ArTELIER is managed through ‘all that we are’ but operates on collective principles where all participants co-design to co-deliver the learning. The emergent design process is iterative and relies on shared responsibilities amongst the group. The artists’ range of disciplines, cultural backgrounds and experiences combine to create a progressive and decentralised voice.
The 27 artists involved in the 2018 ArTELIER collective are:
Simon Spain is a visual and socially engaged artist with over thirty-year’s experience of delivering and designing programming for children and young people in several countries and was founding Creative Producer of ArtPlay and Signal in Melbourne. Simon is a highly effective leader of arts initiatives with the capacity to drive high quality results, raise funds and innovate. He is currently co-Director of all that we are and has been awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Community and Cultural Development Fellowship 2017. He is a Tate International associate and is currently working with Tate on capacity building programs for socially engaged artists. Until recently, a member of the Tasmanian Arts Board, he has been recently appointed to the Chair of Directors of Regional Arts Australia and is the Arts and Culture representative for the B4 Early Years Coalition in Tasmania. Simon is a PhD candidate at RMIT, Melbourne looking at current practices of artists delivering participatory community arts projects.
Victoria Ryle, founder of Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership, Ireland (1997) and Kids’ Own Publishing, Australia, 2003, has pioneered publishing books by children through artist-led community partnerships, presenting internationally on this practice. She is undertaking a PhD at UTAS on the culturally transformative power of publishing by, with and for children, drawing on 30 years’ experience as a teacher, facilitator, advisory teacher and teaching artist. Victoria is co-director of all that we are, a space for residencies and gatherings that connect communities through creativity in Tasmania. Victoria is Australia’s inaugural representative Catalyst for the new International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) Collaborative alongside 12 other international artists.
Ruth Langford has a diverse background in environmental/ social/ justice/ youth work and the arts and divides her time between projects that reflect her passion for people, culture, nature and justice. Ruth draws upon the cultural knowledge of her Yorta Yorta mother and the Aboriginal community of Tasmania where she was born. She established Nayri Niara a Centre for the Arts of Healing at Lunuwunna Alonnah, Bruny Island. Ruth is a talented musician, capable facilitator and the co-producer of the Strong Song Project which re-engages traditional practices of healing and sharing knowledge through song and storytelling. Ruth established Healing on Country retreats for community women experiencing violence within the family as Coordinator of the Indigenous Women’s Legal Centre, and has worked as a youth worker and coordinator for the Justice Mentoring Program assisting Aboriginal people reintegrating to family and community after long term incarceration. http://sustainabledreaming.org/ruth.html
Selena de Carvalho is an inter-disciplinary artist based in Longley Village, Tasmania. Her practice responds to notions of personal ecology and human interaction with the environment, often relating to the perceived consumption of wilderness and lived experiences of wildness, focusing on the core paradox of how we (humanity) yearn for the untamed, and yet in our desire to experience the wild, consciously or unconsciously seek to control it. Technology and creativity are used as a means to raise questions as opposed to providing answers. Selena is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Shenberg Art Fellowship for her work Ecological Haunts (ii)exhibited as part of Hatched at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. http://selenadecarvalho.com
Leigh Tesch is a performing artist, producer, arts worker, project co-ordinator, facilitator, evaluator and therapist. Leigh works with communities, and runs a freelance consultancy delivering arts programs in health and education settings. Currently her practice includes storytelling performance and workshops for young children and families, and she is the executive officer of Inscape Tas, a community organisation that supports artists to work in healthcare. Leigh was the lead project consultant for Creative Connections in the Early Years, an initiative of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and TMAG developing quality artist engagements with young children and families. https://vimeo.com/111709374
Sara Wright is an interdisciplinary artist with a socially engaged practice that moves to collectively re-imagine and find healing in the society and public places we live in together, re-awakening the innate human ability to access creativity, connection and our healing relationship with nature. Sara founded Silver Lining Projects in 2012 to encapsulate a co-creating, collaborative way of working for heath and humanism, adaptation and resilience. She is Artist in Residence at the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Department (RHH ED), and designs and delivers art experiences for children with museums, local government and MONA 24 Carrot Gardens Project. http://www.sarawright.space/silver-lining-projects/
Sinsa Mansell: A proud Tasmanian Aboriginal woman from larapuna the Northern region of Tasmania. Sinsa is co-founder, performer and choreographer with the successful pakana kanaplila a Traditional/Contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal dance troupe. A program producer and project officer working Statewide, nationally and internationally, she is at the forefront of reclaiming ancient cultural Traditions through a range of media. Through educational workshops Sinsa’s art creates greater awareness of the rich cultural heritage and the living ancient Traditional practices of her ancestors, keeping to traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and opening opportunities for the broader community to engage with the local First Nations peoples.
