Private Posts is a multi-layered Community Arts and Cultural Development project created by Project pARTners and managed in partnership with Beyond Empathy.
Private Posts is an interactive community art installation that explores the private regrets and recollections of Armidale people and translates them into a shared community story and bold collaborative art installation.
Through its development and in its final outcome, the artwork builds connection, personal reflection and healing.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
Individuals in the Community create postcards, with the opening line “I wish I’d told you…” Art materials, and postcard templates are provided in a pop-up art space or can be downloaded online. Recollections or regrets are composed in private and are sent anonymously.
SHARING ONLINE & IN PUBLIC SPACES
The drawn images or hand-written postcard messages are digitised and shared online, offering a public forum and community connection. The transcribed text and scanned images are projected in community spaces – shop fronts, public walls and garage doors, making the community’s private thoughts visible.
Sophie Masson (New England Writers’ Centre) leads community workshops to develop shared narratives from the postcards. Theatre professionals work with the community, local writers and actors to develop the narratives into ‘portrait’ pieces.
The ‘portrait’ pieces are performed on stage by local and emerging actors directed by professional and emerging directors. They are recorded on film by Jonathon Larsen.
Using the community’s postcards (actual and digitised), artist Jonathon Larsen and video/lighting designer Toby Knyvett create an immersive installation incorporating soundscape and video projections on floor-to-ceiling paper walls at New England Regional Art Museum.
An evolving web page, Instagram and Facebook presence will digitally mirror the project process and recreate the final installation experience for greater access.