Victoria Ryle and Simon Spain

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.

At the beginning of 2016 they moved to Tasmania to establish all that we are.


Victoria Ryle 

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 on this practice worldwide. She is currently undertaking a PhD at UTAS on the culturally transformative power of publishing with 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.,,


Simon Spain


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 was awarded the Australia Council  for the Arts Community and Cultural Development Fellowship in 2017. He is a Tate International associate and is currently working with Tate on capacity building programs for socially engaged artists.

Simon is Chair of Regional Arts Australia and is the Arts and Culture representative for the B4 Early Years Coalition in Tasmania. Simon recently completed his practice-based PhDat RMIT, Melbourne looking at current practices of artists delivering participatory community arts projects, and is an Australia Council for the Arts Leadership mentor. Simon also recently completed a Diploma in Business Governance with Our Community in Melbourne.

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