Simon working with Ten days on the Island to build new program for children and families

tendaysteaserSimon is working with Tasmania’s premier arts festival, ten Days on the Island, to support the delivery of a new stream of arts activity for children and families in 2019 and 2021. The first program in 2019 is under development and will be launched later in the year.

Venue to be announced – the photo is a clue….

Stray Pages

peopleslibrary2Victoria was deeply moved to see her first book published after 30 years of supporting children to see their ideas, images and words in print. Stray pages was published as part of The People’s Library by A Published Event. It was a deeply personal (and cathartic attempt to continue a conversation with Scarlet through her diary up until her death and Victoria’s kept since. With support from Simon and Georgia and a few of Scarlet’s friends, this book has given Scarlet another small voice in the world.

Victoria is interested in getting together with others curious how writing about through grief and loss can help make some sense of the great cycle of life.


self assembly at ArtPlay

artplayjuly18aSimon ran three workshops at ArtPlay over the weekend with families and then a Learning Exchange session for 20 ArtPlay artists and teachers during the week. During the weekend sessions about 50 figures were made by adults and children worksin together to create dancing pairs. The “self assembly” work has been developed partly as an exemplar to use with professionals to explore aspects of reflective practice around working with children and families in the arts. In the Learning Exchange the group made figures but, while doing so, talked through various aspects of the practice and discussed the nature of the encounter. The ArtPlay learning exchanges foster a reflective practice for practitioners working on creative arts experiences with children and families.

Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children

Simon presented on a panel at this event in Campbelltown, Tasmania on 5 July 2018.

This well attended event looked at  ways to work together to improve the lives of children in their early years across Tasmania. Simon presented  on the power of the arts as transformative tool for children and parents lives.

The evidence is clear, what happens for a child in the early years lasts a lifetime. The early years are building the foundations for future life success across multiple areas including physical, cognitive, social and emotional.

Local governments are already doing amazing things to ensure children in the early years thrive. Having the closest and most direct connection with communities, families and children, local governments have an amazing opportunity to build on and support their community’s capacity to ensure a great community for their children.

Forum attendees heard inspiring stories from interstate and local contexts and take away practical knowledge and skills to apply in their work and strategic planning.

Guest speakers include: Geoffrey Woolcock– Institute of Resilient Regions University of Southern Queensland, Simon Spain B4 Early Years Coalition Leader and former City of Melbourne Art Play, Tasmanian local government representatives and Australian Early Development Census experts.


Simon joins the board of Regional Arts Australia

RAASimon has become a Director of Regional Arts Australia. Regional Arts Australia (RAA) supports artists, arts organisations, audiences and communities in regional Australia through diverse projects and initiatives. RAA delivers Artlands, a national biennial arts conference and regular events and programs across Australia as well as delivering the Regional Arts Fund on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.It is also the national organisation developing integrated strategies and support services that enhance access to regional touring of performing arts companies.

Regional Arts Australia is the modern guise of the Arts Council of Australia, a long-standing collaborative forum of bodies involved in regional arts. The new name was adopted in 1998 in recognition of the organisation’s re-orientation as a pro-active member of the regional arts community. There also came a renewed concentration on creating a national voice for those issues, concerns and opportunities that are relevant to all who work in and for the arts in regional and remote Australia.

Simon has a focus on Tasmania but will also be involved in developing new policy and also support for the 2020 Artlands conference.

You can find out about Artlands 2018 here.


Australia Council three-day leadership event


We had  wonderful three days hosting 30 leaders from the arts across Australia as part of the Australia Council for the Arts Leadership program. Over the three days the group met together and in groups on the property and came together over wonderful meals provided by Asher and Franca from Port Cygnet Catering. One night everyone walked across to Mortimer Bay where Craig and Trish from NITA Education talked about the history of the aboriginal people on the land and combined knowledge with Asher and Franca to provide some amazing bush tucker for everyone.


Making Readers – how to create and publish books with kids – 3 workshops for adults


publishingworkshopAn introduction to making books and child-led publishing with Victoria Ryle, founder of Kids’ Own Publishing – held in the beautiful surrounds of All That We Are at 1450 overlooking Pipeclay Lagoon, near Clifton Beach.

A relaxed, hands-on 3-part workshop series for artists, writers, educators and parents to explore simple approaches to creating and publishing books with, by and for children & young people*.

  1. Saturday 17 February 10am – 2pm: Congrats, you’ve published your own book!
    An introduction to the philosophy that underpins this practice
    An opportunity to create and publish your own 8- page epic book
  2. Saturday 24 February 10am – 2pm: Creative kids in control
    Exploring creative starting points and introducing the WePublish app for iPad
  3. Saturday 3 March 10am – 2pm: Community Collaborations
    How to facilitate projects in communities and collect and manage content
*Note: This approach works equally well with adult community members, but the focus in these sessions will be on working with children.

Participants need preferably to attend the 1st session before attending sessions 2 or 3.

Simple home-made bread and salad lunch provided – contributions welcome!


$180 for all 3 workshops ($120 concession)

$130 for 2 workshops ($90 concession)

$70 for 1 workshop ($50 concession)

There is a maximum of 12 places for these workshops. To book please send us your details and nominate which sessions you wish to attend.





SITUATE provocateurs gathering

situateThe SITUATE Arts Lab is a professional development program for selected participants. Artists are encouraged to take risks, expand their practice, develop concepts, consider works of scale, and connect with festival audiences through the development of public art projects. Mentors and provocateurs include established artists experienced in making works for a broad range of festival contexts.

The first gathering of the provocateurs took place at all that we are over two days in December 2017.

Simon and Victoria at all that we are offer the perfect blend of creative space, wholesome delicious food and stimulating conversation.  The decision to hold a two day assessment and planning meeting onsite at their venue meant that eight participants got to achieve the equivalent of two weeks work whilst fostering a lasting and deep relationship with each other and the Tasmanian landscape.  I cannot recommend all that we are highly enough for your event, meeting or small conference.
Emma Porteus
Executive Producer – Situate Art in Festivals