Creative Summer @ the Artshouse — details

Well, our Creative Summer program was a tremendous success!  Thank you to everyone involved and were so active in supporting this month long series of events.

Thanks to the Shire of Denmark for partnering with us, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest for the grant in the Creative Communities: Residency Category, which enables us to offer this series at a highly subsidised rate. We're hoping this trial - the first Denmark Creative Summer 'school' - will lead to many more.Programming: Vivienne Robertson
Program Manager: Linda Bradbury
Program Support: Angela Brown


Special residency project "Birdsong and Music"

Check details below, and also see interview/article:



Puzzle Plays: Acting & Performance with James Flynn                   
Inspector Pickles is looking for Junior Detectives to help him solve a series of puzzles. Using music, games, improvisation, and drama, we learn how to create and perform stories & solve mysteries.
A fun approach to acting and performance where students learn through laughter, work as a team and tap into their limitless imagination. James Flynn is an international jazz musician, actor, director and composer. 
Date: postponed - email to express interest
Who: 6-10 yrs
Cost: $60 for 2 weeks  
Free showcase for families: Fri 15th Jan 9-11am

Juggling with Zakoeira
Come and have a try at juggling and learn some new circus skills!
Balls, clubs, contact juggling, poi, hoola-hoops, sticks, unicycle & more. Date: Tues 5th & 12th Jan + Thurs 21st & 28th Jan
Time: 1-2pm (5th & 12th)  + 9-10am (21st & 28th)
Who: 8-12yrs
Cost: $15 per session or $50 for 4 sessions

Introduction To Art for Children:
Workshops about Great Artists with Marta Ribon
If you like drawing and painting, come and join in for the Artist inspired projects. Learn about famous artists’ lives and make your own art by recreating the great masters techniques.
Date: Mon 11th & Thurs 14th Jan
Time: 2-4pm
Who: 8-12 yrs, Cost: $15 per session

Kids Arts & Crafts Workshop with Marta Ribon
Join us as we learn from other cultures and have some fun! Clay, weaving, baskets, puppets, dolls, recycling materials and much more! 
Date: Mon 18th & Tues 19th Jan
Time: 9-10.30am
Who: 6-10 yrs
Cost: $15 per session
Pen play: Creative Writing with Yann Toussaint
Join poet and creative writing teacher Yann Toussaint for a fun workshop designed to get you writing! 
Date: Fri 29th Jan
Time: 9-10.30am
Who: 7-12 yrs
Cost: $15 per session



Backstage Pass: Performance
Get a backstage pass to work with a professional artist who has been in the entertainment industry for three decades. Learn how to grow a performance out of a single idea. Learn techniques to help with writing, acting, singing and performance.
Build confidence and self esteem in a friendly and encouraging environment while having fun.James Flynn is an international musician, actor, director and composer.
Date: 18th–22nd Jan & 25th–29th Jan (Mon-Fri of both weeks)
Time: 2-4pm
Who: 13-17 yrs
Cost: $60 for 10 day program
Free showcase for families: Fri 29th Jan 2-4pm


Juggling with Zakoeira
Come and have a try at juggling and learn some new circus skills! Balls, clubs, contact juggling, poi, hoola-hoops, sticks, unicycle and more. Book per session or do the whole 4 classes with a discount!
Date: Tues 5th & 12th  + Thurs 21st & 28th
Time: 3-4pm (5th & 12th) + 11am-12pm (21st & 28th)
Who: 13-18yrs (adults also welcome)
Cost: $15 per session or $50 for 4 sessions


Song-writing for Youth with Myles Mitchell and Jude Iddison
A fun and inspiring introduction to song-writing. No experience necessary. No pressure for anything! You don’t even have to be a musician!This is a partnership between Denmark Festival of Voice and Fairbridge Festival and is to support and encourage young people who may wish to enter the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest youth song-writing competition. Myles and Jude are both experienced professional songwriters, with great passion for passing on their gifts. 
Date: Sun 17th & Sun 24th Jan (workshop goes over two sessions)
Time: 2-5pm
Who: 12-18 yrs
Cost: $40 for both workshops
Location: Denmark Civic Centre
Ticket Link:


