Monday, 27 October 2014

Self-publishing history in Leeton

Western Riverina Arts will employ artist Louise Cooper to deliver a creative history project in 2014/15 with financial support from the NSW Government through the Regional Creative Ageing Fund.

For Prosperity's Sake is a pilot project that will see Western Riverina Arts (WRA) partner with Leeton community groups, including the Returned Soldiers League, Country Women's Association and Rotary, to deliver a self-publishing project for seniors and also inter-generational schools-based art workshops.

The overall aim is to produce a collaborative oral history archive. The archive will be available online as audio and visual slides, transcribed as individual self-published booklets given to each participant and as a compiled book.

Ms Cooper has run self-publishing workshops in Leeton during 2014, as well as art and craft activities for children and seniors. The final outcome of For Prosperity's Sake will be launched at a public exhibition and screening in May 2015.

"We'd like to hear from you if you're over 60 years old and interested in sharing your story," said Derek Motion, WRA Regional Arts Development Officer.

"To begin the project Louise Cooper will liaise with Sue Gavel from Leeton Rotary, and also meet with representatives from other participating organisations to generate a list of willing participants.

Louise has a keen interest in local history and over the past two months has been a part of the planning process for this project.

"We're looking to working with Louise to finalise a document compiled of the self-published booklets. This compilation will then be published via a print-on-demand platform, and a limited print run ordered," Mr Motion said.

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