Produced at a time of radical redevelopment in Brisbane's Westend: a suburb that for many years had remained relatively unchanged, these work of Hamish Sewell gently explore the lives and mindsets of those who lived in this mixed community at a time of growing unease over what the future held. Taking over six months, and underpinned by extensive audio recording, the work was done in collaborations with the Brisbane Festival, the State Library of Queensland and ABC Radio National.
Stories From A Place To Belong
Three 20 minutes audio stories that each reflect the complex and difficult lives of people living with mental illness. Recording gear was provided to let them tell their own unique story.
Listen here to an extract from Gem, Rach and Holy
An mp3 audio walk prototype of West End, Brisbane produced in conjunction with the Queensland State Library, the Brisbane Festival and ABC Radio National.
Listen to Janet Richards talk about her battle against the Coles supermarket chain
Carmel's West End
Carmel Rosella lived in a council house and ran the local reading and writing group at 69 Thomas Street. She loved West End, suffered from depression and used walking as a way to overcome obesity. Several years ago she walked into the Brisbane River and never returned.
17 Browning Street
The old boarding was brought to life during the Brisbane festival with the help of hidden sounds devices and actors playing former residents. Two at a time, the public were allowed in to discover for themselves the stories buried within the walls of a place that had been closed since the 70s.
Listen to Liz Jeffs talk about what it was like