Immersive installation explores cityscape through light and sound

As part of an overarching Access and Inclusion program being developed by the Civic Theatre, on Tuesday 25 May, the people of Newcastle will have the opportunity to view an installation in City Hall which delivers a unique perspective on the city centre.

The Civic Theatre team has partnered with one of the Hunter’s largest Disability Service Providers, Mai-Wel, to facilitate this creative initiative for young people in the Newcastle area.

Over the last 12 weeks, the Mai-Wel Creative Arts team has delivered a series of Sights and Sounds workshops in the accessible Banquet Room in City Hall.

Mai-Wel spokesperson, Katrina Sharman said the inclusive program has enabled young people with disability, who may not otherwise have access to art-related activities and creative opportunities, to develop a wide range of skillsets.

“Ranging in age from 18 to 25, our participants were called upon to explore Newcastle and design an art installation which stimulates the senses,” said Ms Sharman.

“The workshops have been designed to develop confidence and capacity to collaborate on a unique, immersive sound and visionary experience. The experience has provided opportunities for participants to explore a range of creative mediums and, in particular, build their video and sound-recording skills as mediums for self-expression.

“There has been a focus on electronic dance music and soundscape or visual communication through creative video making and projection, which has really resonated with the participants,” added Ms Sharman.

The culmination of the 12 weeks of workshops is the A Sense of the City immersive art installation which, fittingly, will be held at the heart of Newcastle in the City Hall.

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Clr Nuatali Nelmes said the city was proud to have supported this initiative through the collaboration between Mai-Wel and the Civic Theatre.

“This initiative involving Civic Theatre, is yet another vital community program that embeds our facilities with the community and supports creative development” said Clr Nelmes.

“The partnership with Mai Wel has created pathways for young people with disability to connect and gain skills they can apply in a range of environments.

“In facilitating the program, the Civic Theatre team has provided both the Banquet Room in City Hall for the 12 weeks of workshops and the Concert Hall for the final collaborative installation created by the artists during those 12 weeks. We are delighted with this innovative way to activate City Hall with young-focused initiatives with wide-ranging community benefits,” added Clr Nelmes.

For more information about A Sense of the City works to break down the barriers to employment, visit the MWLFS website or contact the team on 40158400 or


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