Our Projects

‘Arts & Culture projects encourage people to participate in creating their visions of a healthy and sustainable community through a creative, inclusive and reflective learning process and assist in telling important stories of individuals and communities, engendering pride, connectedness and a sense of belonging. These projects help to strengthen and build connections in the community (community capacity building) and build Social Capitol’

PROJECTS

Slippry Sirkus has worked diversely across strategic and artistic direction, creative production, project development & management and as project artists on the following projects and outcomes.

The projects were delivered in partnerships and collaboration working with arts, non government and government organisations. i.e. ALNF,  ArtsNW, Arts MidNorth Coast, Australian Shakespeare Company, Barkly Regional Arts,  Beyond Empathy, BigHart, BluEarth, CCAF, CentaCare, Circus Monoxide, Creative Peoples Collective, Desert Pea Media, Djilpin Arts, Juvenile Justice, Miimi Mothers, Mission Australia,  NASCA, NSW Health, NSW Dept. of Housing, Orana Arts, Reconnect, ROMP, Smith Family, TAFE.

2014 – 2016

Love and Life Young Mothers project , Macleay Valley, ‘is an interdisciplinary arts exploration of motherhood, .through the sharing of narratives from personal experiences that present intimate and sometimes challenging perspectives of pregnancy, birth and motherhood funded by Regional Arts NsW the project is engaging with young mothers to share their experiences  and the challenges of motherhood.

Utilising digital story telling, photography and narrative, emerging artist and young mother Caylie Lyons has been gathering stories and sharing her own journey of motherhood which will  be shown as a digital  installation and exhibition at the ArtMakas Gallery in Kempsey, before  being exhibited in Sydney.

Articipate

The twelve month project supported by Kempsey Council and funded by Arts NSW provided opportunity and access to creative skills for the young people to in the outlying communities of the Macleay Valley.

During the year the young people of the Macleay Valley participated  arts programs in dance, digital media, visual arts and physical circus with public outcomes to showcase their new skills

Ongoing…

Many Faces of the Macleay is a living project which has been gathering images of the many faces of the communities that make out the Macleay Valley, these images were produced into ‘Under One Roof’ a installation using four projectors and showcased at the Macleay River Festival

The Many Faces of the Macleay is part of a larger initiative which seeks to explore and understand community, connection and identity and how this impact on social capital.

Macleay Festival Project also saw Slippry Sirkus as creative producer delivering programs  and workshops in textiles, dance, and music with the Dunghutti Elders Council and  into community halls and schools across  the region in the lead up to the Festival.

A.S.I.A  Initiative is focused on working with and supporting several organisations in Cambodia and Indonesia providing programs, workshops and artists to develop skills and provide a vehicle for exploration and expression and a platform for social change

2013

Can You See Me an arts & disability strategy working in partnership with disability organisations across NSW.

Winanga li (remember, know, understand) a three year arts, education & enterprise strategy for north West NSW in partnership with the Australia Council of the Arts Community Partnerships

Signs of the Times  Regional Arts Fund cross art form project in Walgett proving learning pathways.

2012

Ties That Blind   Australia Council of the Arts Community Partnerships Creative Producer Grant 

The project enabled the opportunity to  promote & refine  community arts &  community development  processes: provided a platform for skills exchange and the development of  digital and cross arts practise; a vehicle for exploration of  connection,  and  individual & community identity and how this impacts on the community and social capitol ;encourage people to participate in creating their visions of a healthy and sustainable community through a creative, inclusive and reflective learning process and assist in sharing  stories of the participants  and communities, engendering  connectedness and a sense of belonging; the process provided opportunities for the community  to participate in arts and cultural development and learn new skills to express  their  identity and that of their local area, explore new ideas and encourage intergenerational and cross cultural connections.

The arts outcomes provided opportunities to engage the broader community as audience, through a visual arts & digital media exhibition, dance performances, a public art mural, and a multimedia performance piece. Cross collaboration with project artists,  regional & local artists provided, professional skills development and  an 'on going' mentoring program has been set in place.

