Artists on Tour

Voices of Palmerston

Voices of Palmerston started with a simple idea from the City of Palmerston – to capture and share local stories of everyday people living, working and playing in Palmerston. To help find these diverse and rich voices, the Council invited Artback NT to connect local artists from our Artists on Tour program with the community. From this evolved three projects: The Memory Archive, Tall tales and a cuppa and Snap, Stories.

Here at Artback NT we believe everyone has a story to tell and we are proud to partner with the City of Palmerston to share the diverse voices of Palmerston.

The Memory Archive is an intimate storytelling and photography series created by playwright Sarah Hope. Getting to know the various characters at the Terrace Gardens aged care facility in Palmerston, Sarah used music to jog memory and story. From these conversations, Sarah has created a rich archive of memory and moments. Sarah Hope worked with five incredible individuals Rudolf Bikie, Joyce Jaburru, Valerie Bridle, Christine Kapitula and Jacqui Ash. These sessions have evolved into a podcast and portrait series.

Tall tales and a cuppa was developed by playwright and storyteller Gail Evans over a number of months, as she spent time with individuals from two senior’s groups in Palmerston, the 50+ Club and Mulligas and Cudjeries. Anne Marie Leutwiler, Mark Hunter, Edwin Cross, Phillip Quall, Ann Brown, John ‘Sambo’ Damaso shared the journeys that have led them to here and now. These intimate one on one conversations provided a unique opportunity to share and learn about how Palmerston has changed over the decades and the communities of people that have shaped it. From this, a booklet has been created to bring their dialogues together.

Snap, Stories was a storytelling project developed Artback NT’s former Communications Manager Jess Ong and Project Coordinator Eve Pawlik for the City of Palmerston’s Harmony Day event on the 1st of April 2017. Using audio, art play and a pop-up photo booth people explored their relationships with Harmony Day in Palmerston.