The Derby Boab Festival is one of the longest running regional festival in Western Australia and a major event in the Kimberley dry season social calendar. The 2008 Boab Festival culminated in MarshArt, an arts event on the vast, dried out mudflats that surround Derby, a small town on the edge of King Sound near the mouth of the Fitzroy River.

 

MarshArt featured performance, traditional dance, outdoor film screenings, artworks and fire sculptures, all accompanied at sunset by Derby Pigram Brother Colin and his daughter Kristi playing and singing from the deck of an old sailing boat, while candles burned inside a human size nest built from driftwood by Irish installation artist Jean Conroy. During the weeks leading up to MarshArt workshops were held with local Indigenous children to develop artwork and performance skills.

 

DADAA Inc Artist in residence, Sarah Nelson, conceived and developed the film portraiture on a bike 'Mobile Moments' for the 2008 MarshArt Festival. Working and riding with youth from the Derby and Mowanjum communities, the resulting short film was projected in a suitcase attached to the bikes trailer upon the mud flats of the Marsh. 

Mobile Moments acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

by sarah nelson - roadtheatre@gmail.com

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