Headliners received the 2012 Judge's Commendation in The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition (Judge: Maura Reilly; Selection Panel: Chris Bennie, Naomi Evans, Simon Wright)
Headliners was originally commissioned by ACCA for ART#2 and was published weekly in The Weekly Advertiser in June-July 2011. The work exists in two formats, both the original newspaper pages and as a series of editioned prints.
As a response to the invitation to execute a project in Horsham in regional Victoria that engaged the local community, I devised Headliners as a way to navigate the possible pitfalls of working in a community and region I had little experience of. Initially, I advertised for “non newsworthy” participants in a classified advertisement in the paper. Each week, I would call a different respondent each night on the telephone, and we chat about their daily life, job, family, weather and Horsham in general. At the end of each week, I would collate my dossier of notes and quotes and devise a poetic, cryptic headline for that participant. The following week, the headline would be published in the paper, along with each subject’s name.