Just Add Water

When Country Arts SA was given responsibility for the Regional Centre of Culture by the South Australian Government back in 2007, we didn’t dare to dream how significant the impact on small regional communities would be, but with participation of 128,000 throughout three intensive years of activity in the Alexandrina Council region, right across art form, the results have been spectacular and heart-warming.

 

Just Add Water (2012-2014) was a partnership between Alexandrina Council, Country Arts SA, Arts SA and the Australia Council, presented initially through the State Goverment’s Regional Centre of Culture and then through the Australia Council’s Cultural Places.

Just Add Water demonstrated the impact of an intensive amount of cross-artform activity, which responded to the specific needs and aspirations of this small regional community, and reached a ‘critical mass’ which resulted in significant change in community attitudes and led to operational change within the local government agency, in this case, Alexandrina Council in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.

This bold vision has made the nation sit up and take notice, with the focus region concept now replicated in other states so that regional communities nationally will benefit in the same way this one has.

What you are will see in this short film is evidence that participation in, and exposure to arts in its myriad forms, has changed the lives of these people and the place they live.

Download the very short snapshot just add water 12_14_4_pager

DOWNLOAD THE full 2012-2014 EVALUATION REPORT

Just Add Water 2012_14 Evaluation_FULL by Dr Christine Putland (full report 4.8mb)

Just Add Water Evaluation Summary (903k)

Just Add Water Evaluation Part 1 (1mb)

Just Add Water Findings Part 2 (3.1mb)

Just Add Water Program Summary & Statistics (1.2 mb)

Just Add Water Cultural Places Program Analysis (1.7 mb)

Some people have dipped into selected activities while others have immersed themselves and changed the way they live on a daily basis. Some people have had profound experiences that will have lifelong impact.   Shifts in outlook can be heard in the stories people tell about themselves and the community and there is a growing awareness of the rich living culture of the Ngarrindjeri people.

Just Add Water has shown how a regional community can re-imagine itself through an arts-led stimulus, proving that one of the greatest enablers of regional development is innovation and creativity. Investing in skills, local creative talent and natural assets, provides an environment where everyone is encouraged to nourish their own creativity and find their own strengths.

Cultural Places has enabled the partners to not only capitalise on the tremendous groundswell of support that the original Regional Centre of Culture provided, but to expand the program throughout the Alexandrina region, laying the foundations for a continued strong community.

Just Add Water continues in Alexandrina. The latest program info is here If you are in the Fleurieu, drop into the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre or other local outlets and pick up a copy – take a look inside and take part not only in the shared pleasure of arts activity, but the wonders of discovering your own creative side.

An independent study on the COMMUNITY IMPACT of Just Add Water 2012, by Dr Christine Putland, is available here and is an excellent source of photographs and quotes from Alexandrina residents who have found an aspect of Just Add Water to immerse themselves in.

Some JUST ADD WATER projects:

CONTEMPERATE SCULPTURE TRAIL: an ephemeral sculpture trail along the coast from Middleton Point along the bike track through Basham’s Regional Park in 2014.

SALTWATER SurfArtFest was a celebration of south coast surf culture through an arts lens in 2014.

TELLING OUR STORIES: the history of Alexandrina has been unearthed, retold and committed to film.

UNDER MY FEET was a site-specific collaboration in film, dance and music by members of the regional community of Port Elliot.  It was produced over two years and launched in 2013. Collaborators were Heather Frahn, Jeni Lee and Dianne Reid with Rebecca Bainger, Beverly Grace, Rachel High, Frodo Krochmal, Maggie O’Moore, Evie Photakis and Belinda Sanders.

STATION TO STATION was a Just Add Water collaboration between SteamRanger Railway and artists KAB101 and Seb Humphreys. 

THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a rapid series of short live performances and screen-based video portraits created in collaboration with communities. In Goolwa, the Residency ran from 30 May to 31 June 2012. The Goolwa Democratic Set was shown at the Kumuwuki / Big Wave Regional Arts Australia National Conference in Goolwa on 19 October 2012.

The Regional Centre of Culture was a biennial program managed by Country Arts SA on behalf of the State Government from 2007-2012. 

