August 2012 at the Speewa Hall

Speewa is unique little place north of Swan Hill that straddles the Victoria/NSW border. The Speewa Ferry is the only way across the river here, and perched on the Victorian side is the 1950s-style Speewa Hall.

The hall was home to a TWIG to mark the end of a three-month artist in residence project across the region. Dunkeld artist Trevor Flinn spent five days at the hall, pulling together work from his four TWIG residencies, held between May and July.

Inside and outside the hall, Trevor created an evocative exhibition of rural art, film and sculpture, and incorporated some John Britten soundscapes.

The final night of the TWIG was a real, cold winter’s night (and Trevor’s birthday!). But the TWIG supporters are a dedicated lot and donned their long coats and warm beanies to join in.

Partners – Swan Hill Rural City Council, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Regional Arts Victoria, Your Community Cares, Wakool Shire Council and The Australia Council.

“The interest, appreciation and celebration by friends and relatives in the five TWIG events cannot be underestimated. Talk around the fires amongst farmers and others was particularly sincere, heartfelt and inspired, highlighted by the relatively small gatherings typified by a TWIG night.”

– Ian Tully, The ACRE Project