5 short stories
5 musical compositions
5 podcast episodes
Our time of crisis and isolation brought about by Covid-19 has shed light on the importance of artists in our society. Art can bring people closer together: inspiring, soothing, illuminating. Responding to themes of recovery and resilience as a result of the pandemic, The Noteworthy Project commissioned Sydney writers, musicians, illustrators, voice actors and a podcast producer to create new and diverse collaborative works.
Each of the five stories to be published over the next week and a half is accompanied by creative works responding to it: an illustration, a podcast reading of the work, a video of a musical composition. We also asked the creatives to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on their lives and livelihoods.
This project was made on Indigenous lands. We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to Indigenous Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty has never been ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
Kevin Bathman is an independent curator, graphic designer and cultural activist who is passionate about advancing social change through creativity. He believes that the arts are an untapped avenue for catalysing change and creating long-term social transformation. As a 2018 Chevening Scholar with a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, his creative and academic areas of interest encompass the social, political and cultural landscape of Malaysia and Southeast Asia. With an Indian/Chinese ancestry, Kevin has been researching the history, connections and cross-cultural stories between the Chinese and Indian culture for his project, The Chindian Diaries.
Masako Fukui is an independent audio producer, writer and bilingual journalist. She is a regular contributor to ABC RN and teaches audio features and documentaries at AFTRS. She has won a number of international and Australian awards for her audio work. Previously, she was a bilingual radio and print journalist for major news organisations in Tokyo and Sydney. Masako was born in New Delhi and is now based in Sydney.