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Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Spring has sprung and Slippry Sirkus has continued to consolidate their focus on accredited pathways to education and enterprise through utilising innovative arts based programs, in partnerships with educational institutes and R.T.O’s  


Through a collaboration with Kempsey TAFE, a new and innovative arts based program has been designed and being delivered to students undertaking a  Certificate 11 in Skills, Work and  Training

 The collaboration with Cambodian Space Project continues with the 2013 Australian Tour, the Cambodian Space Project played in Darwin, where….  “CSP performed at a vigil for asylum seekers who remain in detention in a centre (behind Darwin airport). Using solar powered amps and sound system we play music, outside the wall of the detention centre, to show our support and to encourage those inside. The most moving thing was to meet (through the wall) the people incarcerated inside and to hear of their anguish”….Julien Poulson, CSP.   For more information visit

Slippry Sirkus in a collaboration with Solid State Circus worked with Walgett’s young people to deliver a Circus program with a performance outcome, while continuing consultation on the Far West & North West initiative.

Attendance at the Philanthropy Australia Melbourne Seminar was an opportunity to consolidate our knowledge and reconnect with Dr Gianna Zappala.

The Many Faces of the Macleay commenced in the Kempsey L.G.A , the project explores community identity through present and historic images and will become part of a public mult imedia outcome for the  2014 Macleay River Festival.


The Creative  Producer  for the 2014 Macleay Festival will be Denni Scott Davis,Slippry Sirkus Artistic Drector this has been funded through Arts NSW and  is in collaboration with Olivia Parker, Community Project Officer, Kempsey Council.



Slippry Sirkus has collaborated with Bob Holman, the legendary New York  Poet and NYU professor on his visit to Australia  in October/November.   Bob is producing a documentary on the ‘Loss of Languages’ and will perform in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Alice Springs.     Kim Steblin producer with CAAMA has just finished a six part series documentary with Ernie Dingo about the loss of languages in Australia and will host Bob Holman in Alice Springs.

The collaboration with the  Living Carefully Young  Parents Program ‘Growing Stronger’ continues with several of the young pregnant mothers participating in the casting of their bellies, which also provided opportunity to share health and parenting information.

Congrats to the Yanni Scott-Davis whose short film is in the Travelling Sydney Film Festival!...Yanni Scott Davis , music & digital media producer has also been featured in the ABC Open Short Film Program.

David Gorton  AKA the Great Gordo , a founding member of Slippry Sirkus has just set his 11thGuiness World Record.   Davi’s  skills have seen him in great demand to perform internationally.

Nadine & Zahra Smith, Creative Peoples Collective have developed the SistaGurl project which provides a platform for emerging artists, song writing and performance. SistaGurl will be appearing at Woodford Folk Festival

Emerging Artist Maddie  Carrettte has relocated to Toronto to study music and photography

Congratulations to Raphaela Rosella (Rosie) who has been selected to represent Australia and Reportage as an emerging social documentary photographer at the Noorderlicht Festival – September 1 to October 13, 2013 in the Nederlands and who has given birth to her first child which indeed makes her a creative producer

International Artist Reko Rennie  continues to share his skills in community with workshops programs in Tamworth and Fitzroy Crossing, while developing new works for exhibition for the Victorian Art Gallery . Reko work was featured in the television series , “Colour Theory’ presented by Rchard Bell

Jodie  Harrison, Chair of our Board  recently travelled  to the United States and Canada, to investigate Community Arts Practices and  meet with the Cambodian Space Project who were recording and performing in Chicago and New York and represented Slippry Sirkus at Victorian Creative Partnership Awards .


Slippry Sirkus has been collaborating with Photographer Aletheia Casey, who is producing an exhibition of works ‘After the Apology’ which explores the impact of the Australians Government ‘Apology’

Artist Stephen Killick’s  New Issue of ‘Change’ is available


Featured artist:   Frank Buffalo Hyde

A South western artist who traces his heritage to the Nez Perce and Onondaga people,     Frank Buffalo Hyde has been recognized for breaking through the boundaries that many place around what they think Native American art should look like. Frank is struggling to define himself as a Native American without being seen as a sterotype. He is dealing with what he calls the "fragmented contemporary life" of a Native American U.S. citizen. 

Born in Santa Fe, Hyde grew up in central New York, and then returned to New Mexico to study at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He's been exhibiting his work for over 15 years -- since he was 18 -- showing in many Santa Fe galleries as well as in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.                                                           Frank collaborated with Reko Rennie  on ‘The Bridge’ Charlotteville project  and the Wall project in Sante Fe.

-Continuum, solo show, Wheelwright Museum
of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM 
-Masters of Influence, group show, Lovett’s
Gallery, Tulsa, OK 
-Frank B. Hyde & Paul Moore, Institute of 
American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM 
-New Work, Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA 
-Without Limits: Contemporary Indian Market -Exhibition, Chiaroscuro Contemporary  Art,Santa Fe, NM 

-The Iroquois Museum, Cobleskill, NY 
-The Longyear Museum, Colgate University Hamilton, NY 
-Office of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States 
-Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM 
-Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM 
-Sprint Corporate Collection, Overland Park, KS  

'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