Heather Van Heewaarden
“A Williamstown resident for over 20 years, I love the sound of foghorns in the early morning and the sight of huge ships gliding silently by as a backdrop to daily life. I arranged to spend time on a tugboat with its crew to find out how they operate and film their role in the local shipping industry. For the Art & Industry Festival, I will produce a short film, Sealegs, about the skipper and crew of one of the Williamstown tugboats.”
Local artist and curator Heather van Heerwaarden works in a variety of media including photography, text and film. She has an Honours degree in Fine Arts from RMIT (Painting) and a Master of Arts from Melbourne University.
Heather curates the Orbital Art Space in Central Square, Altona Meadows for Hobsons Bay City Council including the current exhibition Family featuring ceramics made by a local Aboriginal group. Recent projects include Memory Mapping, an Artist-in-Residence project at the Woods Street Art Space in Laverton, involving the collection of stories and images of people’s lives in Laverton; a collaboration with the Projector Bike team to develop these stories into a short documentary film for their Blokumentary project; two temporary public art events for Art in Public Places 2015, and a short documentary film titled Merhba for an exhibition featuring the local Maltese community (2013).