Madelaine Flynn, Tim Humphrey and Live Umbrella Arts from Finland in residence

We Johanna Tuukkanen, Pekka Mäkinen, Maija Eränen, (Live Umbrella Artists from Finland) with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, from Australia, gathered here to consider our existential risk project amid the celebrations for the Tasmanian solstice.

It has been a chance to be at a place whose landscape screams its accreted losses,

Absences, and past frenzies. A visual document takes shape via Pekka’s camera lenses. We drove a lot. It is kind of unavoidable here. What is the existential risk implicit in a two-hour drive to see a 1000-year old pine tree clinging to the side of a mountain lake?

Simon in the UK – working with the Tate Exchange program


Having been a Tate International Associate for some years, Simon’s Australia Council Community and Cultural Development Fellowship has enabled  him to initiate a new project and present to the Tate Associates at their May 2018 meeting in London. Simon’s focus was on the language we use to describe our work to ourselves and to others. Simon also visited Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives to help build the relationship that we hope will develop over the next year.


Marit Ulvund and Stein Helge Solstad in residence



Marit Ulvund is an Ass. Professor in theater, with an arts-based and practice-led PhD from NTNU, Norway, and QUT, Australia. She is this semester a visiting scholar at Queensland University of Technology, and works on a research monograph of her PhD; Life and Story – From Experience to Performance with Echo Theatre.

Marit has a long experience with art programs in kindergarten and elementary school, as a university lecturer/practitioner in drama/theatre, conductor of international university art and education projects, and director and actor in music and theater performances for children. Marit is a director of Seanse Art Center, Norway. Seanse has hosted about 500 artist in residencies since 2004, and arrange national and international art workshops, conferences, and a Small Art Festival. Seanse hosted the first International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC1) Oslo 2012, and Marit is on the founding board for the ITAC conferences, the next coming up in New York, September 2018. Ass. Prof. Marit Ulvund, Seanse Art Center/Volda University College, Norway –

Stein Helge Solstad is an associate professor in music at the University College in Volda, Norway. He has a practice-led Ph.D. from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Norway and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City in 2010/11. For the time being he has a sabbatical semester in Brisbane writing a research monograph about his Ph.D. topic “Strategies in jazz guitar improvisation”. Besides being a researcher and teacher, he is also a jazz guitarist and composer, – and appears on several recordings. Stein released his last jazz album with own music in December 2017; Elvane møtest (Eng. Rivers meet). Ass. Prof. Stein Helge Solstad, Volda University College, Norway –

While in residence Marit and Stein are preparing a Paper performance called:

A room of one’s own – researching – Paper performance by Marit Ulvund – Music composed and played by Stein Helge Solstad (guitar)

Marit asks; “who am I as a researcher, female writer, theatre practitioner, and may I be all three at the same time? Can I find my research identity, and perform my findings with credibility?”

The human frame being what it is, heart, body, and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk.

Virginia Wolf

In this paper performance, Marit explores and performs her role as a female performer, writer and researcher. The performance is based on her reflections from the last 10 years gathered in a document called Thoughts, and which are free writings related to her PhD process, herself, and later work. Moreover, the paper performance refers to performances and other academic and literary texts. Stein is working on composing music to the paper performance, and will be playing in the final performance.


Stephanie Hruska in residence

stepahiehruskaMy name is Steph and I’m from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA. I came to All That We Are with the hope of reconnecting with my creative mind and to see what would happen if I allowed myself to step into a new, and unfamiliar environment. Prior to working as an educator, I spent several years in the service industry. I was able to fully immerse myself in the work, but went home exhausted each day and felt a lack of fulfillment. I am here to learn more about my own strengths as an independent woman, educator and artist, in hopes of finding the right direction in which to carry dedication & passion forward. Since arriving at All That We Are, I have found comfort, support and more fresh air than I could have ever hoped for. I consider myself very fortunate to be here and am so grateful for this opportunity. Victoria & Simon are truly wonderful and welcoming people.”

Eunice Cheung in residence

euniceEunice Cheung was born in Hong Kong, 1986 and graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master of Fine Art. She specialises in Chinese gongbi (fine-brush) painting of animals, and her research is about the changing relationships between human and animal throughout the Chinese Art history.

