Simon Spain and Victoria Ryle have a collective experience of over 60 years of teaching artistry and have recently established a new project together called All that we are. They consider themselves elders in the world of teaching artistry having worked around the globe on projects and residencies of their own, collaborated with many other artists and both been directors of organisations employing many artists in engaging practice. This project connects their sixty years of experience in the arts, education and community driven projects.

Simon and Victoria established projects together in Hackney, East London during the 1980’s before moving to Ireland in the mid 90’s where after working with the Ark in Dublin, Simon and Victoria established Kids’ Own Publishing. The project then moved to Sligo, Ireland, where it still runs from today. Meanwhile Simon and Victoria moved to Australia in 2003 for Simon to establish The City of Melbourne’s new arts centre for children, ArtPlay, and Victoria to establish Kids’ Own Australia in Melbourne.



Victoria Ryle 

Victoria is a leading pioneer in the practice of publishing the work of children to give them a voice in their world. She is the Co-founder of Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in Ireland (1997) and founder of Kids’ Own (Australia) Inc. (2003), that uses creativity and community publishing to build literacy engagement, sense of identity and belonging in the wider community. She is a strong advocate for the power of an arts and artist-led publishing process in community and education contexts. She has extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, teacher, and advisory teacher and has presented at conferences world-wide.,,


Simon Spain

Simon Spain: Founding Director of ArtPlay and Signal ( and, visual artist in residence and director of outreach program for The Ark and member of Playeum International Research team. Tate International Research associate, recent member of Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and PhD candidate on Connecting Communities through Creativity. Simon has been awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Community and Cultural Development Fellowship 2017. Simon is the Tasmanian Director for Regional Arts Australia and the Arts and Culture Leader for the B4 early Years Coalition in Tasmania.

You can see a full summary of Simons work here and an online resume here.