Our Artist Blog page features work by CACD artists around Australia. We hope you are enjoying these stories by individual artists and CACD organisations reflecting on their practice. If you would like to share your stories about your practice on our blog, please contact Creating Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reimagining Macbeth – showing how an inclusive community works
Tropical Arts – November 2015
This month’s artist blog features the work of Tropical Arts Association, a not-for profit community theatre group based in Cairns, Australia. Tropical Arts prides itself on community engagement through the medium of theatre production – theatre is the answer to everything!
Image: L-R: Gaiyl Kingi, Antionette James, Viakura Maurangi, Pam Wong Hoy, Jaida Crossman, Alicia Jamieson (Hecate), Aine Radford, Georgia Alderton, Leilei Little, Christine Macintosh
Zombie Survival Plans, HIV education and racism – the art of interactive theatre
Edwin Kemp Attrill – October 2015
Edwin Kemp Attrill is the Artistic Director of ActNow Theatre – an interactive theatre company based in South Australia. From Zombie Survival Plans to HIV education, ActNow Theatre works with communities to create projects that are innovative, inspiring and informed.
The Rights of Culture – Victor Steffensen
Victor is an Indigenous film maker, musician and consultant reapplying traditional knowledge into today’s society and changing world. He has been interested in traditional knowledge since he was a boy and was inspired by my mothers heritage, the Takalaka people of Northern Queensland, and their struggles through the stolen generation years.
Image courtesy of the artist
The Rights of Culture – Dr Leah Barclay
Leah is an independent Queensland composer, artist and creative producer who specialises in electroacoustic music, sound art and acoustic ecology. I have directed interdisciplinary art projects across the Asia-Pacific and received critical acclaim internationally for my immersive environments ranging from the central Amazon Rainforest to the floor of the Australian ocean.
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The art of dance and CACD practice
Aruna Gandhi – July 2015
“On moving to Australia in 2009, I established Silambam-Sydney, a dance school in South-West Sydney to train young students in Bharatanayam. Determined to contribute to the arts sector in Australia and to share my many meaningful messages…”
Greenest spot in the desert
Sean Bahr-Kelly – June 2015
“It’s not a good story. A couple of years ago I was waking up in the gutter … a lady pulled up in a bus and handed me a piece of paper inviting me for an interview the next day”
I am me & you are you and that’s OK!
By Kim Walmsley – May 2015
On 23rd May artist Kim Walmsley will travel to Paris as part of a Toowoomba delegation who are presenting their city as a Model City of Peace and Harmony at the Vesak Conference at UNESCO. Kim took time out from preparing her UNESCO presentation about ‘Community’ to out to reflect on her practice for our artist blog.
By Alysha Herrmann – April 2015
I’m entering a new project this year. A project that I’ve been dreaming about and incubating since 2008. It’s a project that is pretty close to my heart. And it’s got me thinking a lot about what Community Arts and Cultural Development actually is to me. How do I define CACD? Why do I do it?
I love art. I love art for art’s sake. For joy and beauty and provocation. I love being an audience member for all kinds of art works and experiences. But there is a lot of art that I enjoy as an audience member that I have no interest in making as an artist. CACD practice is my chosen way of working and for me CACD is a really particular way of working that is more than art for art’s sake.
The Life of Mia –
Darwin Community Arts, Tiwi College and The Smith Family NT
By Alyson Evans – April 2015
In 2012, senior young women on the Tiwi Islands took part in a year long performance project that aimed to explore Tiwi history through the use of theatre. The project began with the exploration of what it is like to be a 16 year old Tiwi Islander today. From there we created a fictional character named Mia, and went back in time to find out what life was like if 16 year old Mia lived on the islands at different historical times. The resulting 30 minute play was performed at Tiwi College to students and community members.