 

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Filmmaker and Editor: Marty McNicol

Executive Producer: Jo Pike

Associate Producers: Victoria McKirdy, Leah Grace, Di Gordon

Interviews: Michelle Murray

Featuring (in order of appearance): Jo Pike, Executive Producer, Just Add Water, Country Arts SA; Keith Parkes, Mayor, Alexandrina Council; Barbary O’Brien, artist, (multiple projects); Danielle Johnstone, Verandah Theatre Company; Richard Kleinig, resident; Peter Dinning, Chief Executive, Alexandrina Council; Richard Hodges, photographer; The Three Stuffed Mums; Sally Roberts, Manager Planning & Development, Alexandrina Council; Melissa Maidment, Director, Strathalbyn Youth Players; Karyn Bradford, Milang Old School House Community Centre; Leonie Henderson, Clayton Bay Community Association; Joshua Pearce, artist Create and Connect; Jerra Hill, writer/performer; Megan O’Hara, artist; Phyllis Williams, Ngarrindjeri Elder and traditional weaver; Libby Wall, Centenary Hall Front of House Manager, volunteer and yarn bomber; Carol Gaston, former Chair, Alexandrina Council Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee; Chris Rand, Home Brew project musician & audio engineer; Maggie O’Moore, Home Brew project musician, songwriter; Wendy Williams, The Sponge Kids Arts Hub artist/tutor; Graham Pankhurst, artist; Liam Moore, theatre technician; Nisa Schebella, Saltwater SurfArtFest Film Fest coordinator, Home Brew project coordinator

ARTIST CREDITS (in order of appearance)

MUSIC

What’s After L, Commissioned for this film by Just Add Water; composed and recorded byGerald ‘Gez’ Lynch;Musicians: Local Currency, Gerald Lynch and Julie Kindley-side

Feelgood, Associated Production Music; Apple License

Songbird, Written and performed by Maggie O’Moore with Heather Frahn, Quentin Eyers, Karen Paters and Nisa Schebella. Written and recorded by Chris Rand during Home Brew songwriting project, Port Elliot

Home, Soundtrack for the short film “Home” by Francesca Narni produced for Saltwater Hero; Music by Francesca Narni and Joel Russell

18, Composed byMoby; used under license fromMobygratis

Just Add Water, Written by Mark Seagrim and Tane Luckens, produced and performed byLittlefish- Tane Luckens, Joe Byrne, Mark Seagrim, Alisatair McLaren

PHOTOGRAPHS AND MOVING IMAGE IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:

Watersong: State Opera SA, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Fleurieu Rhythm Makers, Bortier Okoe/African Soul, Artistic Director Maude Davey, set design Cath Cantlon, Executive Producer Jo Pike, photo Alice Bell

Raincurtain (moving image Marty McNicol)

Wet Paint production of Peter Pan (moving image)

Watersong: moving image by Nicole Hall. See the full film here

Excerpts from Under My Feet: a site-specific collaboration in film, dance and music by members of the regional community of Port Elliot. Collaborators: Heather Frahn, Jeni Lee and Dianne Reid with Rebecca Bainger, Beverly Grace, Rachel High, Frodo Krochmal, Maggie O’Moore, Evie Photakis, Belinda Sanders. See the full film here

Excerpts from Station to Station: a film by Oliver Delvecchio, Artists Scott Coleman (KAB101) & Seb Humphreys (Order55) with thanks to SteamRanger Railway. See the full film here

Lake’s Angel project creator and designer Casey van Sebille, Directors Susie Skinner & Jessica Foster, performers in selected clips Susie Skinner, Destiny Brackstone, Lucia van Sebille (still photo, Alice Bell), filmshot and edited by David Castle and James Marr

Box Cars of Australia at Cars of Australia in Strathalbyn: Artist Mike Tye with young people of Strathalbyn. Photo Richard Hodges

Kondoli (Ngarrindjeri for Whale) – an inflatable storytelling space. Artists: Spinfx with community. Photo Richard Hodges

Station to Station launch October 2012, Artists Scott Coleman (KAB101) & Seb Humphreys (Order55)

Gastro-Skeletal by Greg Hatcher from Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, curator Barbary O’Brien. Photo Meg Winen. More here

Flag, artists SpinFx with community

Kondoli Artists Spinfx with community. Photo Richard Hodges

Watersong

Cirkidz, aerial workshops at Signal Point Gallery, photo Richard Hodges

Box Cars of Australia Photo Richard Hodges

Have a Heart by Gina Allain from Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, curator Barbary O’Brien. More here

Cirkidz workshop, Centenary Hall 2013

Watersong Major Sumner, Photo Alice Bell

Saltwater SurfArtFest stage decorations by Investigator College Students

Watersong, Ponde, artists SpinFx with community

Watersong lantern parade, Artists SpinFx with community (moving image by Nicole Hall)

Watersong: State Opera SA, Adelaide Art Orchestra, set design Cath Cantlon, Executive Producer Jo Pike, photo Alice Bell

