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May 2011

Slippry Sirkus named as significantly impacting on health outcomes for Young People ....

‘An Australian Bureau of Statistics report noted that arts and cultural activities are disproportionately more significant to the quality of life of Australians in the 14 to 24-year-old range. The report documents participation rates of around 68 per cent for this age group, higher than any other group. For young people attempting to resolve complex social problems, artistic participation and expression can provide a valuable mechanism for bringing about positive outcomes in health and wellbeing.

A number of programs throughout the country have successfully engaged young people, particularly with regard to mental health, at the community level.  Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA) is the national peak body for organisations and practitioners engaging young people in the arts.

The Artful Dodgers Studios and Slippry Sirkus have both had significant impact on health outcomes. The Young People Prevention and Early Intervention (YPPI) project has successfully used flexible creative arts, rather than arts therapy, in the process of recovery for young people with first-episode psychosis  . Both Tutti Ensemble and Restless Dance Theatre work with disabled and non-disabled young people in theatre, music and dance performance. .’..

Auntie Valerie Cohen  -  Looking Back to The Future

The’ Looking Back to The Future ‘intergenerational digital story project across 2010/11 will be launched with an exhibition of portraits & digital stories in early June. The socially innovative project was delivered in partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Services Council and was funded by the Australian Government,   Department of Health & Ageing , Dementia Community Grants program

The program has provided the opportunity to share stories, build skills, provide information and raise awareness in the community.  One measure of the success of the project is that several community organisations have taken up the initiative and have commenced their own digital story telling programs .

Thanks to the thirteen storytellers and their families, Macksville TAFE and the students and the project artists Raphaela Rosella, Josh Thomason, Anthea Varigos & Yanni Scott Davis and to the artists who have provided advice and support ,   The digital story DVD will be archived in regional libraries. ;  www.raphaelarosella;

Auntie Janet shares  a story

The ‘Flow ‘project funded by the CocaCola Australia Foundation which focuses on young people ‘at risk’ continues to gain momentum in Kempsey with Auntie Janet Smith generously sharing her time and stories with the young people.

Walking with Spirits

Slippry Sirkus has once again been invited to join the’ Walking with Spirits’ team for the ten year anniversary of the festival in Central Arnhem in July.

Hemlock & ‘Luth’

Congratulations to Hemlock Mejarne & Anne ‘Luth’ Wolff who have been commissioned by Aerialize to produce a show to launch at the Sydney Fringe Festival   in September .

Madi Carrette

Emerging photographer Madi Carrette continues with her world tour and continues to delight us with her images and impressions of her trip...

Dirty Brother's ‘Dark Party’

.....the Great Gordo Gamsby has just returned from a successful tour of Spain with the Dirty Brothers “Dark Party..

Diane Busuttil

A big Thank You to Didi   (Diane Busuttil) and the Berlin artists who are mentoring several visiting Slippry Sirkus artists  across 2011.

Yanni       image by Yanni

This is the  link to an interview for the National Arts & Cultural Alliance with Yanni Scott Davis, digital media artist /music producer  & Australia Council of the Arts Kirk Robson  2010 recipient who is also currently travelling in Europe.

Jodi Harrison (Chair) & Krousar Thmey children

The outreach project to Cambodia is taking shape and Slippry Sirkus would like to invite  ‘expressions of interest’  from  artists who may be interested  in working in Cambodia  in 2012.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Digital artist & film maker Josh Thomason has recently taken on a twelve month project for the Black Dog Institute.

Slippry Sirkus is featured in the April/May  Y.A.P.A (Youth Action & Policy Association)

A Guide for Social Enterprise for Young Australians is available at.


This Month’s featured artist:    Poppy Van Oorde-Grainger

Poppy on location                                 Poppy & Yanni – Australia Council Awards

Poppy is the Australia Council of the Arts  Kirk Robson award  2010 recipient for her outstanding work and graduated with a B.A in fine arts in 2002 and has since been working as a community cultural development artist in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia,  Poppy is a skilled across a wide range of media and is particularly adept at working with young people to utilize materials and their experiences from their lives to create contemporary arts works that resonate. Poppy has worked with numerous organisations including DADAA, ARTRAGE, ECU, CANWA & PHAKAMA,UK

Projects incluce “Mamu” MARTU MEDIA, “Western Desert Kidney Health Project” RCS 2009 “Drug Aware Youth Arts Unearthed” YMCA HQ 2008 "Linden 1968" LINDEN, "In the Blink of a Night" PICA, "Rock Hole Long Pipe" CANWA, "Trashcatcher's Ball" LIFT, 2007 SUBIACO PRIMARY, 2005 "Art Jam" HQ SKATEPARK, "Midland Projections" ARTRAGE, “Creative Challenge Jigalong” AWESOME, "Disablitities and Ageing Project" DADAAWA, “Vicinity Filmmaking Project” DADAAWA/EDAC, "Stirling Ideas" DADAAWA, “Castaways Workshop” ROCKINGHAM, 2004 MOSMAN PARK PRIMARY, “Creative Challenge Parnngurr” AWESOME, “Artlink Fremantle” DADAAWA, "ID TAGS Family Workshops" PIAF/AWESOME, 2003 “Videohead” ARTRAGE, “Creative Challenge Parkwood” AWESOME, “Creative Challenge Kambalda” AWESOME, “Open Space” I.A.S.K.A., “At Home with Stan” MELVILLE SHS, 2002 “Matrix” Forest Chase AWESOME, “Fremantle Surf Life Saving collaboration” AWESOME, “Creative Challenge Perth Montessori” AWESOME, “Creative Challenge Beverley” AWESOME, “Artshed” CITY OF PERTH/AWESOME

'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