Facilitator: Gillian Howell
The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project
News: Gillian will be returning to Fitzroy Valley in June 2020. Details soon
Phase 1 | 2017 – 2019
3 September – 16 September 2017
20 May – 2 June 2018
27 August – 14 September 2018
29 April – 17 May 2019
2 September – 20 September 2019
The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is being facilitated by internationally renowned music educator/composer/performer Gillian Howell based in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Kimberley, as part of Tura’s Regional Residency program.
A series of residencies have built and are building collaborative foundations and relationships developing music projects through the exchange of ideas: mapping interests; exploring possibilities; assessing skills and developing creative languages for shared art-making. Participants are learning to explore music-making together and are devising and performing their own music composition. Outcomes include new works (songs and instrumental composition) to be presented to local audiences and recorded for distribution.
Gillian’s unique experience in working with groups of young people and communities at large in conflict zones (Sri Lanka, East-Timor, Bosnia, Afghanistan) is crucial. Her strength is taking people of all skill levels on an extraordinary journey, with the aim of facilitating a profound sense of connection and social inclusion, through the musical process. She makes links between shared music making, group composition, self-esteem and healthy relationships.
The role of The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is to support locally led performance initiatives: whether small and intimate arts experiences or those involving larger (formal or informal) cross-generational or specifically targeted groups. The project’s aim is to support local organisations already energising Fitzroy Crossing’s young people and women, children and families to initiate and nurture new arts-based projects, locally led and supported through ongoing visits from Gillian.
The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is supported by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit message, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Rowley Foundation.
Tura thanks all local partners including:
Fitzroy Valley District High School
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Mara Wora Wora Aboriginal Corporation
Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre
Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service
Fitzroy Crossing Residency Blog
Fitzroy Crossing Residency 2019
29 April – 17 May & 2 – 20 September 2019
Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley, Western Australia
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Fitzroy Crossing Residency 2018
20 May – 2 June & 27 August – 14 September 2018
Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley, Western Australia
Residency #2 | 20 May – 2 June 2018
Residency #3 | 27 August – 14 September 2018
In 2019 two 3-week residencies will continue build collaborative foundations and relationships developing music projects through the exchange of ideas: mapping interests; exploring possibilities; assessing skills and developing creative languages for shared art-making. Participants will learn to explore music-making together and will be guided in devising and performing their own music compositions. 2019 is the third year of this ongoing program which has already developed powerful relationships and new work.
The program will continue in 2020 and 2021.
Sunday 20 May – Saturday 2 June: Research Trip | Gillian Howell to Fitzroy Crossing to work with partners, community members and school groups to develop a map for the August Residency.
Monday 27 August – Friday 14 September: Gillian returns to Fitzroy Crossing to complete 2018 Residency with performative outcomes.
Local Partnerships include:
- Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service
- Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre
- Fitzroy Valley District High School
- Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
- Mara Wora Wora Aboriginal Corporation
- Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre
Dr Gillian Howell is a musician, educator, and researcher who leads participatory music projects in diverse and complex settings, including in remote Indigenous communities, in metropolitan prisons and immigration detention, with recently-arrived child migrants and refugees, and in post-conflict settings in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Asia. An Adjunct Research Fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, her research work spans community music, applied ethnomusicology, and music education, and examines the contributions of participatory music and arts to post-war community cultural development, wellbeing, and reconciliation. Her PhD (awarded in 2018) investigated community music initiatives in war-affected countries and their interactions with development aid. In 2016 she was awarded one of the Australian Government’s prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowships to examine the contributions to post-war reconciliation of the Sri Lanka Norway Music Cooperation.
The three year program is supported by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, The Ian Potter Foundation and the Rowley Foundation.