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Gather Podcast and Gather Threads

By | Arts, Gather podcast, Gather Threads

We wound up Season 1 of the podcast earlier this month  You can explore all 8 episodes here and we celebrated with a party featuring guests from the season and even the launch of a new creative collaboration- Gather Threads! The event was all Auslan interpreted which was awesome and all episodes are also now transcribed so please share and enjoy.

Amy & Erin chatting on stage at the Gather Party

Amy & Erin chatting on stage at the Gather Party, Amy wearing her own Gather Threads piece (Image by Tiffany Titshall)

Check out more photos from the Gather Podcast Party 

or watch the recording including AUSLAN and captions

and if you’ve enjoyed the podcast feel free to make a donation to go towards future work!

So what are Gather Threads?

Amy in a tree with a blue Gather Threads tshirt on

Amy in a tree with a blue Gather Threads t-shirt on (Image: Erin McCuskey)

Amy wears a pink Gather Threads t-shirt in her garden with artichokes

Amy wears a pink Gather Threads t-shirt in her garden with artichokes (Image: Erin McCuskey)









Gather Threads is a new collaboration between artist Amy Tsilemanis and seamstress Christine Crawshaw, featuring Amy’s collages printed onto fabric and sewn onto recycled clothing.

The act of combining the printed collages with the colours and fabrics of second-hand clothes and then thread, adds further layers of collage to the initial hand-cut paper artworks. It has been lots of fun! Each piece is a one-off, made with love.

You can also commission us to make your own one-off piece by selecting your chosen collage and a colour and size for your piece of clothing and we will create something special just for you!

Contact a.tsilemanis@gmail.com

PhDs and Podcasts

By | Arts, Audio, Curation

It’s February, my birthday month, and I have just released episode 2 of my bookish podcast Gather- check it all out here! And I have also had final approval of my PhD titled ‘Creative Activation of the Past: Mechanics’ Institutes, GLAM, heritage and creativity in the twenty-first century.’ You can have a look at the photo book I produced to accompany the thesis below (might take a little bit to load). It captures my three years as curator at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute. I hope it provides some joy and inspiration, along with the podcast too! Love to hear your thoughts as always- drop me an email at a.tsilemanis@gmail.com or @amytinderbox on Instagram etc. A friend recently commented “I am constantly amazed at how rich your creative and intellectual life is” and I do feel pretty grateful for that and love sharing it with you all. x

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Collage and Podcast Fun

By | Arts, Audio

I am happy to present my collage exhibition ’49 Collages for Friends’ now on in Unicorn Lane Gallery, Ballarat. Thanks to all my muses and to Ballarat Arts and Culture for the opportunity to exhibit these pieces. Wander by for a look! (133 Sturt St next to the Unicorn Hotel)

All the prints are for sale, and you can grab a colourful postcard pack of images in my shop too

“This exhibition showcases prints of the 49 weird and wonderful collages I have created for friends and family over the last year in my especially created Collagarium! 

Creating these pieces has provided a quiet yet colourful sanctuary for me, as well as a way to send a hug and a smile to loved ones near and far. Many were made with a colour and word prompt from the friend, and they were created while I thought of them, often with my cat Minerva by my side.  The collages have travelled to friend’s homes around Ballarat, Australia and over the seas to Sweden and Mexico. They have been an absolute joy to create and I hope you enjoy them too!”

I am also thrilled to have got the first episode of my podcast out this month too. Check out all the GATHER with Minerva’s Books & Ideas news over here

Good wishes to all for the festive season



An audio walk around my neighbourhood

By | Arts, Audio

Hope you’re all well. I am excited to share my new audio work with you today, hopefully a nice thing you can enjoy as you take a walk or listen at home. It’s about my street and neighborhood in Ballarat East- something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now but the first lockdown got me started and the second got it finished!  You can take a walk anywhere you like though and listen. I hope you enjoy it! The gorgeous music I have used is by Michael Westlake who lives down the other end of my street, how fabulous.

Here’s me testing it up in Black Hill-

If you missed the live stream of my book  launch at the start of the month you can watch the recording. It includes another new creative collaboration between Michael and I, and lots of other goodies celebrating creativity and friendship.

It’s been great to get my head back into audio land, and stay tuned for the next project as part of Minerva’s Books & Ideas! You can also check out my book readings on our Instagram TV. Get in touch if you have any requests for readings. I recently did some Dr Suess for the Ballarat Foundation, check it out below:

Thanks to everyone for their support and collaboration on various projects!
Sending health and happiness,

Beloved: a Word Banquet online launch event today!