Upcycle Costume Making with Ruth Maddren
Professional upcycler Ruth Maddren will teach you how to make a character hat or set of wings from up cycled materials. Chose your own character or creature design to decorate your slouchy, personalised, made to fit hat for some crazy fun these holidays! Or make a wild set of wings on a made to fit vest and fly away!
Date: Mon 25th (character hats) & Wed 27th (wings)
Time: 9am-noon
Who: 13-17 yrs or adult with children 7-12 yrs
What to Bring: your own sewing machine if you have one. If not, pls email with subject matter: Upcycle Costume Making and let us know.
Cost: $15 per session

Write Now! Writing Workshop for Youth with Yann Toussaint
Got a great character in search of a story?
Have a plot that's tied in a knot?
Crafting your voice as a slam poet?
Have something that just needs to be said? Join poet and creative writing instructor Yann Toussaint for a workshop designed to take your writing further. Yann is an Albany based writer and poet, whose most recent book of poems is The Tercel Bird
Date: Fri 29th Jan
Time: 11am–1pm
Who: 13-17 yrs
Cost: $15
What to Bring: paper & pen


ADULTS & CHILDREN TOGETHER (and all people welcome!) 

Making Clay Dragons with Robyn Lees
The dragons start their journey with a prepared armature and gradually spring into life with clay supports and textural additions. This is a simple and achievable technique for all levels of experience. You will be guided and supported in this creative adventure with an initial demonstration, followed by supporting you with your own creative construction.  Clay , tools and firing will be supplied.
Date: Sun 10th Jan
Time: 9am-4pm
Who: anyone – adult with child (over 8yrs) encouraged!
Cost: $60
Bring: apron, sensible shoes, your own lunch and a sense of adventure

workshop is sold out but put your name on the waiting list or email


Wondrous Whacky Whatnots
Join John Davey, creator of the sand machine, one armed love bandit, etc etc… and inventor extraordinaire who will guide you in using bits and pieces of recycled stuff to create a sculpture, or gadget, or lamp or automaton, or .... thing. We’ll make a hunter-gatherer trip to the tipshop – a treasure chest of just the right things - which we’ll take back to our whacky workshop - and set to work creating weird and wonderful whatnots. This workshop is open to anyone, but we reckon adults with children (over 12yrs) could really love doing it together. (photo: Nic Duncan) 
Date: Sun 24th Jan
Time: 9am-4pm
Who: anyone – adult with child (over 12yrs) encouraged!
Cost: $60 per person
What to bring: your lunch, transport for drive to the tip-shop, tool box and crazy ideas!


Juggling with Zakoeira
Come and have a try at juggling and learn some new circus skills! Balls, clubs, contact juggling, poi, hoola-hoops, sticks, unicycle and more. 
Date: Tues 5th & 12th  + Thurs 21st & 28th
Time: 2-3pm (5th & 12th) + 10-11am (21st & 28th)
Who: adults with kids
Cost: $15 per session or $50 for 4 sessions


OLDER FOLK (but everyone welcome!)

‘I Am’ – Explore your Inner Creative Character with Liz Jack
A Journey for the Courageous. Remembering, shedding and Re-creating.As society encourages conformity, how do we celebrate all the characters that play a part in who we are?   Using colour, open space, drawing,  storytelling, costume, makeup and movement, this project plays with the concept of I Am. Facilitated by Liz Jack and Gertrude WellEase, street performer and community development specialist. 
Date: Thurs 7th Jan
Time:  2.30-4.30pm
Who: older folk & everyone welcome
Cost: $15


Life Drawing with Jen Mitchell  
Life drawing (or figure drawing) is an ancient part of artistic practice, as well as a fundamental element of modern artistic training for novices and advanced artists alike. Join us for a special evening. We will start with short gestural poses, and progress to 30 minute poses for more in-depth work. All levels absolutely welcome,  ‘it’s the process, not the product’ that counts. Come ready to have fun and let your creativity flow. 
Date: Mon 18th Jan
Time:  6-8pm
Who: older folk & everyone welcome
Cost: $15
What to bring: your own materials, we supply the easels, model, and supportive environment 


Sing for Joy with Sonia Anderson
Sonia is a well known and loved choral director in the Great Southern. With a decade's experience leading community choirs, Sonia offers a joyous, non-judgemental leadership of gospel and other songs. Sonia will teach participants a song or two - all welcome, no singing skills needed! Minimum numbers apply, so get your friends to book in!!!
Date: Sat 23rd Jan
Time:  2.30-4pm
Who: older folk & everyone welcome
Cost: $10



Birdsong and Music with Jean-Michel Maujean

Birdsong and Music - Opening Presentation and Performance
Date: Friday 15th January
Time: 730 -9pm
Cost: $15
An opportunity for overview of the process of integrating birdsong and music, from field recording, through to creation and performance. Jean-Michel shares insights about WA songbirds and play some recently acquired field recordings. Live music performances demonstrate how it all fits together, and the session concludes with a community ‘3D-printed flute’ lesson – no experience necessary.

