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In 2013 I was creative producer and overseeing curator of Big hART’s MUSEUM OF THE LONG WEEKEND project.

The MUSEUM was a multi-disciplinary art installation and experiment with another form of museum commissioned as part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations. Three convoys of vintage caravans went on three epic road trips, arriving on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin for the long weekend 18th-20th of October 2013. The art and curated memories were presented in and around the curated caravans – the public explored these exhibition spaces.

Big hART works with the idea that ‘it’s harder to hurt someone if you know their story’. The theory is that ‘meaningful change’ happens on intimate levels between individuals and this project is kind of about hooking up unlikely interactions and allegiances. We suspect seeds planted now can take a long time to germinate. Museum of the Long Weekend is a gently facilitated space and an experiment in constructing and deconstructive in simple ways – a museum of everyday life.

Artists traveled to work with specific families and collaborated to put together art moments of any medium engaging with the people or the caravan, or both. Past conflicts, secrets, memories, diamonds or diamantes on a family crown or jacket, songs, photographs, half-finished projects, film, writing, correspondence, souvenirs, bric a brac with stories…etc etc etc

Museum of the Long Weekend was about the subtle magic in the detail.

You can read more about it by visiting the project website

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