned in an earlier post, our first three workshops have focused on reaching the voice of young people in Hobart. The first workshop was conducted with a group of Visual Communication students at the Tasmanian School of Art in early October with writer Rosie Dub. The narratives written in this workshop focused on relationships with family and notions of an 'island' home. Texts which relied heavily on strong memories and seasonal changes on the island were a recurrent theme. Find a preview of these narratives below:

I hate not being anonymous.

I love how everyone knows everyone.
I hate how everyone knows everyone.

… and for the first time I realised that this small city was different. I don’t think we can refer to ourselves as being part of Australia…

… My dad passed away here. Although he had only lived here for 10 years of his life – and probably didn’t associate himself with here as home – all of my memories of him are associated with him…

Our second workshop focused on a group of younger, creative writing students form Hobart College. These students wrote about their hopes for the future, current concerns of safety, relationships with family and friends, and their hopes and fears of change in Tasmania. Find a preview of these narratives below:

“The place is not important, it’s the people, feelings, who and what you are surrounded by that make a life of a person good or bad in a particular place.

“I hate people with no dreams. They quit schools, quit college, quit jobs… everything is too much effort for them… they hate working and hate studying, not knowing who and what they will be in the next few years.”

“I really want to come back and settle down, start a family, have a well paying job, be happy and in love.
That’s all I want.”

“There’s no shame in a bit of isolation.”

We look forward to our next series of workshops at Risdon Prison in December.

Friday, November 10, 2006

sponsors + supporters update

Working to secure funds for a project budget of well over $100,000 AUS, we are delighted (relieved) to announce that we only have $29,852 AUS to go. With five months to go this might seem like a lot of money to find on a small island, but where there's a will... anyway, we have the write/here project quiz extravaganza coming up later this month. so fingers crossed.

I'd like to provide the following links to indviduals and organisations which are providing finiancial support for the project. A project on this scale would not be posiible without their ongoing suport.
Claude Group, J.Boag & Son, Cascade, Criterion Gallery, Republic Bar & cafe, Hobart Bookshop, Jam Packed Cafe providore, Photolith, Coo'ee Tasmania, Misho + Associates, Morris Nunn + Associates, IXL Design.

RACT confirm site sponsorship

A huge thank you to David Rose at RACT for working on our behalf to secure the support of this prestigious Tasmanian organisation as a site sponsor of the write/here project. RACT have confirmed their support of two billboard sites in the city for the Ten Days on the Island installation. This committment brings to 17, the number of sponsored sites we have secured to date and gets us one step closer to our target of 26 sites in total. Thank you RACT.