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…

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…

Lantern Season is over…for this year

Since returning from the  Bird Lab Residency is Sweden I have been deep in lantern land. First the Lismore Lantern Parade This year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of this fabulous event. and then INTO THE LIGHT – Cycles of Change. This was the 4th year for INTO THE LIGHT, which started in response to the 2009 Black Saturday fires. Each year we have reflected on the process of healing and with a group of local artists,designed an event in response to where the community is at now. It is a very special event. I feel privileged to be part of it…

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…

June

June has been an exciting month. Into the lIght – The Unfolding Story won a national Local Government award for active arts. This was very exciting, a great acknowledgement for us and the community and for everyone that participated and helped to create this magical event….. needless to say it will happen again this year. Unfortunately i couldn’t join Mahony and Lee in Canberra to collect the award as i was once again wrangling 2300 people for the Lismore Lantern Parade. Which was amazing. The shift to Oaks Oval was massive, and while there were a few teething problems, the…

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……..