Fisherman’s Village: Cultural Heritage and a multi layered art and information strategy

2005 Conference

I would like to provide a paper that examines aspects of a cultural heritage retrieval project called Fisherman’s Village. I have developed this project as an industry partnership between Southern Cross University and the City of Botany Bay Council. It is a cultural mapping project of a past community, Fisherman’s Village. I would concentrate on aspects of community and memory, the changing environment, oral history and the interfaces we have developed through creative arts practice.

I will demonstrate tactics we are employing to provide the existing community with a cultural investment strategy through narrative and memory as a means of focusing on contemporary issues. This involves reporting on how we have used oral history as a mechanism to provide a spring board for creative works and how we use these for placemaking/ placemarking. I will describe our intervention workshops and activities in primary and secondary schools, local hotels and even the factories that now cover the site of what was Fisherman’s Village. And if you are lucky, I will read some of my poetry!