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Summer Edition 2012 - 13

As  the New year approaches,  we would like to take this opportunity  to thank the participants, communities, artists, organisations  and funding bodies who have  engaged , collaborated and supported  the programs and projects throughout 2012 and we look forward to continuing to work together  across 2013.

During the past three months, Slippry Sirkus has collaborated with ON Track Community Programs across the past three months to produce a suite of ten digital stories that explore the many causes of homelessness and the pathways to recovery.   These stories will be available to view online at and

The Australia Council Community Partnerships Creative Producer funded project ‘Ties that Bind’ delivered in Kempsey across 2012 has provided opportunities for many participants to develop skills while exploring ‘connection’ through visual arts, music, dance, physical theatre and digital story telling.   Pubic outcomes of exhibitions, radio plays and digital projections have enabled the participants to share their stories with the broader community.   A focus over the past few months has been working with participants with disabilities.

Young people in Music program

A component of the ‘Ties that Bind’ project, is the young parent’s project in partnership with Area Health and Aboriginal health, which is now in post production.  The outcome   ’Love & Light’ a visual & digital installation, will be exhibited in February 2012.  Utilising suspended fragile, translucent casts of young pregnant women with projections of their ultrasounds and a soundscape sharing their intimate stories of motherhood and connection

‘Love & Light’ an exploration of Motherhood and Connection

Slippry Sirkus has been delighted to collaborate with the Creative People Collective on ‘River Jam’ a series of live performances with the young people of the North Coast area.

Congratulations to Benoit, the founder of Krousar Thmey who we are privileged to be collaborating with in Cambodia.  Benoit has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Child Advocacy.

Benoit and Krousar Thmey Children

Congratulations to Yanni Scott Davis, who has just completed his Cert IV in Film & Media.  Yanni continues to mentor and produce emerging HipHop artists and the Beats & Rhyme program at ‘The Loft’ youth centre in Newcastle.

Beats & Rhyme session

Congratulations to Nixi Killick who has completed Honours in Fashion & Costume design at the Victorian College of the Arts

Nixi’s End of Year Collection

Congratulations to Zahra Smith who is currently undertaking dance training in South Africa supported by the Australia Council of the Arts.

Zahra & Diane Busuttil with young dancers ‘Tie that Bind’

Congratulations to Raphaela Rosella who has completed Honours in Social Documentary Photography and who we have had the pleasure of working with since 2003.

Raphaela Rosella

Congratulations to the Nambucca Valley Community Social Council who have just celebrated forty years of serving the community.

Thanks to Nambucca Youth Services who we have the pleasure of collaborating with and who continue to provide outstanding support for the young people of the Nambucca Valley.

Soraya Touma continues her work co-ordinating youth programs in Wyndham, which we discovered on recently visiting, is the third hottest place on earth.

Soraya & young people   image by Fi Sproule

The Cambodian Space Project will be heading down under with their tour commencing in Perth in early 2013.  They have enjoyed great success during 2012 touring the globe and their documentary produced by Mark Eberle to be shown on the BBC.

The Cambodian Space Project

Deja Pearson,   a founding member of Slippry Sirkus is now based in South Africa and very successfully creating original artworks on surfboards

Art work by Deja Pearson

Reko Rennie who we have the pleasure of working with on the “You Say You Are – Then Who Am I’ project and an upcoming project for NWNSW in 2013, was recently commissioned by Sydney City Council to create a public art work.

‘Always Was- Always Will Be’

A short film about the project 'You Say You Are - Then Who Am' funded by Regional Arts NSW was featured as part of the VideoWrxs program at the National Regional Arts 2012 conference Kumuwuki Big Wave

'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