Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Multicultural Projects Inject Life into the Mall

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Multicultural Projects Inject Life into the Mall

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OVER the past three months, Ipswich Multicultural Projects Inc embarked on a new project.

Thanks to the RADF and Council and with the co-operation of centre management, we had the use of a shop 601 in the mall.

RADF had funded a project of Anthony Edwards, named the Old Court House Project. The idea was to produce five papier-mache figures of an actual court case heard in the area, many years ago.

It was to tie in with the 150-year celebrations of Ipswich and give us all a window on the past. It will be presented during February in the Old Court House.

Anthony set about researching the court files and developed his dialogue. He contacted recording artists and studios, and started to build the frames for his court figures.

He was amazed at the response of many passers-by, who gave some of their time to be part of the project. Some were just little kids who enjoyed dabbling in the paste, and others were older people who appreciated the therapeutic value of getting lost in a project. With the development of Riverlink, the mall had suffered a lull in trading and many businesses had moved out. The project brought some life back to the mall.

The project was so successful, IMP decided to carry it on after the court figures were completed. Hedy Keogh set up a new project for the shop. …

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