In her work she captures the beauty of animals and reflects the state of animals in different cultures, societies and geography. Through imparting humanistic characters into the subjects in her pieces, Eunice bridges the chasm between humanity and the seemingly distant natural world.

Eunice is a frequent participant of different individual and joint exhibitions in Hong Kong and overseas. Her work has been exhibited in Art Basel Hong Kong, Christie’s and Sotheby’s Hong Kong. In 2015, her work was shown in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan and Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

While at all that we are Eunice is taking time out to do some writing and reflect own her work of the last seven years.


Nancy J. Adler in residence


Nancy Adler comes to All That We Are from Montreal, Canada, where she is an artist and the Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill University. Having just been in New Zealand as a Cultural Fellow of the University of Auckland and given an invited talk at the University of Tasmania on “Musical Leadership & Societal Transformation: Inspiration & Courage in Action”, Nancy has come to 1450 to expand her ceramics skills, her latest area of artistic exploration, working with master potter Ben Richardson, and to have some peaceful time to think, reflect, and write. Nancy’s work bringing together the arts and leadership looks at the ways in which the arts and artistic practices can support leaders in successfully navigating the challenges of the 21st century.  Her work is focused on beauty, and how we can continue to find and create beauty in a world that daily confronts us all with the chaos and all-too-often ugliness of a world increasingly defined by rapid, discontinuous, dehumanizing change

All That We Are is perfect (Yes! There is such a thing). The vistas of the bay are breathtaking. The warmth and deep insight shared by Victoria and Simon are extraordinary. Working in Ben Richardson’s studio and benefiting from his artistry and deep experience is a gift, as are his and Peta’s friendship, wisdom, and fabulous lunches and tea breaks. I woke up again this morning to a brilliant sunrise, to early morning songbirds breaking the night’s silence, and to a peacefulness and optimism that is all too rare for me to find in my regular, out-there world. Thank you Victoria and Simon for giving me the opportunity to spend time with you, and with Ben and Peta, in this magical place. Thank you for being you.


Nancy completed a ten day residency with Ridgeline Pottery while she was at all that we are.


Simon awarded Australia Council Fellowship


Simon has been awarded the 2017 Australia Council Community and Cultural Development Fellowship. His proposal of activity for the 2018/9 has a focus on connecting communities of children, young people and the families through creativity in Tasmania. It will also enable him to visit build connections between Tasmania, Australian and international projects for children, young people and families.

see the press release here – 2017 Australia Council Fellowship recipients announced


You can see more about Simon’s work here.

Children’s voices: Are we listening? at The Ark in Dublin

KOirelandevent8 Nov – 9 Nov 2017 – The Ark, Dublin

Simon and Victoria founded Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in 1997 in Dublin. After growing the not-for-profit for six years on the west coast of Ireland, Orla Kenny took charge of the company and has continued with the mission, with her team of staff and artists, for the past 14 years.

Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership will host a 2-day sectoral event at The Ark as part of its 20-year anniversary celebrations, in partnership with Dublin Book Festival. Simon and Victoria will be speaking and running a workshop at the event that will explore the value of publishing with children, and interrogate how we can support children to be seen and heard within our literature, culture and society.

With the ambitious vision of current policy to reach all children through cultural tuition by 2022, Kids’ Own seeks to ask how we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right.

Wed 8 November: Round table discussion (10.30am – 4pm)

Chair: Martin Drury

  • How do we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right?
  • How do we recognise and give value to authentic arts practice with children and young people, alongside professional artists?
  • How do we give visibility and credence to the work of children and amplify children’s voices within mainstream culture and literature?


Thu 9 November: A day of practical exploration and creativity

Two practical workshops, exploring print making, digital media, book-making and folding techniques, are open to artists and writers who are interested in exploring meaningful processes of engagement with children and young people.

Workshop times:

  • 11am – 1pm: Workshop with Simon Spain – making figures – all that we are



  • 2pm – 4pm: Workshop with Alain Regnier (Belgium)



Academics retreat to 1450


1450 provided the prefect setting for a retreat fro a group of arts educators from Australia and New Zealand. Having two full working days here enabled this group to relax with swims and walks in the neighbourhood and get some quality uninterrupted time together for parts of the day. In the evening we provided a meal full of Tasmanian ingredients and plenty of coffees and snacks we had throughout the two days. The group also did an hour-long hands-on arts experience in Simon’s studio.

Magic place to be.