What is NeoGeoGraphy? 

NeoGeoGraphy is a project which brings together creative practice and new technologies to capture the community’s connection with where they live. NeoGeoGraphy asks creative thinkers to explore and document how the Sunshine Coast community defines itself through place, interaction and time. The project is open to all forms of creative practice and thinking, with an emphasis on innovation.

NeoGeoGraphy falls under the 3C's Project, spanning three regional centres - Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, and Bundaberg - it aims to create sustainable outcomes for each community in terms of artistic development, creative enterprise and a model for community engagement.

Locally-designed community projects, based on digital or locative media, narrative and writing, will enrich each region and stimulate the creative business sector.  Each community will define and generate projects which engage schools, community groups, local government programs and a range of creative professionals.  Skills developed may further benefit all three communities in the long-term through the development of content for individual, business or community needs, such as education, tourism, television and print media and local government projects.

3Cs is a Community Partnerships initiative funded by the Australia Council and Arts Queensland in partnership with regional councils in the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Bundaberg.  It is led and implemented by Queensland Writers Centre and the 3Cs Project facilitator Jock McQueenie. 

NeoGeoGraphy Artist: Leah Barclay

Leah Barclay is directing the {neo}project as one of five artist selected in the first stage of the NeoGeoGraphy Project. Leah is an Australian composer and interdisciplinary artist who has been recognised internationally for her distinctive sonic language. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, India, China and Korea to wide acclaim.  

She creates complex sonic environments with a strong focus on the textural and timbral properties of sound. These works are realised through immersive performances and multi-sensory installations that have been described as “music in a new dimension”. Her work spans film, theatre and dance to hybrid performance, interactive media and site-specific installations. 

Her adventurous nature has led her to complete projects on the floor of the Australian ocean, desolate lava caves in New Zealand and the evocative backwaters of South India. Leah’s dynamic work has resulted in numerous awards, including the Premier of Queensland’s inaugural National New Media Scholarship, the Asialink Performing Artist Residency for South Korea and the HELM Award for Environmental Art. Her touring schedule takes her to periodic residencies in Kerala, South India where she is studying Carnatic percussion under Guru Subhash Kumar and Brisbane, Australia where she is completing her PhD under Gerardo Dirié and Kim Cunio.

NeoGeoGraphy Showcase

The Cooroy Mill Place precinct will come alive with the NeoGeoGraphy Showcase on Thursday 4 November when five local artists share their learning about what makes the Sunshine Coast “home".

Outdoor projections, performances, workshops, soundgardens, digital stories, zines and talks will tell stories of the Sunshine Coast. No bookings are required. Bring a picnic blanket and watch the performances against the backdrop of the Cooroy night sky.


6.00pm: Talk to the artists – Lyndon Davis and Judy Barrass. 
A smorgasbord of digital delights from the project.
6.30pm: Opening 
6.45 pm: Author Talk with Steven Lang – Real Estate Dreaming Talk to the artists – Leah Barclay and Sue Davis 
7.30pm: Welcome to Country and Didgeridoo performance 
7.45pm: Figments of Eliza 
8.15pm: {neo} sonic virtual orchestra 
8.30pm: Gubbi Gubbi dance performance 

From: 6.00 pm to 8.45 pm, Thursday 4 November 2010
Cooroy Mill Place Precinct, off Maple Street, Cooroy
Contact details: megan.marks@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au