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 Ryle is CEO of Kids’ Own Publishing and employs many teaching artists to engage with diverse communities across Australia to support community publishing initiatives. Kids’ Own has expertise in delivering community based workshops, capacity building training and published outcomes aimed at promoting literacy, reading and the status of children as storytellers, writers and illustrators.,,


Simon Spain

As founding Creative Producer of ArtPlay in Melbourne, and as a practising artist himself, Simon Spain has an experienced understanding of how many teaching artists approach their practice and deliver their work. Simon has made presentations around the world about his work and research at ArtPlay, and, after completing a Masters in Social Investment last year, has just embarked on a reflective practice PhD at RMIT in Melbourne.


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