Centre for Projection Art x Collingwood College.
Year 5,6,7,8 Students with Rali Beynon and James Henry.
Rali Beynon with Year 5 + 7 Students.
Creature Feature is a collaborative animated dreamscape exploring diverse environments, blending drawing, watercolour and digital animation techniques and featuring the artwork of Grade 5 and Year 7 students from Collingwood College.
Initially students explored themes and ideas of nature, forests, tropical islands, masks,
mythological figures and the apocalypse, playing with the idea of a surreal world created by them with no rules or boundaries.
Combining imagery of natural and mystical forms, the animated projection developed into a site-specific imaginary biome, travelling into scenes, panning across series of masks and characters until reaching the animated GIFs the students created, which function like DNA or micro-organisms at the heart of this otherworldly space.Created as part of an Artist in Residence project at Collingwood College, supported by theCentre for Projection Art and Auspicious Arts through Creative Victoria’s Creative Learning Partnerships.We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners, Elders and Ancestors, past present and future, of the Woiwurrung Wurundjeri people, Kulin Country, where this project has been created and where it will be experienced.
'Under the Hood'
James Henry and Year 6 + 8 Students
'Under the Hood' is a Portrait Photography project led by Artist James Henry with participating year 6 and 8 students.
Through this projects the students learnt technical photography skills exploring light, composition, image making, subjective and objective positions and story telling. The students were invited to collaborate with AI through transposing their images in an imaginary world of their choosing.
'Under the Hood' is also the artists attempt for the young people to project their identities through the fading art of paste ups and poster making, that reclaims the increasingly gentrified locality they call home. Reclaiming control over the images they consume as they engage with their immediate neighbour-hood.
The results of this projects will be shown as large posters along Gertrude Street in partnership with Plakkit.
Born Naarm/Melbourne, 1999. Lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne. Selected group exhibitions: TudoKB Art X Fashion, Melbourne Fashion Festival, 2022; Creature Feature, Melbourne Art Fair Precinct Night, Collingwood Yards; TudoFAM, Collingwood Yards, 2021; Crusher: Up in Frames: RMIT Animation Showcase, RMIT University, 2021; Bus Projects online fundraiser, Bus Projects, 2021. Selected collaborations: Animated Projections: Guardian Creatures Yards 2022 edit, with Kate Beynon and Michael Pablo, Centre for Projection Art; Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Collingwood Yards, Melbourne; Guardian Creatures Art Boxes, with Kate Beynon and Michael Pablo, commissioned by Student One for the Elizabeth Arcade, Arkhefield Architects and Creative Move, Meanjin/Brisbane, 2020.
James Henry has been working as a photographer since the start of 2010. Starting out by working alongside his job as an event’s organiser and musician, he made the transition across to shooting events quite easily and had a lot of clients keen to work with him in his new field. James has since tried his hand at various disciplines from travel landscapes and cityscapes to fashion for his own personal projects. This has given him skills to take into the world or portrait photography for which he has been in demand across the state and across the country.
Being a part of the Aboriginal community in Melbourne, James has been widely used with regular high profile clients and small businesses. This is due to his reputation for quality and punctuality, but also for his cultural sensitivity and familiarity in the community. Having worked across the country in Aboriginal urban, rural and remote communities this understanding and respect for culture extends far beyond his home of Melbourne.
If there is anything that would have James stand out above other photographers it would be his diverse skill set and ability to be flexible in situations by thinking quickly on his feet. Always walking the fine line between being invisible and engaging while shooting events he has honed his instinct for getting the shots required with minimal time and impact on the situation. This quick thinking on an extended shoot allows him to capture a diverse array of shots where time is not an issue.
James’ clients have included:Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra, Moreland, Darebin, Stonnington, Brimbank, Whittlesea. Department of Justice, Business and Innovation, Premier and Cabinet. Melbourne Museum, Essendon Football Club, The Long Walk Foundation, Songlines Aboriginal Music, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Cancer Council, Australian Electoral Commission, Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, Lowitja Institute, Chiropractors Association of Victoria, Koorie Night Market, Koorie Heritage Trust Musicians have included: Blue King Brown, Black Arm Band, Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby, Lou Bennett, Kutcha Edwards, Coloured Stone, Emma Donovan, Yung Warriors, Lee Morgan, Jessie Lloyd
This project was generously supported by Creative Victoria through their Creative Learning Partnerships program over Term 1,2 and 2 in 2023.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the art teacher and project coordinator Angela Dionysopoulos, Claudia Pham, Emma Neumann, Mary Utters along with Angela Watters and Sormeh Afkari for their attention, time and support through out this residency.
Artistic director & curator: Priya Namana
Operations Manager: Dhariz Manalo
Program and Technical Manager: Anatol Pitt
Marketing & Communications: Debris Facility
Projection Venue Partners: Builders Arms Hotel, Plakkit