By | Arts

It’s a big weekend here in Amy land- we had the last day of our physical bookshop yesterday, moving online as Minerva’s Books & Ideas, ‘selling books, and producing creative media about the lives of books and the ideas they illuminate’- exciting! You can follow along here.

And today is the online book launch of Beloved: a Word Banquet! This is a bittersweet one, a posthumous collaboration with the dear Susie Surtees, and a tribute to the event I helped her run in 2018 at the BMI called Word Banquet. Each month a theme would guide the gatherings, where books, poetry, song lyrics, travel, love, life would be discussed and celebrated. I wrote a poem each month in response to the theme  and these are gathered together in the book, matched with photographs by Susie, chosen by her beloved daughter Jane. The book also features a piece of Susie’s writing and a foreword by Julian Potter. You can read a review here. The book has now sold out, thanks to all who got their copy.

The event today will include readings, music, merry making, and remembering. Please join us.

Click the image below to go to the live YouTube stream, starting at 2pm. Grab the drinks and snacks of your choice, sit back and enjoy! :

Paper love

By | Arts

Hope everyone is going ok out there! It’s been a busy few years here working away on projects and nearing the finish line of the PhD. More on all of that soon but for now I wanted to share some of my recent collage work and a group exhibition I am part of coming up at Geelong Art Space. I have been loving playing in my collagarium, working with scraps and fragments to create works for friends and family, for collage prompts like Februllage, and Calm While we Wait, and excited to have my first piece exhibited in ‘Paper’! All the details below and a peek at my work in the show titled ‘The Way to Happy’ (plus me in my space with cats and some other pieces) Get in touch for commissions : )




‘Imprints: Storytelling the City’ exhibition

By | Arts, Curation, Heritage

A long overdue update from Amy:

I am having some great conversations with people visiting the BMI as part of our new Saturday morning tours and our current exhibition ‘Imprints: Storytelling the City.’ There are so many stories to be told, both old and new.

My PhD is titled ‘Creative activation of the past’ and this exhibition has some really rich layers to this that I look forward to exploring more in my writing (along with the other case study projects that kicked off with last years Spring Celebrations. Love my job!). Collaborating with local artists Ellen Sørensen and Wadawurrung custodian Barry Gilson has been inspiring and enlightening.

Here’s a little something Ellen and I worked on earlier in the year as part of White Night Ballarat-

So come visit, wander, ponder and respond, in the unique heritage library surrounds. Opening event, talks, and all the info you need to know below! The image featured here, and part of the exhibition, is a colour photograph by Henry Sutton thought to be one of the first colour photographs in the world. Very cool indeed : )


Adventures in Audio

By | Arts, Streets & Skies

Some artistic reflections from Amy on new works Promenade and Streets & Skies:

It’s been a busy, challenging and exciting few weeks getting up two new projects, and I now sit at the point where it is over to the audience. Both projects involve audio experiences, but with very different subject matter and style, both involving a participatory journey, a physical and emotional walking through. I hope people get us much out of them as we have creating them.

Rehearsing with Lucinda Horrocks

Recording with Leanne Hall & Emah Fox

Promenade, a commissioned work for Uncommon Places at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival was created in a rich collaboration over a short development time. It includes personal stories of women’s experiences of public space, mixed with the wide-ranging, often contradictory instructions given to us from advertising, popular culture, authority figures, family and friends to strangers on the street.
Made specifically for the Docklands, a bizarre in-between space complete with its own mini-forest, we explored this complex and timely topic inspired by comments made about women’s public safety following tragically sad cases of violence in Melbourne.
The anger, sadness and absurdity we discovered in working with this material comes together in the audio walk that takes participants through a range of spaces, experiences, and tones from biting satire to powerful reflective moments.
“Strut, walk like a man, imagine your ideal place, be confounded, be empowered, think, play, as you take this walk in a magical world of confidence and safety. ”

Promenade is FREE and has a duration of 30 minutes. Go to this link to download the audio track onto your device, then travel to the end of the line on the 11 or 48 tram towards Victoria Harbour/Docklands.
You can also download the map of all 18 Uncommon Places works, and immerse yourself in these exciting new pieces responding to the theme of instructions.

Get involved with Promenade online by sharing an image of your shoes in public space and tagging #everyshoetellsastory #melbfringe

In contrast to this very public subject matter, is my exhibition Streets & Skies for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, exploring our inner journeys through life as experienced through images, words and song, a cross-artform project that draws on years of thought and collecting.
The audio tour that accompanies the photographs can be taken in any bookshop of choice and invites the participant to “take my hand and voice through the waves” exploring the bookshop as a kind of diary of our lives. It features newly recorded songs that originated as ‘song poems’ worked up with local musicians from my vocal beginnings.
Streets & Skies: audio for dreamers is $10.00 and can be purchased and downloaded here.
Along with the 25 minute tour, you also receive the 2 songs as standalone files to enjoy.

