MEERSCHAUM VALE: H.W Collective co-founder Sophie Hexter (middle) will work with Josephine Saunders (left) and Debbie Clements (right) to create an artistic work for Meerschaum Vale Hall.
MEERSCHAUM VALE: H.W Collective co-founder Sophie Hexter (middle) will work with Josephine Saunders (left) and Debbie Clements (right) to create an artistic work for Meerschaum Vale Hall. Cathryn McLauchlan

Artistic project to honour memories of Meerschaum Vale

THE final artistic team working on the If These Halls Could Talk project is Meerschaum Vale Hall with artists Sophie Hexter and Poppy Walker, the co-founders of H.W Collective.

H.W Collective makes films, from narratives to documentaries to commercial projects.

Ms Walker and Ms Hexter co-wrote and directed the short narrative film Hitch and short documentary The Battle.

The Battle was selected for Flickerfest's 2016 documentary competition.

Ms Walker established Propeller Pictures to create social justice documentary films including Not So Straight, Sophat and Nasear and Bright Day.

Ms Hexter works internationally as a stylist, writer and director.

She scripted the four-part documentary TV series The Closet Tales of Australia Fashion and has worked in development as a writer and consultant on various TV documentary and narrative film scripts.

Josephine Saunders from the Meerschaum Vale Hall committee said there would be a lot to talk about when reflecting on the hall's history.

"The first settlers who walked from Meerschaum Vale to Casino and back to register their cedar-covered land," she wrote to the If These Halls Could Talk team.

"The excitement when she was built by the community over 100 years ago.

"The fabulous country dances held over the years.

"The sadness, but also pride, behind the gold-lettered honour rolls for the fallen.

"The delicious aromas from her local curry nights."

 

On April 10 there will be a Show and Tell event at the Meerschaum Vale Hall, allowing community members to tell their stories about the hall.

The material gathered at the event will go towards inspiring the artist or artistic teams during the eight month creative development period and inform their final site-specific work.

If These Halls Could Talk is managed by Arts Northern Rivers in conjunction with a steering committee of leading professional arts and cultural development practitioners from around the region.



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