Group Field Recording Excursions
Monday 18th January – Thursday 21st January
Time: 6-10am (except Monday 8-10am)
Who: Anyone (under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Cost: $10 (Monday session is free)

Each morning the group travels to different location around the Denmark region. We explore some local treasures, well known and loved by locals, but may otherwise fall under the radar. Jean-Michel demonstrates some field recording techniques, that can help facilitate ethical and meaningful engagement within nature; with opportunity for participants to share their own insights on the location and occupants. At the end of each session we head back to Arts House to share and collate footage and recordings.
What to Bring: field recordings - audio or video recording equipment from mobile phone to camera to recording devices; wear long trousers, enclosed shoes and bring water bottle
Monday 8-10am intro to field recording – this session is essential to come to for anyone joining other mornings. If you really can’t make it, please contact Jean-Michel.
Tue, Wed, Thur 6-10am field recording excursion to different sites – meet on site (details of site. will be given at the Monday morning session).
People can book in for one or more mornings.
Creative Birdsong Afternoons
Date: Monday 18th January – Thursday 21st January
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Jean-Michel is available Mon-Thurs afternoons for 2-3hrs – everyone is invited to make a time with him to rehearse, play, share and create around birdsong. This is open to everyone, regardless of musical background or experience!
Anyone interested in participating in the Birdsong and Music workshops should come along to the free Opening presentation/ performance - Friday 15th January at 7.30pm at the Artshouse.
Contact Jean-Michel at: to book in a time
Birdsong and Music - Closing Presentation and Performance
Friday: 22nd January
Cost: Free
Showcasing the output of field recordings throughout the week, and debuting new composition from Birdsong recorded around Denmark. Anyone is welcome to participate and perform as part of this concert, with the common focus being birdsong. Jean-Michel articulates future directions within his PhD research, with the opportunity for future collaborations and performances.
Contact Jean-Michel at: to inquire about performing

The Magical Art of Storytelling with Annie Stainer
“If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want them to be even more brilliant, tall them more fairy tales”. Albert Einstein
A wondrous journey of self-discovery. Don’t miss this special opportunity to work with International performer and teacher Annie Stainer as she presents her new inspirational workshop “The Magical Art of Story Telling”.  Annie Stainer is a silent story teller of exceptional intensity who has performed with Lindsay Kemp, David Bowie and Steven Berkoff, but is best known for her extraordinary work in solo physical theatre.
Have you always wanted to perform, dance, sing, create your own stories, but just lacked the courage to get started? Or are you a seasoned performer who wants to challenge yourself to fly in exciting new directions? Then this is the Workshop for you. Perfect for physical theatre performers, actors, dancers, singers, puppeteers, storytellers and all those who love to tell tales!
Telling stories is a way of life as ancient as time itself. The very fabric of our lives is a network of stories. From Little Red Riding Hood to King Lear, how we tell our story matters! The Magical Art of Storytelling will include Annie’s special blend of storytelling, Creative Movement, Physical Theatre, Mime, Clowning, Improvisation and Feldenkrais.
 In a highly supportive and relaxed atmosphere, you will learn to:-
- Move and play like a child again
- Learn to naturally embody that elusive quality of stage presence
- Fully inhabit your storytelling self with freedom and confidence.
- Do Feldenkrais lessons to improve your breathing, stability and flexibility
- Reignite your artistic passion and daring for telling your unique story in the world
The workshop is suitable for performers and beginners alike and has the startling effect of helping anyone to improve anything! (18 years+).
Date: Sat 16th & Sun 17th Jan
Time:  9am-4pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $150 for whole weekend

nearly sold out!


