25 Sep Australia Council HELM Award
Leah Barclay’s project “Sound Mirrors” has been selected as one of four national projects for the HELM Arts Award in 2010. HELM is a new initiative from the Queensland Conservation Council and The Australia Council for the Arts with mentoring support from leading community cultural development organisation Feral Arts. The program aims to inspire the next generation of leaders to create works that are at the intersection of art, technology and the environment.
As part of the Sound Mirrors project, Leah Barclay will create sound works inspired by the role of rivers in communities across the globe. She will work directly with traditional custodians and explore the stories of rivers that are rapidly disappearing. The Noosa River positioned in the UNESCO listed Biosphere of Noosa, was the initial inspiration for this project and is recognised internationally for the natural, recreational, scenic, cultural and economic values flowing from the River’s rich biodiversity and habitat. This pristine river is juxtaposed with rivers across India, China and Korea that will be linked together in a virtual environment with the final outcome being a user driven interface allowing communities to embed cultural content in significant bodies of water around the world.