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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 .
Auntie Valerie Cohen & Grandsons                     image by Raphaela Rosella

Congratulations to  Zarah and Nadine Smith, Creative Peoples Collective, who continue to engage and provide the young people of  the North Coast of NSW with creative pathways and outcomes, such as their recent performance  ‘Two Stones, One Bird .     Street TV & Slippry Sirkus provided support through  digital documentation.

Zarah & Crew

Slippry Sirkus with Hemlock Mejarne, Physical Circus/Acrobatics  bounced around Glen Innes for the Festival Australia funded Glenn Innes Severn Council project, that saw  twenty three young people participate in two days of workshops and  a community  performance outcome enjoyed by an audience of over one hundred and fifty .  Hemlock has recently  been invited to train students at the National Institute for Circus Arts , Melbourne.                                

Hemlock and young people workshop ‘Acrobalance’

Across the MidNorth Coast, the ‘Cross Currents strategy, ‘Ripples and ‘Touching Base’ projects  in three regions continues to provide access in the outlying communities to creative and arts based programs in partnership with Health,  TAFE, local councils and service providers.

Masked participants, Upper Rollands Plains

The Great ‘Gordo’ Gamsby, founding member and  now board member of Slippry Sirkus, recently featured  at the Brisbane Festival with the international acclaimed show  ‘ The Dirty Brother’s Dark Party’ and is currently wowing audience across Europe

In Moree,  the ‘No Walls’ Arts, Health and Environment project in partnership with Moree Community Health and  Moree TAFE reached completion with an open day scheduled in early November for the community to view the artworks and meet the artists Guy Crosley, George See and the TAFE Aboriginal art students  . The project is working with the community to produce public art in stage one of a strategy to enhance the  environment of Moree District Health Services  and develop enterprise through the art skills being developed

Mosaic Boomerang Bench   

Slippry Sirkus has been invited to mount a 2011 exhibition at MetaHouse in partnership with the Goethe Institute in Phnom Penh Cambodia .  The exhibit will explore and reflect on the ‘Human Condition’.

This month’s featured artist is:    Tom E Lewis

Best known for his Australian film roles, eg: ’Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith’, ‘The Proposition’ &  Red Hill which  premiered at the  2010 Sydney Film Festival.  Tom E. Lewis also has a distinguished career in music. He pioneered the didjeridu in contemporary music, specializing in jazz forms, through his decade long performance career as half of Lewis & Young. The internationally acclaimed duo featured at more than 30 international festivals and events through the nineties and played every jazz and major music festival in Australia. Tom also played and recorded didjeridu for classical musicians Uli Klein, Jane Rutter, Eve Duncan and composer George Dreyfus.

Turning his attention to guitar and songwriting in the late nineties, Tom’s $2 song won Port Fairy’s best original song in 2001 and went on to feature on his debut CD Sunshine After Rain (Skinnyfish Music 2006). Sunshine After Rain won Music Release of the Year in the NT Indigenous Music Awards 2006.

Since 2002 Tom has been the Artistic Director of remote Beswick Community’s annual event Walking With Spirits, featuring concert performances which blend traditional Aboriginal music with everything from string quartets to the Armenian duduk to the legendary guitar sound of Ross Hannaford.

In May 2007 he co-produced and arranged for the CD release Muyngarnbi – Songs from Walking With Spirits (Djilpin Arts). Together with the Songmen, Tom performed the concert version for Australia Day in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens in January; three concerts for World Youth Week in Sydney in July; at 2007, 2008, 2009 Walking With Spirits; and at the 2008 NT Indigenous Music Awards, where the album won the award in Best Traditional category.

Tom was awarded the Australian Film Commission’s Bob Maza Fellowship in 2005 and in 2006 the Australia Council’s Red Ochre Award for lifetime achievement in indigenous arts. He is currently writing for a new album and film script.                                                                                                                             

'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