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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,