Clare Walton - About
Clare Walton is an Australian artist and Ph.D. student at Melbourne University. Currently Clare is living and working in in the Greater Geelong area and the Surf Coast Shire.
Clare works within the community and public arts sector along with exhibiting in a number of solo and group shows. Her work examines how a participatory, young person led community art project enables young people to reclaim public space as their own whilst helping to change the face of their community and break down cultural barriers.
She has worked as an artist in resident at numerous schools across Australia including Yirrkala CEC School, North Eastern Arnhem Land, Fern Court Primary School, Marrickville, Sydney and Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor, Melbourne.
Her solo exhibitions include “Hidden Beauty” 2013 at Space 32, South Yarra, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Show and “Faces of Yirrkala” 2012, VU Foyer Gallery, Melbourne "Invite Me to Play" (continued) 2016, PS50, Carlton. Clare’s group shows include “Come As You Are”, 2014 and "GoodDay, GoodBye, 2016 at The Food Court Artists Space in Docklands, Victoria and “Civic Heart” 2015, Broadmeadows Town Hall, Broadmeadows.
Her Community and Public Arts Practice highlights have been the Kids Urban Dreaming Project 3214, NYHC Older Person High Rise Kitchen Garden Mural Program 2013 at the High Rise Apartments, Lygon Street, Carlton, the “Our Cubby Project” 2015 at Fitzroy Adventure Playground (Atherton Gardens Housing Estate).
In 2016 Clare ran the first Pop Up Junkyard Playground Project at Siteworks, Brunswick, Melbourne. This project brought together over 200 young people for two days to reimagine and reclaim the site through Junkyard (Adventure) Play.
Originally trained in fashion design and millinery at the Sydney Institute of Technology, she has also completed a Diploma in Visual Arts at Victoria University 2012 and her Masters in Art (Public Space) at RMIT 2016.