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STORYBOX features artworks by contemporary artists, performers,  filmmakers and photographers. 

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Contemporary art & performance 

This six-part series is a collaboration between Esem Projects and Richard Briggs, commissioned for Storybox Parramatta. 

Parramatta is a city once described as the 'infrastructure capital of the world' by former NSW Premier Mike Baird. Suburban streets and single story office buildings are making way for multi-story apartment blocks wherever one looks.  

 

Richard's line drawings have an affinity for both the everydayness and the beautiful complexity of these rapid changes.

www.richardbriggs.com.au

Trace Parramatta

Illustrations by Richard Briggs.

Produced and commissioned by ESEM Projects, 2020

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Towards the River

Gillian Kayrooz, 2020

This series of scans depicts found materials collected on the walk from the local train station to the Parramatta River. Navigating this area of Parramatta is a personal experience that I have constantly revisited as a child, adolescent and now as an emerging artist at the Parramatta Artist Studios.

Gillian Kayrooz is an emerging artist from Western Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts with first class honours from the Sydney College of the Arts. In 2018 she was awarded the Create NSW Young Creative Leaders Fellowship which led her to exhibit internationally in the Asia-pacific region. She most recently completed residencies at the Chengdu Academy of Fine Arts in China, the Sapporo Tenjinyama Artist Studio and Tokyo ArtnShelter precinct in Japan. In 2020, Kayrooz is a studio artist in residence at the Parramatta Artist Studios.  

 

www.gilliankayrooz.com

Underflow

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, 2020

'Underflow' articulates a moment of close observation and interaction with the sounds, wind, light, birds and people which enliven Parramatta River.

Sydney based artist Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen uses experimental drawing, listening, sound and video practices to explore processes of embodied listening. Through interactions with the surfaces, people and atmospheric contingencies of places, Chen examines how drawing and listening can engender new connections and enact distinct senses of places. 

 

www.cyzchen.com

Underflow

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, 2020

Brian Powyer Portrait

Brad Robson, 2021

Brian Powyer (1948-2019) was passionately committed to protecting, sharing and celebrating the heritage of Parramatta and Western Sydney.

 

Brian championed the history of Parramatta as a place to discover so much of Sydney's history. Please consider joining the National Trust of Australia (NSW) or The Parramatta and District Historical Society.

 

Portrait by Brad Robson, commissioned by ESEM Projects for STORYBOX. 

bradrobson.com.au

Underflow

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, 2020

We Are Here

FORM Dance, 2020

Celebrating a new contemporary dance initiative by Parramatta based FORM Dance Projects. 

FORM Dance are a STORYBOX Parramatta partner, celebrating diverse dance cultures across Greater Western Sydney. 

form.org.au

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Baaro

Shivanjani Lal, 2020

Baaro, is a durational performance, Lal sets light to 100 small hand made turmeric bowls at her family home in western Sydney. Burning haldi (turmeric) is a healing ritual passed down by Indian women. Burning is a ritual act within Hinduism; it is used in hawan's as an act of cleansing and renewal. Burning is also how sugar is formed.

Shivanjani's work on STORYBOX also features Like This Incense and Kala Pani.

 

shivanjanilal.com

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