Holes in the Wall
Holes in the Wall was a one night only site specific installation in a Carlton North home. The house was emptied of its inhabitants and artists worked within the confines of the existing domestic space, creating installations amidst the everyday lives of the people that normally reside there.
An artist was assigned to each room of the house, (3 bedrooms and a living room) and art collective Urban Village Melbourne created work for the outside spaces (front garden/footpath, backyard and laneway bar).
The audience, mostly local community, could not enter the house but rather were invited to peer from the laneway into these strange yet familiar worlds via the windows.
How was the space first identified and who was contacted to secure it?
I live in the house that was used. I discussed the project with my house mates outlining what would take place and came to negotiated terms. City of Yarra (the local council) was contacted in regards to the use of the laneway for a public event.
What was required to secure the space?
To secure the use of the laneway I needed obtain a permit from City of Yarra (the local council). For permit approval I needed to notify all neighbours of the event, aquire public liability insurance, insure there would be sufficient lighting in the laneway and organize a traffic management plan.
What were the costs?
Steps hire from MegaDeck Staging, Public Liability Insurance, bar supplies, lighting equipment, printing of promotional flyers and program, hired photographer, and a small artist payment for each artist to cover materials.
What were the resources available to you?
A City of Yarra Grant. Advice and assistance with logistical problems from Brona Keenan, City of Yarra Arts and Cultural Development Officer Arts & Cultural Services in liason with the Community Amenity Unit. White Rabbit Brewery sponsored the event.
Who helped you to fit it out?
I had incredible support and assistant from a wide range of friends within the Melbourne art community. They helped with everything from writing the catalogue essay to serving at the bar on the night of the event.
What were/are the obstacles?
The main obstacle was figuring out the safest and cheapest way to set up steps at each window on the uneven surface of the laneway. After many discussions with City of Yarra we decided Mega Deck Staging Hire was the best option. They delivered and installed the steps to sit safely on the cobble stone.
Creating a sufficient and safe lighting set up for the laneway was also a challenge. A volunteer stood at each step with a torch and a rope light was run all the way down the laneway.
What were/are the risks?
Public injuring. A risk assesment was carried out and volunteers were hired on the night for crowd control. As this was a rental property a big risk was damaging the house. All artists were made aware of this from the start. All installation ideas were run by me for approval.
Who owned the space?
An unsuspecting landlord.