‘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’
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.org , www.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.
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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