$100,000 for digital showcase of Lismore Quadrangle's Indigenous heritage

Published 10 September 2018
Talk to Me Heritage Grant Professor Norm Sheehan (right), Director of the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples with NSW State Member for Lismore Thomas George and The Quad Placemaking Manager Marisa Snow.

A $100,000 Heritage Near Me grant will deliver a large-scale digital work by Craig Walsh in the Lismore Quadrangle, providing a multi-sensory experience of Bundjalung language, history and story, with Southern Cross University's Indigenous school helping to research and record stories of the site's significant Elders.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me Local Strategic Project funding would go towards the Talk to Me project, a headline feature of the 2019 Quadrangle program.

“The Quadrangle site is heritage-listed due to the Lismore Library and Conservatorium of Music’s buildings being the original site of the Lismore High School.

“Using 3D animations projected on the Quadrangle buildings, digital artist Craig Walsh will work closely with Southern Cross University’s Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples to research and record stories of significant Elders who attended the original school,” Mr George said.

The event is free and will run for multiple days with a dedicated opening ceremony and celebration of Bundjalung culture on the first night.

The Quad is a new cultural precinct located in Lismore which connects Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore City Library, and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.

The activation of the Quad as Lismore's creative playground is a strategic partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council.

Helping communities to conserve and share their local heritage is a key feature of the Heritage Near Me Local Heritage Strategic Projects funding stream. Priority is given to projects that are collaborative and multi-disciplinary, support long term sustainability through the transfer of skills, knowledge and experience, address an identified community need and increase awareness of local heritage values.

Media contact: Sharlene King 0429 661 349 or scumedia@scu.edu.au