My sojourn at the Old Birrego School as part of the CAD Factory Rural Residency program has come to an end. I will return to my life in Sydney and Vic, Sarah and Holly will continue to live in the Old Birrego School. They have now decided to open the exhibition of From Our School House again next weekend for those who missed it, and this time perhaps operate a “school bus” for those who do not wish to drive at night.
The Old Birrego School was certainly a memorable school for me. Perhaps the lessons taught in this classroom in the last two and a half weeks may have had some small effect on lives of many people who had spent time with me. Our numerous mistakes and mishaps paved the way for our teacher to come to us. Our teacher was wisdom held within the memories of this place.
Some memories held by this place came back alive through our work and we have created new memories. Vic, Sarah and Holly will continue to create new memories at the Old Birrego School. For Holly, this place will be her earliest childhood memory. As adults we all know how important that is. And strangely enough, the older we grow, the more important it becomes.
I hope one day another artist will visit the Old Birrego School and continue digging – like I have done – but even deeper – to uncover ancient memories of this place, earlier than 1886 when the Old Birrego School opened. The traditional custodians of the place where the Old Birrego School stands, their memories and ancestor spirits are waiting to be remembered.
I think I remember a saying: The teacher will come in time when the student is ready to learn.