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2018 - 2020
Bendigo and Castlemaine, Victoria
About the Pavilion Project
The Pavilion Project proposes an experience of arts and expression through arts in conjunction with the South Sudanese, Karen and Hazara artists, arts workers and participants for the general public in Central Victoria.
Our purpose is
- to have an experience of arts through arts institutions in Bendigo and through creating the Pavilion
- to create platforms for expression through art and through the Pavilion Project.
The Pavilion Project is a new artistic and architectural response to how we might collectively welcome and celebrate the cultural contributions of members of Hazara, South Sudanese and Karen communities in the region of central Victoria – specifically Bendigo and Castlemaine. It promises a creative ‘constant’, an instrument for social cohesion and new conversations while proposing a new artistic and curatorial approach to regional cultural celebration in a context that sees many public arts and cultural events drawing on similar curatorial tropes to inform their programs. In this way, through working with cultural partners in the City of Greater Bendigo and South Sudanese, Hazara, and Karen community members, the Pavilion Project also offers a new creative industry approach to engagement, social cohesion, and pathways for working in the industry in a regional setting. Once the Pavilion has had its inaugural presentation in 2020, the structure and programming will be owned, curated and managed by members of these communities.
In line with Creative Victoria’s understanding of social cohesion, through building a public space of interaction for culturally engaged and recently arrived members of the Hazara, South Sudanese and Karen communities, the Pavilion Project seeks to:
- promote exchange and understanding between young people and elders within communities
- bridge cultural divides through story-telling, shared knowledge and access to local cultural institutions
- help people and participants to work in creative industries and support their talents through mentoring and peer learning approaches
- celebrate and profile Hazara, South Sudanese and Karen community members making artistic and cultural contributions
- initiate exchange and understanding between members of these communities, traditional cultural institutions, and members of the greater public.
Photography by Di Domonkos.