Service providers/community organisations who engaged with the project have expressed interest in the consideration of arts based programs in  the delivery of  their programs, specifically alternative learning pathways for young people, especially those 'at risk'  and as tools to engage with elders & seniors in the community.

The projects provide professional skills development while promoting social cohesion and inclusion  while the creative arts public outcomes promote dialogue and  discussion around the themes of community identity and new techniques and ideas  can be embedded into the community.

You Say You Are – Then Who Am I  ..an exploration of identity which provided opportunities for skills development & mentorship through visual arts programs funded through Regional  Arts NSW, in partnership with Outreach TAFE & Nambucca Valley Youth Services.

Love & Light  a young parents project utilising mulitmedia to explored connection between young mothers and their newborn children, while providing education on parenting, health & nutrition.  A collaboration with Area Health NSW.

A.S.I.A (Art, Social Innovation, Action) outreach project in Cambodia which partners established Khmer not for profit organisations working with young people and the arts, to provide skill development & training in an arts & cultural exchange.

2010 - 2011

NSW, Mid North Coast

CrossCurrents, Ripples and Healthier Communities  projects  in partnership with Aboriginal  Health, local Councils, TAFE  & youth service providers focused on young people ‘at risk’ across three region provided skills development, engendered leadership  health education and enterprise pathways,

Looking Back to the Future  a social innovative intergenerational digital story telling project  in partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Social Council and TAFE engages with the elders across all the community with a focus on those experiencing early onset dementia.  The project will produce digital resources to educate and inform the broader community, while validating older people’s role in community. These resources will be available in regional libraries, councils and NVCSC.

Flow  an intergenerational digital story telling project in the Macleay Valley in partnership with the Dunghutti Elders Council, Aboriginal Health, Juvenile Justice and TAFE aims to engender leadership, develop skills , increase environmental awareness and strengthen social cohesion.

Northern Territory, Central Arnhem

The Remote Community Strategy in partnership with Jawoyn Aboriginal Association,  NT Schools Group, Katherine Regional Arts  and Djilpin Arts aims to improve literacy, support school retention, strengthen  and inform cultural practise through contemporary arts practice  and develop  with the young people and their communities,  sustainable arts and  culture enterprise

Walking with Spirits, a collaboration with Djilpin arts is(Wugularr)  Beswick Community’s annual open cultural celebration. Held 20 kms from the Community at the spectacular wilderness location Malkgulumbu, WALKING WITH SPIRITS features traditional corroborree from several Arnhem Land languages together with songs and stories told in dance, music, puppetry, fire and film. Slippry Sirkus works with the women and girls of the community to produce crosscultural multimedia performances of dreaming stories. www.djilpinarts.org.au

Outreach, Cambodia

The Mentoring program to Cambodia focuses on collaboration with Khmer arts organisations working with young people and provides opportunities for skills development, cross cultural arts practice which provides a platform to give voice to the stories of the dispossessed. www.krousar-thmey.orgwww.myspace.com/thecambodianspaceproject

Giving Space in a collaboration with The Cambodian Space Project will provide opportunities for social enterprise for young Cambodians through strategies to build pathways and support participants to generate an income and become self employed.  

View Projects 1996 to 2009  Projects Menu - Projects Archive


Professor Tony Vinson’s in his most recent report (2007) ‘Dropping off the Edge – The Distribution of Disadvantage in Australia’ finds that pockets of concentrated and severe social disadvantage have become entrenched across regional, rural and remote as well as suburban Australia, our work is in these communities.

‘For the first time in Australia's history, one' destiny might be shaped by one's location, or even one's postcode, whether that be an urban, regional or remote community, it might be time to rethink some of the rules of the game’  Dropping off the Edge: the distribution of disadvantage in Australia, Professor Tony Vinson

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.

 

Galleries

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Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment

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There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

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Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track