As part of Working for Victoria and Brimbank City Council's Artists in Residence

Over the next six months, dozens of new artworks will flourish in homes, in communities and in public spaces across Brimbank.

Led by ten visionary artists, murals, film-shoots, dancing, digital artworks and storytelling projects will light the way as we re-enter civic life.

Art will refresh our city, breathe new life into our community hubs, surprise and delight us as part of Brimbank’s COVID recovery.

Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved! People of all ages from across the municipality are invited to engage, participate and work with artists to shape new experiences in and for our community.

Enquiries

Marcia Ferguson
Arts Project Facilitator
marciaf@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Supported through the state government’s Working for Victoria initiative


Image by Oscar Mañon - Katherine Gailer, Flourish Story Of A Diaspora, 2020, Stark Place Sunshine

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Baby Guerilla

Artist / Muralist

Project Title: Coming soon
Project Type: Public Art / Mural

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Baby Guerilla

Artist / Muralist

Project Title: Coming soon
Project Type:
Public Art / Mural

Baby Guerilla will present a new mural at the Hunt Club in Deer Park.

Baby Guerrilla is an Australian artist interested in approaching space and perspective in new and innovative ways that engage beyond the parameters of a gallery or traditional art space. The artist works across various mediums and techniques completing commissions on walls throughout Australia.

In January the artist Baby Guerrilla will be painting a mural about family, migration and the ties that anchor us. The mural will reflect on how so many families in this area came here via boat across unknown seas on epic journeys. Many migrants left knowing they would never see their parents and loved ones again and that contact with them would be severely limited.

"I wanted to capture some of these emotions in the artwork and show people leaning on each other surrounded by the immensity of sea and sky. I also want the artwork to contain the timelessness, mystery and beauty that such relationships and landscapes contain." Baby Guerrilla

www.babyguerrilla.com

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Dagogo Obogo

Dancer / Dance Teacher / Choreographer

Project Title: Project Flair (All Around the World)
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Dagogo Obogo

Dancer / Dance Teacher / Choreographer

Project Title: Project Flair (All Around the World)
Project Type:
Dance Workshops

Originally from Nigeria, choreographer and dance teacher Dagogo Obogo’s talents have taken him all over the world, teaching and performing in more than 15 countries.

‘All Around The World’ is a dance incursion styled workshop for schools and educational centres, that exposes various cultural styles from countries all over the world. e.g Bollywood, African, Italian and Greek. Students will enjoy stories behind the dances and experience the rhythm and the beats from other cultures. Project Flair will showcase dances, stories and performances.

Join pop-up dances and a flash mob choreographed by Dagogo, consisting of 15min high energy street dance routines to be showcased at Brimbank festivals

facebook.com/Dagogo-Obogo-2068967723375220

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Irihipeti Waretini

Māori Arts Practitioner

Project Title: Koha
Project Type: Multidisciplinary Storytelling

Multidisciplinary storyteller Irihipeti Waretini...

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Irihipeti Waretini

Māori Arts Practitioner

Project Title: Koha
Project Type:
Multidisciplinary Storytelling

Multidisciplinary storyteller Irihipeti Waretini narrates, performs, connects, projects and documents the many reflections and dimensions of Self. That is the leader, teacher and healer within us all. She is a visual and performing artist who collaborates with organisations and artists to create and support narratives of culture, healing and self sovereignty through her various mediums of personal essays, film, photography, sound composition and live performance.

Koha explores community care through reciprocity. Her works will be presented at the Be Bold Festival 2021, as a part of the Ipu Ti residency that she co-produces alongside Fipe Preuss. Koha will encompass the stories of diaspora, living and practising on stolen lands, and how we navigate our own self determination while upholding the lores of tangata whenua. Her outcomes will reflect tino rangatiratanga - that is absolute sovereignty of indigenous peoples and her contribution will be to her community. Empowering, reflecting and amplifying their voices, their experiences, so we are reminded about our collective responsibility and care for each other - Kotahitanga!

www.irihipeti.com

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James Welsby aka Valerie Hex

Choreographer and Drag Artist

Project Title: Duets with a Shapeshifter
Project Type: Dance, Choreography and...

