Tammy Arjona in residence April 7 & 14, May 5 2019
Tammy Arjona / Dance Artist
Sue Hawksley/ Dance Artist
Andrew McNicol/ Musician
Margie Hooper/ Visual Artist
Richard Hodges/ video & photographic artist.
Suzi Windram / visual artist & musician
Tammy talks about the residency:
We had already spent a lot of time exploring and researching on the outdoor site (Tokuremoar Reserve) and this residency helped to bring this into an indoor environment before being viewed as part of a group exhibition.
The studio provided a mutual meeting place for focussed rehearsal of improvised structures and the opportunity to share with others and gain valuable feedback. Artists travelled from he Fleurieu and Adelaide Hills. We appreciated the attendance of the Young Artist Program participants in the open studio. Their presence helped create the intimacy we were expecting in the gallery space and we were pleased to have tested this out by asking them to stand close to the movement space.
The residency was a much needed transition from the exploratory phase to a place of performance, from the natural environment to the city.
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 worldwide.
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 residing in SA, Tammy continues to work collaboratively with independent artists of different disciplines. Most recently working with Sue Hawksley and Simon Biggs contributing to the research and presentation of an interactive installation at MOD and also as a dance artist for Billie Cook’s new film, Back In Baby’s Arms’ exhibiting during SALA 2018.
Since 2016 Tammy has facilitated classes for people with balance and mobility concerns that were initially established with support from Parkinson’s SA and continue to flourish within the Onkaparinga and Alexandrina Regions.
Photos: Richard Hodges