THE LONGFORD PROJECT

Ongoing collaborative project: Elizabeth Day, Anna Gibbs, Julie Gough, and Noelene Lucas.
Exhibitions: Alchemy, Sydney College of the Arts (2012), The Longford Project Lab, Articulate Project Space, (2014), Longford Town Hall (Ten Days on the Island Festival, 2015), Crime Scene, Longford Town Hall (Ten Days on the Island Festival, 2019).
Residencies: Longford (2014), Bundanon Trust (2016), University of Tasmania (2017).

The Longford Project is a group of artists (Elizabeth Day, Anna Gibbs, Julie Gough and Noelene Lucas), who have intersecting family roots in Longford and see themselves as part of the Longford diaspora, now dispersed across the world. For several years this group has been creating contemporary art about the intersection of family and colonial histories in the wider Longford region. These works have been presented in exhibitions in Sydney (2012 and 2014) and in Longford (2015 and 2019). The project was awarded an Australia Council Development Grant in 2013 as well as residencies in Longford (2014), and at the Bundanon Trust (2016) and the University of Tasmania (2017).

The Longford Project: Crime Scene, exhibition presented in Longford Town Hall, TAS, as part of the 2019 Ten Days on the Island festival, 15-17 Mar 2019.

Crime Scene (2019) explores the history of Longford and its immediate surrounds (and by extension the history of Tasmania) as a crime scene, as each of the video works addresses a particular act of violence from the colonial period. This is a nationally significant project emerging from Tasmania about Tasmania, embodying issues relevant to most communities. Crime Scene brings new contemporary artwork back to its home, its place of generation, the place of cultural memory and personal imagining. MORE…

The Longford Project Lab, Residency at Bundanon Trust, 2016

The Longford Project interrogates the ideological, personal and geographical relationships between people, landscape, history and home and the tensions surrounding the group’s personal connection to Longford, Tasmania. MORE…

The Longford Project, 2015, exhibition at Longford Town Hall, presented as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, TAS, Mar 2015.

The work in this exhibition came out of residencies when the group (Elizabeth Day, Anna Gibbs, Julie Gough and Noelene Lucas) started to meet and work with some of the community of Longford, and to produce works that reflected their diasporic connections to the town. The images were projected onto items that were found in the hall including scaffolding and old furniture. The exhibition showed films, interviews and explorations of the town and its residents (some of whom have geneaological links to the Longford Project). MORE…

The Longford Project Lab, Articulate Project Space, Sydney, exhibition, 8-23 Feb 2014. Curated by Nicholas Tsoutas and Brianna Munting.

The Longford Project Lab follows on from a residency in Jan 2014 in Longford, Tasmania, which was the ground work for the lab at Articulate. The Longford Project group is investigating the intersection of family and cultural histories through residencies developing skills through collaboration, community immersion and critical dialogues between the Longford community, Indigenous peoples, artists, writers & curators. The residencies interrogate genealogical, colonial and post colonial histories of settlement and displacement, and community stories. MORE…

The Longford Project in Alchemy: Art & Philosophy, group exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, 11-27 July 2012. Curated by Nicholas Tsoutas, initiated by Mireille Astore-Eid.

Alchemy is an initiative that sought to create a condition of possibility for philosophers, writers and artists to work collaboratively in Sydney. In order to generate through dialogue synchronous and collaborative works, Alchemy sat at the intersection of thought and practice. MORE…

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