If These Halls Could Talk will host four upcoming gallery exhibitions in the Northern Rivers region with the first, Tumbulgum & The Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever at the Tweed Regional Gallery February 17 – May 21 and the official opening on March 3.
Nestled on the banks of the Tweed River, Tumbulgum Hall was built in 1914 and has had a colourful history with many stories to tell. Opera Queensland was commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers to tell the 102-yr-old tale of Tumbulgum Hall resulting in the show Tumbulgum & The Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever. Focusing on stories from the hall and its connection to the river, Opera Queensland, in collaboration with the community, transformed the hall into an other-worldly place to create a fabulous musical journey that took audiences into the next world and into forever.
The exhibition contains extraordinary photographic images, by photographers Darcy Grant and Jules Ober, of the performance and its cast. Also on display is the captivating audio taken from the initial oral interviews with the community and the video both recorded by ABC North Coast.
The official opening by Lindy Hume, Artistic Director, Opera Queensland on March 3 is open to everyone and will commence at 6.30pm.
The Public Program for this exhibition includes:
- An Artist Talk with Craig Walsh, hosted by Peter Wood, Executive Director, Arts Northern Rivers at 11am on Sunday March 5.
Craig Walsh is known for his large-scale work that responds to regional locations and the people who occupy them and this is exactly what Craig did with the local Channon community in the Channon Hall show, With the Grain. The 108 year old iconic hall has been the centre of The Channon village from the days of logging and agricultural industries; to the 1970s first successful anti-logging campaign, which led to the landmark decision to end all rainforest logging in NSW. Craig said he was most interested in exploring the collective ideals and the shifting perceptions of environment and community which has shaped The Channon, ‘This project has contribution in many forms by many people. It reflects and celebrates an active community who have a long history of collective action’.
- The Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir performing original songs from the Tumbulgum Hall production at 2pm on Sunday April 2.
Image | Darcy Grant