HOME letters at night as seen in The Home Project. Image by Salvador Castro, and artwork by Karla Dickens.
HOME letters at night as seen in The Home Project. Image by Salvador Castro, and artwork by Karla Dickens. Contributed

Art installation in Prague holds stories from Winsome Hotel

STORIES, scenes, images and interviews from the iconic Lismore building the Winsome have made it into the international arena as part of an art installation in Prague.

The HOME Project is one of just eight Australian works to be selected to feature in the Australian Pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial of Design Space (PQAU), the world's largest scenography event.

The HOME Project was a three-year creative and research partnership between NORPA, Southern Cross University and The Winsome Hotel/Lismore Soup Kitchen exploring the nature of homelessness in the Northern Rivers.

It invited the perspectives and stories of people in our community experiencing homelessness (as well as those who weren't) asking what the concept of 'home' meant to them.

At the same time the project is presented in Prague to an international audience as a large scale audio-visual installation, it will be simultaneously displayed by NORPA at the Lismore City Hall.

The HOME Project is a collection of intriguing interviews, performances, event footage, audio-visual material music and soundscapes collected over three years and pieced together by 2013 Project Director Bronwyn Purvis and artist Karla Dickens.

In her artist statement, Ms Dickens said the theme of 'home' flooded her with visual images.

"I have always wrestled with the idea of a home on many levels," she said. "What is a home? A roof, a river, a sky, country, belonging, memories, an abstract nest. Hope.

"Earlier this year my home became a roof and four walls that were closing in.

"In a struggle with social conformity I realised no matter what a birds flight entailed, a nest was needed. A safe resting place.

"The Winsome is a safe resting place, a watering hole, a feeding bowl, a large communal nest."

PQAU curator Anna Tregloan said she was immediately attracted to The HOME Project for the way it celebrates a place and building as something that can be reinvented.

"I was impressed by the way a place that has played an important part in a community can change in its purpose but remain essential."

 

Fast facts

Friday, June 19, from 6pm to 8pm. NORPA at Lismore City Hall

Free Event. NORPA will be serving hot soup on the night - all donations will go to Lismore Soup Kitchen.



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