The photographic exhibition is on display in the Known World Bookshop until September 20th, with a book also available. Thanks go to exhibition sponsors Print2Metal.  There will also be a live performance happening to open the exhibition as part of the Slow Music Festival.

Despite their differences, the audio form brings an intimacy and sense of adventure to both these pieces, perhaps both with their own moments of pleasure and pain. They both also draw on the power of original music and the interaction with public space that brings its own unknown elements, for better of worse!
Now that I (and my amazing collaborators) have poured so much of ourselves into these works, it is over to the audience to make of them what they will.

These works are ideally experienced on site, downloaded onto your device  and accompanied by a good pair of headphones, but if you are for whatever reason unable to get to Docklands or a bookshop you can also feel free to listen to them like podcasts and ignore the instructions.
I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Streets & Skies exhibiting at the Known World Bookshop for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale Fringe Program. Aug 22-Sep 20

Upcoming Arts Projects

By | Arts, Streets & Skies

This winter you will be able to enjoy two new creative works by Amy, showing in Melbourne and Ballarat.

Amy Tsilemanis, Leanne Hall & Emah Fox

Amy and collaborators Leanne Hall and Emah Fox, have been selected to produce a piece for Uncommon Places II, the keynote project for this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. It will be an exciting work exploring the theme of Women in Public Space. View the artists here

And in Ballarat, Amy will be presenting a show as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale Fringe Program, at the beautiful Known World Bookshop on Sturt St. It will combine images with an audio experience of woven words and music.

Look out for more on both these shows soon!

Spring in Creswick by Amy Tsilemanis        Freeway by Amy Tsilemanis

Heritage Innovations

By | Arts, Curation, Heritage

This weekend exciting annual event Ballarat Heritage Weekend hits town, and Amy is involved in launching a new digital history tour called Ballarat Revealed! Explore below:

Revealed Promo

City of Ballarat and Heritage Weekend this year will offer people the chance to peer into Ballarat’s history – with a brand new modern twist – a new experience which allows you to reveal our architectural and cultural history using your mobile device or computer. Ballarat Revealed is a web-based app working on two levels: as a walking tour through Ballarat’s CBD walking up the central promenade, allowing you to stand on the spot and reveal in your device what 30 locations looked like over a century ago; and as an online resource, linking you to archival images, videos and related stories online.


It is also an honour to be awarded the Heritage Innovation Award for last year’s project- an ambitious collaboration between Federation University Arts Academy performing arts and design students, & artists Tanja Beer and Amy Tsilemanis: Living Heritage: Trades & Traditions. Big thanks go out to all involved.

Some words from Amy:

When we won the Heritage Innovation award this week it was truly an unexpected delight and in the moment I rather froze and let the lovely and articulate Angela Campbell speak which she did wonderfully. What I would have added had I found the words was this:

I worked as a researcher, curator and sometimes producer on this 2014 project that combined my own shop window trail with the Living Heritage performance trail, both drawing on the theme of Trades & Traditions. Alongside the amazing talents and work of the Federation Uni students and teachers, SO many people came together to make the project happen and I would like to thank and acknowledge the great collegial community that exists and is growing in the local heritage field.

With so many bad news stories going around it is a pleasure to celebrate projects like this that achieve wonders through creative, cross disciplinary collaboration. The benefits are broad and include:

  • creating a heritage and arts experience for audience members during Ballarat Heritage Weekend, locals and tourists alike
  • providing training and professional experience for students including collaboration across disciplines (and the local learning and stories like one of the design students learning that his grandmother was a Lucas Girl)
  • making meaningful connections between the uni and the town
  • a true collaborative effort drawing on the resources and generosity of so many:

Thanks go to people in the room like heritage gems Clare Gervasoni and Edith Fry who are always ready to assist, right through to the city’s CEO Anthony Schink who helped us access empty spaces in the CBD to activate with stories and life. Local spaces and businesses also collaborated to allow access to their buildings and resources including this beautiful Mechanics’ Institute and Jackson’s and Co. It was a massive team effort.

I hope this project provides an example of what can be done with creativity and collaboration, bringing with it excitement for the possibilities to come!

• above – Living Heritage: Trades & Traditions 2014

• left – Angela Campbell & Amy Tsilemanis at 2015 Heritage Awards