Sonic Territories: Wambuul is a multi-staged creative project consisting of storytelling, community events and the creation of art, centred on the Wambuul/ Macquarie River—taking in Wellington, Dubbo and Narromine. This project has taken place on the lands of the Wiradjuri Nation.
This project invites collaboration and participation by other regionally-based artists and the community — as documenters, observers, contributors and storytellers. Each participant then takes a thread of the resulting conversation back into their community, in turn further developing the narrative and increasing awareness of the issues impacting the future of the river.
Stage 1 Creative
Stage 1 Community events
28 August 2022 // Wambuul Soundwalk, Dubbo
25 September 2022 // World Rivers Day online release: take the time to listen
23 October 2022 // Originals Only Afternoon performance of Wambuul bila, WPCC Dubbo
Stage 1 Community engagement
Have you got a story about the river to share with us?
Scroll through some of the stories of the Wambuul/ Macquarie from the past. Let’s gather more and share our hopes about the future of the river in the process. Some of these stories will weave their way into works of art created by our project artists, and they will be archived on this site for everyone to enjoy and share.
Sonic Territories: Wambuul artists
Kim V. Goldsmith is a Dubbo-based digital media artist and writer, who has been creating soundscapes, videos and installations for regional, national and international exhibitions, festivals and online presentations over the past two decades. She’s the lead artist of Sonic Territories: Wambuul, initiating the project on the back of four years’ work in the Macquarie Marshes on the international multi-disciplinary social ecology project, MOSSES AND MARSHES.
Milena Sallustio is a multi-media artist and educator of fine arts and media (ceramics, printmaking, filmmaking), based in Dubbo. She’s been exhibiting since 1995 in public, private and regional galleries and teaching since 2006 at TAFE NSW and the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo.
Robert Salt is inspired by his life experiences and the duality of his identity. His practice embraces drawing and paint mediums, photography, video, digital art, spoken word and music— always aiming to be engaging, informative and sometimes confronting.
Suzanne Foran is a reluctant artist, calling herself an ‘unqualified amateur’. Her art often depicts themes of nature, science and contrast. She moved to Dubbo 20 years ago as a science teacher. Suzie enjoys learning and exploring the process of artmaking.
The first stage of this project has been funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW thanks to the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grant administered by Orana Arts. One artist place in Stage 1 has also been supported by ecoPULSE.art and fundraising through the Australian Cultural Fund. This is an ecoPULSE.art project.
The project is expected to continue in 2023 pending funding. Sponsors and supporters are being sought to further develop the project. Contact Kim V. Goldsmith if you’re interested.