Speakeasy#1 Critical Animals
This is not art festival newcastle, nsw au. 3–5 October, 2014
Hosted at the Williams, Newcastle, a curated conversation and participatory performance with discussions around art, possible futures, wellness and sustainability. Centred around the sharing of food and the intimacy of the social space, led by sociocreative trust, participants consider “Possible Futures”.
This project was made possible through the generous support of our friends via Indigogo and Creative Partnerships Australia.
horsham 12 October to 7
We are all from somewhere else.
Elsewhere exhibition explored the vastness of place and ambient intimacy contained within.
Installed at Redrock Books and Gallery Horsham, Victoria Au and featuring work by Susie Anderson, Melissa Delaney, Beck Pope and guidance from Gemma Robertson. from 12 October to 7 November 2015.
Paperdolls at D11
12–26 April, 2014 at D11 Docklands Melbourne Au (as part of Renew Docklands project).
A group show expanding on the theme of 'paper dolls' and leading from nostalgia | memory | dreams | the making of stories into a public space from places of secrets and whimsy.
Curated by Melissa Delaney featuring the work of Susie Anderson, Jessica Knight, Jeremy Pryles, Lilly Rhiengold, Zoe Steers, Yasmin Keeney, Beck Pope, Gemma Robertson, Laura Smith, Relational Cosmetics and performances by hum noir by Hum Hum Hurrumph, Callum & the Big Order, Jessica Knight and Velcro.
Hymn for the Beginning of Time
Online performance art festival, december 2018
(HCMC, Vietnam) Online performance devised by Melissa Delaney. By using different aspects of creative practice (and the body as an energetic site), the artist invites the audience to engage in the action both as observers and participants. (meditation, humming, making).
Speakeasy#2 Festival of Live Art
footscray community arts centre, melbourne au. 6 march 2016.
What can you bring to the table?
Breaking bread with sociocreative trust for the second sitting of this participatory performance and dinner, with food generously provided in partnership with Feast of Merit.
A homage to the slow food movement and the small and intimate, Speakeasy# incorporated art, wellness and sustainability practices through facilitated conversations. The audience is at once dinner guest, performer and audience member at this participatory art project.
Approaching individual perspectives on the environment, gentrification and place, as well as an appetite for further discussion, Speakeasy provides a springboard for deeper investigation, integration of thoughts and themes that arise over the course of the evening.
On March 6 2016, thirteen people joined together for Speakeasy#2 as part of the 2016 Festival of Live Art to share food, thoughts and facilitated conversations. The art project prompted participants to talk about place, environments and gentrification with those sitting next to them. sociocreative trust members also orchestrated configurations of the table and took participants outside to share their experiences, creating intimate moments out of the dinner.
“‘The structure ... was great in that it seemed to eventually lead to people being more open to sharing there personal experiences.
Changing where people were seated was also a great idea in that it broke up the evening and bought ideas of control, it was interesting to see how people reacted...’
— Hugo Egan, participant and artist.