Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Historic bells toll in Wodonga

A series of historic and beautifully crafted instruments has been brought to the Wodonga for an outdoors workshop in Belvoir Park this Thursday evening (September 7).

The Melbourne Museum’s Federation Handbells were originally commissioned by Arts Victoria for the 2001 Centenary of Federation. Arts Space Wodonga has arranged for them to visit Wodonga as part of the current Soundscapes exhibition by local artist Abi Thompson.

The Hear the Bells Toll workshop will allow people to stroll around the park, ringing the bells as they go, and enjoy the distinctive and beautiful sounds reverberate around the lake.

The workshop is part of the current Soundscapes exhibition at Arts Space Wodonga, where local artist Abi Thompson explores the idea of another dimension within the traditional landscape.

“For me, a landscape involves all the sensory perceptions – not just the visual aspects, but the sounds as well,” said Abi.

She describes a soundscape as the unique auditory environment that surrounds a listener and which listeners identify with a particular place – a soft breeze through fallen leaves, birdsong, the crunch of footsteps in frost-bitten grass and the murmur of a stream – that all evoke a time and an experience.

With this exhibition of watercolour paintings, Abi breaks away from working with the landscape in a silent and introspective manner and makes a return to plein air.

The Soundscapes exhibition on until Saturday, September 30, in Arts Space Wodonga.

The Hear the Bells Toll workshop is on at 6pm this Thursday, September 7, and again at 10am on Saturday, September 16 at Belvoir Park gazebo, Sumsion Gardens.

Other events relating to the exhibition:

  • Wine and Watercolours workshop: Thursday, September 21, 6pm to 8pm
  • Sounds of Spring: Join local artists Cate Geard and Jacqui Coupe in a school holiday activity program – drop in between 10am and noon from Tuesday, September 26 to Thursday, September 28.