“Produced by Big hART ( http://bighart.org/public/ ) for the Centenary of Canberra SPIN program, MUSEUM OF THE LONG WEEKEND is a celebration of the national capital through the lens of recreation, holidays, relaxation and older Australians who worked hard building what we now enjoy. The Museum will be exhibited in and around vintage caravans and begins in the far flung corners of the country before travelling by road to Canberra. These convoys of caravans will be stopping along the way sharing stories, pictures and songs across the country, arriving on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin for the long weekend 18th-20th of October 2013.”
For this project I have teamed up with Kylie Brunner and her kids Archie and Olivia and their caravan Bubbles. Thus far the experience has been great! The Brunner family live in gorgeous Maccclesfield, on Terra Bella farm in the Adelaide Hills; a picturesque setting with rolling plains, a spectacular garden and veggie patch, pets galore, bikes, lama’s and sheep! Olivia and Archie are very fond of all the animals and relish their country life. So far I have personally met and hung out with Lola the border collie, Whip the lizard, Milo and Blondie the rabbits, Lucky the duck, Mikey and Winnie the lorikeets, and a whole lots of chooks!
Kylie purchased Bubbles only a couple of years ago. This teeny tiny adorable 60’s/70’s vintage caravan is her first but she has most definitely caught the caravan collecting bug! The journey to Canberra will be the longest yet for Bubbles and the Brunner’s and it will be the very first road trip holiday for Archie and Olivia. Dad, Chad Brunner, is staying home this time around, Bubbles is far too small to accommodate Chad and so has subsequently become a special means of getting away for just Kylie and the kids – I like to think of Bubbles as a bit of an exclusive cubby house! No technology (or limited) is allowed on Bubbles adventures and so this, and the fact it is the first road trip for the trio, has been the main theme for my response to the project.
My work has been focused on – old fashioned fun, summer holidays before the technological age, collecting treasures and scrap booking a journey/adventure, making do with what is at hand and making fun out of essentially nothing! Cardboard is my material of choice – pilfered from factory housing outlet recycle bins and bike shops and toilet paper and fabric rolls (thanks to the lovely ladies at DK fabrics) . I have wanted the kids to be involved in the making and to be the ones who relish the outcomes most. On Sunday I had a great day at Terra Bella farm in the shed with Archie, Olivia and bubbles getting right into making stuff for Canberra. The kid’s enthusiasm and willingness to be involved was awesome. Pictures below of Olivia learning to stencil and spray paint and Archie working very hard at some amazing drawings to kick start his scrap book.
Updates to follow in the lead up to Canberra! stay informed about the event here : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Museum-of-the-Long-Weekend/343280689115919 and find out more about MOTLW here : http://www.longweekend.bighart.org/