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The School

Yaralla House, Sydney is the only public residential facility in the world that specifically accommodates PLHIV who require high level care as a result of HIV associated dementia. Services at Yaralla house consist of the medical team which includes a medical consultant, registrar, psychiatrist, nursing unit manager, nurses and access to the neighbouring public hospital for any acute care. 

The Project

All at once we are engulfed by the ocean,
transformed into dolphins and whales,
exploring the mystery of shadowed perception,
free of gravity and fear.

~ from 'Gateway', a group poem by Yaralla House participants and Jonathan Hill.

On Wednesday October 24, poet Jonathan Hill led participants from Yaralla House through poetic exercises responding to sculptures displayed as part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. Students worked with artists and educators to consider sculptures through different ‘lenses’ and were inspired to write poetry through tactile, visual and aural exploration: discovering what happens when you blend the forms of sculpture and poetry.

Gateway, a group poem + Jonathan Hill reflects on his experience with participants.

Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events, with 500,000 visitors viewing over 100 sculptures by artists from around the world. Held since 1997, this free to the public exhibition captures the imagination of Sydney and its visitors for three weeks each spring and is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. The exhibition generates an almost unprecedented level of goodwill among the public as they enjoy one of the most unique events in the world.

The Poet

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill resides on the NSW South Coast beside Jervis Bay. He has worked with The Red Room Company on the Clubs and Societies and Carved Trees projects. His poetry has featured in the Koori Mail and has also appeared in anthologies - Building Bridges (2013), Indo-Australian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2013), Cricket Poetry Award (2011/12). His poem - 'Acknowledgement of Country' has featured in a wide variety of publications and formal ceremonies throughout Australia.

Jonathan is of Indigenous Filipino and Australian heritage and works as a teacher in the field of Aboriginal education. Jonathan's work has been included in the national curriculum and has been studied by primary and senior students.