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Year 2010

Year 2010

December 2010

As the year turns over, we would like to acknowledge the young people and communities who have engaged with projects and have continued to stay engaged …..the work of the artists who have been so generous ….our funders and supporters who make our work possible …..the organisations and service providers, TAFE’s and government agencies who through collaborative partnerships have recognised the value of  Slippry Sirkus’s  projects, and the outcomes that they provide and who  are now incorporating Arts programs into their work.

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November 2010

….Yanni Scott Davis, Digital Media /Music & Sound Artist and board member of Slippry Sirkus has been named a 2010 recipient of the Australia Council  of the Arts ‘Kirk Robson’ award  ….
Poppy & Yanni.. Leg It                             Mr & Mrs Robson, Frank Panucci, & Australia Council Award Recipients

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October 2010

The ‘Looking Back to the Future’ intergenerational digital story telling project  which has a focus on early onset dementia in the Aboriginal community, gathered momentum with several more participant referrals from Nambucca Valley Aboriginal Aged Care  and further  consultation with Rachelle Arkles whose PHD entitled, "Experience and Meaning in Dementia: Aboriginal Elders in Urban Australia", addresses how dementia is experienced, explained and coped with in Indigenous families dealing with the dementia phenomenon.  During the Sydney consultations, we managed a visit to Belvoir Street to see Trevor Jamieson and  BigHart’s  ‘Namatjira’  which is enthralling audiences .

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September 2010

Fin de Siecle.
       Miss Raphaela Rosella (Rosie), who we first met in Nimbin in 2003 while working on  the
       BigHart  legacy project ‘Handle with Care’. recently travelled down from Brisbane, where she is
       just finishing up  her second year at Griffith university (studying photography and majoring in photojournalism.)
       Rosie is now working as the photographic artist on the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ intergenerational digital story telling projectn and mentoring most of us in the finer points of photography and photoshop.  -  read more about Rosie as this month’s featured artist.

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August 2010

After a successful July, working in Central Arnhem with Djilpin Arts and delivering workshops and programs for CrossCurrents, Ripples, Touching Base and the ‘Looking Back to the Future project across the Mid North Coast, Slippry Sirkus headed off to work in Cambodia with the Cambodian Living Arts National Youth Festival, taking part in a ‘Regenerating arts and culture conference with several Khmer arts organisations, facilitated by Asia-art net.

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July 2010

Slippry Sirkus would like to congratulate and thank Kate Reid, Lil Shearer, Josh Bond, Simone O’Brien and the team who presented the inaugural National Indigenous Social Circus Conference at CarriageWorks in Sydney.  Hemlock Mejarne (who is now performing in Canada with the Hectic Brothers)  represented Slippry Sirkus for the week’s training sessions and performances,  which saw artists and representatives from many organisations including ACAPTA,  ARCAA, Aerialize, Circus Oz, Legs on the Wall, Stalker, N.I.C.A, Blackrobats, Creative People Collective, Circus Monoxide, Volcana,  Flipside, The Chooky Dancers and Marrugeku  .

Presenters  at the two day conference included Noel Tovey,  who in August  with the Australian Shaksepeare Company will be presenting ‘Little Black Bastard’  at the Edinburgh Festival and Associate Professor Wendy Holland, University of Western Sydney  and Denni Scott Davis, Artistic Director, Slippry Sirkus.

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June 2010

Wow, here we are at the end of June, time sure does fly, June saw us working across three communities in Central Arnhem plus Katherine through a collaborative partnership with Katherine Regional Arts, Group Schools N.T, Jawoyn Aboriginal Association and Djilpin Arts.We worked on a strategy to support school retention through providing programs in the schools in school time and  after school in Youth Centres to provide access for those young people who are not attending school or are early school leavers.  

The project saw participation by, one hundred and four young people  ,ages 5yrs to 25 years. Outcomes included increased school attendance, skills development and in one community, we worked with the young people to write and record a road safety song which the Dance Artists Travers  Ross and  Nicole (Lamb ) choreographed and taught the young people a dance routine.  This was then performed at the Barunga Cultural & Sports Festival where first prize of $500 for the school was awarded for the performance.

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May 2010

This month has seen a consolidation of our strategies, projects and program Cross Currents & Ripples funded by Australia Council of the Arts. The Coca Cola Australia Foundation & Regional Arts Fund in communities across the Mid North Coast is now in full swing.

Three young local artists Laurie, Caleb & Tracey who have come up through the Wauchope High School ‘Circus as a Sport’ program established by Slippry Sirkus and supported by our fantastic Chairperson .Michelle Gorton , Head of Drama at the school, are now  delivering a program of Circus Arts rotating across four communities in the Hastings each Saturday of the month which will be ongoing  after  the project’s completion.

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April 2010

Slippry Sirkus’s socially  innovative  arts initiative in partnership with the Nambucca Valley Community Social Council have been granted funding  through the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing for a model program that will utilize Digital Story Techniques to work with elderly participants who will be supported technically by young people in an  intergenerational arts program that will explore stories and issues around ageing, a particular focus will be  to engage with early onset dementia sufferers , the program has been designed through support and consultation with the Prince of Wales Medical Research Unit and the Sydney Brain & Mind Research Institute .

Several artist including the Soul Purpose Crew & Urban Flow, Dunghutti Artist Christine Wright and international Visual & Graffiti  artist  ‘Seiz’ collaborated together  as part of the CrossCurrents ‘Ripples’ and in partnership with Kempsey Youth Advisory Council, New Horizons & Beyond Blue  to   launch initial music, dance & graffiti arts programs with young people from the Green Hills & Bellbrook communities at the  new Youth Access Centre.  The program was initiated to support and inspire Kempsey Shire Council in their proposed plans for the centre which includes accredited hospitality and horticulture pathway courses for young people.

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March 2010

After quick visits to Melbourne and Sydney to talk with funding bodies, Slippry Sirkus travelled to Central Arnhem to consolidate consultation and partnerships on the proposed strategy ‘GABURDUK-KWARLIRR’  to be delivered in communities in Central Arnhem.

The strategy    aims to deepen and strengthen cross cultural arts engagement and CCD practise, develop skills, support school attendance & literacy, engender leadership and enterprise for young people and their community.     There is strong support for the strategy from Katherine Regional Arts, Djilpin Arts, Jawoyn Aboriginal Association, D.E.T, Group Schools, Service groups, the Communities.   The strategy is also supported by the CocaCola Australia Foundation.

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February 2010

The Cross Currents strategy, Ripples and Touching Base projects have commenced the year with the initial launch in January and then the settling in of programs and workshops across the Mid North Coast.

The Touching Base project across the Hastings has been strengthened and extended to four communities and the Biripi and Bunyah Aboriginal Land Councils,  due to a partnership with Hastings Council and their Health funded Live Well, Eat Well, Move Well Initiative which will provide through a ‘Circus Moves program access to nutrition and healthy outcomes for young people.

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January 2010

In Kempsey, the Cross Currents and Ripples projects funded by the Australia Council of the Arts,  CocaCola Australia Foundation and Regional Arts Fund,  gained momentum with one hundred and eighty five young people participating across three weeks.

The first week saw a visit from HipHop artists,  Soul Purpose Crew, Sista Native &  James Moulton worked with the young people to write & record songs and through graffiti art create visual art works that also provide the opportunity to practice literacy skills.

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'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

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Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track