The Bridge Projects

The Bridge Projects are a series of creative experiences inspired by the West Gate Bridge that includes theatre, visual arts, archival material, large-scale projections, talks and music.

You are invited to:

> The Play
> The Exhibition
> The Lighting of the West Gate Bridge
> The Projection and The Images
> The Symposium

Have you ever stood at the memorial under the West Gate Bridge in Douglas Parade, Spotswood and wanted to know more about the bridge and the memorial? This is how a collaboration between artists Donna Jackson and Bindi Cole Chocka began.

In 1990, Donna commissioned Bindi’s mother, Vicki Reynolds to write a play commemorating the twenty-year anniversary of the collapse of the West Gate Bridge. Bindi helped her mother research the play and even went up inside the West Gate Bridge and met workers who told their stories about the building and collapse of the bridge. Donna then directed Vicki’s play The Bridge at Footscray Community Arts Centre and Bindi performed in it.

In 2017, Donna invited Bindi, now a successful contemporary artist, to consider a residency at the Art & Industry Festival 2018. Bindi saw this as an opportunity to remount and extend her now late mother’s play.

Bindi suggested the 2018 version of The Bridge include a story, unearthed during the initial research, of Aboriginal musicians paid to perform for the workers on the West Gate Bridge at lunchtime. Also, to bring on board composer James Henry, a sought-after sound designer in dance and theatre and performer with the Black Arm Band and Archie Roach.

This three-way collaboration has led to a creative explosion inspired by the richness of layered narratives that emerged out of bringing The Bridge back to life. We invite you to explore them. We are also keen to hear your stories of the bridge.