Claremont Goodstart: Books as Gifts (ArTELIER project #3)

This week saw Victoria sow some seeds for a project around making, creating and publishing books at Goodstart Childcare centre in Claremont. They proposed the idea of books as gifts – for special events, anniversaries – or simply for anyone large or small who may need a little cheering. “As the first time in a while I’ve been at the chalkface, I find I am bringing a new reflexivity from my research into children’s community publishing into my practice: exploring an emergent project design that is both challenging and illuminating.”

The children have provided some magic moments in this first week, and I look forward to listening deeply to the staff’s responses to these preliminary explorations before we plan the next phase and co-opt some other ArTELIER artists into the mix.


Come and join on the first Friday of the month 10am – 1pm (RSVP required) at the all that we are Reading Room. We are gathering quite a collection of books in our library, particularly focused on socially engaged practice so come and peruse some new and old publications critical to our work – and join in a discussion with however else is around. Have a coffee while you’re here.

Confirmation of Candidature at UTAS

Victoria is pleased to have finally reached this first significant milestone of her PhD. CoC is an opportunity to present to her peers and get feedback from a panel on her proposed research plan and review of the literature to date. Next step, to work out the fine detail of the data gathering process, ready to submit for ethics clearance.

Celebrating Childrens Art 2019

The B4 Early Years Coalition (B4) and partners invite all children aged birth to 4 years to make marks and submit their work. Submission is easy attached just go to for all the information and submission forms! Let’s make marks together!

Submissions close 3 July 2019 for works of art from children 4 years and under for the Making Marks, children’s art exhibition (2019).

Simon at Tate Exchange May gathering

Several times a year the Tate Associates from across the UK gather at Tate Modern in London to share practice and build networks. As one of two international associates Simon attended the small and informal gathering in May to build the relationship between ArTELIER and Tate Exchange. the intention is to build an exchange program between the two projects for a partnership in 2021.

ArTELIER Tasmania 2019 Launch

The 2019 ArTELIER program was officially launched at Salamanca Arts Centre last week. Following a welcome to Country by Sinsa Mansell and an introduction to the project by Simon Spain and Victoria Ryle, Hon. Elise Archer, Minister of the Arts, launched the 2019 program. 40 Tasmanian artists are signed up for 2019 – all work on intergenerational arts projects in Tasmania in a variety of disciplines. 2019/20 events and gatherings will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

self assembly at Tate Modern, London

Simon is presenting self assembly at Tate Modern on Sunday 2 June 2019. This will be the largest outing for this work during a whole afternoon program at the Tate Exchange, creating up to 200 figures with children and families.

You can see the program for the session here:

ArTELIER in Melbourne

Ten artists from the ArTELIER program spent four days in Melbourne. Five artists ran workshops at ArtPlay over the weekend and everyone attended a range of professional development opportunities including; being part of a creative development of a transgender toys workshop, TOY; a visit to Footscray Community Arts Centre; a workshop on materiality by Kelly Boucher; and a full day program of relationality and creation of arts experiences for children and families at ArtPlay.

Ken Lu in residence

Ken with Hannah and Matt – our three woodfiring residents

Ken is the Education Manager of Pottery Workshop Education Center in
Jingdezhen, China. He has a studio provided by the company where he makes functional
wares and slab build work. Besides the different methods of construction, he researches into
Shino glazes and kilns.

I have built 5 hard brick kilns to date in China and in the US. Wood firing does not only embody stoking, flames, reduction, types of wood, etc but it needs the firer to have a good understanding of the kiln design to obtain optimum effect from the firing. My interest in this residency is to network and gain more knowledge not only about wood firing but also about simplistic forms from artist such as Nancy Fuller. Moreover, in Jingdezhen (the porcelain city of China), there are about 300 smokeless cross draft kilns(Kusakabe Smokeless kilns) and I feel there are tons of other design kilns which can obtain far more enriching effects than the smokeless cross draft that I have come across. This will aid in my teaching career and making an educational impact in China. Last but not least, of course, to build my own kiln in the future.

Ken Lu

Hannah Vorrath-Pajak in residence

After graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts specialising in ceramics at the University of South Australia in 2017, Hannah Vorrath-Pajak is now in her second year of the Associate Training Program at JamFactory. Throughout her emerging practice, she has found a love of making both functional ware and exhibition pieces. Through this work she aims to explore research into the natural world and traditional pottery processes.

Hannah is in residence at 1450 for three weeks to be part of the Woodfiring residency in partnership with Ridgeline Pottery and to attend the Australian Ceramics Treinnale Tasmania