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Spring 2012

Welcome to Spring Edition

The past six months have been the opportunity for Slippry Sirkus to consolidate their work with strategies, projects and programs in NSW, N.T, W.A  & Cambodia
Over 2012,  Slippry Sirkus  is experiencing an increased take-up by government and non government organisations  seeking to innovate new ways of delivering social strategies through arts based programs
This take up of the arts is a reflection of the shifting cultural policy developing through the Australia Council of the Arts and their recent Arts & Health conference and the  Arts & Education stream of funding which has emerged over the past few years and affirms our vision of the valuable role of art to effect social outcomes and also define who we are as an individual, as a community or as a nation.
The ‘Ties that Bind’ project delivered a program of  visual arts & digital media workshops exploring ‘the themes of connection to community’ with participants ranging in ages from eleven to seventy three.

One of the outcomes was ‘Tag It’  a graffiti art style exhibition at the Macleay Valley Art Gallery which featured several local artists and project artist James Moulton


The Living Carefully ‘Growing Stronger Together’ Young Parents Program across the Nambucca Valley   continues to flourish with young parents participating in a program of  workshops from nutrition and healthy eating to  baby first aid to graphic design and screen printing to sharing their stories through digital story telling The program is a collaboration with Nambucca Valley Community Social Council and Nambucca Valley Youth Services.


Morganics and enthralled fans at ‘Local Made'The ‘Local Made’ Youth Festival.  which is an initiative of young people across the mid north coast was held in Bellingen and attracted an audience of over two thousand people. Slippry Sirkus contributed with ‘Art of Celebration’ workshops.

Nadine & Zahra Smith with Bundjulung Elder
Presented a workshop on   at The National HipHop Conference staged in Lismore by the Creative Peoples Collective. The conference was attended by artists, young people, social services and community practitioners from across Australia
Jack Wachtel,  visual artist and graphic  designer continues his studies and work in Newcastle and shares the above story of community engagement.
Slippry Sirkus was invited to participate in the online Australia Council of the arts.cultural policy conference/forum

The fabulous Solid State circus delivered physical circus workshops across Kempsey for ‘Ties that Bind’  and provided a performance for the Nambucca Valley young parents program


Emerging Fashion Artist Phoenix Keating  produced a stunning collection and has received attention not only from the fashion world but also from Lady GaGa who has borrowed several of Phoenix’s creations to wear.

Several of Phoenix’s creations have been featured in Harpers Bazaar


The ‘You Say You Are - Then Who Am I' project commenced in Kempsey with a visit from Melbourne Visual Artist Reko Rennie.  Artists, students and community members from across the MidNorth Coast attended a program of workshops which provided skills training and new techniques while exploring the question of identity and community. This project funded by Regional Arts NSW has provided more depth and support to the Australia Council of the Arts ‘Ties That Bind’ project.  Filmmaker Josh Thomason and emerging artist Lizzie Quinlin (Nambucca Youth Services) supported the project.
National Arts & Health Forum
Slippry Sirkus was invited to participate in the National Arts & Health Forum held in Canberra Thanks to Feral Arts and their PlaceStories site which streamed the forum, we were able to participate online from our project in Central Arnhem.

The Cambodian Space Project is still orbiting the globe and has released their new album while on tour in France.

It has been a huge year for young Brisbane-based photographer Raphaela Rosella who has just been named winner of the 2012 Qantas Spirit of Youth Award (SOYA365) for photography. It’s the third big accolade for Rosella in 2012 having won the Documentary/Photojournalism category inCapture magazine’s 2012 Emerging Photographer of the Year awards and been named a finalist in the 2012 Head On Portrait Prize
Winning  a trip to Les Rencontres D’Arles in France to experience Europe’s biggest photography festival. Rosella has also won a 12-month mentorship with UK-based Australian photographer Polly Borland
Luke McKenzie, Cain Thompson, RIchard Bligh and director Malcolm Robertson in rehearsals for The McNeil Project. Photo: Eddie Jim  at fortyfive downstairs.
Malcolm Robertson , Director and Actor extraordinaire  directed the McNeil project in Melbourne at fortyfive downstairs.  The project staged the plays of late playwright Jim McNeil who wrote his plays while incarcerated in the early 1970’.  Critics said.. ‘Malcolm Robertson's production allows the playwright's naturalism to sing, revelling in an Australian argot that now lives only in performance.’