Excerpt from Under my Feet , full artist credit above. See the full film here

Just Add Voices Community Singers: Singing Group Leader: Mary Laslett

Singers from Strathalbyn, Goolwa, Pt Elliott, Pt Sturt, Nangkita and Ashbourne; High: Heather Masters, Janny Hay, Jean McCormick, Suzie Odgers, Lois Hunt,Michelle Blanusa, Georgie Tindale, Belinda Sanders, Doreen Keeling, Nicole Sleep, Simone Sleep, Ainsley Hadden, Erin Hadden, Isobel Logan, Rosie Fisher, Heather Bean; Mid: Anne Ammann, Michael Masters, Andrea Brooks, John Casey, Thia Elliott, Juile Bolsius, Linda Mills, Christine Richardson, Trees Westcot, PatriciaDowd, Margaret Haldon, Robyn Jury, Andrea Garth, Liz Hobbs, Kate Setchell, David Whittaker, Marion Buckley, Pat Guerin, Maxine Haren, Brigitte Kloss, Sue Hoskins, Karen Hadden, Anne Hartnett, Candy Scown, Cathie Hetther, Tabitha Lewis, Mellissa Maidment, Talina Vizard, Linda Javis, RosalieWilson; Low: Ros Betts, Scott Woodsmith, Suzanne Minards, Amanda Roe, Pam Cottle, Chris Luscombe, Pam Luscombe, Gaynor Jones, Julia Currie, Jane Henderson

Community choir formed for Christmas Where the Angas Flows, Strathalbyn 2013

Papier Maché dogs, artists Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko with members of Create and Connect

Surface Tension, and exhibition in Signal Point Gallery as part of Saltwater SurfArtFest

Living Room by Michael Tye from Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, curator Barbary O’Brien. More here

Kumuwuki Regional Arts Australia National Conference opening

Saltwater SurfArtFest Middleton Point, (co-directors Barbary O’Brien and Annabelle Collett)

Retro Fashion @ Saltwater SurfArtFest Middleton Point

Strathalbyn Youth Players Man of Steel

Strathalbyn Youth Players Alice in Wonderland live art installation Christmas Where the Angas Flows

Drawing on Country artist Margie Hooper

Black Faced Shag Jerra Hill Photo Richard Hodges

Megan O’Hara artworks x 4

Megan O’Hara and Barbary O’Brien

Excerpts from Station to Station: a film by Oliver Delvecchio, Artists Scott Coleman (KAB101) & Seb Humphreys (Order55) with thanks to SteamRanger Railway. See the full film here

Station to Station still images: Photos dscreativ and Richard Hodges

Plastic Wave artist Annabelle Collett with community participants, an initiative of the Beach Guardian Network

Excerpt from The Democratic Set, Back to Back Theatre with participants from Create and Connect. See the full film here

I met Goolwa – Emma Beech in performance

Artburst Stobie Pole Painting

Dreams, a new theatre work devisedby Wet Paint Youth Ensemble, Emerging Director mentorship Luke Allen with mentor Susie Skinner, set by Wet Paint through workshops with BoxWars

Black Faced Shag audience, South Coast Regional Arts Centre x2

WatersongWelcome to Country: Eileen McHughes, Major Sumner, Rritjarukar (Willy Wagtails) – Ngarrindjeri Thunggar-amaldar (Ngarrindjeri language speakers, singers, dancers) Choir: Anyupa Giles, Mary-Anne Gale, Verna Koolmatrie, Rita Lindsay, Audrey Lindsay, Michael Lindsay, Rita Lindsay (Junior), Eileen McHughes, Aileen McHughes, Phyllis Williams, Julia Yandell.

Artburst public art

Artburst Stobie Poles Skateboard, bridge with boat, gardening, train

Saltwater SurfArtFest stage decorations by Investigator College Students

Home Brew: Songs of the South Coast, Poster artwork Yvonne East with photography by Richard Hodges

Home Brew: Songs of the South Coast x 7 pics. Project coordinator Nisa Schebella; Open Mic Host Leigh Marshall; workshop mentors Heather Frahn, John Baker, Corey Stewart, Quentin Eyers; songwriter/performers

Maggie O’Moore, Mic Holt, Heather Seyhun, Jacqueline Stam, Gabe Marshall, Jim Raz, Anne Ackland-Prpic, Maria McGill, Bridget Faure, Clancy Retallick

Papier Maché dogs: lead artists Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko

Nest Cirkidz , Centenary Hall, photo Erica J Harris

Fringe in Goolwa, Adelaide Fringe Caravan, artist Sam McMahon with local kids

Surface Tension exhibition Signal Point for Saltwater SurfArtFest, including Plastic Wave, lead artist Annabelle Collette, photo Richard Hodges

