Blending Aboriginal, Irish and Australian stories, the artists will create an immersive cultural backbone for the storyworld of Luxville.


Luxville is a fabulism (a term coined by Mark Twain to define mixing fact with fiction), telling the story of an artist’s revolution. It features muses who challenge their city to be curious about its heart. It asks, ‘Can a city lead with love?’

Together film artist Erin M McCuskey (Irish/Australian), visual artist Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung/English) and cultural dancer Tammy Gilson (Wadawurrung/English) will create a series of story fragments of this place. Fragments reflective of ancient stories, settlement/invasion culture and immigrant stories.

They will share language in a cultural exchange to feel for knowledge and seek pathways between the real and the story world. They will experiment with nonlinear storytelling embracing Aboriginal culture and Irish culture to shape the narrative into multiple plotlines to share the message that cultures can exist side by side, with contrast and contradiction. There is room for all stories.

From these fragments, and taking inspiration from immersive story projects, McCuskey will weave short films with her iconic use of overlay and archival footage and experimenting with 360 video, direct address through narration and digital cinema experiences.

What activities will the Creators Fund support you to undertake?

The artists will share language and culture to experiment in piecing together story fragments that inspire curiosity and emotion about how we live. A series of yarning sessions begin the project with cultural sharing of traditional stories and characters who populate those stories. Then we will embellish the stories, add detail and broader strokes. Scripts will be developed over time and short films will be created that are accessible through cinema and device (XR & AR)

Can you talk us through what your work routine will look like with the help of a creator's fund grant?  

The creative process will be a full time 6-month immersion in the storyworld of Luxville, a chance to focus completely on the creation of characters, multiple plot lines and experiment with 360 technology.

Where would you like to see yourself and your career at the end of this process?  

This project will support a cultural screen collaboration to produce works that will make people feel. The end of this process will see more people engaging in immersive challenging screen works produced regionally. We hope it will also raise our profile to continue to work.

Website (Erin McCuskey): https://yumcreative.yumstudio.com.au/

Website (Deanne Gilson): https://www.deannegilson.com/

Instagram (Artist – Erin McCuskey): https://www.instagram.com/erinmccuskey/

Instagram (Artist – Deanne Gilson): https://www.instagram.com/yam.daisy.studio/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yumstudio

Find out more about the Creators Fund program.