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Year 2012 Starts

Year 2012 Starts

Hello and welcome to our first quarterly news for 2012

The year has leapt into action with the Cambodian Space Project touring Australia and performing at MOMA, WOMAD, the Melbourne Festivals Spiegeltent as well as regionally.

Srey Thy ,CSP & Uncle Martin Ballangarry, Gumbayngirr Elder           Srey Thy delivers funds to Rattanak

On their return to Cambodia thanks to the generosity of our Chair Jodie Harrison and friends, the Cambodian Space Project’s Srey Thy delivered funds to  Rattanak and his family to enable the purchase of  a new TukTuk to generate an income . Rattanak was one of the original children repatriated from the Thai refugee camps over twenty years ago by the Krousar Thmey organisation

The  Nambucca Valley Young Parents Program resumed, which is a partnership with Living Carefully &  Nambucca Valley Youth Services. The program which  has been successful in attracting young dads and mums and is attended by young parents from right across the community,  offers opportunities for young parents to explore the role of parenting through arts based processes and learn about nurturing, nutrition and raising healty children


Many thanks to artist James Moulton (Seiz)  lead artist on the Graffitti Out West project, a collaboration with the Coonabarran Council , Reconnect and the Youth Centre who facilitated the consultation with the young people, the workshops  and  the mural that  encompassed elements of all of the community.

Denni Scott Davis (Artistic Director) and Soray Touma (singer/songwriteral in) travelled to Central Arnhem to meet with Djilpin Arts and the community of Beswick (Wugularr) for final consultation on arts based programs for the community which will be showcased at “Walking with Spirits’ festival  2012.

Children schooling at Phareps,  Battambang. Cambodia

Soraya is currently in the Kimberleys, setting up programs for young people in four remote communities

Denni also travelled to Battambang in Cambodia for further consultation with Xavier Gobin, Artistic Director of the circus project and to spend several days with the Phareps  organisation which provides for young people educational opportunities along with visual arts, music and social theatre.   Slippry Sirkus will collaborate with Phareps on an arts & cultural exchange project .



An exhibition date has been confirmed for early 2013, at MetaHouse, German Cambodian Cultural Centre, in association with the Goethe institute in Phnom Penh.  The exhibition will explore the human condition through themes of identity, connection, colonisation & dispossession featuring visual and digital art from Djilpin Arts, Central Arnhem and Slippry Sirkus


Slippry Sirkus played host to Solid State Circus who delivered a series of physical circus workshops across the region.!/SolidStateCircus

Hemlock Mejarne, physical circus director represented Slippry Sirkus at the Catapault National Youth Circus and Physical Theatre Festival in Bathurst

Solid State Ty, Luth & Seb..  in action                          Hemlock with Solid State …. back in action..


The Australia Council of the Arts Community Partnerships Creative Producer project ‘Ties that Bind’ is quickly gathering momentum in Kempsey and the Macleay Valley.  Community partners in the project include local The Kempsey Shire Council, New Horizons, Kempsey LALC, Macleay Arts Council, Aboriginal Health, Macleay Vocational College, TAFE, Melville High School, Empire Academy of Dance, Benevolent Society, Tank Community Radio, Macleay Argus, Macleay Chamber of Commerce,  Kempsey High School, Kempsey Family Community Centre, Greenhills Community Centre.

The project aims to provide professional skills development, while exploring  connection and identity across the community.


A component of the project, a dance and movement  program was delivered across March by Diane Busuttil who is an Australian artist based in Berlin and Zahra Smith,emerging dance artist .

Diane, Zahra &  John with students at support unit                                         Empire Dance Academy


The dance program worked with profoundly disabled young people and the support unit at Melville High Schooll, young people from the community through the Kempsey Family Community Centre and dance students at the Empire Academy of Dance. In all, sixty eight participants took part in the program.

Zahra &  Diane, local dancer Michelle Smith, youth support Will Davis and young people


John Thiering, a visual artist based in the Macleay Valley created  a visual art performance during his exhibition around his visits to South East Asia.  John is collaborating on several projects including the ‘Ties that Bind’

Jasper Killick, emerging artist  is enjoying recognition of his talents as an artist, now based in Melbourne.

The 50 m wall takes up the entire laneway and was a commission for Garden Tuscany cafe in Moonee ponds. 

Yanni Scott Davis, digital media artist and music producer  is currently  studying film and screenworks, while continuing to mentor and produce emerging artists and provide music programs for young people ‘at risk’ canview one of his latest productions with MC Kaye  - link below


Meanwhile The Great  Gordo Gamsby continues to shine, performing with the League of Sideshow Super Stars…at the Adelaide ‘Fringe’


Featured Artist : Lisa Mam Phnom Penh


Lisa (aka 'Lil Dots') is the first official female street artist in Cambodia. Her work can currently be seen in galleries, cultural centers, on billboards and on the sides of buildings all over Phnom Penh.In the past couple of years, Lisa Mam has hit a high-point with personal accomplishments. She made art pieces for a Cellcard XG commercial and Libiz Hotel, and has contributed her work to the Loy9 program and Phnom Penh in 2058 at the French Cultural CenterLisa wants Khmer graffiti and street art to be seen all around the world. She believes this will put urban Khmer art on the map and inspire Khmer  

Youth around the world to take pride in their culture.

'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