On November 12th, CuriousWorks artists, community members, friends and family came together for the 3rd annual CuriousWorks showing of work in community and works-in-progress, this year titled Urban Stories: Prototype.

Inspired by the diversity, beauty and vitality of Western Sydney, the evening took audiences through Bidwill, Miller, Fairfield, Campbelltown and more to experience works from the CuriousCreators, CuriousWomen, ReFILL, FUNPARK, and Makers Space.

The works shown spanned from the year that was to our future dreaming, including:

  • Trishul, a documentary draft concept by Sivani Yaddanapudi and Samantha Barahona about the relationship between migrant mothers and daughters
  • Mirrah and Zeadala, a documentary draft concept by Samia Halabi about women in hip-hop, ft. a live performance by Zeadala
  • Grandma’s Garden, a documentary draft concept by Amira Halabi exploring oral story-telling with her famil
  • A public reading of Let Me Know When You Get Home, performed by Gloria Demillo and May Tran; it was announced that the play would have its world premiere with National Theatre of Parramatta at Riverside Theatres.
  • The Mt Druitt Press Conference, ahead of their appearance at ChangeFest and FUNPARK at the 2020 Sydney Biennale.
  • The introduction of GENerate2168, presented through ReFILL representatives Shonali Sharma and Noor Al-Boudi from Miller Technology High School 
  • And finally, a live VR demonstration of Just Visiting, presented by Zoe Tomaras from Makers Space.


Thank you to everyone who braved the heat and catastrophic fire warnings to celebrate with us at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.  It was so gratifying to be able to celebrate with our mentors, our family, our community, and recognise the work everyone has done throughout the year. Everyone was warm, welcoming and generous with their feedback.

Urban Stories: Prototype was a mammoth effort, only made possible through the time, support and grit of all artists and community leaders involved.  We’re immensely proud of the showing and everyone involved.

If you still have feedback to give, please don’t hesitate to share!

All event photos taken by Elham BehinAein. 

Urban Stories: Prototype was produced by: Caitlin Newton-Broad and Miranda Aguilar, with technical support from Elias Nohra.

Thank you to Huy Nguyen for the beautiful designs; to Mr. Oud for the use of his song, Lightning McQueen;  to the 360 video crew: Diego Murillo, Samantha Barahona, Sandra May, Tracy Guo and Miranda Aguilar; and to our mentors who’ve supported us and the works at their various stages of development.