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James Welsby aka Valerie Hex

Choreographer and Drag Artist

Project Title: Duets with a Shapeshifter
Project Type:
Dance, Choreography and Drag: Workshops and Films

James Welsby aka Valerie Hex will present Duets with a Shapeshifter (Dance, Choreography and Drag: Workshops and Films)

Duets with a Shapeshifter is a drag fusion project with community engagement workshops and an original short films (premiering at Bowery Theatre in April 2021). Breath-taking costumes (all by Tristan Seebohm), lush landscapes, intricate choreography, and striking digital effects will create a virtual reality where a human body duets with a surreal world in a 10-minute video project. Separated into four sections, the seasonal theme charts life cycles and enduring transformation. Along with the video project, James Welsby will also be hosting free drag workshops in March. Themes include dance, costume design, makeup, and act creation. Some special guests will be leading the workshops with me as well. Everyone welcome!

www.jameswelsby.com.au

Image by Rachel Main

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Jennifer Tran

Designer / Filmmaker / Artist

Project Title: Teta's Kitchen
Project Type: Food Art

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Jennifer Tran

Designer / Filmmaker / Artist

Project Title: Teta's Kitchen
Project Type:
Food Art

Teta's Kitchen aims to re-engage with our grandparents directly and through children and young people. Our elders have been most isolated during COVID-19 with families fearing to visit, facilities being closed and loneliness severely deteriorating their mental health. Using different approaches, this project will create a series of cooking videos with Teta Amal; Mama’s Kitchen program – bringing community members together by cooking and sharing food and philosophies with guest artists; building a collective nest sculpture for Harmony Day/Cultural Diversity Week at Westvale Community Garden with community members; and a cooking demonstration and installation at Be Bold Festival.

www.designerjentran.com

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Jessica Wilson

Artist

Project Title: Child Nation
Project Type: Digital Art and Play for Homes

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Jessica Wilson

Artist

Project Title: Child Nation
Project Type:
Digital Art and Play for Homes

Child Nation is a set of digital games which guide kids to turn their own environment and adults into art projects. By inputting answers to prompts about their perspectives, and undertaking simple actions in the real world, the child builds projects which celebrate their unique personality.

For Land MARKS, artist Jessica Wilson will bring Child Nation to Brimbank and work with children from 7 - 12 years of age to trial the games and collect feedback. She will also work with a group of children to build new games using playful prompts sending their friends, classmates and siblings on adventures around their homes and schools. Jessica is so excited to work with children from different cultural backgrounds to do this. The Child Nation games will eventually be available in a range of languages.

Make a voice for a jacket, gives names to rooms in your house, create a weird portrait of an adult, role play an opposite self. The Child Nation games all at one, subversive, contemplative and wild!

By forging new relationships with nature, objects, adults, animals, and themselves, children fearlessly crossing boundaries to find extraordinary potential in the mundane and familiar. We hope to make games that give kids creativity, independent thinking, empathy and wonder.

Jessica will work through schools and neighbourhood houses. Parents or kids interested in playing the games at home or getting involved can go to www.childnation.org

jessicawilson.com.au

Image by Carla Gottgens

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Katherine Gailer

Multi-disciplinary Artist / Muralist

Project Title: Coming soon
Project Type: Mural

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Katherine Gailer

Multi-disciplinary Artist / Muralist

Project Title: Coming soon
Project Type:
Mural

Katherine Gailer aka Katira will unveil murals around Brimbank.

