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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.

Terence & Rhonda (Two Generations) Artist Raphaela Rosella

Slippry Sirkus has been invited to the International Art and  Health conference in Melbourne  to share their work on the ‘Looking Back to the Future project - a partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Social Council and in collaboration with Aboriginal Aged Care & TAFE

In Nambucca Valley, thirteen TAFE numeracy and literacy students participated in a two day digital story telling program, producing stories of their lives which they shared with each other and which will be presented in a community outcome in early December

The ‘Cross Currents’ song writing program in collaboration with Nambucca Youth Service, Kempsey PCYC  and the Bowraville  Didgie Hub, saw young people from across the Nambucca Valley & Macleay Valley attend  three days of workshops where they learnt to create music, write and record a song and produce a video clip with Yanni Scott Davis & Jack  Wachtel  (music magicians),                                 

while the RapidFire crew worked with young people to produce murals in Kempsey and Nambucca Valley using graffiti and aerosol art techniques

Jack, budding song writers and Yanni at songwriting workshops

In Green Hills, the ‘Ripple’ project focused on digital story telling.  A special thanks to the Wright family, who patiently let us spend a whole Sunday with them sharing their stories and their lives.

Festival Masks                                                                 Artist      Claude Teyssier 

 In the Hastings, the annual Comboyne Spring Fair provided the opportunity for young people to shine .                    

Featured artist :  Raphaela Rosella

A social documentary photographer, who is completing a Bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of the Arts, Brisbane, Australia.  Raphaela works closely with organisations such as Slippry Sirkus and United Way on art based projects in communities experiencing hardship, to give a voice to those whose stories should be heard.


Photographic artist on ‘Looking Back to the Future, an intergenerational digital story telling project on the Mid North Coast of NSW

Currently on the editorial board for The Australian Photojournalist (APJ), a non-profit publication dedicated to giving voice to stories that should be told, celebrating the human condition and casting a critical eye on journalism and mass media practices.

A collaboration with Queensland College of the Arts, United Way's project 'Local Eyes' involved photography students mentoring disadvantage youth, Raphaela worked closely with a homeless young woman, teaching her photography and mentoring her along the way. The participants and mentors work was exhibited at the Brisbane Powerhouse (September 2010).,

2005 – 2009

Successful in gaining a $5000 scholarship to further her photographic career, awarded by Father Chris Riley, Youth Off The Streets through a  scholarship program for disadvantaged youth, continued studies in contemporary photography in Adelaide. Photographed in Tennant Creek and Moree with the CocaCola Australia Foundation and Beyond Empathy


2010             Local Eyes, Brisbane Powerhouse (Brisbane, Aus).
                    Visual Voices, UN Secretariat Building (New York, USA).
                    Transpositions, Chifley Tower (Sydney, Aus).
2009-            Gula Gama-li Embrace, NG Gallery (Moree, Aus).
2008/09        Empowered, Splendour In The Grass (Byron Bay, Aus).
2007             Postcodes From The Edge, NERAM (Armidale, Aus).
                    Environmental Youth Art Prize, SA Museum, (Adelaide, Aus).
2005             under 18yrs finalist in the Moran Contemporary photography prize
                    State Library, Sydney

'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

Click to view Images

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