CASP stories: Mitchell Conservatorium Salvaged Sounds
Funding outcomes: People of mixed age and ability have been creating musical instruments out of found and salvaged materials at Lithgow’s Mitchell Conservatorium over nine weeks of workshops.
The program was funded through the 2018 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP),
CASP is a key regional arts funding program for NSW which provides support to employ artists in locally initiated arts and cultural projects. The aim is to provide access to arts activities for regional communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the region and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.
Rain-makers made out of piping and grain, pots and pans hanging from play equipment, the world’s largest xylophone… All of these random items have been put together to create something magical.
The community workshops have covered working with unusual materials, creative ways of making sounds and rehearsing for a performance.
Since February 7, presenters Martyn Cook, Kerry Davies and Andrew Davies have been working with a group of around 10 participants to collect junk, old and damaged instruments to create sound effects for a story the group wanted to tell.
The presenters worked collaboratively with participants to create rhythms and melodies that soothe, inspire and illuminate, according to Mr Braithwaite.
Participants from Uniting Care helped create the sound effects while teachers read out a story about a burglar in a stormy night.
The Mitchell Conservatorium collaborated with Lithgow City Council and received Country Arts Support Program funds to run the project.
A showcase performance of Salvaged Sounds will take place on 12noon Thursday April 11 at the Mitchell Conservatroium at 4 Wylde St, Lithgow.
The 2020 round of the Country Arts Support Program will open on May 27, 2019 and close on July 29, 2019.
You will need to speak to your regional arts development organisation (Arts OutWest in the NSW Central West) prior to submitting an application.