Walking Together

Walking Together in Borroloola, image by Britt Guy
Walking Together in Borroloola, image by Britt Guy

Walking Together is a unique opportunity for young people to work as artists to create and share their stories about their home, their favourite places, their everyday activities and their past and future adventures. Born out of the internationally acclaimed Walking Neighbourhood project, Walking Together specifically revels in the freedom of Indigenous community life, which includes vast space to play and groups of children and young people from 5-16 playing together.

A commitment to sharing the act of walking sets up a unique opportunity for young people to act as curators of their community, taking project facilitators, elders and other community members on walks to share their big backyards. These walks reveal a unique world that holds humour, hidden spaces, made up games and community characters. The walks are documented, with a final exhibition featuring content gathered from around the community including short films, audio recordings, hand painted maps, buckets of natural items collected from walks and a map of the town added to by local young people.

Click on the below images to enlarge – you can have a peek at more photos from Walking Together in Borroloola on our Facebook page.

Audio stories –
0:00 – 2:20: Tank Hill Story – Angas
2:28 – 4:09: Football Commentary – Terry, Pizza and Angas
4:27 – 5:50: Walking to the Junction – Shikyah and Lesteisha
5:54 – 7:31: Game Brain – Terry and Pizza

Process

Professional artists work with children aged 8-13 either through a school or broader community engagement in creative workshops. During this time the children are walking, telling stories, dancing, mapping, exploring and researching locally, while interviewing people, shopkeepers, icons and neighbourhood notoriety. Up to 15 volunteers, including local liaison officers, are engaged to support the children in developing this intimate, empowering and life-changing event.

Watch a video from Walking Neighbourhood at Bagot Community, Darwin

Watch a video from Walking Neighbourhood in Brisbane

Walking Neighbourhood, a similar project to Walking Together, at Bagot Festival, image by Elise Derwin

Walking Neighbourhood at Bagot Festival, image by Elise Derwin.

Creatives

Giema Contini – artist
Matt Prest – artist
Amanda Shone – artist
Britt Guy – creative producer

Artback NT

Indigenous Languages Support

Waralungku Arts

McArthur River Mining