CELEBRATE: Tom Avery, aka Blakboi, is encouraging former students of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to be part of the upcoming Silver Jubilee.
CELEBRATE: Tom Avery, aka Blakboi, is encouraging former students of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to be part of the upcoming Silver Jubilee. Marc Stapelberg

Conservatorium calls on former students to join project

THE Northern Rivers Conservatorium has sounded the call to its former students to be part of an innovative project aimed at celebrating their silver jubilee in October 2016.

Kobi Jae, who studied acting and a Diploma in Music at the Conservatorium from 2007-2009, has encouraged past students and teachers to join the growing database of NRC alumni, and share their stories as part of the RealArtWorks storytelling project, Building Still Lives.

Their voices and stories will breathe new life into the historic building as multi-media projections, open air concerts, workshops, exhibitions and films reinvigorate the connections to the 25 year old conservatorium.

Executive director Anita Bellman said thousands of students would have passed through the college.

She said their lives, their voices and their experiences were what made the legacy of the conservatorium so special.

"It is the best part of the job," she said.

"Seeing how students like Blakboi have developed their talents and skills is truly amazing."

Conservatorium alumni Blakboi, aka Tom Avery, graduated in 2010 and said the space, location facilities and staff kept him coming back to the building.

"It will be really good to see where everyone's journey has taken them," he said.

"A lot of people have moved to Melbourne and overseas."

Blakboi is in his 24th day of a 60-day busking challenge to help raise money for his new album.

He also has a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.com. Alumni interested in sharing their stories can contact Kobi at alumni@nrcac.edu.au or call 6621 2266.


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