Karen Hadfield, Artistic Director of Adelaide Fringe 2004, initiated the project to create an event that is socially, economically and geographically inclusive and thereby extend the scope of community involvement. Through the project, the Fringe aims to give a voice to the refugees and asylum seekers in our community; a community that does not have access to the event, but that can have a vital presence through their art and stories and reach an extraordinary amount of people.
It is important to note the project is not only about the public outcome. It is about the process. At this stage in the planning however, the actual outcomes will be determined to some degree by discussions and dialogue between the Fringe; the artists in residence and the needs and interests of those who choose to participate in the project from the Baxter Detention Centre.
To summarise Hearsay is a four part project:
Part one - Community consultation:
Artistic Director, Karen Hadfield, and Rebecca Pearce (Hearsay project coordinator) met with the Manager and Service Coordinator of Baxter to obtain permission to conduct the project within Baxter (establish accessibility to the centre for workshop period) and to discuss the scope of project.
Part two - Workshops:
A series of workshops will be held beginning in September 2003 until February 2004. The artists together with Project Coordinator and Artistic Director will meet with the residents of the Baxter Detention Centre to discuss ideas and concepts for this project in September 2003. The arts forms for the workshops and final artwork are yet to be determined. The first of these workshops will be to explore various art forms, techniques, skills sharing and find a structure that best facilitates the creation of the final art work and inform the shape, direction and outcome of the project. It is important that the parameters are not restrictive and the brief not proscriptive at this early stage of the project's development, thus allowing more creative input and direction from the participants. The management at Baxter will be providing a permanent studio at the Detention Centre for use during the project. It is envisaged that the residents will be able to use this space to continue work on their piece's between the artist's visits.
Part Three -Installation:
Work will continue on the final art work and subsequent refinements of the work will be made. The art work will be transported to Adelaide from Baxter and exhibited in a non traditional arts space. It is an important aspect of the project that the work should be as accessible to the public as possible. This will be somewhat determined by the actual piece that is produced by the artists and residents but it is envisaged that the work will be installed in a prominent outdoor space. Lighting will be installed to give the piece a night time presence.
Part four - Exhibition:
Art work will be exhibited from February 20th to March 14th 2004, for the duration of Adelaide Fringe 2004.