The Snakeskin Glove: Writing Micromyths with Jennifer & Horst Kornberger
A micro-myth is a small story with a big ambience. In this one-day workshop led by story medicine teachers Horst and Jennifer Kornberger you will be guided to craft new tales for our time. Along the way you’ll discover the power of writing in community and how the collective imagination can inspire and heal. The workshop is open to all those prepared to wear the snakeskin glove and ready their pen to write. 
Date: Sat 9th Jan
Time:  9am-4pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $75 / $50 / $25 sliding scale (see ticketing labeled 'full/medium/less')
What to bring: writing materials & lunch


Nature Writing in the Anthropocene: Country, History and Memory
Explore how fiction, environmental poetry and ‘the new nature writing’ can help us give voice to the stories of this country and the more-than-human world we share.
How do we write about nature in an era of environmental change? How do we bear witness to loss on the one hand and, on the other, explore emerging possibilities for living more creatively in a multi-species world?  What does a sensitivity to the voices of country, to the whispers of memory, and to an appreciation of place open up to us both as writers and as co-inhabitants of this complex landscape? Across two half-day workshops join presenters Yann Toussaint and Sarah Drummond to explore how fiction, environmental poetry and ‘the new nature writing’ can help us give voice to the stories of this country and the more-than-human world we share.
Sarah Drummond grew up on the south coast. Her PhD explores the history of sealing gangs who travelled from Bass Strait to WA in the pre-colonisation era of the1820s. Her interests lie in writing about seascapes and landscapes around this region from deep time until now. Sarah is the author of Salt Story and The Sound.
Yann Toussaint has participated in threatened bird species recovery projects in Mauritius, India, France and Australia, worked as a Native Title anthropologist, and ran a bush regeneration nursery for several years. He now lives in Albany where he looks after a community garden and teaches Permaculture. Yann has tutored in creative writing for UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies and is the author of a collection of poetry, The Tercel Bird.
Date: Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan
Time: 9-1pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $60 for both days


One Breath Poetry with Yann Toussaint
An exploration in reading and writing short form poetry from its Japanese origins to its contemporary expressions. Growing out of haiku, tankas, haibun and meditative practice, short form poetry seeks to distil experiences and observations to their very essence. While some exponents remain faithful to the formal syllable structure (5-7-5) of traditional haiku many contemporary short form poets find liberation in what are increasingly referred to as "one breath poems". With parallels in prose-poetry, flash and micro-fiction and "instagram poetry" one breath poems are an exciting new poetic form - and the results can be literally breath taking!
Date: Sat 23rd Jan
Time: 10am-12pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15

Write Your Book with Jade Richardson

Let’s make 2021 the year you get that book done. If you’ve been told you should write, have a book trying to happen, or a story you’d like to work into a book in any genre – this workshop is for you. Writer and Editor, Jade Richardson, will take you on an inspiring journey to clarify your idea, find the right voice to write in, the best place to start, and how to have fun, keep motivated and stay sane on the way.
Date: postponed - express interest via
Time: 2-5pm (apologies - wrong time initially written here)
Who: anyone
Cost: $15
What to bring: paper & pen


Start at the Heart - stories & writing with Linda Bradbury
Stuck with where to begin? Explore ways to boldly leap into the guts of the story and write your way to the end. Where to start? Stories can be slippery things, sometimes they seem to want to hide in the background, reluctant to show themselves in their true splendour.  Through a series of activities and writing provocations, we will reach into the heart of any tales waiting to be told. You are welcome to start afresh or bring along any story or writing you may have begun, and see if we can find the guts of the tale, to launch you into a brand new start.
Date: Wed 6th Jan
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15


Blood & Guts - stories & writing with Linda Bradbury
welcoming women of all ages to share stories and write around the messy heart of where everything begins & ends. There are stories we all  hold which may be shyly itching to be shared, many of them dealing with the messier side of life, which may involve blood of all kinds. You are invited to bring them along here, where they will be welcomed without judgement. Through a series of activities and provocations to get you started, together we will explore and share tales grounded in our experience of being truly, imperfectly, human.
Date: Wed 13th Jan
Time:  2.30-4.30pm
Who: women of all ages
Cost: $15


Poetry in Motion: Eurythmy with Nicole Peterson
What would your favourite sound or poem look like through movement? How does your name move? How do different languages/accents feelingly form and reveal the people and landscapes they emanate from? A workshop introducing the art of Eurythmy aka Visible Speech. Eurythmy is a movement art which reveals the inner qualities of sounds, be it though speech or music. It is a performing, pedagogical and therapeutic art born out of the work of Rudolf Steiner. Nicole Peterson trained 2007-2011 at the American Eurythmy School in California and has been performing and teaching Eurythmy to children and adults ever since. She is particularly interested in how the sounds and lived history of languages affect and reveal our various states of being.
Date: Fri 22nd Jan
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $20
What to bring: comfortable clothes


