the CORRIDOR project 2016


An exhibition of visual and performance art, by a group of regionally based artists, interpreting traditional Cool Burning methodologies in Australia with fire as a focus. The launch will include traditional dance, a COOL BURN demonstration, and sky story interpretations. 

Launch: Saturday April 23, 11.30am - Guest speakers- Larry Towney (Central Tablelands Local Land Services) - Fire Workshops, Diane Nicholls (Traditional Owner) - Traditional Practices in Cape York

Exhibition dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2016

Time: 11am - 3pm Daily Where: 2997 Darby's Falls Road, Wyangala - the CORRIDOR project

Contact: Phoebe Cowdery on 0413 910 697 Bring a picnic as it is located 30km from town or make a booking COOL BURN exhibition- EVENTBRITE

APRIL 23rd - Cowra-Cabonne Science Hub Presentation

April 23rd- 7.00pm-8.30pm ’Sacred Landscapes’ and how they may also function as astronomical observatories, including a introduction to astronomy program “Stellarium” presented by Trevor Leaman MSc in Astronomy at the CORRIDOR project rsvp: Age Of Fishes <> or

BIO: Trevor Leaman

Trevor Leaman is a member of the Australian Indigenous Astronomy Group, established by Dr Duane Hamacher. He is also a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities & Languages, UNSW, researching the astronomical traditions of the Wiradjuri people of central NSW under the supervision of Dr Duane Hamacher (Monash) and Prof Stephen Muecke (UNSW). In a past life he earned diplomas in civil & mechanical engineering, degrees in biology & forest ecology, and more recently earned his MSc in astronomy, which included a major project examining the astronomy of the Aboriginal people near Ooldea, South Australia. He has also worked as an astronomy educator at Ayres Rock Resort, Launceston Planetarium, and Sydney Observatory.

Presentation Overview:

The Wiradjuri people of central New South Wales represent the largest Aboriginal language group in the state, and second largest in Australia, encompassing lands beyond Lake Cargelligo & Griffith to the west, Bathurst & Lithgow to the east, Dubbo to the north & Wagga Wagga & Albury to the south. Having close similarities to their neighbours, such as the Kamilaroi & Ngemba/Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri culture is rich in astronomical knowledge and traditions. However, little of this astronomical knowledge has been adequately recorded or studied. The Wiradjuri Astronomy Project draws upon the available literature, museum and library archives, artworks, and ethnographic and archaeological studies, to record Wiradjuri astronomical knowledge and, with community involvement & participation, help pass it on to future generations.

This presentation will focus on ‘Sacred Landscapes’ and how they may also function as astronomical observatories. In some northern hemisphere cultures, prominent geological features in the landscape were used as ‘horizon’ calendars to observe the movements of the Sun and Moon. Here, I will explore the hypothesis that the Wiradjuri people were using similar methods to observe not only the Sun’s and Moon’s path along the eastern and western horizons but also the seasonal re-appearance of stars and constellations of major cultural significance.

As an adjunct to the talk, I will also briefly discuss how ‘Stellarium’, the same computer program used in this study, can also be used as an educational package for teaching Wiradjuri Astronomy in schools throughout Wiradjuri country. A Wiradjuri artist has already been commissioned to work on the constellation art for this project.

After the formal presentations, we will go outside to observe some important stars and constellations of the Wiradjuri night sky using a laser pointer, then zoom in with a telescope to have a closer look at a couple of planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies visible at this time of year.

Supported by the Cowra-Cabonne Science Hub and Inspiring Australia Sydney University:

Members include: Cowra Council, Cabonne Council, Cowra NRM, Local Schools, Age of Fishes Museum Canowindra, the CORRIDOR project. 

the CORRIDOR project in 2014-16............

SILOS PROJECT:  Design Workshops facilitated by Designer Joey Ruigrok, Architect Dylan Gower and Designer Phoebe Cowdery,  partnered with Arts Out West,  supported by Arts NSW. Local students began design orientated studio work in drawing and model making,  the results by Stages 2-3 we're fantastic.... go to instagram: silosproject or web:,  showing images of students sculpting and drawing. 

SILOS Workshops for Stage 1 were with Video installation Artist Craig Walsh, Writer Donna Abela, mentoring local writers, photographers and creatives involved in this inspiring project.  We are hugely grateful to Arts NSW for supporting this project financially,  in the first phase of the project.  Fingers crossed for the next funding rounds as this project is reliant on funding as to its success by way of philanthropic, government, and most importantly the tireless energy and involvement the community has engaged in to date.

VISUAL ART WORKSHOPS IN 2014: the CORRIDOR project: is facilitating 8 workshops in 2014 led by a group of professional artists from the Central West who all have a vast platform of teaching experience in Painting, Drawing, Letterpress, Printmaking, and Sculpture. This group includes, Tim Winters, Ken Hutchinson, Genevieve Carroll, Bill Mosely, Heather Vallance, and Jo Marais.

Enquires please contact the CORRIDOR Project Coordinator Phoebe Cowdery on 0423 484415 to be sent information on the workshops.

the CORRIDOR project: hosted Key Presenters and local stakeholders for the FUTURES FORUM COWRA held in Cowra on April 28th 2014, this networking evening provided a stepping off point for speakers to socialise with other like minded colleagues,  prior to the Conference. w: 2014 Futures Forum. 

the CORRIDOR Project: has just hosted the Sydney Conservatorium of Music...on their Great Western Tour in the Central West NSW. What a talented group of Brass musicians, along with a drummer in tow. David Miller AM has been touring these wonderful ensembles from theConservatoruim to the Central West for many years. The contribution they bring to communities and students both primary/ secondary within the region, is appreciated by many locals. 

the CORRIDOR Project Visual Art Workshops: with Painter Genevieve Carroll....This exciting course is designed to create a stimulating enjoyable and creative environment while painting in the landscape where you can learn skills to develop your painting approach with innovative compositional techniques that lead to a confidence in constructing a landscape painting. Congratulations to Genevieve for being the recipient of the Central West Regional Art award,  her wonderful painting is currently represented in the 2014 Calleen at the Cowra Regional Gallery. Genevieve and her husband Bill Mosely artist/photographer run Hill End Press.