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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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‘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 : )


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

Box Space Gallery at Big Space Artist Studio

By | Curation

Mini gallery in a box ‘Box Space’, has had its first outing in the Big Space  window over the months of July and August. Each mini exhibition was accompanied by a public event where the artist was featured and interviewed.

Stay tuned for more Box Space news!

Trades & Traditions project for ‘Who Made Ballarat’ 2014

By | Curation

For City of Ballarat’s Heritage Weekend this year Amy has been working on Living Heritage: Trades & Traditions, an exciting project bringing local history to life through collaboration with graphics and performing arts students from Federation Uni’s Arts Academy and the rich resources of local history held by our people, libraries and museums.

Trades & Traditions celebrates Ballarat’s culture of innovation and community, inviting visitors to explore a trail of photographs, history, and stories in shop windows en route between the Ballarat Railway Station, Mining Exchange, Mechanics Institute, and Town Hall, bringing to life the world of some of the city’s early 20th century traders and traditions.

The Space Between Book Exhibition

By | Arts, Curation

The Space Between is a gallery work inviting participation and engagement around the theme of books and reading.

Through visual art, sound, and interactive elements, this show explores how books and knowledge are being experienced, stored, and shared amid technological advancements.

Part love letter to books, part inquiry into the possibilities of digital, people can get involved with workshops, research materials, talks, a pop up library, and evolving artworks in both paper and digital forms.

Backspace Gallery Ballarat
July 13-28th 2013. Open Tues -Sunday 10-4
Opening event Saturday July 13th 2-4
More info @ weavelength.blogspot.com.au