Through my creative practice I am learning how to unlearn to be and become a good ancestor, to empathise, uncover/unlearn and create space and opportunities for dialogue, connection, compassion and positive social action and outcomes
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Below is a summary of some of my creative practice and projects. For more information please see my resume via LinkedIn
Born in Cape Town, South Africa. My cultural heritage has been whitewashed over many generations by colonialism and coloniality. But ironically, thanks to once applied race categorisations of the South African apartheid regime, and a remnant reminders of this on my birth certificate, I know that I am of so called “mixed heritage”. I know that some of my ancestors were enslaved and from Java, and others were Dutch and some were probably KhoiKhoi/KhoeKhoe. This precious knowledge is known through personal stories of my parents and other relatives. In 1972, my parents own values for equality and social justice and their desires for a “better life” for their three daughters conflicted with the apartheid regime. So my parents ( then in their early 40s) gave up all they had to support their own wellbeing and a young family in Cape Town – a home, extended, close family networks, careers, friends and livelihoods to migrate to Melbourne, Australia. What followed as I say… is a new herstory … here is a snapshot :
… my creative path and journey started with attending primary and high school and extra curricular music, dance, theatre activities in Melbourne
…relocated to Perth, Western Australia to attend University study theatre arts and literature… graduated … taught theatre and English in public and private secondary schools in Perth
…transitioned into IT/software development in education sector…met life partner… relocated back to Melbourne, Victoria… travelled to USA…went to” art school” Monash University Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design
…travelled back to South Africa for first time since migrating to Australia…graduated with honours degree visual arts…transitioned into art practice + tertiary education teaching art and design theory + project management in health industry for online decision support – medication management and prescribing and hand hygiene project + running a wine store + online/open learning design+studio assistant…
Much joy, some challenges and many adventures … moved to rural Victoria to be closer to my mum and sister…short stint living and working in North Central Victoria.
…been working remotely since way before the “COVID new normal” because it’s important to me to participate in and be local but also able to work global.
….returned home to north east Victoria, Bpangerang country, last year and continuing creative journey as artist and designer +adventuring more into permaculture living with the number 1 art roadie and our two Airedale terriers.
Learning design and illustrations for Daniella Greenwood and associates, The Mercy Way, a human rights approach to aged care.
Woolly heart project, yarn bomb- crocheted hearts as lockdown letterbox surprises.
Face masks for the community- sewing face masks with the Chiltern Community House.
Woolly heart project, making and gifting folk in my creative heart and soul network with handcrafted, felted and crocheted wool brooches and yarn bomb wool hearts in public spaces as random gifts of woolly warmth.
Regional Arts Victoria, Artlands, Crafting the Merch- handcrafting scarves for Artlands 2018 conference merchandise.
Stitching about Menstruation- contributed to an artist run project based in USA, -messages about issues around menstruation for Australian women were stitched onto cloth pads for a large art installation.
April, 30 days of being socially active, craftivist project- hand stitching and posting social messages in local social spaces and writing letters and sending hand stitched emoji/gifts to friends.
July- August 2018 , Stitch-a-hug month, Craft Cubed 2018 , Craft Victoria satellite project.
Participated in 5000 poppies projects – Making handcrafted, crocheted poppies for Victorian RSL Remembrance Day poppy brooch sales 2018.
Yarn bombing the Holbrook, submarine. Handcrafted and contributed crocheted pieces for the HMAS Otway Yarn bombing project for the town of Holbrook, NSW Community arts project.
Creative Victoria, subsidy to participate in Digital skills of creatives online course, August 2022.
Regional Arts Victoria, Creative Recovery Network training, June 2022.(Department of Health and Human Services/Creative Victoria)
Regional Arts Victoria, Artlands conference and professional development participation grant, 2021
Murray Arts, Art/work- residency May 2021.
Murray Arts, Unlocked micro-grant September 2020.
Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Science Deans award for Learning Design 2014.
Charles Sturt University, Vice Chancellors award for excellence in teaching – First Year Teaching and Learning Team Award 2014.
Sculpture prize 2007, Monash University, Faculty of Art and Design.
Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW.
Assessment – Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Monash University, Department of Art Theory, Faculty of Art and Design and Faculty of Arts
Introduction to Visual Language, Fine Arts and Design
Modernism and the Avant Gardes: Fine Arts/Visual Arts
Introduction to Visual Culture, Arts/ Education/Science, Clayton Campus
Introduction to Visual Language, Semester 1, 2010, Design and Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture in Film and Art, Semester 2 2010, Arts
Introduction to Visual Culture, Semester 1, 2011, Arts
May 16 to July
An unopening (needle and hammer) collection, exhibition , Corowa Jewellery, NSW.
COVID is a beetch… this exhibition didn’t really “happen” even though it was physically installed and the work exists!!
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Home is where the protest is,
Online craftivist protest about safety and privacy in home during COVID-19, protesting right to say no to in home inspections during COVID-19 while space I was living in was for sale.
Illustrations for online learning and human rights aged care project, for Daniella Greenwood and Associates.
July- August 2018 , Stitch-a-hug month, Craft Cubed 2018 , Craft Victoria satellite project.
March 17-26- Castlemaine State Festival
Flowers for Oberon, Purple Hen House Studio, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
March to April
My precious ( I remember) , Yack Station, Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia
Between, October, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne Australia solo work and collaboration with Helen Braun (Review Sub-Machine, Kent Wilson)
Axioms and Idioms, June, Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne Australia, with Melanie Wolfe
Hang Ups, (solo), October, The Greenhouse Gallery, Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne.
Wire in the Blood, (solo), July, Link Space Gallery, Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne
Finalist – Trails Sculpture Prize April 1 – May 1
Tastes of Art, Rutherglen, March 5-10 ( photograph)
Australian National Brooch Show
5-14 March Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize, Arts Rutherglen, Victoria
COVID cancelled Australian National Brooch Show
Dogs in Art, 3-26 February, Backspace Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria , Australia.
2015 Exit: Brunswick Arts will never die 11 December, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Two thousand and four, 10 Year anniversary Brunswick Arts Space, 17 October to 2 November, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Used, 11-28 April 2014,Central Gallery Nhil, Victoria, Australia.
Of Snowflakes and Spacetime, October to February Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Australia
This is Brunswick Arts, Brunswick Street Gallery, January, Melbourne
Totem: dolls with souls September to October Melbourne Fringe Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne
Places of Being, September/October Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
This is Brunswick Arts, December, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
The Bigger Picture, November, Monash University, Melbourne
depART, November, Monash University, Melbourne
I Heart SCU, August, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
Kathy Temin: is a successful International artist based in Melbourne , Victoria whose works are included in the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection of contemporary art. I had the pleasure and opportunity to work as Kathy’s studio assistant, constructing, packing/shipping and installing her large installation work and helping with preparation for her retrospective exhibition at Heide Museum:
Indigo Shire Council, Creative Indigo, Arts and Culture Strategy Steering Committee- current.
Arts Rutherglen, Rutherglen Australia, Committee/media/social media promotions, Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize subcommittee, 2020-2022
Brunswick Arts Space, Management Committee, Curation and installation of exhibitions Melbourne, Australia -December 2007 to June 2010
Blindside Arts space, Management Committee- Artist Liaison and Exhibition Support/Grant writing , Melbourne, Australia -January 2007 to December 2007
Curator, Little memories exhibition, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
Exhibition installation team, Breathe, by sculptor and installation artist Liz Henderson, Gasworks Park, Melbourne
Artist studio assistant and exhibition installation team, Kathy Temin, My Monument Black Cube, Anna Schwartz
Studio assistant and and exhibition installation team, of Kathy Temin, Survey show at Heide Museum of Modern Art
Designer of exhibition catalogue and author of exhibition essay, Helen Braun, Evolution, August Yarra Sculpture Gallery.
Curator, Places of Being, Brunswick Arts Space Melbourne
Co- curator, I heart SCU, Monash University, Art and Design, 3rd year sculpture students, group exhibition, Yarra Sculpture Gallery