Artistic Director

 


In 1996, Denni Scott Davis founded
www.slipprysirkus.org,  in her role as Creative Director, many socially innovative strategies, projects, programs & outcomes have been initiated and successfully delivered

Denni  is the Australia Council for the Arts Community Partnerships  2012 Creative Producer Recipient  for the 'Ties that Bind', a socially innovative multi media cross arts based project which explored identity, connection and the impact on social capital. The project was delivered in Kempsey & the Macleay Valley on the Mid North Coast of NSW

Over the past fifteen years, Denni  has worked with over a thousand participants and formed an associate team of skilled artists and community workers to deliver arts strategies to effect social outcomes in over fifty communities and forged links to Jawoyn, Anangu, Pitjantjara, Nyoongar, Gamilaroi, Biripi, Dunghutti, Thunghutti, Gumbayngirr, Yaegel, Bunjulung, Waradjeri, Warrumunga, Wongi and Kalkadoon communities.

 Delivered several arts and leadership camps for young people, elders and youth workers from project communities, mentored emerging artists, community workers, provided  training to educational institutions, government organisations and  service providers in practical ‘hands on’ experience in community cultural development and arts engagement practices.

Denni has produced several festival performances and delivered programs eg. Woodford Festival, the National Children Festival  ‘Where the Wild Thing Are’, ‘Green Ant Dreaming’   Festival of the Brolga,  Moree, Bellingen Global Carnival and ‘Black Hawk’, ‘The Waguluk Sisters’. Mermaid Dreaming which were produced with the Wugularr community, Central Arnhem for their ‘Walking with Spirits’ Festival in 2009 to 2012

 2003/2004, Worked with BighArt on the 'Knot @ Home' theatre performance in Melbourne, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, & Sydney Opera House, as part of the production team and produced a performance for the ACOSS conference in Alice Springs and assisted on the 'Young Mothers' project in Bourke. Denni than delivered the highly successful two year BigHart legacy project 'Handle with Care', a drug misuse prevention strategy, where she undertook the role of project coordinator and creative producer across sixteen remote, rural & regional communities over a 300,000sq kms which resulted in forums and community outcomes and a multimedia performance at NSW parliament house with sixty three young people participating..

 2005, Co founded the  Beyond Empathy  organisation and as Creative Producer/Project Development & Management,  ensured the successful delivery and artistic outcomes of its national program, working on both policy and strategy and at the grass roots of community, mentoring artists and young people, delivering strategies and projects focusing on young Aboriginal mothers, early childhood, young Australian Muslims, families in public housing,young people and alcohol education, prevention and mental health. Delivered presentations at National  Regional Arts Conference , Australia Council for Social Services Symposium,  National Jobs Australia Conference , Social Ventures Australia , International Digital Story telling Conference ,International Youth Leadership Conference,.

2006/2009  Social Ventures Australia Corporate mentoring program -  mentored by Paul Heath C.E.O Goldman SachsJBWere

Denni is the genesis of the award winning Aboriginal young mothers project ‘Mubali’ and several projects eg. the successful ‘PostCodes from the Edge’ with an outcome of multimedia performance at the IIlawarra Performing Arts Centre with 35 young people from eight communities across NSW .( The project worked with young people identified as 'at risk' and was based on the work of Emeritus Professor Tony Vinson’s report on compounding disadvantage in Australia), the alcohol education project ‘Message in a Bottle’ across eleven communities in rural & regional NSW,  ‘Media Corroboree in partnership with Arts NW and the Kamilaroi Family Violence Prevention Service in north west NSW,  ‘Across My Bridge’  in Western Sydney with young Australian Moslems  and ‘Out of the Blue’ a young people’s mental health and wellbeing strategy in ten communities in rural & regional NSW.   These projects worked across all art forms...

In 2009, Denni returned to Slippry Sirkus as Artistic Director and commenced to reinvigorate the organisation which is currently delivering arts strategies in partnership with health, education, environmental and aboriginal organisations while mentoring emerging artist, arts workers and service providers .These encompass the arts, health, education, environment and social enterprise.

IN 2010. Designed & delivered the CrossCurrents  & Ripples  projects across the mid north coast of NSW,  designed & collaborated with Moree Community Health and Moree Outreach TAFE on ‘No More Walls’ a wellbeing & environment project and initiated the  socially innovative intergenerational digital storytelling project ‘Looking Back to the Future’ with a focus on early onset dementia in the Aboriginal community,  through a partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Service Council..

2011, Denni has initiated a remote communities strategy in Central Arnhem in the Northern Territory, and an cross cultural exchange outreach project in partnership with two established French & Khmer N.G.O's in Cambodia, several community cultural development programs for the Mid North coast NSW  .

2012   ‘Ties That Bind’ , Creative Producer Project .  Produced a suite of digital stories in collaboration with ON Track Community Programs that related the stories of participants  who had experienced homelessness.   Collaborated with the Living Carefully ‘Growing Together Young Parents Program ‘ and is producing ‘Love & Light’ a multi media installation exploring motherhood.  Initiated and commenced consultation on the  Far West & North West Creative Partnerships Initiative across Far West & NW NSW in a partnership with the Murdi Paaki Assembly supported through  the Australian Government ‘Closing’ the Gap policy.  Currently undertaking a degree in Sociology and Asian Culture

'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

View samples here

Making Music

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

Bourke Girls Track