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Window display boots and all

Boot Hill at Eccleston Brian Doherty and his quirky window display at the James Theatre.
Nanjing Night Net

While the James Theatre in Dungog is not currently being utilised to its full extent, it doesn’t look deserted with a window gallery of boots.

The quirky, fun and creative exhibition is the brainchild of Brian Doherty from Gresford.

Mr Doherty wrote to the hall committee proposing to create a program of exhibitions in the James Theatre front windows during periods when the theatre foyer was not being used.

“I suggested to them that I will call for proposals to be submitted, make selections, oversee installations and promotions, and be responsible to ensure the safety and security of the windows and foyer,” he said.

“Viewing will be from the external footpath.

“This was proposed as a voluntary community interest project only and not a financial venture.

“The project started as a dinner party conversation and the idea came up for an exhibition suitable to put in the two large windows out the front.

“It is not to be a long term venture . . . just so the building doesn’t look deserted till it is operating again.”

The Lost Soles of Boot Hill exhibition comprises of a selection of shoes and boots from Rodney and Angus Hipwell’s property on Allyn River Road at Eccleston.

The brothers put up a Boot Hill sign and a few old shoes on the fence which has since increased to about 1000 by anonymous donations.

“The result is an anonymous but truly public artwork that has a great sense of fun and freedom and obviously connects with people,” Mr Doherty said.

“At one stage the owners put a chair out near the Boot Hill sign and have seen visitors of many nationalities stop, go over to the chair, and have their photo taken.

“Angus and Rodney have agreed to allow me to take a selection of the boots and re-install them in the James Theatre windows.

“An old wooden fence post was constructed with wire to hang the shoes on.

“I think this is a good start to the window displays . . . it’s fun, will attract attention, relates specifically to the local region and is a good example of the type of diorama I am looking for . . . interesting, quirky, fun, creative.

“I also like the fact that it is spontaneous and anonymous signaling that anyone can take part in the window project so long as they enter into the sense of good hearted public display.”

Contact Brian on 0412 372 687 if you would like to make a proposal for another exhibition.

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