Creative workshops and residencies in Altona
As part of Hobsons Bay City Council's Art in Public Places 2020/2021 program, AAV is proud to bring Nebula – our fully accessible portable arts space – to Weaver Reserve, Altona. Nebula will host a diverse program of accessible creative workshops and residencies during the summer for two days, including the Banner Project.
In the Banner Project, each participant gets to add an element or multiple elements to a large woven textile work which is eventually pieced together as one banner representing the community. Participants are asked to bring materials and old items of clothing which can be broken down into small parts and then woven into the banner. The banner is built on a sturdy wire mesh structure and can be hung or displayed in a variety of ways.
Artists in Residence
Mr John Puli is an artist and tireless advocate for disability rights, both in his local area as well as the wider community.
He has recently been recognised for his work and won the Brimbank Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award in 2017.
John describes his journey with art as the “Road to Damascus”; his process to create art involves mindfulness techniques and meditation.
His lines are bold and yet sensitive and playful. He asks the viewer to embrace these pieces and hopes they will be given an “ah ha!” moment when they view the artwork.
Esther is a sound artist, poet and inter-media creative mind, and is focused on exploring human emotions and their utterance in her work.
Esther has toured to Japan with The Amplified Elephants for The Howling Sound (2012) and then to China and Hong Kong with SHHHH and sound artist Nat Grant. Esther has performed in many of the ensemble’s ground breaking shows: The NIS (2009 -); The Mountain (2010) at fortyfivedownstairs; SHHHH (2016-17) at Meat Market, Melbourne and Asia; Self Seekers at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Teagan Connor has been a founding member of Arts Access Victoria’s Echo Collective since 2013 and is an experienced actor, visual artist, sound artist and prolific writer.
In 2019, Teagan received the Dulcie Stone Award from Writers Victoria for her story Colours of Autumn a parable about a girl who decides she can no longer bear to hide behind a mask.
As performer and co-deviser in Echo Collective, Teagan has performed in Something Else at the Arts Centre as part of The Kiln (2019), Voyage for Arts Centre Melbourne (2017), Leap for Melbourne Fringe Festival (2016), Light Up (2015), Roar (2014), Night of Terrors (2014) and Boxed (2013) for Big West Festival.
Perfecting her craft in drawing classes at the Gordon Institute, Teagan is a member of Footscray Community Art Centre (FCAC) program Art Life and has exhibited her illustrations, hand-cut designs and animation work in multiple high profile Melbourne galleries.
In 2013, Teagan joined FCAC based sound art ensemble The Amplified Elephants, making her debut performance in The NIS. In 2015, she completed a successful experimental sound show tour with The Amplified Elephants in Japan and China.
In 2016, Teagan received MIRA Individual Arts Award for Winter Labyrinth, which she designed & showed for the Winter Solstice Program at FCAC’s Amphitheatre.