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Project Alchemy Guest Speaker Announcement – Zsuzsi Soboslay

Introducing our second Project Alchemy Artist Residency guest speaker – Zsuzsi Soboslay – Arts Doula: http://bodyecology.com.au/  We’re gearing up for our first Project Alchemy Artist Residency next week where 15 artists from 5 Black Summer Bushfire affected Local Government Areas will come together to receive trauma training, share skills, and rebuild their practice before returning to their own communities to lead arts based community projects.   We are very excited to announce our first guest speaker Zsuzsi Soboslay – Arts Doula who will be sharing her skills with our artists.    AboutZsuzsi Arts Doula is a practice centred in relationship and inclusion. Zsuzsi Soboslay is its founding practitioner. An artist and visionary bodyworker, Zsuzsi has run clinics, workshops and retreats to help restore vitality and connectedness for nearly 30 years. Her therapeutic bodywork is a practical process for individuals and communities who come looking for optimal physical health, clearer relationships, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth, and help through change. Arts Doula Creative Care Services was established in 2021 to extend expressive arts to a wider community, in person and online. Zsuzsi is currently upgrading her credentials to become a Celebrant (for birth, death and other life transitions], and as a certified Dance for Parkinson’s and Dance for MS facilitator. Her services are available in Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong and anywhere [globally] online.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Hannah Matysek aka Val Moogz

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the EUROBODALLA SHIRE PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Hannah Matysek aka Val Moogz (Singer/Musician) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Eurobodalla Shire. Val Moogz draws upon diverse musical influences ranging from Patti Smith’s powerful rock poetry, to Bill Withers’ great songs of soul, to the acoustic surf pop lullabies of Jack Johnson. A self-proclaimed lover of life, nature and people, Val Moogz draws inspiration from their daily encounters and the beautiful surroundings of the South Coast of NSW to create relatable, heartfelt songs for everyone.
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Project Alchemy Guest Speaker Announcement – Kate Diggle

Introducing our first Project Alchemy guest speaker - Kate Diggle - [Counselling, Therapy and Workplace Support Services in Canberra | Kate Diggle Relational Consulting] We're gearing up for our first Project Alchemy Residency at the end of the month where 15 artists from 5 Black Summer Bushfire affected Local Government Areas will come together to receive trauma training, share skills, and rebuild their practice before returning to their own communities to lead arts based community projects. We are very excited to announce our first guest speaker Kate Diggle [Counselling, Therapy and Workplace Support Services) who will be providing our artists with training on trauma informed practice. 
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Last chance to see our bold new work ‘Utopiate’

This weekend is your last chance to see Rebus Theatre's bold new work 'Utopiate'. The final show is 3pm this Saturday November 12th. Book now here! The show has been loved by audiences and reviewers alike having received 4 reviews so far. Here's what the critics have to say: "One wonders if Rebus actually holds the seeds of where theatre is leading in its relationship with society and culture." - Joe Woodward - Canberra CityNews Click through for more quotes and links to full articles.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Cecile Galiazzo

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Cecile Galiazzo (Artist/Curator/Educator and Facilitator) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.. A graduate from the ANU, her primary medium is printmaking’ Highlights from her arts practice include: Artist in Residence at ‘Watch This Space’ (Artist Run Initiative Alice Springs NT), The Blake Prize Director’s Cut On-Line Exhibition, CPM National Print Award First Prize Tweed River Gallery Murwillumbah NSW and Artist in residence Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon NSW. She has held several solo exhibitions and participated in many selected group shows. Her work is held in private collections nationally, internationally and in significant Australian cultural institutions.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Kelly Sturgiss

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Kelly Sturgiss (Musician/Visual Artist) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. Kelly has grown up in the Braidwood region and her family has lived on this country since her ancestors convict emancipation. She is passionate about the land and community she is from. After leaving the area to study music and fine art where she combined sound and vision, she returned to raise a child. As well as establishing an artist run exhibition space she has taught music privately and in community workshops.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Helen Ferguson

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Helen Ferguson (Designer/Founder Create Collaborate Collective) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. Helen Ferguson grew up in Queanbeyan and after 4 years of travelling and living in Europe she moved to Sydney and finally returned to her hometown with a young family in 2008. She trained as a graphic designer at the University of Canberra and has had a long and successful career with a wide-ranging portfolio of design experience from publishing to advertising to fashion and government work.  Her passion has been working in the area of public gallery, museum exhibitions and on educational programs.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Robyn Williams

Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Robyn Williams (Mixed Media Artist/Art Therapist) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Bega Valley Shire. "Inspired by the natural world around me, my art practice has led me to experiment with a mix of media, from painting, textiles and works in glass, to eco dying and botanic drawing on paper." "When out in nature, as I move through a particular site or place, I photograph and key out species of plants and get a sense of what fauna and bird species may be present. I collect material that becomes the basis for creating works on paper, cloth or three-dimensional installations. The land itself provides the inspiration and resources I need for my work, so, in that regard, I feel that whatever I make is a collaborative effort."
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Mica Mahani