‘Plein Air’ Watercolour Riverscapes Workshop with Elizabeth Edmonds
Take an outdoor painting workshop with local artist/curator/palaeoecologist, Dr Elizabeth Edmonds from Petrichor Gallery. Be inspired by riverscapes. You’ll learn some of the natural history of the area, principles of plein air watercolour painting, tools of the trade to paint in the field, and complete a small series of paintings. No experience needed – open to all!
Date: Sat 16th Jan
Time:  9am-12pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $60 includes morning tea and materials
What to bring: sketch book or visual diary and pencils, hat, water, sturdy enclosed shoes and sunscreen.
Meet: Artshouse outside in front of the mosaic. We will be walking to the river for the workshop.


Life Drawing with Jen Mitchell
 Life drawing (or figure drawing) is an ancient part of artistic practice, as well as a fundamental element of modern artistic training for novices and advanced artists alike. Join us for a special evening session of life drawing at the Denmark Artshouse, starting with short gestural poses, and progressing to a long one-hour pose for more in-depth work. All levels are absolutely welcome, and we always emphasise that ‘it’s the process, not the product’ that counts. Come ready to have fun and let your creativity flow. 
Date: Mon 11th Jan
Time:  6-8pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15
What to bring: your own materials, we supply the easels, model, and supportive environment.

Weaving Room Open Studio 

Take a peek into the world of hand-loom weaving in the Denmark Arts Weaving Studio. Come visit Hilary Buckland and enter the wonderful world of weaving. A six week course will follow, scheduled for late January onwards (times/dates to suit participants).
A six week weaving course at Denmark Arts Weaving Studio will begin towards the end of January. Places are very limited due to small studio space – book in directly with Hilary. Learn the basics of setting up a loom for hand-loom weaving as an entry point to the fascinating world of weaving. An introduction to planning a project, considering design, colour and texture. Focusing on the practical aspects of the weaving process, weaving techniques, terminology and use of materials. When the mind and hand work in unison and curiosity is stimulated the possibilities are endless for original, distinctive and imaginative weaving.
Date: Thurs 28th Jan
Time: 9am-noon
Who: anyone
Cost: free – no bookings required (course: $150)
Register interest for the course directly with Hilary: 0409 485 544


Drumming with Tuaari Kuiti
Learn some djembe drum patterns, and how to play in a 'drum circle', and have fun combining different patterns in a group situation. Meet some new friends or catch up with old friends. It's all about the fun! 
Date: Fri 8th & 15th Jan
Time:  3-4pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15
What to bring: drums provided, but feel free to bring your own


Dances of Universal Peace
Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. 
Date: Fri 29th Jan
Time: 7-9pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $10


Soul Food with Kristi McMullan, Jade Richardson and musicians
Let's welcome 2021 and say a ceremonial farewell to 2020 with a delicious restorative experience of releasing our stories, sound healing and making welcoming space for creativity in the New Year.
Date: Sun 10th Jan
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Who: anyone
Cost: free - bookings essential!



Sarabande - Works from the Baroque - concert cancelled due to unforseen circumsances - replaced with: 

Jude Iddison (violin) and Steve Scanlon (guitar, mandolin) have been playing together since 2010. They reconnect for this concert after both living away from the south coast with Steve in the Kimberley and Jude studying at WAAPA. The combination of Steve’s ‘Irish-ness’ and richly textured guitar playing and Jude’s dynamic fiddling brings a unique interpretation to traditional Celtic folk tunes and their hand crafted originals.

Date: Thurs 14th  Jan
Time: 7-8pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15

Nine Mile Hill
Recently formed Albany ensemble Nine Mile Hill forge a sound that is akin to neo-classical folk. Story-telling meets refined playing and explores acoustic instrument textures, rich harmonies and tight ensemble playing. Nine Mile Hill are Jenny Greenwald (vocals), Peter Grayling (cello), Jude Iddison (violin) and Rod Vervest (guitar). Come listen and groove and share a glass of wine at the artbar. 

Support Act: Peter Grayling and Jude Iddison with Scandinavian tunes, and ....

