COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery Grants Program
During 2020, Vicki Hallett was successful in obtaining a COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery Grants Program from the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG). This Grant was designed to enable artists to continue working on their Art during a time where the World was locked-down due to CoVid-19 and local restrictions.
The aim of the project was to research and develop the Barwon Listening project, a site-specific sound exploration project using hydrophone and microphones to record the air, water and ground sounds of the Barwon River, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Cultural engagement linked with the observation and documentation to create a respectful connection country and the voice of the River.
The recording of sounds, documenting, researching, gathering of content and knowledge concerning cultural significance alongside traditional owners consultation is this initial phase of the Barwon Listening Project. The sounds recorded by Vicki Hallett using hydrophones and microphones from the air, date and ground which documenting and observing the River. Research, content, data and sound processing and studio work were in the artist’s studio. Initial consultation with Corrina Eccles of the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners occurred and continued learning from and engaging with traditional owners to connect to country and cultural heritage was vital to the project for the future creation of appropriated art. Project snap shots were accessible online via a variety of platforms such as websites, streaming activities and social media. The Grant enabled the Vicki Hallett to develop the Barwon Listening project during these locked down times and continue working towards the creation of new works and collaborative projects including those with Dr Ros Bandt.
This project is supported by the City of Greater Geelong
through its ‘COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage
Recovery Grants Program’