Artists Statement

 

Clare Walton is a Geelong based artist who works in a variety of mediums and contexts from community-based public art projects to installation works that explore our environment and photography that celebrates Australia's rich and diverse community.

 

Originally trained in fashion design and millinery Clare uses these skills to create works that range from looking at our natural environment in her personal work to creating ephemeral and permanent community art pieces in public space with an emphasis on using found and reclaimed materials.

Her work is a rich tapestry of ideas, materials, and colour.  It expresses her love of community, children, nature and often shows the hidden beauty often overlooked or ignored that makes up this wonderful world.

 

Her current research interests look at how young people and children interact in this world and the notion of Adventure Play, taking it out of the box and exploring it in the realm of public space.  

 

A current PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Clare is examining the role of risk in relation to working with children and young people from at risk backgrounds and the impact the artistic collaboration has upon the artist and the young participants.

Clare was one of the early pioneers of the recycled art movement in Melbourne and was the Creative Director of Visual Feast Creations.  A socially and environmentally conscious community arts studio that operated from 2008 - 2017. The studio had a strong emphasis on working collaboratively with community using found and recycled objects to create temporary and permanent art works.

Artists CV
 

PhD Student 
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, Melbourne University (current)

 

Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) RMIT University 2016

Diploma in Visual Arts, Victoria University 2012

Advanced Diploma in Headwear Design – East Sydney TAFE 1994

Diploma in Custom Clothing – East Sydney TAFE 1993

 

Visual Feast Creations
Creative Director/Owner

2008 - 2017

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

 

GROUP SHOWS

2016 - "RMIT Graduation Show" 2016

2016 - "GoodDay -- GoodBye", The Food Court, Docklands
2015 – “Urban Arrythem” Master of Arts in Public Space Graduation Show RMIT

2015 – “Civic Heart”,  Broadmeadows Town Hall, Broadmeadows

2014 – “Opening Night”, Merri Creek Studio, Preston

2014 – “One Night Stand”, My Beautiful Laundrette, Fitzroy

2014 – “Come As You Are”, The Food Court Artists Space, Docklands

2012 – “VU Graduation Show”, Victoria University Gallery

2012 – “Northern Exposure”, Northcote Town Hall, Northcote

 

 

SOLO SHOWS

2016 - "Invite Me to Play" (continued) PS 50, RMIT University

2013 – “Hidden Beauty”, Space 32, South Yarra

2012 – “Yirrkala Project 2012”, Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne

2012 – “Faces of Yirrkala”, Foyer Gallery, Victoria University, Melbourne

 

 

PUBLIC ART WORKS

2019 - "The Community is Taking Over Labuan Square"  An Urban Badlands Production
2018 - "Get Your Groove On", Norlane, An Urban Badlands Production

2017-2019 - "Kid's Urban Dreaming 3214"
2016 - " The Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard Playground", Siteworks Brunswick

2015 – "Invite Me to Play" & "The Land That Shapes Us", Rutherglen Projection Festival

2015 – “T.A.G.” (Text & Gesture), RMIT, Bowen Street, Melbourne

2015 – "Adventure Tree" A Reimagine Docklands Project

2015 – “Our Cubby”, Fitzroy Adventure Playground, Fitzroy

2014 – “Favourite Animals”, Fitzroy Adventure Playground, Fitzroy

2013 – “NYHC Older Persons High Rise Garden Mural”, 530 Lyon Street

2012 – “Belly Dancers”, Fawkner Fiesta

2011 – “Landscape or Landfill”, Winter in Banyule, Banksia Road, Heidelburg

2008 – “Skinners Rocks”, Skinners Adventure Playground, South Melbourne

2007 – “Our St Kilda”, St Kilda Adventure Playground, St Kilda

2006 – 2011 – “Chalk Urban Art Festival”

ARTISTS RESIDENCIES

2018 - "Kid's Urban Dreaming", Northern Bay College, Geelong
2017 - "Build Your Own Adventure, Wyndham Park Primary School
2017 - "Invite Me to Play", Artbox Residency, Maribyrnong City Council
2016 - " A Place for Children", Sunnyside Kindergarten, Kew

2016 - "A Celebration of Community", Fitzroy North Primary School

2016 - "Hidden Beauty", Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Keilor Downs

2016 - "Our World", Rowen Street Kindergarten, Glen Iris

2015 – “Invite Me to Play”, Lowesdale Public School NSW

2015 – “Sensory Board Project”,  Manningham City Council, Wednesday Achievers Group

2014 – “The Story Tree”, Doncaster Gardens Primary School

2014 – “A Magical World”, Melbourne City Childcare Centre, (A’Beckett St), Melbourne

2013 – “Hidden Beauty”, Overnewton Anglican College

2012 – “Ikea Fence Art Project”, Ferncourt Primary School, Marrickville, Sydney, N.S.W.

2012 – “Yirrkala Project 2012”, Yirrkala CEC School, Yirrkala, North Eastern Arnhem Land, N.T.

2011 – “All Abilities Week”, Moreland City Council

2010 – “Peace in Our Community”, St Dominic's Primary School, Broadmeadows
2009 – “Our Community”, Richmond Kindergarten (Duke St), Richmond 

Public Art Projects
Exhitions by Clare Walton
Artist in Resident
Photography
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clare@clare-walton-artist.com

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