Annual Issue 2018
Welcome to the year that was, we commenced the year with the sad news of the tragic death of Srey Thy a.k.a. Channthy Kak, social change and women’s rights advocate who also was the lead singer for the international renowned Cambodia Space Project
Chair Jodie Harrison & Creative Director Denni Scott Davis travelled to Cambodia in June to participate in Buddhist ceremonies to honour Srey Thy’s life and support fundraising efforts for her son, family and community.
Good news is the launch of the Slippry Sirkus Umbrella Initiative which provides mentoring and support for emerging creative groups and artists to source funding and deliver projects
. ArtWomb project is an example of this with the group delivering programs and workshops across North NSW. ArtWomb fosters participation in and enjoyment of the arts to engender personal and social participation and well being.
Launched in Toronto in 2006, ArtWomb combines an open stage with a collaborative canvas and a space full of sketch books, paints and brushes. The process creates a safe space for exploration, while original music and improvisation stimulates participation and influences the art created within the space.
Each ArtWomb event adds to the ArtWomb collection which be shared through an online catalogue sharing the art and stories of the communities we work with to connect people through art
The Roar Women’s Music Festival, Northern Rivers NSW was an initiative with ArtWomb & Slippry Sirkus in collaboration with ArtHouse funded by Women NSW provided opportunities for female artists to showcase their works.
ArtWomb & Slippry Sirkus are supporting Lismore’s BackAlley Gallery through showcasing the work and delivering events within the Back Alley space
Founding member Nixi Killick continues her meteoric rise as her NXK brand explores augmented reality within design which was presented in her latest collection , Cryptic Frequency.
Creative collaborator Reko Rennie has had a productive year, taken on several commissions, and exhibiting internationally, including a Fatherhood focused group exhibition in Los Angeles , while continuing focus on project in North West NSW
The current focus of Slippry Sirkus is the ‘Can’t See for Looking’ project which is in co- design with several communities and artists to develop virtual and real-time images and stories of identity and connection, while providing mentoring and upskilling in the arts and creative industries ?. The project encompasses digital media, dance, music and soundscape.
Yanni Scott Davis, founding member received international recognition for his work and the music video ‘If you don’t fight, you lose” produced with MC Kaye
Meanwhile Slippry Sirkus is co-designing with communities and artists, the “Can”t See for Looking’ project which explores identity, connection and the influence and impact of media and entrenched cultural and personal bias. The project utilises virtual and real-time images and stories of identity and connection, while providing mentoring and upskilling in the arts and creative industries
Featured Artist...Nadine Smith
Nadine Smith together with sister Zahra cofounded Creative People’s Collective in the early 2000 and supported through investment from the Foundation for Young Australians worked in communities across Australia utilising music, dance and cross art disciplines to engage and provide pathways, especially for young people and communities challenged by hardship.
In 2014, Nadine and her partner Michael decestablished on a more change centred process and commenced ArtWomb which is based on the successful, evidence based Canadian model.