Katherine Gailer AKA Katira is an award winning, multi-disciplinary artist. Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Gailer creates imaginary landscapes exploring characters, cultural identity and spaces of magical realism. She graduated with honours from a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed an Arts Management Masters Degree– both at RMIT University. Her Practice incorporates mural & oil painting, illustration, design and music. She was recently announced as a finalist for her Sunshine mural 'Flourish: Story Of A Diaspora' for the The Global Art Awards.

www.katherinegailer.com

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Mike Maka

Artist / Illustrator

Project Title: Coming soon
Project Type: Mural

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Mike Maka

Artist / Illustrator

Project Title: Coming soon
Project Type:
Mural

Mike Maka will present new murals to Brimbank.

Mike, AKA Makatron, has had a full-time art practice for over 13 years, working primarily as a muralist. Mike also has a strong studio presence, producing canvas and sculpture pieces. His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation.

Mike has completed two works so far in the Land MARKS program – a large work depicting a number of native species of birds, insects, flowers and plants located on the bike path under Wright St Bridge, adjacent to Kororoit Creek, created in consultation with Friends of Kororoit Creek. A second work featuring Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots, elders in Brimbank, was designed and painted with Lee Anne Clarke and Mandi Barton for the ‘Tin Shed’ overlooking the St Albans oval. Coming up - ‘Eyes across Brimbank’ for the Watertank at Delahey Village, and a collaboration with fellow artist Katherine Gailer to produce a massive mural on the IGA wall in St Albans.

Mike has worked extensively in Melbourne, and produced art around the world, from the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges and in over a dozen Aboriginal communities. Mike has exhibited extensively through Australia as well as in group shows in Brazil, Japan, Miami and New York. He has works in private and public collections locally and abroad.

www.makatron.com

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Rachel Main

Filmmaker / Photographer

Project Title: Surface
Project Type: Film

Rachel Main's (Shuttermain) artistic practice...

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Rachel Main

Filmmaker / Photographer

Project Title: Surface
Project Type:
Film

Rachel Main's (Shuttermain) artistic practice is rooted in storytelling and connection and at its core are the relationships and the communities of people she is engaged with. Her work has continued to develop and expand across a number of mediums including photography, video, dance, multi-media and installation and although there is often a documentary focus, she is interested in process, participation and collaboration. For over a decade, she has been documenting the Krump community in Melbourne and Australia. This work has been exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney’s Head On Photography Festival, named as a semi-finalist in the Moran Prize, shortlisted in the Australian Photography Awards, published in Blow Up magazine and collected by the State Library of Victoria and for private collections. Her video work 'Women Who Buck' won the Judges Award at the 2019 Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Rachel is also a secondary Photography and Art teacher and facilitates photography and filmmaking workshops.

What is Surface?
We begin to emerge. Slowly. We step back into familiar places. Hesitant to touch. The months were heavy and time circled around us. Slow and fast. And how do we create in these moments? How do we dance, play and connect? How do we stand apart when our bodies naturally come together? How do we navigate surfaces that were once harmful?
Surface is a project conceived and directed by Shuttermain (Rachel Main) bringing dancers Aleena Panagopoulos, Daisuke Benson, Dinah Teofilo, Kiki Targé and Phillip Egan-Makaafi to collaborate with choreographer Jennifer Ma. Together they explore new ways of moving and interacting both with each other and their surroundings. The work will be filmed with the assistance of Lizbeth Calingasan and Zac Britt.

www.shuttermain.com

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Sam Elkin

Filmmaker / Photographer

Project Title: Let me get something off my chest
Project Type: LGBTQIA+...

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Sam Elkin

Filmmaker / Photographer

Project Title: Let me get something off my chest
Project Type:
LGBTQIA+ Writers’ Workshops, Online Storytelling and Podcasts

Sam Elkin will present LGBTQIA+ Writers’ Workshops, Online Storytelling and Podcasts.

Sam Elkin will run a series of online writers workshops with members of the trans and gender diverse community. From there, he will commission new works and co-edit an anthology of trans and gender diverse writing and art, which will be launched at Midsumma 2021 at the Bowery Theatre. Sam will also create a 12-part podcast series titled Best and Worst Day, which will showcase the resilience and creativity of the LGBTIQA+ community in Melbourne's west.

www.samelkin.com

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