I Heart Bagot Festival 2014

The Bagot Community’s urban location commands interest and intrigue. Regarded variously as a place in need of development, a place for long grassers, a place of ill health, trouble and crime, a place to go fishing and hunt, a place that used to thrive, a place where inspiring land rights activists used to live – Bagot holds many conflicted lives and meanings.

I Heart Bagot Festival explored two principal concepts – home and reciprocity. Home and Place have been curatorial premises I have been exploring in my work for the last seven years.

Home can mean so many different things to different people.

There is, of course, an old saying that home is where the heart is. In that respect it can indeed be anywhere you are for a longer or shorter period of time, so long as you feel a sense of belonging there, and your heart is in that place at that point in your life’s journey.

I worked with the Bagot Community Council and various groups in Bagot to create a Festival with the community. Together we decided to use a house in Bagot and open it to the public as a gallery and space to share stories and a cuppa during the Festival.

The house hosted:
– the history of Bagot exhibition
– the Yarnheart exhibition. YarnHeart which called for handmade hearts from across Australia.
– the Bagot my Home video installation.

It also was where you could meet the elders and sit under a tree and have a cuppa and it was where the self guided History Paths with an audio and visual experience began.

This was as every home should be, an intimate space which was a safe place for families and children to be, where people could begin conversations and friendships and sit under the trees and chat.  Reciprocity is a universal human quality that is uniquely shaped by cultural practices; reciprocity is a valued exchange. This was a place for exchange.