BONALBO HALL: Media artist and scholar Grayson Cooke will work alongside the Bonalbo Hall committee, including community engagement officer and artist Marion Conrow, as part of If These Halls Could Talk.
BONALBO HALL: Media artist and scholar Grayson Cooke will work alongside the Bonalbo Hall committee, including community engagement officer and artist Marion Conrow, as part of If These Halls Could Talk. Cathryn McLauchlan

Bonalbo is a small town, but it’s full of stories

SCHOLAR and media artist Grayson Cooke will bring his knowledge of media art and audio-visual performance to Bonalbo Hall.

Associate Professor Cooke is working alongside Marion Conrow on the If These Halls Could Talk project.

Ms Conrow is the community engagement officer at Bonalbo Hall and she is also a media artist.

Associate Professor Cooke is based in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University.

He has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo.

Ms Conrow said Bonalbo District Memorial Hall, which is located in the Upper Clarence, west of the Richmond Range, was full of character and history.

"The large retro hall that now stands has natural light, a sprung dance floor, huge stage, a technology centre and cafe and is set within a beautiful memorial rose garden," Ms Conrow wrote to the If These Halls Could Talk project team.

"What is special about Bonalbo is that its community communicates by landline or by dropping by your house; most don't have mobiles or computers as there is little to no mobile reception here.

"What is evident is these communities west of the range are doing it tough but yet have the strongest of community feel.

"This community is full of characters, which means the hall has many stories to tell."

There will be a Show and Tell event at Bonalbo Hall on March 12.

It will allow community members the chance to share their stories and memorabilia about the hall with the creative team.

The final team working on the If These Halls Could Talk project is Meerschaum Vale Hall alongside H.W. Collective and Sophie Hexter.



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