Gig Rig

For Artists / For Children / For Schools / For Youth

With the incredible donation of a Mercedes Sprinter from the CMV Foundation, Carclew’s ‘Gig Rig’ is an all-terrain mobile sound and media studio. It can host sound recording, song writing, screen and podcasting activity as well as technical support for live music and dance performance.

Utilising youth music genres, contemporary dance, film and design, Carclew is supporting the development of BLKMPIRE; a First Nations creative industries initiative.

During 2021, the technical capabilities of the Gig Rig and the versatile skills of BLKMPIRE artists will be creatively engaging with young mob, off road and on Country.

The Gig Rig will roll into Port Augusta for a week-long creative intensive at Carlton School during May for Flashy Mob as part of the official launch event of Umeewarra Downtown within the 2021 Adelaide Guitar Festival On the Road program.

A full day of music, media and dance workshops designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children within two primary schools in the Onkaparinga region. Based on specific creative interest of each school, Carclew will deliver tailored immersive workshops in contemporary music and dance delivered by a team of professional creative facilitators utilising connection to spirit and place for a creative experience that is culturally empowering.
Project partners:
C4C Onkaparinga | Anglicare
This is a Communities for Children activity funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

A world-class team of partner organisations collaborated with local community groups in Port Augusta to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in a song writing, ukulele learning, dance performance ‘flash mob’ and film project during Reconciliation Week.

Carclew’s Gig Rig rolled into town for a week-long creative intensive at Carlton School with lead artist Kaine Sultan-Babij alongside dancers, sound engineers and film makers to create a dance performance. Meanwhile Nathan May worked with young people from Uniting Country SA’s youth program over 5-weeks in a song writing and ukulele workshop program.

On Friday 28 May 2021 the two creative teams came together for a ‘flash mob’ showcase performance in Port Augusta’s Gladstone Square as part of the official launch event of Umeewarra Downtown within the 2021 Adelaide Guitar Festival On the Road program.

The spectacle was captured using multiple cameras and a drone to create a film clip and living record of the creativity and spirit of community pride for all the young participants and project partners.

Friday 28 May, 5pm
Gladstone Square, Port Augusta

Check out the full Umeewarra Downtown program here

This project was made possible through the generous support of the Morialta Trust

Project partners: Adelaide Guitar FestivalCarlton SchoolDreamBIG Children’s FestivalUmeewarra Aboriginal MediaUniting Country SA

A week-long engagement of song, dance, film and crafts to celebrate 12 years of inter-generational creative projects between Carclew and APY communities. The gathering will culminate in an celebration event incorporating exhibition, screening and concert that pays tribute to the deep and vital work of Elders to protect culture and language for the young ones, acknowledge the cultural mentors and emerging arts leaders, and celebrate the young ones coming up.
Project partners:
Lee-Ann Buckskin & Associates | Australian Government Indigenous Language and Arts Program Department of the Premiere and the Cabinet | APY Lands Cultural Authorities

Banner image: a young musician on stage in front of the Gig Rig van – Photo by Jemah Finn