big LITTLE histories of Canowindra  

BLHOC - OCTOBER 20th-21st  2018

A multi art-form event that interweaves four significant local histories, including Devionian, 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 and Age of Fishes Museum.

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.”

Collaborators include International, metropolitan, regional artists, historians, and community.


Craig Walsh's multi-site projections will be presented at the Canowindra railway precinct, with oral stories, and historical imagery. Choreographed agricultural based dance led by Alison Plevey will accompany Walsh's 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 will inform part of the audio visual content for projection located at Canowindra Silos precinct. Soundscapes will occur throughout the town including the Silos precinct, Swinging Bridge and the shops on Canowindra’s famed dog-legged main street, Gaskill Street.

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.


Creative Producers: the CORRIDOR project: 0413 910697

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

Choreography: Alison Plevey

Music: Mary-ann Wright

Site Design/logistics: Dylan Gower + Genevieve Blanchett

Artists: Melissa Barber, Kate Barclay, Genevieve Blanchett, Will Bennett, Genevieve Carroll, Phoebe Cowdery, John Daly, Rebecca Dowling, Aleshia Lonsdale, David Isbester, Bill Moseley, Alison Plevey, Lucie Thorne, Craig Walsh.

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

Partners and Supporters: the CORRIDOR project, Office of Environment and Heritage - Heritage Near Me, CreateNSW, 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.