a holistic arts practice combining residencies, consultancy and publishing

all that we are provides a new model of arts leadership from Simon Spain and Victoria Ryle, with their combined learning of over 60 years. As arts producers we position all that we are as an incubator, generator and accumulator of projects supporting intergenerational and socially engaged arts practice in Tasmania by:

  1. Co-designing sector development programs – such as ArTELIER
  2. Fostering and sharing knowledge, learning and research – through publishing and the creation of community resources for socially engaged practice (monthly open library gatherings at 1450)
  3. Hosting residencies, gatherings and retreats – such as the national ArtsFront 2030 forum

all that we are is part of a new movement of arts organisations seeking to engage differently within the arts ecology of Tasmania. all that we are cultivates creative practices that lean away from discipline-based personal practice to one centered on social justice. all that we are believes that individual and community engagement in the arts is the most effective way to generate radical change and repair damage caused to society by colonization, poor resource management and environmental degradation.

Key differences include:

  • a focus on the development of artists’ knowledge and confidence in intergenerational and socially engaged arts practice in Tasmania
  • drawing on community arts and cultural development (CACD) principles to respond to community demand and generate community-run projects that transition into community ownership and control.
  • no formal staffing structure, instead designs collectivist and partnership solutions to community-based issues
  • devising and funding projects through values of philanthropy – generosity, social responsibility and equality
  • opening our home as a creative space as a base for activities connecting communities through creativity

Fundamental beliefs underpin the work of all that we are:

  • communities thrive when people come together, building social inclusion, pride and community connectedness.
  • regional community arts contribute to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of regional communities. (Research demonstrates regional CACD practice enriches lives and nurtures pride, resilience, empowerment, connectivity and healing in communities.)
  • Identifying and responding to community need is best driven through community-based partnerships
  • artists have great capacity to unleash community and individual agency through cross sector community arts partnerships.
  • art can redress failings in democracy, environmental management and educational policies through intergenerational impacts
  • building the capacity of the community of CACD artists in Tasmania will lead to more effective and impactful projects in the communities with whom they work across the state and beyond.
  • commitment to knowledge-sharing and challenging colonial discourses by supporting the leadership and participation of Aboriginal artists through local and national partnerships

ALL THAT WE ARE is an interdisciplinary project bringing together people to create a range of experiences and relationships. The project takes place on a property  25 km from Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. This long residential property has been re-defined as a place to both live and  collaborate through discussion and action. The house sits on five acres of bushland, also forming part of the project. This project is part of a new international movement of research – work – live environments fostering creativity, creative solutions and explores methods of living.

The project asks a question: how can we embed a creative life – a life of making and doing – into our everyday practice and how do we value that creative practice both for us as individuals and also for society as a whole?  Through an ongoing programme of engagements on the property, with invited artists, friends and community members we are seeking to develop a place that is a model for living – enjoying the light, in touch with natural seasons, a struggle to maintain the status quo, a constant questioning of attitudes and preconceptions, a deliberate and determined approach to eat  ethically, a desire to explore and develop the notion of giving, making objects, repairing objects, setting spaces for collaboration, engaging globally through technology, engaging politically,   publishing, belonging to the local community,  understanding the need for and emotional balance, keeping the body fit, enjoying the creative work others, working.

This project invites artists to reconsider their work as practitioners in the world and challenges individuals to think of themselves as creatives. The pedagogy surrounding this project seeks to encourage new modes of being in the world – holistic approaches to living that embrace creativity, beauty, carefully environment, slowness, – making time to look out of the window. The project encourages and supports discussion around food production, relationship to the land, death and grieving,  mental and physical health,  ethical shopping, the role of making, parenting, play, new domesticity, curiosity, struggling. This project seeks to question the relationship between living and working; being at home and being at work, making and doing with watching and listening. What role do creative practitioners have in fostering a society full of makers and doer? What are the responsibilities of artists to evoke or demonstrate the values inherent in the creative spirit  and how can that spirit define a community? How can a creative spirit provide a compass for  exploring and negotiating the world around us?

Find out more about Simon Spain and Victoria Ryle.