US based artists Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton form a collaboration called ‘Sindikit in Washington DC.
‘Sindikit is both an extension of their individual practices and a collaborative art project. They conduct studio visits, give joint artist talks, moderate panels, and develop programming as a team.
Sindikit hosted a community led project in collaboration with the Mulberry Project at the Pepperina Gallery in Nobby (south of Toowoomba), work with Alexandra Lawson Gallery and fine arts students at USQ, and visit First Coat Studios in Toowoomba.
Radio Interview - Nathan Morris from the ABC on the Collaboration with the Mulberry Project
Saturday March 2, 10am Community Meet and Greet - Nobby
video by Kirsty Lee
Open Studio - Monday 4th March - Friday 9th March
at Red Door Gallery USQ, West Street, Toowoomba (open studio/all welcome)
Meet and Greet - Tuesday 5th March
5:30 - 7pm at First Coat Studios, 6 Laurel Street, Toowoomba (all welcome)
Artist Talk - Wednesday 6th March (with RAYGUN PROJECTS)
11am, Red Door Gallery, A Block, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba
Exhibition Opening - Thursday 7th March (with RAYGUN PROJECTS)
5.30pm, Red Door Gallery, A Block, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba.
video by Kirsty Lee
Saturday 9th March
Community conversation in Nobby, 4pm at the Nobby Hall
Collaboration with the ‘Mulberry Project’, at Pepperina Gallery, 12 Tooth Street, Nobby
video by Kirsty Lee
Zoë Charlton is based in Baltimore in the US and her work has been included in national and international exhibitions in the US, Warsaw in Poland and Zurich, Switzerland. She is a past recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant and has been an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Charlton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the American University in Washington.
Tim Doud is a Professor at the American University in Washington. He is, among other endeavours, a figurative artist with his portraits exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and in exhibitions around the world. His work has been included in many anthologies and exhibitions. He has received fellowships and residencies, including a number from the Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC and others in New York, Paris and Banff, Canada.
THE MULBERRY PROJECT
Image courtesy of the Mulberry Project
The Mulberry Project is a pilot social enterprise based in the Toowoomba Region in Queensland. The project seeks to address unemployment and depression in new migrant communities by transforming underutilised farmland into niche market gardens and facilitating opportunities for economic participation, training and well-being for migrants.
The Mulberry Project began in late September 2016 while picking mulberries on Louise Noble’s family property in Nobby, south of Toowoomba on the Darling Downs.
A Zimbabwean friend of Louise’s, Shupi Kanemanyanga said, “What’s all this “dirty” grass doing here?” “Why aren’t you growing anything? My people are without work and we all know how to grow food.”
With the help of local farmer Andrew Manz, they cultivated a plot of 500m2 and in four months they harvested over 600 bunches of leaf vegetable and 120kg of zucchinis, okra, tomatoes & chillies.
The Masabah & Numbi families, recently arrived refugees from the Congo, have been working hard on the project and together they have grown over 40 different varieties of vegetable and shared the produce with more than 20 families.
As Schadrach Msabah so movingly said, "Without the foods that our community loves to eat, we feel like visitors. When we see these foods, when we can grow them, we feel like we are at home."
‘Sindikit spend time in Nobby with Louise Noble of The Mulberry Project and the community (video by Kirsty Lee)