I Heart Bagot Festival 2014

As the Producer I worked with the Bagot Community Council and various groups in Bagot towards creating a Festival that reflected the community, builds capacity and connects with the broader community. 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. 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 decided to occupy a house in Bagot which was open to the community during the Festival. The house hosted a history exhibition, the Yarnheart exhibition and the Bagot my Home installation. It also was where you could meet the elders and sit under a tree and have a cuppa. 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. I Heart Bagot featured the Walking Neighbourhood once again, as well as some new events such as YarnHeart which called for handmade hearts from across Australia. There were self guided History Paths with an audio and visual experience as well as sports, art and craft markets and great music from around Australia over the weekend! Kieren Sanderson – Original Concept, Producer and Community Artworker