THE CHANNON HALL: Rena Woolbank from The Channon Hall committee is working alongside visual artist Craig Walsh as part of the If These Halls Could Talk project.
THE CHANNON HALL: Rena Woolbank from The Channon Hall committee is working alongside visual artist Craig Walsh as part of the If These Halls Could Talk project. Cathryn McLauchlan

Channon Hall artist keen for unexpected

VISUAL artist Craig Walsh is looking forward to embracing "the unexpected" when working on the If These Halls Could Talk project.

Mr Walsh is working alongside The Channon Hall committee to deliver a work that is inspired by the unique story of the hall.

"Letting those ideas from the community manifest in a way they probably haven't thought about or seen before ... it's unexpected, it's exciting" he said.

"There's a local knowledge that far exceeds what I know about the place, so that informs the project.

"It just works very well as a collaboration."

Community consultant on The Channon Hall committee, Rena Woolbank, said this large-scale project would bring attention to The Channon.

"There's a lot of community projects happening at The Channon ... this will be a great focus point to get them highlighted," she said.

"We want (the hall) to be a place where the community can go to create art.

"This project is just a great thing to be a part of."

CEO for Arts Northern Rivers Peter Wood said he's looking forward to seeing Mr Walsh's interests taking shape in the If These Halls Could Talk project.

"He does a lot of project work," Mr Wood said.

"So he'll put projections onto hillsides, trees or halls to tell a story ... he finds a really interesting way of telling that story and the history of that community."

Mr Walsh's recent projects include a residency and collaboration with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara, Western Australia, and a resulting solo exhibition in 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

There will be a Show and Tell at The Channon Hall on March 6 to allow the community to contribute their stories and memorabilia about the hall.

Tomorrow's featured team working on the halls project will be Bonalbo hall with media artist Grayson Cooke.



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