Artists’ Talk: The International Perspective, December 2008

Artists discuss community-based arts initiatives overseas

This informal afternoon featured artists and artsworkers who had recently travelled overseas to develop their skills and understanding of arts practice in diverse communities.

Kirsty Baird spent four months in the UK and Cambodia in 2007. In the UK she visited a number of organisations and projects working with communities using film/video and new media. In Cambodia she worked with the NGO Epic Arts on puppetry and film projects with deaf and disabled young people. Kirsty discussed some of the insights into the nature of community based arts, both in the ‘developed’ and in the ‘developing’ world, that this trip afforded her.

Rosalie Hastwell has been Manager of the Arts and Culture Program at North Richmond Community Health Centre since 2001 and Project Development Co-ordinator with the Community Cultural Development Unit, VCA since 2007. Rosalie discussed her Asialink residency in India in 2006 and 2007 that led to a community engagement program with Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research.

Raelene Marshall discussed her recent work at the visit to the EcoMuseo in Cortemilia in northern Italy. The EcoMuseo focuses on the preservation of the cultural landscape (dry stone wall and grapevine terraces) and is a story of one woman’s achievements to create a community of interest where one did not previously exist, involving artists at every step.

Anne Riggs and Jyoti Mukherjee (also known as Alex Pinder) discussed their recent visit to India where they ran visual and performing arts workshops for socially disadvantaged children, and professional development workshops for their teachers and community leaders, across the whole country. Download their paper ‘Art Across India‘.

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