Sonic Territories: Wambuul

Sonic Territories: Wambuul is a multi-staged project of audio stories (see our Macquarie Marshes story map), community events and artworks, centred on the Wambuul/ Macquarie River, taking in Wellington, Dubbo and Narromine. It invites collaboration and participation by other regionally-based artists and the community — as documenters, observers, contributors and storytellers. Each participant 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.

Click on the story images above to read 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.

Project artists

Kim V. Goldsmith (lead) is the Dubbo-based founder of ecoPULSE, a digital media artist and writer who has worked across Regional NSW for the past 30 years. Milena Sallustio, is an experienced videographer, filmmaker and visual artist from Dubbo. The third artist will be appointed by expression of interest (EOI).

Artists of all art forms from Narromine, Dubbo and Wellington are invited to submit an expression of interest to join the Sonic Territories: Wambuul project artists in an open-air lab on the Wambuul/Macquarie River in August 2022 to develop ideas for artworks centred on the river, for possible presentation in 2022-24. Participating artists will be paid a fee of $180 GST excl. (sector rate of $60/hour) for the 3-hour lab session and provision of promotional material (artist bio, high-resolution photo and 100-word artist statement). Note: This is only seed funding for the first stages of the project.

2022 project development (Stage 1)

1 July Expression of interest call out
25 July EOIs for third artist close
30 July Third artist and those not successful notified
August Open-air lab on the Wambuul (artists – exploration + ideation
August Wambuul Sound Walk (community event – end of month)
25 Sept World Rivers Day Listening Party (event – exact date tbc)
Aug-Nov Audio story gathering (community stories recorded + mapped)
This programming may change as the project develops

To apply

Submit the EOI form by Monday, 25 July. All required details are in the form. Any queries about the EOI can be made directly to Kim on 0419 439 923 or by email.

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. This is an ecoPULSE.art project.