Stories of Eatonsville Hall to be celebrated through art
YAEGL woman, painter and installation artist Frances Belle Parker will be working alongside Eatonsville locals as part of the If These Halls Could Talk Project.
Ms Parker is deeply inspired by her mother’s land and the island in the Clarence River that her mother grew up on, Ulgundahi Island.
She won the Blake Prize in 2000, making her the youngest ever winner and the first indigenous recipient in the prize’s history.
Ms Parker will be working alongside Marty Williams, who nominated Eatonsville Hall for the project.
“The Eatonsville Hall is a reminder of the colourful history of this location and a hub for community members to get together for all reasons and seasons,” Mr Williams wrote to the If These Halls Could Talk project team.
“It has seen many dances, dinners, markets, fundraisers, weddings, welcomes and farewells and has been the meeting place of progress associations, sporting clubs and church groups.
“The recently formed committee is seeing a revitalisation of activities in the hall as new energy moves into the area and the older residents come back to the wonderful building.”
Eatonsville Hall committee members have invited the community along to a Show and Tell via a Facebook post.
“Meet the artist who will be turning the charm and history of the hall into an art piece,” they wrote.
“Share your stories and enjoy a barbecue, a drink and good company.”
The event will be held at Eatonsville Hall on February 27. The hall is located on the hilltop, in the centre of the village, on Orara St.
Read about the collaboration between The Channon Hall and artist Craig Walsh in tomorrow’s paper.