Rampaging robots, to unmanned bulldozers, to natural disaster. This is town planning at its most extreme.”

Touted as a hidden gem of  the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Woodvale South was a must see performance for anyone who wanting to be challenged by preconceptions of what artists with disabilities are capable of. Hand-picked for the Fringe Festival Hub program at the North Melbourne Town Hall, Woodvale South involved the construction of an enormous city from discarded wooden debris and found objects.

Performed over three hours by the Art Day South collective, a team of artists created unique buildings and scapes, eventually creating a large city in intricate detail. Project tutor Rhian Hinkley likened the work to “a visionary team of town planners, architects and construction workers – a new outlook on the way we live and the way we want to live.” Uninhibited by the burden of architectural history, the Art Day South collective created an environment where aesthetics rule supreme and functionality must tow the line.

The concept of doom loomed large over the show, and ended in a cathartic conclusion as the group destroys the work, leaving a blank canvas, an empty room.

Woodvale South won the ‘Best Live Art’ Award, announced at the 2010 Fringe Closing Night Awards.


Art Day South, based deep in suburban Melbourne’s Dingley Village, is a cross-disciplinary contemporary arts project committed to providing a place for artists with disabilities to explore, develop and produce new work. The project was coordinated by Arts Access Victoria.

Katina Anapaikos, Melissa Atwell, Valerie Bingham, Catherine Craig, John Eslick, Christine Galtopoulos, Joceline Lee, Debra Lissek, Bruce McKenzie, Jeffrey Philips, Edward Treloar, Paula Whiting.

Saturday 2 October 2010, 2pm-5pm

Sunday 3 October 2010, 2pm-5pm

North Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Fringe Festival Hub


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