Carclew House, a marvellous gothic-looking Victorian mansion overlooking Adelaide, has long been used as a centre for youth arts in South Australia since it was turned over to public ownership in 1976. Its multi-arts offerings includes several programs that focus on music. One is Music Match, which aims at filling in the music education needs of disadvantaged primary schools. Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel appeared in this in 2018, giving workshops to some 60 students.
Then there is Tjitjiku Tjukurpa (The Children’s Dreaming Project), which works with children from Amata, Pukatja and Mimili communities in the far north of South Australia. It is a project that teaches Inma ceremonial stories in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages through song and dance, and it aims to keep these ancient languages and traditions alive for future generations.
Another program that Carclew is currently piloting for delivery in 2021 is Music at Work. This is a flexible series of contemporary music industry workshops designed for high schools and students that, like Music Match, fills missing music education needs and paves the way for young peoples’ careers in song writing, performance, sound technology, music event management and other areas. Freelance music industry professionals are able to connect with schools to help teach this program.
A trial showcase concert featuring Music at Work students unfortunately had to be postponed due to COVID-19, but in its place is an invitation-only live music HOUSEPARTY on 2 December. This will see the launch of Carclew’s brand new ‘Gig Rig’, a van fitted out with sound equipment and an onboard video production facilities.
One of Carclew’s aims in 2021 is to take this vehicle to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups around larger Adelaide and South Australia for song writing, ukulele learning and film projects. BLKMPIRE First Peoples artists will be assisting in these. A four-day creative camp for 20 young ATSI children in the Onkaparinga region in Adelaide’s south kicks off in April, and then comes week-long activities including a concert, exhibition and screening in Port Augusta as part of Reconciliation Week in May-June.
Carclew is working with the SA Government’s Music Education Strategy, Music Education Roundtable and SACE in developing Music at Work, so it is a program of particular significance in the State’s music education push. Many other project partners are involved including local schools, Aboriginal community centres and the Guitar Festival.
Currently, Carclew is looking for music industry practitioners to help deliver workshops for Music at Work. Those interested, and schools wishing to take part, can contact Arts Programs Manager, Hannah Allert here.