Backyard Reckoning is an invitation to contemplate deeply – perhaps for the first time perhaps for the hundredth – your personal relationship to originary and ongoing colonisation. This work is an audio experience that will invite you to sit patiently with your feelings, your understandings, your misapprehensions, your confusion, your prejudice, or resistance – and feel. It is an invitation to consider the colonising process as serious and ongoing. It is an invitation to take colonisation personally. The work weaves together local histories, observations, anecdotal and allegorical fragments, quotes, samples and sound-illustrations in an inviting and intriguing recording designed to facilitate gentle reckoning.Put on a pair of headphones, get settled, and let Backyard Reckoning take you on a thoughtful, at times playful, at times sorrowful exploration of ideas surrounding place, identity, and colonial history.


West Village
97 Boundary Street, West End


12 July 2019, 5pm – 9pm
13 – 14 July 2019, 10am – 3pm


Artist: Sally Molloy
Producers: people+artist+place and Metro Arts


Sally Molloy

Sally Molloy is an artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her practice is concerned with interrogating her relationship to place and critiquing the colonial legacy that shaped/s her white suburban social reality. Orbiting around conceptual terrains of whiteness studies, notions of the (never quite post) colonial, and the problematical Australian landscape tradition; her work is often awkwardly humorous and fused with an uneasy reverence. Sally works across disciplines such as painting, video, sculpture, composition, needlework, collage, and poetry, often questioning the implied hierarchy of media with her naïve aesthetic and enthusiasm for play. Sally is a current PhD candidate at the Queensland College of Art where she is exploring her relationship to the stolen Indigenous lands she inhabits, and loves.


people+artist+place is a new arts initiative that aims to stimulate and support the production of socially-engaged, participatory and site-specific art in Brisbane. Facilitating projects that expand community perceptions of art in public space, they embrace the ability contemporary art has, to enhance, critique and celebrate the places we live in. 

Producing innovative and accessible projects in the public realm, they strive to connect diverse audiences with artists and their work. They do this by delivering unique experiences, and providing professional development opportunities to local artists. Through doing this they hope to build a community of artists who feel confident to work alongside communities to develop compelling creative projects. 

They are passionate about Brisbane harnessing art as a tool to better understand its identity, the histories that have brought us to today, and the futures we’re planting now.  They believe this type of experience to be a positive force in fostering healthy minds, communities and urban environments. Research shows that projects of this nature deliver many economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits. 



This project is presented as a part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2019, produced by Metro Arts and people+artist+place.