June - July 2018
Tammy talks about the residency:
This project is a collective of thirteen artists from various arts practices which have come together to explore the ancient tea tree reserve Tokuremoar located in Goolwa. Photographer, Richard Hodges has walked and photographed this area for years and has created opportunity to share his work involving film and projection with other artists to explore new outcomes for a potential exhibition of works. The rehearsal space would be to research movement explorations between the dance artists, Cinzia Schincariol, Sue Hawksley, Tammy Arjona and musician, Andrew McNicol following initial discussions with the wider group. The initial gathering of artists came together in January this year for a walk into the depths of the forest with time to inhabit various spaces and sharing of thoughts. This opened up an interesting dialog for creative processes to evolve for individuals and small collaborations. The movement work would be performed in a gallery space alongside the other art works involving painting, sculpture, sound, written text, photography and video projection. It is hoped that the live elements will happen at regular intervals alongside the other works on specified days during the length of the exhibition.
Tammy’s dance training began in Adelaide before travelling to London where she participated in the Adeline Genee Awards and attended the Rambert school of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
She joined the Michael Clark Company in 1992 and continued to work with many leading choreographers based in the UK including Bunty Matthias, Jeremy James, Fin Walker, Wendy Houstoun, Henrietta Hale and Annie Lok. Tammy was a Dance Artist with Siobhan Davies Dance 2003-2011 touring works for theatre spaces and alternative venues in many countries.
During this time she was awarded the JADE Fellowship by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation seeing her to develop creative programs for all ages and working within Education and Community settings. Now back residing in SA, Tammy continues to work collaboratively with independent artists and facilitates classes for people with balance and mobility concerns that were initially established with support from Parkinson’s SA.
Photos: Richard Hodges