2009 Media Releases

November 24, 2009

Kids from the bushfire affected areas in Gippsland encounter a 1960s caravan transformed into a ‘high tech’ art experience

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney is hitting the road this week and taking its 'Good Vibrations' art access project to bushfire affected areas in Gippsland in Victoria. Generously supported by one of the MCA’s major partners, Deutsche Bank, the caravan will be based at two host schools to conduct workshops with schools from the surrounding areas specifically aimed at the needs of students still coping with the after effects of the devastating bushfires.

Deutsche Bank committed support to the communities affected by the bushfires in three phases. This partnership with the MCA, with guidance from the Victorian Department of Education forms the second phase and is specifically designed to help the regions’ children in a creative way, during the lead up to the one year anniversary of the disaster. ‘Good Vibrations’ goes some of the way to help the community deal with bad memories, in a creative and non-confrontational way. The first phase was emergency relief funding and the third phase of support will be centered on a selected capital works program.

'Good Vibrations' is designed to engage kids with a fun, hands-on art experience. Housed within a re-modelled 1960s caravan, 'Good Vibrations' is a multi-sensory art environment that uses vibration, light and sounds to create an interactive art experience.

'Good Vibrations' will be in Victoria for two weeks of workshops with schools that are currently being housed in temporary buildings. The caravan will create a new home for itself at Neerim South Primary School, where it will stay from 16 until 20 November, before moving on to Mirboo North Primary School from 23 to 27 November.

Deutsche Bank Australia, Chairman John Macfarlane said “We want the community to understand that Deutsche Bank is providing sustained commitment to the bushfire affected regions by providing short, medium and long term support. Once the initial devastation has been dealt with, there is still a need to provide support to the people of Gippsland.

“Having ‘Good Vibrations’ visit the children of Gippsland exposes them to the positive force of creative art. By linking the education team and facilities of the MCA, we hope to provide them with some relief and a constructive way forward.”

“The MCA is committed to making contemporary art accessible for diverse audiences. This is the first time that the MCA has undertaken an education project outside of New South Wales and we are delighted to be taking it to bushfire affected areas in Victoria,” says MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor.

“The 'Good Vibrations' caravan is fully accessible for children with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs and other mobility disabilities. Thanks to Deutsche Bank, all the workshops for local schools are being undertaken free of charge to the students who attend,” she said.

'Good Vibrations' was created in 2006 by established US artists Bruce Odland and Michael Luck Schneider as part of an MCA Bella International Artist in Residence program. Odland is a renowned composer and sound artist and Schneider is a New York-based interactive designer and new media artist.

This project extends the MCA’s pioneering Bella Program of art education, a series of workshops and activities designed for disadvantaged youths which takes place every October in Sydney.

About MCA’s Bella Program

The MCA’s annual Bella Program of art education for young people with specific needs is supported by Dr Edward and Mrs Cynthia Jackson, and the Jackson Family, in memory of their late daughter Belinda.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Abrahams +61 2 8258 2416
Michelle Chaperon +61 2 8258 1311


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