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Hills Anzac Story launched at Mt Barker on Remembrance Day

Friday 13 November, 2015


hills anzac - CopyThe District Council of Mt Barker, along with the Mount Barker RSL are commemorating the Anzac Centenary with the “Our Hills Anzac Story.”

Hills Anzac Story is a collection of local stories that reveal how service in war has affected Mount Barker and the surrounding districts. Depicted through mural and sculpture design, Hills Anzac Story offers the viewer a gallery experience that utilises smart device technology, revealing more about the story and the author behind the artwork.

In 2014, Mount Barker District Council submitted a successful application to the Department of Communications and the Arts for an ANZAC Centenary Arts & Culture Fund grant.

“One of the aims of this grant was to assist in identifying the diversity of people who live in our community and better understand that each of us has our own journey and a story to tell,” said Mayor Ann Ferguson.

“A reminder to us all as we walk down Gawler Street in Mount Barker, or any other street in our community, of the rich tapestries that makes up our community”.

“Another aim was to tell a story for those of us who perhaps have not had a family member involved in service.”

“Every member of the family can be affected. Some of the emotion stays with a service person when they return home,” said Jessica Gray, Community Development Officer.

“We often hear through the media conflict and roles our service people play but we do not often hear of the life they are returning to or leaving ‘back home’”.

As part of the project scope, a team of artists were selected from an open expression of interest (some to work individually, others to be mentored or a mentor). There were two experienced mentors involved in this project who were able to directly work with young people to develop their image.

“Each of the artists would probably agree that they now have a greater understanding of each of their subjects and a somewhat personal and respected relationship with them,” said Jessica.

“It will be a beautiful testimonial with 5 pieces of artwork, 4 on the wall at Stephen Street and a sculpture which will be placed in Macclesfield Memorial Garden,” added Jessica.

The artwork on the wall of Stephen Street (off Gawler St, Mount Barker), represents the interviewed story of Cheryl Torney, Greg Hopgood, William Douglas and John Mackie, with an additional artwork to be placed at Macclesfield Garden of Remembrance, representing David Furner.

Local hills photographer, Darren Clements is responsible for the outstanding images and videography.

The mural frames are hand made by Jerome Lyons at the Cheese Factory Studio Gallery and are a permanent installation, the murals will be later relocated to another venue in conjunction with the RSL within 12 months.

The frames will be used continually by local community artists and groups and coordinated by the Mount Barker District Council’s Community Development Team.

All the works include a ‘QR code’ which allows those with smartphones or tablet devices to access videos and transcripts of the initial interviews from the Mount Barker RSL web site.

The exhibition was launched as part of Mt Barker’s Remembrance Day commemorations.

For more information visit www.hillsanzacstory.com.au

Greg Hopwood’s story as part of the Hills Anzac Story.


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