Change and Adaptation

Change & Adaptation is a three year program of community based arts projects, workshops and events, evolving from a unique partnership between health, environmental and arts organisations located in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula, Murray Mallee, Kangaroo Island, Mt Gambier and the Coorong and Lakes communities.

The program receives national arts funding through the Australia Council for the Arts (national Creative Communities Partnership Initiatives) – awarded because of Change & Adaptation’s innovative community arts and cultural development partnership opportunities.

By employing a range of artforms including music, writing, cartoon, puppetry, sculpture, public art, digital animation and theatre,  the projects aimed to improve community wellbeing and increase participation in the arts.

BACKGROUND

Change & Adaptation was established with the awareness that change is the biggest driver in the contemporary world.
The program was conceived in 2010 and funding was in place in 2011-12.   At the time the program was being developed, the drought was in its tenth year.   The concept of the need to adapt to inevitable changes in the  political, environmental, social and financial landscape become a major theme of the program.

Change & Adaptation was designed as a flexible, developmental program that had the capacity to accommodate community aspiration and partners requirements.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

A Creative Producer oversaw the program with a team of artists.  The artists acted as an ensemble to cross-fertilise the potential outcomes of the projects in different areas.  The management team and lead artists met regularly to discuss progress on each project.

Change & Adaptation management team:

Ollie Black – Creative Producer

Cath Cantlon – Creative Consultant

Di Gordon – Project Officer

EVALUATION

Evaluation has been a core component of the program since its inception. The engagement of independent research expertise to guide the evaluation through a rigorous process of reflection and analysis was part of the original funding agreement with the Australia Council for the Arts. Independent research consultant, Dr Christine Putland, has worked closely with the team throughout the program, gathering feedback from partners, organisational staff, artists and project participants. This information was fed back regularly to inform the continuous development of initiatives and has become the basis for drafting a Model of Practice for partnership approaches.

The final Artistic Report and Model of Practice completed by Ollie Black and Christine Putland in August 2015 can be viewed here: Artistic Report and Model of Practice

 Dr Christine Putland – Research and Evaluation

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03. 08. 2016

Evaluation

Goals Change and Adaptation aims to contribute to improving health and wellbeing for communities and individuals by embedding arts practice in the delivery of services provided by the health and environment sectors. This involves the introduction of collaborative projects with artists that offer new and different ways for organisations to work. In the process it […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Tough Guise

Artist:  Mike Tye A Men’s Health visual art installation with voice recordings that debunks the ‘Superman’ image Artist, Michael Tye, worked with staff from the Southern Fleurieu Health Service and various men from the Southern Fleurieu region to create  a series of four panels around the theme of Men’s Health using the central figure of Superman. […]

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03. 08. 2016

Thresholds

Artists:  Cath Cantlon  l  Tis Milner Nichols  l  Barbary O’Brien  l  Robert Petchell  l  Mike Tye The reimagining of significant doors at the Southern Fleurieu Health Service Doors of significance to staff at the Southern Fleurieu Health Service were removed prior to demolition of the old buildings on the Victor Harbor campus in early 2014. A call went out […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Special Delivery Stories

Artists:  Emily Steel  l  Mike Tye Stories delivered to residents of Alexandrina Council region Writer Emily Steel  worked with the local Sand Writers group and Alexandrina Centre for Positive Ageing and other home based services to collect older people’s reminiscences and develop them into stories. A total of 84 stories were collected from 39 writers and […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Reflections on Wellness

Artist: Cath Cantlon An installation wall of mirrored thoughts on wellbeing Cath offered staff and clients of the Southern Fleurieu Health Service (SFHS)  and a Kangaroo Island Carers support group the chance to reflect on what wellness means to them.  Participants were assisted to explore words and images that represent wellbeing and craft them into a design. […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Pit Stop Car

Artist:  Cath Cantlon Installation for a Men’s Health project at the Kangaroo Island Field Day Artistic Outcomes and Process Southern Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island Medicare Local (SAFKIML) approached Cath to develop a display that would attract men to the health marquee at the biannual KI Field Day.  The field day is attended by large numbers of primary producers, trades and secondary producers.  […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Our Corka Bubs

Artists:  Sally Chance  l  Gina Rings  l  Heather Frahn An interactive dance/play with a focus on Aboriginal babies 4 – 24 months The seeds for The Corka Bubs (formally known as ‘This (Baby) Life’)  were sown as part of Murray Mallee Community Health’s contribution to Change and Adaptation. The Health Service wanted to target young mothers to […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Off the Wall

Artist: Barbary O’Brien  l  Rebecca Hicks A series of wall panels from a child’s view of health and happiness Working with an open brief, Barbary and Rebecca considered various approaches to creating a 3D interactive mural for the Early Learning for Families (ELF) garden located at Southern Fleurieu Health Service in Victor Harbor. The artists attended […]

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Matthew Bennett

03. 08. 2016

Not a Puppet State

Artists:  Tis Milner-Nicholls  l  Emily Steel  l  Mike Tye  l  Robert Petchell Puppetry with socially isolated clients of the Southern Fleurieu Health Service  Stories and key issues facing the client group were gathered and re-worked into short scripts.  The topics participants canvassed included environmental degradation, violence, drugs, grief, abuse, loneliness and issues that led to discussions about health […]

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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

02. 08. 2016

No Ifs Ands or Butts

Artist:  Gus Clutterbuck Ceramic workshops in the Mobilong Correctional Facility Gus Clutterbuck ran a series of workshops in the art of ceramics In November and December 2014.  Participants learnt the principles of slip cast artwork, how to make molds and how to join clay surfaces. The workshops provided an opportunity for health workers to facilitate […]

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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

When

2011 - 2014

Type

Artist Residencies

Presenter/Partners

Country Arts SA in Partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, Alexandrina Council, Government of South Australia and Medicare Local

Location

Alexandrina Region

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.