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The Keeper Project is a live public art project where artists work in a temporary role as observer, collector, maker and storyteller within the community.

The Keepers are archaeologists of stories.

Ten Coolum Beach based artists and creative practitioners take on the role of Keeper from July 2021 – August 2022. The artists come from a range of practices including visual arts, music, spoken word and inter-disciplinary practice.

 

One at a time each of the artists takes the role of The Keeper - the observer, the explorer, the maker before passing the role on.

 

Each artist takes the role of The Keeper for three weeks. During this time, they have a chosen ritual that they will repeat, occurring at a particular place, at a particular time. The communities of people experiencing the ritual are likely to change.

 

The Keepers will be logging their journey like any good explorer. You can read their account on the website or visit their office at Coolum Library. You can also follow the keepers on Instagram @creativespaces.sc


Developed in collaboration with Field Theory and produced by Red Chair in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council.  

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13 May - 3 June
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Andrew Veivers*
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3 June - 24 June
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I was working with a Sydney theatre company and my 'obvious Queensland accent' was referred to several times.

Are we following in the footsteps of our Anglo cousins and developing village accents? A feather brained idea has come to mind.
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Santiago Bruno*
Artist
24 June -  15 July
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Cooper Brady*
Artist
15 July - 5 August
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Coolum was the first place I came when I visited Australia with my partner

When I think of Australia, I think of Coolum
I remember riding my bike around Coolum when every third block was a vacant paddock you could use to cut through town on the way down for a surf after school
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Petalia Humphreys*
Artist
5 August - 26 August
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I'd like to explore the stories that are told by the buildings of Coolum...
Archetypal beach shacks that remain dotted through the landscape of mid-rise holiday accommodation, the esplanade hot-spots, quotidian suburban homes, the lush rainforest houses on the mountain, and the 
industrial sheds in the estate.
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This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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