Warren Mason is a Yuwaalaraay man with Yorta Yorta heritage, born in Dirranbandi in South Western Queensland and raised in Goodooga, North Western New South Wales, now living in Tasmania. He feels it is time to pass on the skills and knowledge of his practice to the next generation of young artists from drawing to carving trees to print and heaps in-between. “art is the track leading back for me… childhood observation of animals and landscape, connection and disconnection, country, community and belonging” http://facebook%20Healing%20Scars%20%20and%20wmindigart@instagram
Tullia Chung-Tilley is a passionate school teacher. Movement has been a large part of her existence, from cultural dance styles to commercial repertoire. She thrives on being involved in creative dance endeavours for community engagement. She has a background in contemporary dance, gymnastics, springboard diving and trampolining. Her choreographic work varies from classroom settings and dance studios to fitness centres and youth and community groups. Over the past eight years Tullia has worked with schools in the Clarence Plains (Hobart) area and Kununurra (WA) as a dance teacher, facilitator and creative producer.
Andy Vagg is an artist, designer and performer. He creates work in social contexts, activating spaces to form literal and metaphorical platforms to develop ideas to encourage positive social change. His work utilises post-consumer materials and items, to create installations, sculptures and objects. His performances explore the role of religion, liturgy and ritual in a contemporary secular context to come to terms with the rapid changes brought onto humanity through industrialisation, globalisation and climate change. Andy has created work in public and private spaces in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston and Hobart. He has collaborated with community in colleges, high schools, primary schools, community centres, and child and family centres. www.andyvagg.com
Kitty Taylor is a socially engaged visual artist and co-director of RANT Arts. She has been responsible for the management of the Federal Regional Arts Fund grants program and Marketing & Communications Manager of Tasmanian Regional Arts. Kitty has a wealth of experience in project management, curation and Arts business.
Nathan Tucker is a writer, visual artist and co-director of RANT Arts. He has extensive experience as a business and marketing manager in corporate, arts and hospitality sectors. He has a strong history of freelance, business and media writing and managed the community Arts organisation Rising Phoenix Studios.
Julia Drouhin is an artist and curator interested in the embodiment of invisible soundscapes that reveal friction in sociality. Her playgrounds reshape common mythologies to shift transmission modes using field recording, electromagnetic frequency, textile and edible object. Her work is presented in galleries, art centers and festivals as well as broadcast on terrestrial airwaves and online radios in Europe, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. She completed a Ph.D in aesthetics, sciences and technology about radiophonic psychogeography and the art of walking (University of Paris 8, France, 2011) http://www.juliadrouhin.com/ http://air-waves.co.za/
Julie Waddington is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has been directing and producing theatre for over 20 years. In Melbourne Julie worked as a director, dramaturg, production manager and teaching artist with companies such as St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, The National Theatre, istheatre, La Mama, Melbourne Theatre Company, Short & Sweet Festival Melbourne and the Arts Centre. She was Artistic Director and CEO of Riverland Youth Theatre and has worked for most of Tasmania’s performing arts organisations including the Tasmania Theatre Company, Ten Days on an Island and Salamanca Arts Centre. Currently Julie is Associate Producer at Tasmania Performs. Julie also works as a freelance director and teaching artist and is an experienced drama, theatre and science teacher in both secondary and primary, TAFE and university sectors. www.juliewaddington.com https://mentalthemotherload.wixsite.com/motherload
Lucien Simonhas worked as a freelance filmmaker, writer and community artist since 2006. He has directed six short films, screened at International Film Festivals including, Palm Springs, Chicago Reeling, Newfest (New York), Saint Kilda and Flickerfest and won the Open National award at the 2010 Canberra Short Film Festival with his short film STRIPPED BARE. His feature-length film BREEDING IN CAPTIVITY is currently in Post-Production. Lucien has directed over 15 plays and produced over 20 community art events with companies such as Riverland Youth Theatre, BIG hART, SCAPE, the Australian Script Centre, Vitalstatistix, CIA, Wild@heART, The Song Room, Barking Spider Visual Theatre Melbourne Workers Theatre, Kickstart Arts and festivals such as the Festival of Voices (Tas), the Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Come Out Festival, ARTrage (WA) and The Hobart Fringe Festival. In 2015 he created the by-youth film program Transistor Youth Arts as a response to the State Government cuts to Education. In 2018 Transistor will create THREAD a large-scale film project about the impact of displacement on refugees and communities.
