The Kirk Robson Awards recognises leadership among young community arts and culture practitioners.
Named for community cultural leader Kirk Robson, whose life was cut short tragically in 2005,
the Kirk Robson Awards acknowledge leadership in community cultural development in the areas of inclusiveness, consensus, self-determination, reconciliation and social justice
Since 1996, as a founding member of Slippry Sirkus, Yanni has worked on arts programs with young people in over twenty five communities across NSW including Bourke, Dubbo, Cowra, Griffith, Narrabri, Toomelah, Mungindi, Walgett, Moree, Bowraville, Newcastle and Kempsey and nationally in Melbourne, Kalgoorlie and Tennant Creek. Seventy five percent of the work has been in Aboriginal communities.
Mentoring and delivering programs in digital media, music, circus, theatre, HipHop and graffiti art with disadvantaged communities and young people ‘at risk’, young people in detention, young mothers and fathers, young Aboriginals,, young Australian Muslims and young people experiencing ,physical and mental challenges.
Yanni is currently delivering digital media programs, producing music and mentoring young people ‘at risk’ through the Newcastle Council ‘Loft’ youth centre and collaborating on Slippry Sirkus projects in NSW and Central Arnhem as a digital media artist and music producer
The Australia Council and CocaCola Australia Foundation funded ‘CrossCurrents ‘ strategy is nearing completion across the MidNorth coast alongside the ‘Ripple’ project funded by Regional Arts .The next stage in 2011 is ‘Flow’ –this project ( also supported by the CocaCola Australia Foundation ) will utilise digital media to work with young people to explore the Macleay river’s environment and its connection to the river communities.
PYSCHEDELIC ROCK DIRECT FROM THE JUNGLES OF CAMBODIA
‘Every wall is a door.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
In Moree, thanks to great teamwork, Artworxs Guy Crossley and Ki ,together with Gamilaroi artist George See and the Moree TAFE Aboriginal Arts students completed the ‘No Walls’ project which was launched on Nov 5th at the Moree Base Hospital. The launch was attended by community members, TAFE, hospital and health staff plus fellow organisations. The innovative arts, environment and health project at Moree Hospital is a partnership between Moree District Health Services, Moree TAFE & Slippry Sirkus
After due consideration and consultation with project partners, Slippry Sirkus declined their invitation to the 2010 National Arts & Health conference to present the ‘Looking Back to The Future’ intergenerational digital story project, which has a focus on ageing & early onset dementia, so as to not break the momentum of what is a challenging project. We look forward to presenting the results of the project at the 2011 conference
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Peter Carrette - Photographer Extraordinaire, Philanthropist to thousands of Cambodian Children, Loving Father and Dear Friend