Sonic Territories: Wambuul

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 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.

Community events (Stage 1)

28 August 2022 // Wambuul Soundwalk, 1pm – 2.30pm, West Dubbo. Free. Limited numbers
25 September 2022 // World Rivers Day – more details to come

Wambuul Soundwalk

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon stroll through Biddybungie Reserve on the western bank of the Wambuul/ Macquarie, introducing you to a sonic riverside world you will have never heard before. This 1.5-hour walk requires nothing but a mobile phone with a QR code reader, earbuds/headphones, and a willingness to listen…actively and deeply. Guided by Dubbo-based field recordist, sound artist, Kim V. Goldsmith, the Wambuul Soundwalk celebrates the riverine environment through listening, questioning, thinking, and wonder at those sounds that exist below the surface. This free, community event has been funded by the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) with thanks to Create NSW and Orana Arts.


1pm – 2.30pm
Sunday, 28 August 2022
If rained out, we’ll postpone until Sunday, 11 September – same times

Have you got a story of 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.

Project artists
Kim V. Goldsmith

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

Milena Sallustio is a university qualified 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

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

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 and fundraising through the Australian Cultural Fund. This is an 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.