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Long Story Short

Imagine driving along a highway that transforms into a visual and audio storybook of the Coorong. That is the idea behind Long Story Short, a cutting-edge arts initiative, which aims to tell the stories of unique Coorong characters through innovative roadside installations.

LSS Tree

Led by Australian writer Mark Thomson, who has spent decades telling the stories of regional men through arts projects and books, the project aims to develop a visual narrative of men living in regional communities, including their daily life, challenges and hardships faced.

The project will encourage partnerships with local artists and residents and take a humorous and optimistic look at the life of men living in regional Australia.

By incorporating the voices and stories of Coorong locals, the project aims to translate original and diverse stories into artistic outcomes, including sculptures, signage, audio works and illumination art around Tailem Bend, Raukkan and the Mallee Highway.

Sports are War

When the project is complete, the broader audience that travel the highways will be able to hear and see the voices of the Coorong brought to life through art.

Partnering with the Coorong Suicide Prevention Network and focussing on regional and Indigenous men, two of the highest risk groups for mental health issues and suicide, the project will encourage resilience and fortitude through artistic interpretation.

The project is also designed to connect with travellers, with strategically placed artworks assisting with fatigue minimisation and encouraging engagement at designated rest stops.

Benefits for the Coorong community include:

  • Local stories and voices heard
  • Visual and artistic impact for both visitors and local residents
  • Supporting the health and mental wellbeing of Coorong residents
  • Community connectedness
  • Cultural and historical significance of storytelling

Coolinong Cat

Coorong Council thanks Country Arts SA for their generous support of the project with a $5,000 co-contribution grant and is currently seeking further funding opportunities.

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Coorong District Council

95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend SA 5260

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

Call: 1300 785 277


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