Golden Whistler
With a passion for Appalachian and Old Time music, Golden Whistler is one of Albany’s newest ensembles. Distinctly American in sound, their music traces a history of the Irish/Scottish diasporas in the southern states of the USA whereby the “folk process” has melded fiddle music into an uplifting and joyful sound. Unmistakable elements of blues and field hollers also define the style which is rich in unique fiddle, banjo and guitar techniques. Golden Whistler is Ella Vervest (fiddle), Alyssa Nixon-Lloyd (guitar) and Finn Jekabsons (banjo).
Date: Sun 24th Jan
Time: 7-10pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15


Birdsong & Music Opening Presentation Concert
Date: Fri 15th Jan
Time: 7.30-9pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15



Birdsong & Music Residency Outcome Community Concert
Date: Fri 22th Jan
Time: 7.30-9pm
Who: anyone
Cost: free- booking essential



Eugene Eades – Cultural Stories of Nowanup & Concert with Eugene, Nigel & Aaron Eades and Bruce Anthony
Date: Tues 26th Jan
Time: 7-9pm (follows on from 'Arts & Justice' panel discussion)
Who: anyone
Cost: $15


Singing as Sacred Practice – songs and sharing with Lucy Ridsdale
In this talk from the heart, Lucy will share some songs and talk about singing as a sacred practice, in which breath, will, silence, trust and the vibration of the heart come together in a form which is both of, and beyond, the self.
Lucy has sung and shared music for many years and her passion for the radiant power of the human voice has motivated many inner and outer journeys. In the mid 2000s, she lived as a volunteer in a contemplative community in Switzerland where singing and silence were at the heart of every day. After being drawn to study ritual and sacred vocal music in Ireland, her Masters dissertation in 2014 involved walking 900km across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, learning the sacred chants sung by and for pilgrims in medieval times.
Date: Fri 29th Jan
Time: 5.30-6.30pm
Who: anyone
Cost: $15



Stories with Noongar Elders - Eliza Woods and Carol Petterson
Stories of the past and stories of the future....
Carol will offer a presentation on 'Understanding Native Title and the Single Noongar Land Claim' , covering traditional Governance, Western style of Governance and how both can work together with the new governance Settlement of the Claim.
Date: Tue 26th Jan
Time: 10am-noon
Who: anyone
Cost: free but tickets essential

Creative Conversations Series facilitated by Nicole Hodgson

Tuesdays 5-6.30pm. Artbar open. Free, but bookings essential 

Tues 5th  Jan  Creative Process: Robyn Lees, Nic Duncan, Rob Castiglione (photo: Nic Duncan, by Dee-Anne Strange). 
Join three fabulous Denmark locals who have all taken their creative practice in, respectively, ceramics, photography and film-making, to a high degree of excellence, and all of whom are passionate about the process of creative practice. 
Missed it? An awesome inspiring night - full house, so book into the others so you don't miss them!


Tues 12th Jan  Collaborations: Linda Bradbury/Christina Cairns and Ruth Halbert/Campbell Creswick
Linda Bradbury is a published writer and poet, and Christina Cairns is a visual artist with theatre studies background.  Discovering a mutual love of music, poetry, art and storytelling, and all the things that exist in the spaces between, they have been friends and collaborators ever since, creating cross-disciplinary work that poses questions and asks audiences to consider a different view of the world.
How did a generative sound artist and a textile maker come to work together? Campbell Creswick makes and shapes soundscapes electronically which are heard at occasional new music events then wait for an audience on the infinite internet. Using the oldest of technologies, Ruth Halbert stitches, dyes and weaves to make cloths which hang, briefly, in a gallery then slumber in storage. A chance remark and a local festival freed the cloths and expanded the sounds to fill an old hall in the bush, bringing both art practices before a new audience, and generating ideas for further projects together. (pic left)

Tues 19 Jan  Arts & Environment: Nikki Green, Elizabeth Edmonds and Peter Usher.
Nikki Green has worked as an artist and educator in Denmark WA for 12 years. It was her love for the natural environment, in particular for the Australian wildflowers that brought her to the Southwest of WA. Nikki's
work is about promoting creativity, building awareness and respect for the land we tread. In 2008, she devised the Gondwana Youth Arts Project – an education program that engages young people creatively in the natural environment through multi-arts platforms. 
Elizabeth combines her insights and experiences as a palaeoecologist with her love of nature to create unique contemporary watercolour, pencil and mixed media paintings. 
Elizabeth paints from her home studio on the family farm in Walpole, a remote part of southwestern Australia. At home she is surrounded by the Walpole Wilderness, a unique and beautiful environment of coasts, forests, heaths and woodlands. She draws and paints contemporary landscapes, trees and wildlife. Her artwork is concerned with the environment, community engagement through visual art and she is passionate about conserving and protecting the wild landscapes of the area. Her work is quiet, atmospheric and understated with a limited colour palette as a deliberate way of conveying the feeling of space in the landscape, simplicity in composition and capturing calm moments. After completing her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 1998, she has worked with international climate change research groups as well as grass roots community science. Her scientific research focusses on the ancient landscapes of southwestern Australia leading to a deep understanding of and connection to the wilderness which serves as a constant inspiration for her artwork.
Peter Usher is a professional visual artist with a lifelong interest in the representation of landscape. He has travelled extensively around Western Australia and has found home and solace within the forest and unique coastline of Denmark. Inspired by that landscape his paintings sensitivity combine natural elements of colour, light and texture with an 'essence of place'. Peter exhibits in Western Australia and overseas and has held 12 solo exhibitions over the past 11 years

