big LITTLE histories of Canowindra OCt 19th-21st - 2018

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Event times at the Railway Precinct

FRI 19th October - 6.30pm 

SAT 20th October - 11.00am-3.00pm

OPENING SAT 20th October - 6.30pm-10.00pm

SUN 21st October - 10.00am-12.00pm

A multi art-form event that interweaves four significant local histories, including Devonian, First Nation, Agricultural, and Bushranger. The event will continue a legacy of innovative material developed for public interest for the Canowindra, Cowra, Grenfell Historical Societies, Age of Fishes Museum, and National Sound Archives ACT.

These histories will be linked through a community event whilst activating one of Canowindra's most significant historical precincts.  Site specific works include multi-media projections, installation, soundscape, multi-artform,  and Indigenous language. The event will be staged as a non linear installation with performance between Canowindra Silos, Canowindra Historical Museum, Age of Fishes Museum, Swinging Bridge and Royal Hotel.

Research in consultation with the Canowindra Historical Museum has resulted in local history material being collected during the Silos Project ( during the past four years. This engagement has been key to proposed and future community collaborations activating the Railway precinct in Canowindra.

Canowindra's community are passionate about telling their stories,  this has led to the creative team producing a significant compilation of documented, local oral histories, working closely with community stakeholders that reflects a rich variety of viewpoints illustrated through a range contemporary multi art-forms. Community participation is central to both the making and experiencing of the performance.

Dylan Gower Director of the CORRIDOR project said “the Heritage Activation grant will provide a dynamic example of how regional railway infrastructure can be repurposed as part of a Masterplan currently developed for the precinct. This event will bring new audiences and creative excellence to the Central West.”


Craig Walsh's multi-site projections will be presented at the Canowindra railway precinct, with oral stories, and historical imagery. A choreographed agricultural based dance called the Shearers Ballet led by Alison Plevey with collaboration by artist Phoebe Cowdery will accompany the projections.


Led by community historian Craig Lawler, a number of installations based on local oral history and soundscape recordings will be located at historic sites including Blind Freddies' Bushranger tours, Gaskill Street shops, and the Canowindra Historic Society Coach Master cottage. 

First nation

Wiradjuri artist Aleshia Lonsdale will lead on creating an installation exploring First Nation history. Collaboration with Craig Walsh who will inform part of the audio visual content for projection located at Canowindra Silos precinct. Soundscapes will occur around the Silos precinct.

devonian fossil

Craig Walsh will build on his existing relationship with Age of Fishes Museum to produce a second animation for BLHOC - the Mandageria Fairfaxi - the NSW State fossil fish. Craig's hugely successful animated "Grossi" projection in 2015, located into the Belubula River at Canowindra's famed Swinging Bridge can be viewed at the Age of Fishes Museum. The proposed Mandageria Fairfaxi animated model will move naturally and make its appearance in unlikely locations. Local musicians will engage audiences with numerous histories throughout the two day event.


Presented by: the CORRIDOR project: 0413 910697

Curators: Phoebe Cowdery + Aleshia Lonsdale + Craig Lawler + Alison Plevey + Craig Walsh 

Choreography: Alison Plevey

Music: Mary-ann Wright + Chloe & Jason Roweth, Pascale Stendell, John Bourke, Will Bennett, Nerida Cuddy.

Site Design/logistics: Dylan Gower + Genevieve Blanchett

Local contributing visual, performance artists and designers include Heather Vallance, Kate Barclay, David Isbester, Phoebe Cowdery, Aleshia Lonsdale, Beatrice Murray, Rebecca Dowling, Genevieve Carroll, Dylan Gower, Bill Moseley, John Daly, Norm Palazzi, Larry Walsh, Oli Statham, Matt Davies, Claire Liversidge, Mila Gower,  Lilly Wright.

Oral Histories: Julia Andrews, Kate Barclay, Phoebe Cowdery, John Daly, Alison Plevey,  Patrick Nolan, Craig Walsh

Thanks to our Partners and Supporters: Office of Environment and Heritage - Heritage Near Me, Create NSW, Arts Out West, Canowindra Historical Society and Museum, Baroquefest 2018, Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra, Cowra, Grenfell communities. stories, heritage sites, creative collaboration, experimental arts and community events.


Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Create NSW and Heritage Near Me.