Shopfront Studio artist-in-residence
The Shopfront Studio artist-in-residence invites a selected artist to inhabit our Shopfront Studio (once a workers’ cooperative bank at the Waterside Workers Hall) developing their own projects and practice, engaging in a range of discursive and creative tasks with Vitalstatistix, and acting as an ambassador for Vitals, particularly in Port Adelaide.
In 2018 we are thrilled that our artist-in-residence is Alexis West.
Alexis has worked as a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, theatre-maker and filmmaker over the past 20 years. As a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Kanak woman, Alexis is passionate about First Nation people’s voices as well as the stories of people with disability and people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked as an artistic director, writer, and facilitator for organisations including the Karrikarrinya Theatre Collective, SA Writers Centre, Spirit Festival, Our Mob, Art Gallery SA, and Adelaide Fringe. Alexis has devised and directed new works for No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2008, and worked as AD, co-writer and performer for State Theatre Company SA. Recently she was Co-Curator of the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum, with colleague Steve Mayhew.
Alexis will focus on a number of her own projects as well as collaborating with Vitalstatistix on the organisation’s cultural competency and First Nations engagement. She will present an artist talk at the end of the year.
Image credit: Elle Dawson Scott