After quick visits to Melbourne and Sydney to talk with funding bodies, Slippry Sirkus travelled to Central Arnhem to consolidate consultation and partnerships on the proposed strategy ‘GABURDUK-KWARLIRR’  to be delivered in communities in Central Arnhem.

The strategy    aims to deepen and strengthen cross cultural arts engagement and CCD practise, develop skills, support school attendance & literacy, engender leadership and enterprise for young people and their community.     There is strong support for the strategy from Katherine Regional Arts, Djilpin Arts, Jawoyn Aboriginal Association, D.E.T, Group Schools, Service groups, the Communities.   The strategy is also supported by the CocaCola Australia Foundation.

Cross Currents & Ripples on the mid north coast have been strengthened by Auntie Janet Smith, (a Biripi & Dunghutti elder & artists) coming on board as cultural consultant, mentor and storyteller.  CrossCurrents, Ripples and Touching Base continue to gain support, with New Horizons (Youth Mental Health), National Youth Week , Beyond Blue  and Aboriginal Health collaborating on components for the projects with  outcomes across Youth Week in April

We welcome another Dunghutti artist, seventeen year old Christine Wright who mentored by a senior TAFE teacher and Slippry Sirkus, will deliver the TAFE outreach program commencing in April for ten weeks, which will deliver  arts, culture and wellbeing modules for women, young women and girls at the Thunghutti Land Council in Bellbrook Mission, in a collaboration with Aboriginal Health.  Christine has achieved her Cert IV in Workplace training and assessment and is currently studying business management at TAFE  and who  has informed me that my car will be good for her to get her hours up driving, so she can get her ‘P’s… A star is born

A ten week program ‘Circus Mooves’ will be delivered into the two communities of Telegraph Point and Rollands Plains across the Hastings in weekly workshops as part of the Cross Currents strategy, the project addresses access &  isolation plus explores health & well being .  This program also provides a mentoring & training ground for local artists who will deliver several workshops alongside a Slippry Sirkus artist.

Slippry Sirkus has been requested to deliver a series of ‘train the trainer’ workshops to build capacity amongst local arts and community workers to deliver simple arts engagement programs.  The first organisation to participate will be the Regional Active After Schools Communities organisation which works across seven local government areas

In a collaboration with  Dartington Arts College in England , Slippry Sirkus  will  provide three  month placements for two students per year commencing later in 2010.     The placements will provide hands on experience for the students who will also contribute their creative talents into delivering workshops & producing outcomes.

Slippry Sirkus has been invited to a present a program at the Youth Living Arts Festival  in Cambodia later in the year...this will also provide an opportunity to do some work with Peter Carrette www.iconimages.com.au who supports young people and children in Cambodia

Peter and Cambodian kids.....

'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