Audience in Centenary Hall for Grace Barbé

Patricia Piccinini (Australia, born 1965), Big Mother, 2005, silicon, fibreglass, leather, human hair, 173.0 x 103.0 x 78.0 cm, Gift of the Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photographer: Saul Steed, Courtesy of the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, and Haunch of Venison, New York

The Sponge Kids Arts Hub at Signal Point Gallery with tutor Didge McHughes

James Morrison Concert at Centenary Hall: sold out poster

James Morrison brass workshop Centenary Hall, photos (x 2) Richard Hodges

Lake’s Angel project creator and designer Casey van Sebille, Directors Susie Skinner & Jessica Foster, performers in selected clips Susie Skinner, Destiny Brackstone, Lucia van Sebille (still photo, Alice Bell), filmshot and edited by David Castle and James Marr

Lakes Angel set at the mouth of the Murray River, Lucia van Sebille, photo Alice Bell

Lakes Angel set installed in Signal Point Gallery for community workshops

Filmmakers Clive Neeson and Taylor Steel and Producer Michael Lawrence and at Port Elliot Institute for Meet the Directors, Saltwater Surf Film Fest, photo Richard Hodges

Excerpt from Home, a short film pitch by Francesca Narni for Saltwater Hero part of Saltwater Surf Film Fest

Excerpt from The Democratic Set, Back to Back Theatre. See the full film here

Show us your Funny comedy workshop performance. Lead artists, Maggie Moore, Kehau Jackson, Kate Edwards, performers: Sarah Banks, Csilla Bereczki, Melissa Manuel, Jacqui Showell, Penny Arelea Blacket, Penny & Sarah, Anne Parton, Tane Curreen, Mary Beckett, Caroline Margaret, Tracy Cross, Ilona Malins, Jane Zanos, Yvonne East;photo Richard Hodges

DreamsWet Paint Youth Ensemble, Lead Artists Susie Skinner, Jessica Foster, Emerging Artist Director Luke Allen

Just Add Voices community choir performance, Singing Leader and tutor, Mary Laslett, photo Richard Hodges

CreatAbility, Joshua Pearce with Create and Connect puppet making workshops, Photo Sharyn Brady

Wave of the Day, byChris Murphy, installation at Middleton Point

Box Cars of Australia, mock car race at Cars of Australia event Strathalbyn, lead artist Mike Tye, photo Richard Hodges

Gastro-skeletal by Greg Hatcher, installed at Basham’s Beach as part of Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, Photo Richard Hodges

Groms Garden fence decorations by Investigator College students for Saltwater SurfArtFest, coordinator Wendy Williams

Artwork by Cheryl Anne Brown installed at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa

Just Add Water volunteers contributing to the Raincurtain project

Just Add Water volunteers x 2

The Sponge Kids Arts Hub Signal Point with tutors Didge McHughes and Wendy Williams

Station to Station, SteamRanger train on route from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, Artists KAB101 and Seb Humphreys, Photo Richard Hodges

LittleFish performing at Middleton Point for Saltwater SurfArtFest

Watersong crowd at Goolwa Wharf, photo Alice Bell

Opening Night of Kumuwuki/Big Wave, Regional Arts Australia National Conference at Goolwa Wharf, photo Chris Herzfeld

Locals celebrating surf culture at Saltwater SurfArtFest, Photo Richard Hodges

Poseidon’s Issue by David Kerr from Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, curator Barbary O’Brien. More here

Steam Punked Puffer Fish by Benjamin Young from Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, curator Barbary O’Brien. More here

A Home by the Sea by Chris Murphy from Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, curator Barbary O’Brien. More here

Locals walking the Contemperate Ephemeral Sculpture Trail, artwork in background, Poseidon’s Issueby David Kerr, Basham’s Beach

Just Add Water Executive Producer, Jo Pike, speaking at the opening of From Home to Here and the launch of the Just Add Water 2015 program, Signal Point Goolwa, film Marty McNicol

Strathalbyn Concert Band at Christmas Where the Angas Flows photo Richard Hodges

Fringe in Goolwa, Adelaide Fringe Caravan, Goolwa Wharf

 

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Regional Centre of Culture – Just Add Water 2012 Community Impact Report

Independent Consultant Dr Christine Putland has delivered an extensive evaluation report demonstrating the profound impact Just Add Water has made on the community of Goolwa. It is a testament to everyone involved – artists, arts companies (both from within the community and without) and to the local community of 6000 people who racked up over 53,000 appearances […]

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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

When

2012 - 2014

Type

Regional Centre of Culture and Cultural Places Initiative

Presenter/Partners

Alexandrina Council

Location

Alexandrina region

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.