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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.

Artist John Thiering continues his work exploring with young people through photography, video and drawings, their  sense of self and sense of place .

Circus Arts in Action

While in the Kempsey area the Bellbrook ‘Creative Well Arts & Wellbeing program in a collaboration with the Thunghutti Land Council, Aboriginal Health, Rural Health and outreach TAFE  has seen visits from a North Coast Area Health’s nutritionist and women’s health workers who have provided information on diabetes, asthma and several one on one  consultations, alongside the  digital media ,visual arts and storytelling workshops. In the Nambucca Valley, an outreach arts program continues with workshops in visual arts, digital storytelling , music & dance..


Health workers at Bellbrook
Dianne Penberthy ( Rural Health), Auntie Mona Quinlan, (Mentor)
Leesa Roach, Nutritionist, (NCAHS) & Christine Wright.

The intergenerational digital story telling project ‘Looking Back to the Future’  in partnership with Nambucca Valley Social Community Council and in collaboration with Aboriginal Aged Care, Macksville High School and Nambucca Youth Services has completed consultation with community partners and six young people will participate digital story telling training and then work alongside Slippry Sirkus digital media artists to produce stories with participants experiencing early onset dementia.  These stories will provide contextual clues for the participants to map their life experiences.  The project in is funded through the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing.

An invitation from Moree to provide consultation and support to build a project focusing on a creative healthy environments   has resulted in a partnership with, Moree TAFE and Hunter New England Area Health.

Slippry Sirkus has been funded by Festival Australia to deliver project outcomes for festivals  in Central Arnhem N.T and Glen Innes, NSW.

May 31st s saw  Artistic  Director Denni Scott Davis and Choreographer/Dancers Travers Ross and Nicole (Lamb) Iovine head off to Central Arnhem  to work in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts, Djilpin Arts, NT Group Schools, the Jawoyn Aboriginal Association  and three communities.

This month’s Slippry Sirkus’s featured artist is Julien Poulson and The Cambodian Space Project

A veteran of the Australian rock scene,  Julien has spent time working from a jail cell in East Timor... for The Truth & Reconciliation Commission .  Throughout his career, Julien has gained a wealth of experience in diverse arts positions, including implementing music industry programs, managing festivals, publishing magazines, working with boards, committees and membership-based organizations, including TasMusic.   During a residency  in South East Asia, Julien worked with musicians and visual artists based in a variety of arts organisations , utilising his experience as a producer to record oral histories, sound compositions and to produce a documentary exhibition. (Supported by the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania)                       Julien is a founder of the Cambodian Space Project , which focuses on rebuilding contemporary Cambodian music and creating cross cultural links

The Cambodian Space Project’s debut single recorded with lead singer Srey Thy is Knyom Mun Sok Jet Te “I’m Unsatisfied” original recorded by Pan Ron. Pan Ron herself was once upon a time, number two in line to the pop music throne and was considered more ‘edgy’ than Ros Sereysothea the Golden Voice of Phnom Penh.  Like Sereysothea Pan Ron recorded numerous duets with Sin Sisamouth and left behind a legacy of superb songs that are a haunting reminder of pre-war times, tragically singers such as Pan Ron, Ros Sereysothea and Sin Sisamouth all vanished without trace in the Killing Fields. The Cambodian Space Project’s single is dedicated as a tribute to the legacy of these musicians. Cambodia even today, ranks among the  one of the most hard pressed places in the world

Slippry Sirkus will journey to Cambodia in August to collaborate with the Cambodian Space Projectand Krousar Thmey (New Family) , the foremost Cambodian organization working with children after delivering a program  at the  Cambodian Living Arts National Youth Festival in Phnom Phen.

'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

View samples here

Making Music

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

Bourke Girls Track