Tues 26h  Jan  Truth-Telling Day: Arts & Justice: Kim Scott, Renee Pettit-Schipp, Carol Petterson
Australia Day used to seem like a straightforward time of coming together for many Australians; a day to crank up the BBQ, listen to the Hottest 100 or perhaps head to the beach with friends. For almost 90 years, First Nation’s people have been marking Australia Day as the beginning of more than 200 years of cultural genocide. This panel seeks to explore the role of Art and cross-cultural dialogue in addressing the highly polarised issue of January 26 celebrations. Is the current conflict over Australia Day actually a promising sign that Australia is maturing as a nation? What role do connection and creativity play in paving the way forward? Come and join a rich discussion between three very different ‘Aussies’ and their take on this controversial day.


(see also 'Singing as Sacred Practice concert and talk - under Concerts)



Wednesday night is movie night, presented by Movies with Meaning. An exhibition of the moving image curated by Andre Steyl. Screening a diverse collection of independent movies sourced from around the world. Some short, some longer, some animated, some photographic, but all are works of art rather than just entertaining. Movie titles will be announced prior to each week's screening, but for a taster, we can reveal that Musical Moves is Nick Cave 20,000 Days on Earth. 
Mature audience only MA15+
Every Wed 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
Cost: $5 
Wed 6th Jan - Animated Art - It's Such a Beautiful Day
Wed 13th Jan - Musical Moves (Nick Cave 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH)
Wed 20th Jan - Wild Worlds 
Wed 27th Jan - Fantastic Fungi 

20 Jan 8pm - Wild Worlds

Elementa (2020 Canada) 60 mins
In Wildness is the preservation of the World. – Henry David Thoreau
Deep in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest lives a rare, unique and seldom seen creature, a black bear with white fur, known in these parts as Moksgm’ol (the ghost bear). According to local mythology, the creator Raven asked the Black bear to make one-in-ten cubs white, as a reminder of the Great White Time, when the world was covered in ice.
Ice, fire, earth, air and æther collide in this artistic, environmental and global feature which demands the viewer manifest their individual narrative, visually guided by compelling cinematography from our wildest lands. Experience the vast wilderness of the white continent and ancient rainforests to the revered power of the world’s oceans and erupting volcanoes.
Elementa is a black-and-white visual meditation of wilderness and the elements. Award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Richard Sidey returns to the triptych format for a cinematic experience like no other.
Filmed over five years on seven continents, Elementa is Sidey’s second feature collaboration with ambient composer Boreal Taiga, and completes the director’s Speechless trilogy.

The island 4 mins
The time given to me was 3 weeks.
For someone, it will be short if it is short and long if it is long.
While working, I wanted to say 'I wish I had more days off'
But since I was given three weeks, I didn't know what to do.

LESHY (a short dark fairy tale) 2016 24 MINS
A dark fairy tale short film about Slavic myth creature - Leshy.
Karel is a passionate huntsman. He has been taking good care of the forest and there are many enviable trophies in his collection. In an abandoned part of the woods lurchers wake up a creature, who can be an equivalent opponent for Karel. This kind of trophy would be the most precious one. In fairy tales this creature is called Leshy, but meeting it is definitely not a fairy tale. While Karel is trying to track Leshy, he is already closer than he had expected. Meanwhile, the mysterious beast and Karel’s daughter Anna form a special kind of bond. Who will become the real ruler of the woods?

27 Jan 8pm - Fantastic Fungi + Q&A with Fungi Expert and Botanical Artist Katie Syme

Fantastic Fungi 2019 80 mins
Fantastic Fungi is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.