Richie Cyngler: is actively involved with several global community groups engaged in open source art practices. He founded open and inclusive creative community hackerspaces and events; Media Lab Melbourne (MLM) and Undiscipline Lab making primarily interactive audio-visual installation and performance using free and open and appropriated technologies. He is an active community participant and leader in creative technology communities as a founding member of Media Lab Melbourne (MLM), Undiscipline Lab at SoCA UTas, as well as being involved international communities including Piksel (Norway), Art Meets Radical Openness (AMRO, Austria), and Hackeria (global distributed bio-hackerspace network). https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Upd0Kz4keHwFblVkh3Jmg2qxYKyUYUr5/view
Tanya Maxwell: My background is in physical theatre and circus teaching performance skills to children and young people around remote parts of NT and WA, and community arts projects for young people across circus, puppetry, weaving, clowning, performance, self-esteem, nutrition over twenty years. My art practice is involved with making in the 3D. I have been a Clown Doctor since 2005. I am in a process of connecting my seemingly divergent practices based on making as an act of healing for participant, witness and environment.
Sally Mollison: In my creative practice I work with vulnerable children and their families/carers in Tasmania, pre-birth to 8 years. They include children in the Bridgewater/Gagebrook area – the highest percentage of children in Tasmania who identify with an Aboriginal background. Other family dyads include children and their incarcerated parents, children of CALD parent backgrounds- new arrivals, refugees and migrants and children with profound and multiple disabilities. In troweena giblee, our Tasmanian Bush Food to Plate project, I am developing deeper understandings around nonlinear learning, country and culture links to inform my western pedagogy (Yunkaporta). A large part of my work involves noticing what children do and say and working out ways to creatively document and share this.
Bella Young: I am a 22-year-old emerging artist who is passionate about performance as an actor, dancer, teacher and director. As Vice President of PLoT Theatre Society and an undergraduate Arts student at UTAS, I advocate for an open community, providing a friendly, entry-level environment for skill development that is fun and engages young people in cross-discipline experiences surrounding theatre. I study and teach at React Drama School. In 2016, I taught singing, performance and piano at Exitleft Performance Academy. As a private artist at kdcworks I run my own physical theatre classes, seeking to engage people of all ages in improvisation, physical performance and theatre. I work as a practicing artist with Second Echo Ensemble, performing and devising in an open access with people of disability. Recently I travelled interstate to work with Back to Back Theatre in Geelong, training in working with people of intellectual disability. Other collaborations include CodeBlue, a community-based film project with Headspace and Youtharc, and a show around young people caring for siblings and children with disability with Carers Tasmania.
Karen Revie is a writer, visual artist and educator who lives and works in Launceston, Tasmania. She has worked in arts for many years with the firm belief that art has the power to effect positive personal and cultural change. Karen is a creative projects manager in her own arts consultancy The Holographic Lounge and works as an educator with Tasmanian eSchool and NDIS. She regularly manages creative projects that involve the active participation of both primary and secondary schools. Karen’s artistic process involves the investigation of magic in science and science in magic.
Kirsty Grierson has a background in puppetry and has toured with Terrapin Puppet Theatre for over 10 years both as a performer and workshop coordinator in productions nationally and internationally. She has worked as a facilitator, performer, community producer, workshop leader and director independently and with companies such as Big hArt. Kirsty has worked with most forms of puppetry including marionettes, bunraku, object theatre and shadow. Kirsty collaborates with artist Leigh Tesch on the Small Stories Project, exploring the connection between child and adult through storytelling, puppetry and performance. Small Stories has toured throughout Tasmania delivering highly interactive and engaging performances (for children 0-5years) and creative workshops.www.smallstoriesproject.com
Bec Stevens: My practice is a spatial investigation involving observation and activation. I have exhibited regularly since 1999 and completed a combined degree in Fine Arts and Architecture through the University of Tasmania. I am interested the capacity of creative practice to influence our spatial awareness particularly in terms of our wellbeing within the built environment we create for ourselves. My experience as an artist is diverse: exhibiting and producing artworks for gallery contexts and public space, facilitating and assisting other practitioners’ creative outcomes; a working board member of artist run initiatives; managing a commercial gallery; running a pop-up community centre as part of the Swiss artist Christoph Buchel’s Southdale project at MONA; running workshops with children at MAC; curating exhibitions; assisting in art workshop for mentally disabled artists at Arts Project and through Cosmos (Currently Mosaic); MoMA market stalls raising funds for women’s causes, and sitting on the Steering Committee for the Creative Connections Project which put artists working with children on residencies in Tasmania’s Child and Family Centres.
