Clare Walton - About
Clare Walton is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in the community and public art sector. Her work examines the interconnectedness of community using processes that are accessible and supportive of co-collaboration. Drawing on traditional art processes including drawing, painting, photography, installation, videography and non-traditional tools including measured risky play her co-collaborative projects invite participants to enter a process that excites, questions what could be and celebrates their community. Clare works with schools, festivals, councils, corporations and community organisations to produce participatory works that share and amplify the collective voice.
A key focus in her current work is in supporting children and young people’s engagement as active citizens and social agents of change in their community. Using measured risky play as the primary tool her co-collaborators are invited to design and build their own installations, create festivals that celebrate who they are and engage in creating memorable participatory experiences that highlight the capacity children and young people have to re-imagine and create a better community. As the artistic producer and lead artist of the Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard Playground at Siteworks 2016 Clare invited children and young people to engage in the design and creation of their world within that of the adult world. An interactive public performance it invited the audience to sit back and watch the site unfold as the young artists designed and build a world of their imagining.
This project has since been further developed and performed at Cloverdale Community Centre in 2019 and re-imagined as an artist in residency program supporting at-risk children to re-engage with education and their community. Further project highlights include the NYHC Older Person High Rise Kitchen Garden Mural Program 2013, “Our Cubby Project” 2015, Fitzroy Adventure Playground and the "Living Entity" public art project with indigenous artist Billy Jay O'Tool and creative producer Maxine Bazalay for the Surf Coast Shire Councils first public arts commission in 2019. Her numerous artist in residency projects include the Yirrkala CEC School, North Eastern Arnhem Land 2012, Fern Court Primary School, Marrickville, Sydney 2013 and Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor, 2015. In 2020 Clare was commissioned as a member of the Urban Badland Collective for Geelong After Dark and in collaboration with the Urban Badland Collective has produced a series of participatory pop up art events including “Let’s Take Over Labuan Square” 2019 and Northside Get your Groove On” 2019.
Clare has also exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions displaying her installation and photography work; Solo shows, Hidden Beauty” 2013, Space 32, South Yarra, “Faces of Yirrkala” 2012, VU Foyer Gallery, Melbourne "Invite Me to Play" (continued) 2016, PS50, Carlton. Group shows, “Come As You Are”, 2014 and "GoodDay, GoodBye, 2016 at The Food Court Artists Space in Docklands and “Civic Heart” 2015, Broadmeadows Town Hall.
Originally trained in fashion design and millinery at East Sydney Technical College, Clare began her training in the arts by completing her Diploma in Visual Arts at VU in 2012 and in 2016 completed her Masters in Public Art at RMIT. Clare is currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne examining how adventure play as an art tool can support the development of children's active citizenship and break down their social barriers inside a traditional pedagogical institution.