Throughout 2018, SAC has been delivering and presenting the second chapter of the Three Portraits project. A major part of this project that also responds to the themes of present and future, has been the series of state-wide engagement workshops, delivered by Hobart-based artists and educators, Victoria Ryle and Ainslie Macaulay.
SAC recognised this as a wonderful opportunity to connect a diverse range of participants who together, could engage with contemporary, experimental artists on a local and national platform. These sessions were also aimed to excite our community about their role and power in creating positive futures in Tasmania and beyond. Contributors were asked a rather big question:
How Can Art Change the World?
Through storytelling and creative making sessions, SAC was able to get a genuine sense of current perspectives and hopes for the future. These connections are a valuable snapshot of a collective way forward and highlight the significant role in which the Arts can play, in changing the world for the better.
Salamanca Arts Centre would like to thank our contributors to date.
These include Burnie Regional Art Gallery, The Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, Albuera Street Primary School, Punchbowl Primary School, Sacred Heart College and Ravenswood Heights Primary School.
Victoria is a leading pioneer in the practice of publishing the work of children to give them a voice in their world. She is the Co-founder of Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in Ireland (1997) and founder of Kids’ Own (Australia) Inc. (2003), that uses creativity and community publishing to build literacy engagement, sense of identity and belonging in the wider community. She is a strong advocate for the power of an arts and artist-led publishing process in community and education contexts. She has extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, teacher, and advisory teacher and has presented at conferences worldwide.
Ainslie is a teacher, maker and mixed-media artist from Melbourne. In 2015, she completed her MA, Art in Public Space at RMIT University. Through installation, she draws on her interest in geography, natural environments and places of transience. She often incorporates interactive elements into her practice. Ainslie has exhibited at a number of arts festivals around Australia, some of which include White Night Melbourne (2012 & 2016), the Gertrude Street Projection Festival and Brookfield Place Winter Lights Festival in Perth. She is currently represented by Handmark Gallery.
In recognition and reflection of the deep history and culture of this island, we also wish to acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, who are the traditional owners and continued custodians of the land and waters of lutruwita (Tasmania).