Nov 122018
 

Sarah Pollard, On the Farm, 2017, 3.22 minutes.

Sarah is a young emerging West Australian artist whose practice currently explores digital comic style animation and drawing.

Focussing on her own representations of landscape and home, Sarah’s works for Mixed Reality, although still in development, are bright and intimate reflections on her connection to her rural home. Working with virtual reality Sarah’s works are currently directed to blurring reality and non-reality, morphing representations of her farm and her distinctive fictional animal characters into a single dimension.

 

Nov 122018
 

Sam Kerr, So It Begins, 2017, 10.51 minutes.

Sam Kerr is a performer with a multi-layered and diverse repertoire of works. So It Begins, is an intimate work which focusses on Sam’s memories before, during, and immediately after an accident which saw Sam acquire a disability and his father pass away.

Sam’s haunting narration is the focus of this piece, punctured only by lingering smoke and visuals to conclude his story.

Nov 072017
 

Now we are at the end of writing of the script! It has been a great experience for me to work with amazing scriptwriter Finn O’Branagain. We have been working hard writing and editing the script since July.

Finn is on the left of the picture and Julia on the right. They are on opposite sides of a thin table looking at a computer screen. There are art objects around them and white walls

I am the star of the whole play and acting on stage as Claire Stewart as well. This is making my dreams happen. It’s about the Down syndrome community and Home And Away, and there will be a party with dancing at the end. I have other performers with Down syndrome on stage with me.

I have learned so much researching the history of Down syndrome. It is so interesting finding out about how sad it was for people who were put in institutions, how people with disabilities including Down syndrome were treated, and howthey used to live together in one place – the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum.

I want this play to help people to learn more about Down syndrome’s history, and not to be scared of having babies with Down syndrome, and giving people who have Down sydnrome a great life.

I want all doctors to please give new parents who’ve had the test for their babies with Down syndrome to give them the right information to keep their babies.

Now we are going into the development and putting it on stage for the first time – reading the script and trying it out.

I am very exited to be in The Blue Room for the development. Thank you to the people at The Blue Room for supporting and funding of play, and letting me use the space for workshopping for development.

I have done a play at The Blue Room before – many years ago, for WAAPA. I am looking forward to being there again working on my play next week.

It’s been great working so far in the new building of DADAA WA, The Old Boy’s School in Fremantle. It’s very big and beautiful, with a lot of space for people to work.

Thank you to everyone for your support for this play and working with me to make my dreams happen.

Thank you to the Australia Council, The Black Swan Theatre Company, DADAA, Perth Festival, and Finn O’Branagain, and thank you for setting up for me to meet the cast of Home And Away! It was so exciting.

I’m looking forward to developing the next part of the show.

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Nov 072017
 

Sarah Pollard collaborated with Laura Boynes and Lincoln MacKinnon on November 3 to create a digital work.

Pictured in projection of a painting of her family farm with overlaid projection of kangaroos on acetate, Sarah looks forward to showing her work in progress on November 29 at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

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Oct 252017
 

Today I am filming STAR OF THE NIGHT for real. This character, Mark, is not nervous!

 

Mark is laid-back, relaxed and has a son in his class.

He’s trying his best to work out his students.

He drinks beer and Irish whisky. Sometimes he brings it to his classroom.

He drinks black coffee.

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Jul 312017
 

During the time I have spent at DADAA I got the chance to give their new Virtual Reality thing a shot. It was amazing with all the features you could use to create your own virtual world. From fire, stars, snow embers and electricity. It felt like being inside a glitter lamp.

I have put in an application of Talent Camp. My goal is to write a proper feature film and have it funded. Now with the special help of Simone Flavelle and Lincoln McKinnon I have finally found an idea for a feature film that I hope will be amazing because it’s about autism.