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.

"home is where my placenta was buried"

With the help of Tony Waller at the Migrant Resource Centre in Hobart, we held our third writing workshop at Elizabeth College on the 4th of November. We had an incredible response from the students and staff, and would like to thank Ben for his commitment and support for the project. ESL students from around the world, including Sudan, Sierra Leone, Congo, Vietnam and China spent 4 hours responding to questions and discussions relating to notions of place and home. James was supported by Bec Tudor and Isaac Ferguson in what was an engaging, surprising and challenging forum for all. Students responded to the follwing questions;

What were you expectations of Hobart before you arrived, what was your reality?
Can home exist in more than one place?
Where do you consider your home to be?
What do you love/hate about this city?

Here's a preview of some of the responses:

Home is a big word and its really hard to talk about, anyway home is the place where I live now and the place which I love.

Home means the place can bring warm to me. Maybe Shanghai is my first home and Hobart is my second home.

Home is a small unit that forms between people, father, mother and children.

Sometimes when I’m thinking about where I came from I feel so sad and my heart start beating because I left my friends and I left my relatives.

I love Hobart because it has enough food.

I hate Hobart because it hasn’t got jobs.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

welcome to the write/here project

Hello and welcome to the write/here project blog. This collaborative project has been developed over the last eighteen months by Tasmanian-based artists, James Newitt and Justy Phillips. In March 2007, the write/here project will use every advertising billboard in central Hobart to install a city-wide narrative exploring notions of home and relationships to place. These narratives will reveal words recorded by a wide range of people from our community over the last six months. The installation will take the form of a series of text-based narrative posters which will be installed on advertising billboard sites across the city.

This installation will take place as part of the Visual Arts program of the Ten Days on the Island festival, 23 march – 01 April 2007 at 26 sites across the city of Hobart. This project offers a unique opportunity to live without advertising in our city for ten days. Instead we will be confronted with the challenging, poetic, moving and possibly absurd words, written by people who call this place home. The write/here project website is full of information about the history and international context of this project; billboard sites and sponsors; workshop information and posted texts.

We would like to use this space to offer information on project updates and developments, collaborations and funding details, but most of all to use it as a platform to discuss the reasons why we are creating this work.