Local Eatonsville Hall residents and Visual Artist Frances Belle Parker (centre) .
Local Eatonsville Hall residents and Visual Artist Frances Belle Parker (centre) . JULES OBERR

All talk and plenty of action at Eatonsville Hall

THE Eatonsville Hall was full of conversation on Saturday afternoon when more than 60 people turned up at the century-old hub to share their stories of the hall as part of Arts Northern Rivers' If These Halls Could Talk project.

Eatonsville was one of seven successful halls from across the Northern Rivers selected for the project that will engage an artist to work with each community to turn their hall's unique story into a work of art.

Eatonsville residents told stories of flood, fires, love and loss. Some were humorous with one resident recalling parties at the hall, "We would always get in trouble because we would spend the whole night running and sliding along the floorboards - my brother still has a splinter that was pulled out from a particularly good one".

Attending the If These Halls Could Talk session at Eatonsville Hall on Saturday, Image 1 | (L-R) Grafton Regional Gallery Director, Jude McBean; Arts Northern Rivers CEO, Peter Wood; Visual Artist Frances Belle Parker; Eatonsville resident Dinesh Wilkes and Hall coordinator Marty Williams.
Attending the If These Halls Could Talk session at Eatonsville Hall on Saturday, Image 1 | (L-R) Grafton Regional Gallery Director, Jude McBean; Arts Northern Rivers CEO, Peter Wood; Visual Artist Frances Belle Parker; Eatonsville resident Dinesh Wilkes and Hall coordinator Marty Williams. JULES OBERR

Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood said, 'Eatonsville Hall has a very distinct personality, and therefore part of the project is to make sure the artist suited the halls narrative."

Local Yaegl woman and visual artist, Frances Belle Parker will be working within the Eatonsville community to create a work inspired by the stories and people of Eatonsville Hall and its surrounds.

"I have a deep connection to this country. Art is the way I document - the way I tell stories," Ms Parker said.

"It is so important for the community to share their stories with me because this is how I will be able to create the work."

The outcome for the project will be a big celebration at the hall at end of 2016 to reveal the artwork followed by an exhibition at Grafton Regional Gallery in early 2017 and a book documenting the project.

Anyone interested in contributing to the project is encouraged to send their stories and images of Eatonsville Hall to hello@ifthesehallscouldtalk.com.au or by calling Arts Northern Rivers on 66288120.

If These Halls Could Talk project is funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnership funding and Regional Arts NSW Regional Arts Fund.



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