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The HAT Project 2006/07 is supporting 20 exchange fellowships between England, South Asia and Australia

Nick Barberton

Residency at JamFactory

One week left!

Posted by Nick Barbeton on 15th March 2007

Hi, I have just one week left here in Adelaide. My mind is thinking ahead to India, but I must keep on track. The exhibition opens on the 21st. Product must be at the gallery on the 19th. The Workshop is buzzing, six associates and some of their friends and partners are helping. I was not involved with the Forestry project and am well on track. I am carving, and do not need to listen to the machinery and therefore work early in the morning and write this after supper when the crowd are moving into top gear.

It is funny how ones mind shifts its viewpoint in space and time. Three weeks ago I was coming out of a matinee during the film festival, blinking in the bright sunlight and heat of the street at the summertime world around me, thinking ‘I love this town’. Now I am buying my food carefully so that I have an empty fridge in a weeks time, thinking ‘only one more Hindley Street weekend with all the noisy drunks leaving the clubs and strip joints to endure’. I have been here at the right time for me. The 40 degrees of my first night is a more reasonable 27 or so now. I have had the film festival, Womadelaide and some of the Fringe. The people have invited me to everything going. Wince if you had a HAT visitor and you didn’t ‘cos you were too old, too young, not rich enough etc. We English are appalling at inviting strangers home.

I love Australia and Australians.


Nick Barberton presents his artist's talk during cHAT week at Sanskriti, Delhi, India. March 2007 (note: the beginning of this video is missing due to a recording error)

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