Partnering with schools and community groups including White Gum Valley Primary School, Hilton Primary School, Fremantle Primary School and SHAC, Habitats and Homes is a visual exploration of the future of native animal lives in the Fremantle area, Western Australia.
Young people tackled tactile design processes and digital technology to generate visual understandings of the future. The workshops culminate in a series of live projection events screening outdoors around the centre and suburbs of Fremantle.
WA Wildlife (ex Native ARC) is a key partner in the project supporting a healing connection to local environments and the animals that live next door to us.
Capturing the reflections of young people in Fremantle and sharing their visions for the future, H&H considers wild neighbourhoods and finds out who calls what and where home.
The project and the Festival were cancelled in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since restrictions eased, all partners wanted to see the project proceed and to broaden its reach to share the opportunity with more local students and community members for the 10 Nights in Port Festival 2021.
During the pandemic students in Fremantle have experienced a lack of connection with their community, isolation and family stress.
The project provided 10 weeks of enriching, inspiring creative collaboration for both students and teachers, with experiences built around exploring the local environment. It also capitalised on one of the few positives of the shutdown, the noticeable increase in wildlife, and particularly bird, activity in the area. This project offers a chance for students to notice and appreciate the significance of this change.
Creative workshops were led by multi-disciplinary artists including Rachel Riggs – shadow puppetry, Roly Skender- Frankensound -projections, Mikaela Miller – visual art nature, Tyrown Waigana – visual art caricatures and Rebecca Riggs-Bennett – sound scape.
Fremantle Festival: 10 Nights in Port exists to strengthen and build connections in the community. The program is site-specific, responds to Fremantle’s identity, and provides opportunities for community participation
With thanks to Ofa Fotu and the City of Fremantle arts & events team