After Warracknabeal, Warracknabeal, NW Victoria

w/ Charity Edwards & Tom Morgan (MADA) in partnership with Ross Turnbull & Clare Chandler (Working Heritage)

What happens after the decline of a town?

Warracknabeal, a small town four hours drive north-west from Melbourne, is a town in decline. Without a creative solution, the continued downturn in population and economic activity will see it die a slow death. After Warracknabeal proposes to offer the town an ‘afterlife’ through an ambitious plan to transform the disused Warracknabeal Court House heritage precinct into a vibrant tourist-drawcard.

The project will use experimental architecture to create a visually stunning art hotel that will draw tourists and artistsin- residence to the region; and revitalise the disused Court House building so that it is fit for cultural and artistic use by the broader community. The transformed Court House precinct will host a program of smallscale yet world-class collaborative activities, the ongoing production of new artworks, and research-in-action. The overall project will develop, test and refine a prototype for regional transformation via an arts-based intervention which offers the possibility of replicability in other regional areas in Victoria and Australia.

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> Project Advisory Team: Charlotte Day (MUMA), astrophysicist Daniel Price, astronomer Duane Hamacher, architect Nigel Bertram and artist Brook Andrew. 

> Landscape Concept: Bush Landscape Architecture & Art 

> Film: James Wright / Sound: Daniel Von Jenatsch

> Visualisations: Stephen Hawken / Drawings Annabel Richardson

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


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