Art Squad Sesh
A little background on me:
Born in Bordertown SA
Moved to Murray Bridge in 1997, attended St. Joseph’s Primary School in Murray Bridge and St. Francis De Sales College in Mount Barker for high school
Active in arts and youth groups - Murray Bridge Scout Group, Murray Bridge YAC (also MYGEN), Murray Bridge Community Concert Band, Murray Bridge Players and Singers
Went to the University of Adelaide, studying Bachelor of Music Composition with First Class Honours (2010-13) at Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Gap year in 2014
Went back to postgraduate studies in 2015, have recently completed my PhD.
My creative journey:
Music lessons in my youth - piano, guitar, voice, theory, drums. Active in school music ensembles.
Classical music background, but developed interest in contemporary experimental music in undergraduate years
Particular interest in working with ‘found’ sounds, or sounds from the natural world.
Sirenity (2012), for amplified string quartet
In 2012, received an Australia Council JUMP National Mentoring Scholarship (delivered by Carclew), allowing for mentoring with Gabriella Smart and Soundstream: Adelaide New Music in artistic direction and curation.
Led to ongoing connection with Soundstream, exposure to high profile composers and performers, experimental community projects and events
In 2015, two installation projects at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
In 2017, received a Carclew Fellowship, Helpmann Academy Grant, and Murray Bridge Small Wins Grant to undertake 4 1/2 month trip of the US and Canada, called American Ascent. Allowed me to develop skills related to my practice and research, develop extensive international networks and create new work. A blog is available here.
During my PhD, multiple projects combining creative practice with ecological science
Current Work and Projects:
Working as a freelance artist, piano teacher and tutor at Adelaide Uni.
Musically directing Strictly Ballroom with Matt Byrne Media and Beauty and the Beast with Whyalla Players
Significant breakdowns in the past (each year of undergrad, major one in 2014)
Self-care: physical, mental, spiritual
Physical: eating well, sleeping enough, exercising regularly
Mental: mental health care, taking time out when necessary
Spiritual: connection with nature, Buddhist practice
Responsibilities: learning to delegate, allowing imperfection or failures
Compromise: in collaboration, learning to be flexible with project outcomes
Teachers and Supervisors
Artists and Arts Administrators
Direct advice, indirect observation of various competencies:
Artistic practice and craft
Collaboration and community engagement
Financial management (invoicing, taxation)
Previously, support of Centrelink (undergraduate years) and scholarship (postgraduate years) to support artistic work
Now, working casual/part time job alongside arts projects, with arts work to supplement.
Arts work is diverse:
Performer and Accompanist
Interdisciplinary arts projects
Community based projects
Looking to broaden from only service-based business to also goods-based.
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