Storytelling sound sculpture’s epic journey from desert to museum

Salvaged from the outskirts of a remote East Kimberley town, a broken old ute has been turned into a resonant cultural object, which is now travelling 3456 kilometres to its new home at a state museum.
Scene from The Journey Down performance (projection features Gija artist Gordon Barney).

The Journey Down is an ambitious art and music project produced by Western Australian new music organisation Tura, in collaboration with over 40 Australian musicians, and Indigenous Elders and artists from the Warmun and Kununurra communities.

What began as a small artist residency in a remote Kimberley town has grown into a landmark project that is now crossing huge expanses of the WA desert to share its stories through song, dance and art.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).