Welcome to the Autumn Edition and  the 2013  Year of  Water Snake which according to Chinese belief means steady progress, attention to detail, focus and discipline will be necessary to achieve what you set out to create. 

Bearing this in mind, Slippry Sirkus has just spent the past three months in close consultation with communities and organisations across the North West and Far West New South Wales to ensure meaningful and productive  partnerships for  the three year Australia Council of the Arts Creative Partnerships Initiative.

The Regional Arts Fund has provided funding for exploring the theme of identity and culture while providing skills training, an outcome of this project will be produced for  the Walgett Community Festival in August. 

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Lead Artist for the three year initiative  Reko Rennie has recently exhibited his work in India through an Arts Bank and  created a public artwork with the Redfern Community.  

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Reko’s public artwork  in Taylor Square commissioned by the City of Sydney Council  continues to attract attention.

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The Initiative team will also include Kellie Martusciello and Soraya Touma,  Soraya is currently winding up her work in Wyndham which has seen the establishment of a Visual Arts program, accredited Music program and the founding of an Ats & Recycle shop.

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Moree TAFE who is a partner on the initiative has established the Mehi Gallery which is based at the TAFE and is an outlet for Aboriginal artists .  The work produced ranges from traditional visual arts to contemporary furniture. www.mehigallery.com

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The TAFE  has also been working with the Artists to create a Scuplture Garden utilising recycled machinery and found objects.

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The Love & Light Young Parents project a partnership with Living Carefully www.freewebs.com/nvnc/livingcarefullyproject  in collaboration with Nambucca Youth Services in Nambucca Valley and Aboriginal Health in Kempsey continues to gain momentum with young parents developing creative, parenting & life skills, while sharing their stories of parenthood and birth.

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Solid State circus who will also work on the North West & Far West Initiative performed at the Hoopla Festival in Darling Harbour, Sydney where they set a world record with their new performance piece. www.solidstatecirus.com

Yanni & Jack have been busy in Newcastle combining their love of Video, Music, Graffiti & Coffee...just follow this link to view results  http://youtu.be/wvQMxniwRTw

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Look out for Stephen Killick new edition in his series ‘Change’  www.stephenkillick.com

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Stephen Killick Works in studio

John Thiering’s work has been featured on an U.S.A music artist Keith Kenny’s album cover. www.johnthieringart.com

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John Thiering’s Album Cover

Big shout outs to Nixi Killick whose design work has been featured at Melbourne and New Zealand Fashion Week and Phoenix Keating whose work was featured at Sydney Fashion week  www.t-squat.com/nixi-killick  and  www.phoenixkeating.com

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             Nixi Killick’s Design                               Phoneix Keating ‘s Design

Social Documentary photographer Raphaela Rosella is currently in South America meeting her husband Carlitos’s family in Peru and capturing wonderful images of the country. www.raphaela.rosella.com

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Slippry Sirkus is collaborating with the Khmer Arts Organisation Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), (which means “the brightness of art,”) a cultural organisation in Battambang, Cambodia, and the Cambodian Space Project on an Australia Council of the Arts Asia Initiative which will provide which provides skills development in a cultural & artistic exchange to produce a multimedia performance to be toured in Australia and Cambodia.

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Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), offers young people a pathway out of poverty by training them to become professional artists and performers. 

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Set up in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide.

PPS working mainly with disadvantaged young people and emphasizing self-development and sustainability. PPS teaches circus skills, theater performance, music and a range of visual arts. It combines local traditions with new creative and innovative genres www.phareps.org

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The Cambodian Space project is the first band to release a 45rpm single since 1975 - the year Pol Pot implemented the Year Zero policy of the Khmer Rouge and decimated all Cambodian culture while inflicting one of the worst genocides in human history.

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Srey Thy, lead singer. was born into war and poverty and moved to Phnom Penh find work as a singer.  Like  the great Cambodian diva Ros Sereysothea, who was murdered during the Pol Pot regime , Srey Thy comes from humble beginnings   http://youtu.be/Bq2uv4SKmLU

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                                                                          Srey Thy & Uncle Martin Ballangarry (Gumbanyggirr Elder)

Srey Thy met Julien Poulson, co-founder of the Cambodian Space Project in Phnom Penh and with a group of enthusiastic and talented Khmer and Global musicians formed CSP which has now toured in Europe, China, Indonesia, the USA and Australia, where they have performed at the MONA Festival, WOMAD and the Spiegeltent, Melbourne Festival.  The CSP have also through their work raised the profile of the social challenges that face Cambodia.  www.facebook.com/...Cambodian-Space-Project

Srey Thy met Julien Poulson, co-founder of the Cambodian Space Project in Phnom Penh and with a group of enthusiastic and talented Khmer and Global musicians formed CSP which has now toured in Europe, China, Indonesia, the USA and Australia, where they have performed at the MONA Festival, WOMAD and the Spiegeltent, Melbourne Festival.  The CSP have also through their work raised the profile of the social challenges that face Cambodia.  www.facebook.com/...Cambodian-Space-Project

You can view a trailer of the BBC documentary produced and directed by Marc Eberle on the Cambodian Space Project  at www.marceberle.com

 

'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.

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