Stories of the Brooker Highway
Stories of the Brooker Highway was our major community storytelling project for 2017. It celebrated the rich stories and histories of the Brooker Highway. More than just an 17-km stretch of road from Bridgewater to Hobart, the Brooker Highway is the common thread that connects Hobart’s northern suburbs.
This community storytelling project featured stories and images collected from and created by the local community about their experiences living and working around the Brooker Highway. Unearthed with the help of the Story Island Project during early 2017, these stories and images capture some of the overlooked, the surprising and the unusual features of a stretch of road that is so familiar to us all.
The Story Island Project collected these community stories at locations and events across Hobart’s northern suburbs, including: Glenorchy LINC, MONA Market, Moonah Taste of the World Festival, Moonah Arts Centre, Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP!) and the Hobart Showground Sunday Market.
At the heart of this project is a selection of creative stories and illustrations from young people who attend schools located on the Brooker Highway, reimagining the life of the Highway in new and exciting ways. The creative works were produced through storytelling workshops led by the Story Island Project at three schools: Austins Ferry Primary School, Montrose Bay High School and Claremont College. Some students read and interpreted the stories collected from the community and creatively transformed these into unique pieces; others imagined the future of the Brooker Highway. The project also featured a collaborative story that was crafted by students at each of the six schools located on the Brooker Highway.
These were all featured at an exhibition at Moonah Arts Centre in August–September 2017, and published in a book launched in December 2017.
Stories of the Brooker Highway celebrated the northern suburbs as a place rich in stories, and a community filled with strong creative voices.
Thanks to Moonah Arts Centre, LINC Tasmania and Nyrstar for supporting this project!
Photo courtesy of the Jakobovski family