Artsbox Residency

For the month of April I was in residence at the City of Maribyrnong Artsbox. Where I continued my exploration of clay and rope, discovering new ways they can interrelate. I invited visitors to make a pinch pot from clay and to share their clay stories. These pots and stories were woven into an installation that emerged over the four weeks of the residency. I had a steady stream of people popping in. Everyone was keen to get their hands dirty Most had a story or previous experience of clay. From traditional vessels and practices in Vietnam and Nepal,a  fathers who was potter…

Threads That Connect

INTO THE LIGHT 2016 Threads that Connect INTO THE LIGHT is a community process and event developed using art to explore ongoing recovery issues in the region, break down isolation and build connections. It began in 2011 in response to community needs following the 2009 Black Saturday Bush fires. Locals asked that the project be repeated, to continue a collective reflection, realising that community recovery is an ongoing and evolving process that takes time to unfold. So for the past 4 years we have been engaging in a collective collaborative art project in the Whittlesea Township and surrounding areas, as…

Warringa Park School

In November i was once again invited  back to  Warringa park special school. This is my 3rd project with them. I was  very excited to see the development in their skills …. In using the tape and the cane and understanding both what we are making and how to make it…. This time it was a tram …. The first day 4 classes helped me to build the frame, and the following week another 2 helped my cover it in the paper and then add the drawings. The fabulous art teachers Andrea and Ruth, had worked with their classes to…

Recovery takes time – a reflection on working with communities affected by disaster.

It’s a conversation with a preschool teacher twelve days into our residency in Minima Sanruki that reminds me of the deeper reasons we are here. ‘The town may be rebuilding, but in our minds and hearts we still suffer.’ Her face bears the weight of her loss: four years ago her husband didn’t come home. His body is still missing. The preschool is on a hill. It was the appearance of a truck and trees at the front of the tidal wave that sent her and the fifteen children still at the nursery scampering higher into the hills where they…

INTO THE LIGHT – Cycles of Change

Finally Here is the video of the event we created with the community of Whittlesea Township in September. INTO THE LIGHT is a community process and event developed using art to explore ongoing recovery issues in the region, break down isolation and build connections. It began in 2011 in response to community needs following the 2009 Black Saturday Bush fires. Locals asked that the project be repeated, to continue a collective reflection, realising that community recovery is an ongoing and evolving process that takes time to unfold. So for the past 4 years we have been engaging in a collective…

time to reflect

It’s ‘Community Arts Day’ and I’m sitting in my studio reflecting on the last 3 months, As I dither about, flicking through other web sites I find that on this day Neil Cameron has published a book “The Cultural Development Handbook. An A to Z guide to designing successful arts events in the community “ Neil was the man who introduced me to the world of fire, lanterns and large outdoor community events. I worked with him for 7 years at the Woodford Folk Festival and in a few other places. That time was wild, adventurous massive, exhausting, exhilarating  and…

a new home

last Thursday tsunami 2 was presented to the new principal of the school in Minami Sanruki that i visited 2 years ago. This school no longer has a school. The buildings have gone… although the GPS in the hire car says it is still there as it does with many locations ghosts hovering in a virtual landscape Instead this school shares the buildings with another school. next year the school itself will be merged with other schools. What makes a school? Its buildings or its teachers and students? anyway…. i presented tsunami 2 to the new principal… explaining that it…

INTO THE LIGHT-The Unfolding Story

was held on the 1st of September at the Whittlesea Showgrounds in Whittlesea,  Victoria. In follow up to last years event…. INTO THE LIGHT-The Unfolding Story was made up of a   lantern parade with 12 primary schools from the Whittlesea, Kinglake, Flowerdale and Nillimbick Communities, a spiral, video projections that filled the side of the cattleshed, a 30 meter shadow play and so much more…….. Here is the video of the night……..

The Lismore Lantern Parade

was last weekend It was fantastic we were blessed with a week of beautiful sunny weather. The parade continues to grow each year, although I’m hoping at 2000 people it has reached capacity!! This year i was only in Lismore for a week, thankfully i had some awesome people helping me to pull the parade together …….. heres a link to some of the media echo net daily northernstar and nastsky’s very beautiful photos Im in there carrying a fiery dragonfly…. my treat for managing the parade…. it can’t be all work…..