Lynden Ainslie, visual artist collaborated on a visual arts project with the women of the Wugularr community, Central Arnhem.

‘Walking with Spirits’ Festival, a collaboration with Djilpin Arts. saw a crew which included Rebecca Ingram, digital media & film maker Soraya Touma, singer/songwriter  working with the women of Wugularr,  to produce a multimedia performance of a dreamtime story with live music and voice.            

The performance production was supported by the Australian Shakespeare Company and several women for the first time sat on a stage and sang with live musicians.  The song performed & translated into Kriol was ‘Golden Slumbers’ by the Beatles.

During the time spent in Central Arnhem, support was also provided to Djilpin Arts through filming several ’pick up’ pieces for the upcoming documentary on Jawoyn artist  David Blanasi

Travelling directly from Central Arnhem to Wyndham in the East Kimberleys, where we delivered  three days consultation on a two year youth focused binge drinking education strategy for several organisations. The strategy will provide a program of arts based workshops, skills training and a platform to explore the challenges and produce with the young people a television advertisement

Ties that Bind  - John Thiering  Macleay Valley visual artist and musicians continues ;his work with the support unit at Melville High School working with the students through digital media and music to explore and create connection within the school community of nine hundred students

The fabulous Gordo Gamsby and the ‘Dirty Brothers’ are currently touring Europe

Congratulations to Auntie Janet Smith, Slippry Sirkus’s honorary Elder who has just celebrated her seventieth birthday and who commenced working with us in 1998. Auntie Janet continues to contribute her wisdom and support as a mentor and artist

Josh Thomason film maker and digital media artist is currently collaborating with Barkly Arts in Tennant Creek on a project encompassing dance, music and digital media.

Slippry Sirkus is collaborating with On Track Community programs to produce a series of ten digital stories across  the NSW North Coast.  The participants will have the opportunity to share their stories of homelessness and other life challenges
The first story produced for On Track Community Programs was featured at the National Homeless Conference In Melbourne.

Yanni Scott Davis continues to work with and produce several emerging HipHop artists in the Newcastle area, while completing his studies in film and screen.  Keep an eye for upcoming short film Self Storage Security.     Experience some of the music produced at

Nixi Killick, another founding member  has just showed her collection at Graduate Showcase Melbourne’s Spring Fashion Week. “Integrating a background in circus costume, performance and the arts.   Nixi embraces creative escapism and indulgence in the bizarre in her efforts to illustrate the volatility orbiting reality.”

Benoit with the late Peter Carrette (photographer extraordinaire and philanthropist)
Benoit "Benito" Duchateau-Arminjon, founder of  Krousar Thmey has been awarded  the ’ NOBEL PRIZE FOR CHILD ADVOCATES AWARD’.   Benito will receive his award in N New York  on 25 October and is so deserving of this great honour. Benito's book  is released in English next month.
Slippry Sirkus is working  in a collaborative partnership with Krousar Thmey and Phareps on  an arts & cultural exchange strategy in Cambodia.

Featured Artist : Nick Haywood

Nick Haywood is a prominent Australian jazz double bass player, composer and music educator in Melbourne.

Born in 1961, Nick first started playing an electric bass guitar at eight years of age but did not consider undertaking a career as a professional musician.
In 1976 he started playing the Double bass. After finishing school he worked in a brewery and a tin mine.
In his mid 20's he enrolled in a Diploma of Music course at the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated in 1988
He has worked with many of Australia's best known Australian jazz musicians including Don Burrows, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie McGann, and James Morrison, and with many international jazz artists including Nat Adderley, Buddy Greco, Kenny Kirkland, Claire Martin, Jack Parnell, Mark Murphy among many others.
He has been featured on over 100 music CDs.
In 1999 Nick Haywood was nominated for two ARIA Music Awards: for Best Jazz recording for Sudden in a Shaft of Sunlight by Browne-Haywood-Stevens; and Best Adult Contemporary for Beat Club by The Black Sorrows.!/pages/Nick-Haywood/107930575901764
Slippry Sirkus had the pleasure of collaborating with Nick on the Women’s Project in Central Arnhem.



'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