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Mica Mahani (Artist/Dancer/Theatre Practitioner) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Bega Valley Shire. Mica Mahani is an artist and creative arts facilitator with a focus on social justice and the environment. Born and raised in the Bega Valley, she has been making art in various forms since she was a child, with roots in the theatrical Candelo Arts Society of the 1980s and 90s. Mica has travelled, studied and performed in many locations around the world, and is now comfortably making art as she feels is needed for herself, community and planet.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Sue Norman

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Sue Norman (Artist/Writer/Radio Producer) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Bega Valley Shire. Sue Norman lives at the edge of the forest in Kiah. Her partner, Mick, saved the old timber house from the 2020 fire by turning on the spray system then sheltering in the bunker. They now watch the forest going through the process of healing; seeing the struggle for balance as the world warms. Over the years Sue has enjoyed working as an artist, a teacher, a radio producer, a writer, a gardener and historian. She has always worked at helping people to find their voice.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Padma Newsome

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Padma Newsome (Musician/Composer/Arranger) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in East Gippsland. Padma Newsome is an Australian composer, arranger, and performer based in Mallacoota, Victoria. His musical palette expresses colours of the coastal wilderness where he lives, blended with modernist avant garde, Hindusthani and folk elements from India, chamber music remnants, and the energy founded in the pop/rock world.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Lee Nickless

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Lee Nickless (Digital Artist/Muralist/Art Educator) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in East Gippsland. I am an East Gippsland resident, my work focuses on the natural environment and derives its inspiration from it. My current work is exploring mimicry in nature. I use nature to inform my digital creations. I am very engaged with my community and derive my inspiration and motivation from community focused projects. My work is primarily collaborative, working with my local art community.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Susannah Keebler

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Susannah Keebler (Dancer/Choreographer/Educator) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in East Gippsland. Susannah Keebler is a dancer, choreographer, educator, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and yoga instructor, with a Master of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, AUS and BA (dance) from Bennington College, VT, USA. Susannah lived and worked as a dancer for ten years in New York City before moving to the remote-rural town Mallacoota, VIC in 2008.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Deb Cleland

The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the EUROBODALLA SHIRE PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Deb Cleland (Activist/Artist/Academic) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Eurobodalla Shire. Deb Cleland (she/her) is an activist/ artist/ academic, with all the compromise and circuitous life paths that those slashes imply. She dabbles in interactive theatre and games, site-specific place-making, and creative non-fiction, hoping to bring her research into social justice, inclusion and sustainability to life through writing and performance. Since 2012, Deb has been devising, directing and participating in ensemble work that asks questions about co-existence, co-operation and how to claim space as an unwelcome body of any kind.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Elise May

Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team. The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the EUROBODALLA SHIRE PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Elise May (Dancer/Choreographer/ Video Artist) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in Eurobodalla Shire. Elise May is a nationally recognised dancer, choreographer and video artist whose career spans two decades. She has worked internationally and in Australia as an independent artist and performer. Elise joined Brisbane’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC) in 2008 and became Assistant Artistic Director to Natalie Weir. Elise performed, choreographed and was engaged as a teaching artist in Australia, the US, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and China. In 2012 she received the Australian Dance Award – ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Michele Grimston

Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Michele Grimston (Visual Artist/Textiles) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in the ACT. Michele Grimston is a Canberra based visual artist who works predominantly with textile practices, including embroidery, tapestry and sewing. She is interested in exploring ways that investing our time, attention and care in things can create objects of great meaning and enable a state of being that allows us to foster a greater level of intimacy with ourselves, others and the world.
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Sammy Hawker

Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Sammy Hawker (Photographer/Documentary filmmaker) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in the ACT. Sammy Hawker is an Australian based visual artist working predominantly on Ngunawal, Ngunnawal, Ngambri country [Canberra, ACT]. Sammy works primarily between the mediums of documentary video and traditional analogue photography and her w
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Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team – Hangama Obaidullah

Meet The Project Alchemy Artist Team The Rebus Team is delighted to announce the PROJECT ALCHEMY ARTISTS! Please give a warm welcome to Hangama Obaidullah (Painter/Photographer/Writer) who will be delivering an artist led bushfire project in the ACT. Hangama came to Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee in August 2003. At that time she spoke no English, but in October that year she began her English language studies and progressed rapidly. She enrolled as a mature age student at St Mary’s Senior High School, Sydney, NSW, graduating with her Higher School Certificate in 2009. She received an Award for Excellence, Major Works, and a Commendation Award for her HSC body of artwork. Hangama has since developed her arts practice in painting, drawing, photography and writing.

Book now for our first ACT Playback Theatre show

Rebus Theatre’s Playback Ensemble is touring their new show ‘At The End Of Our Street’ throughout September and October as part of Project Alchemy, a cross disciplinary arts project to build resilience across south-east Australia. Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their own lives and watch as actors and musicians enact them on the spot using movement, music and words, but without script or rehearsal. It can be moving or funny according to the stories shared.
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Upcoming information sessions for artists applying for Project Alchemy artist

Just a friendly reminder that we are holding two information sessions via zoom for artists interested in applying for a paid position to attend artist residencies, receive training, and develop a community arts event as part of Project Alchemy. We are seeking practising regional artists from theatre, film, visual arts, dance, music, writing, and photography, with an interest in arts leadership. There are 15 paid mentorship placements available (three per region) and a share of funding to run community arts projects (total 10k per region plus artist fees).

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