Going to the Ball
86530 SPR 2018 Spatial Agency

Focused on the regional communities of Murrin Bridge and Lake Cargelligo located in remote western districts of New South Wales, it is the aim of this studio to (1) design a community centre in Murrin Bridge and (2) design and realise a light and projection installation for the NAIDOC Ball in the Lake Cargelligo Memorial Hall.

Traveling to Murrin Bridge and Lake Cargelligo from 3 – 7 September, students will undertake field work in partnership with the Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council (MBLALC) and the local Aboriginal community of Murrin Bridge. Presentation to the stakeholders will take place on site on 7 September.

The Murrin Bridge Community Centre is a co-design initiative between the Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council and the University of Technology Sydney which aims to support and empower Aboriginal people through the revitalisation of Murrin Bridge.  The project proposes to refurbish and extend the existing, vacant Murrin Bridge health building to create a broader community cultural and services centre that will act as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for residents to access services, participate in community events and reconnect with culture. The project aims to improve wellbeing, cultural connection and improved access to relevant services.

On completion of the project, the adaptive reuse and refurbishment of the former health centre into a community hub will consist of the following individual items:

– A communal Lounge

– A communal Kitchen

– 2 Bedrooms

– An Office

– A Homework Space

– A Medical Room

– Reception

– A Covered outdoor area

– A Fire pit

– A Play area

– A Vegetable Garden

– A car parking area

– Integrated Landscaping

The NAIDOC Ball is a celebration of the local Lake Cargelligo community and consists of short performances by young local and regional artists, a formal dinner and dancing until late. The overall theme this year is honouring aboriginal women.

Our project is to support the event by creating a joyful atmosphere by the imaginative use of light, colour, projection, sculpture, etc.

We will travel to Lake Cargelligo in time to present the final Community Centre designs to the Murrin Bridge stakeholders on Friday 2 November. We’ll set up our installation on Saturday morning. The Ball starts at 6.00pm. We will bump out and return on Sunday 4 November