Sheree Martin: Embracing and trusting in the unravelling process of creating is integral to the artistic practice and way of life for New Zealander and Tasmanian based Artist, Sheree Martin. Sheree’s passion for igniting imagination, whilst nurturing creativity and enhancing health and wellbeing was influenced and shaped at New Zealand School of Creativity and Art. Sheree utilises analogue and digital photographic processes to play and interweave her curiosities in shifting light and visual perception with intentions of mindfulness and integrity that culminate in works that strive to critique conventions of photography with a sense of place. Sheree hopes to share the joy and richness of engaging in ‘the process’ through her own arts practice and within her community arts and education work. @shereemartin_artist @thelittleredartshed www.thelittleredartshed.com.au
Alex Morse: I’m passionate about creative art forms as tools for transforming learning environments, organisations and communities to support vulnerable families with children from birth to 18 years of age. As a registered music therapist and arts and health practitioner I have strong networks and foundations in the north west of Tasmania. I’ve been supporting children and young people though music therapy for 11 years through the Department of Education, the child and family centre in East Devonport and No 34 Aboriginal Centre. As the director of the Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing for 2016 and 2017, each of the 47 events focused on intergenerational engagement through arts.
Kris Shaffer: I continue to share my love of drawing and indigenous land management practice, especially with young children and their families. I am an artist working with early child and family centres at new Norfolk, Bridgewater, Claredonvale and Geevston in learning about Bushfoods and the Tasmanian Dreamtime stories and culture. I have worked with arts and crafts in schools throughout Tasmania for over 40 years and have conducted on Country workshops in Bushfoods and cultural practices in isolated communities.
Tamaz Oszwald’s creative practice has multiple fields and most of them in the practical, physical dimension. I am not a warrior to battle against technology, but rather a seeker for potential, creative alter-path strategies that hopefully will answer some of the questions that families, educators and children are asking. I My practice is as an educator and artist not who makes things, but rather an artist who makes things happen. A practice rooted in openness, where I reconstruct new useful vocabularies by synthesising knowledge borrowed from different disciplines. My practice combines all the skills gained over the last 20 years: performing, storytelling, stilt walking, cooking, gardening, gather people together and celebrate. Recently I work on the 24 Carrot Garden program of MONA.
Tristan Templar: I took interest art at an early age but for the last six years it has become a primary focus of mine after I was chosen to create a painting for the inter nation hiv/aids convention in Sydney. I moved to Victoria where I took lessons and was lucky enough to meet other artists from all over the country who taught me ways to improve my skills with graphite and charcoal and start working with colour. After I moved back to Tasmania I started doing commission portraits of people and pets and was able to keep improving. whilst drawing in interest from around the world and keeping in regular contact with artists from different countries whom I have been able to also learn from and receive help and criticism from. Art is very important to me and was a big contribution to helping me through some very rough periods in my life as well as opening up many opportunities and experiences and I am always excited to help share those experiences and lessons with other to help future potential artists.
Julie Stoneman: My practice brings together my experience as a visual artist, public art artist, public art consultant & landscape architect. I have worked on numerous projects involving both young children and youth over a 30 year period. Starting with ‘The Arts Mobile’ where I conducted ‘hands-on’ workshop sessions across Tasmania for disadvantaged young children & teenagers, through to public art projects with primary school children & homeless youth. As Public Art Program Officer at Arts Tasmania I have supported & project managed 30+ child based public art projects, delivering public art for the very young through to late teens. As a landscape architect I have designed and managed the construction of many playgrounds and worked closely with allied professionals and communities. I co-developed the ‘Mountain Festival’, a community arts/science collaborative place-making festival involving people from the community to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of kunyani. https://www.fluxstudio.space/projects-working-with-and-for-children/