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A large part of Rose's work includes facilitating and working on community arts projects. Rose is interested in bringing out the extraordinary aspects of apparently ordinary people. She loves the idea that people's bodies are full of stories - the older the body, the more stories are stored. No one has a boring life story to tell. That's for sure!
Rose is currently focusing on inter-generational projects in regional Victorian communities. They are designed to take place in stages, alternating between the two participating generations and not limited to a particular artform. They aim to be ongoing projects that establish a relationship between two generations that can continue to strenghten while producing some high quality art.
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"REBEL ELDERS"/ BALLARAT (photo of participants below)
"TELL IT WITH SUGAR"/EUROA
This project was documented by local video maker Bruce Cummings.
(The title comes from a story of one of the elders Joy (below) who used to get locked in the bathroom regularly for being mischievous. She didn't mind though because in the bathroom was where a large container of sugar was stored which she proceeded to eat by the scoopful!)
"THE MEMORY CROWD"/MALDON
This project consists of a series of 'music appreciation' nights for local elderly folk with Glendon Blazely (AKA DJ Wind-up, pictured below) providing the music on his gramophone player. The songs are intended to trigger memories and stories. Rose interviewed all nine participants about the role of music in their lives and will soon edit them into an entertaining sound piece. The group will then decide on the next step, ie. how it should be presented to the public. A film may be made using the recording as the soundtrack. A public presentation will take place in early 2015. This project is supported by the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.
In collaboration with the City of Melbourne and choreographer Martin del Amo, Rose worked with ten elderly citizens over a few months in a supportive social and creative environment. They worked together towards a clear goal - a professionally executed 1 hr long contemporary performance that was part of Victorian Seniors Week. It provided a physically and socially inspiring activity and resulted in a huge growth in self confidence amongst the participants. Twenty young musicians from Living Music studio (some from a juvenile justice music program) provided the soundtrack for this project, responding to the elderly participant's stories.
"EXTREMELY"/NATI FRINJ FESTIVAL/NATIMUK, VIC/2011
Rose collaborated with visual artist Mars Drum to work with twelve nursing home residents and forty local primary school students for six weeks. The elderly participants were excited at the opportunity to tell stories of their lives, giving them a sense of pride. The project culminated in a one hour live painting show with a recorded soundtrack of the elders stories with the kids' recorded music.
Rose brought together The Choir of High Hopes, HUG (Hobart Ukulele Group) and dancers from MADE (Mature Artists Dance Experience). She spent two months helping choir members and ukulele players compose their own songs which they then performed in a theatrical context at the Rosny Barn. Dancers from MADE added their own choreography.
AWAKENINGS DISABILITY FESTIVAL/HORSHAM, VIC/2009
Rose spent two days in a local radio station studio to record festival's participants thoughts and ideas about music. People got to sing their hearts out and discuss why they were so passionate about their favourite bands. The end result was a five minute audio piece entitled "Wake up to the Music" which was played on the local radio station during the festival. (Listen to the piece below.)
This was a month long recording project at Milparinka, an adult training unit for people with intellectual disabilities. Rose worked with individuals to create twelve sound pieces including a radio play, spoken word, songs, experimental soundscapes. The participants enjoyed having quality one-on-one time with Rose, learning new skills with room for experimentation and were chuffed to hear their own work on the radio. The pieces were played on ABC Radio National, RRR and 3CR. Listen and read more at : www.myspace.com/radioelectricrecordingproject
"Cheer Me Up" is one of these pieces. (Listen below)
Rose has worked at Gawith Villa and Milparinka disability services in Melbourne doing music with adults with intellectual disabilities. She has worked with groups as well as with individuals conducting a range of musical activities including songwriting, singing, guitar lessons, percussion and various recording projects.
In 2012, Rose worked as a Program Manager at Wild@heART Community Arts running an arts respite program for people with a disability and working with an all-girl band The Wild Divas.