Claire Wildish

Claire is an illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in the country in a family of theatrics. She studied Fashion Design and Multimedia while travelling and looking for adventures, breathing in the air and people she met along the way. She found her passion in community cultural arts development, developing multi-arts programs with children, Indigenous Australians and multi-cultural community groups in outback and urban Australia and internationally. For five years she lived in the middle of the desert managing The Minyma Kutajara Arts Project. In collaboration with senior Pitjantjatjara/Ngaanyatjarra elders and local artists, she initiated and managed the re-opening of the art centre in Irrunytju after many years of closure. In 2014-15 she project managed and curated Kapi Ungkapyi for Tarnathi Festival of Contemporary Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Art, a multimedia, multi-sensory exhibition involving five principal artists and over 100 supporting artists. Claire currently works at Life Without Barriers as a Resident Artist writing and facilitating programs with individuals and groups with complex needs. A highlight of this work has been the Stobie Pole Project as part of the Creating Brighter Futures Program at Challa Gardens Primary School. In 2017 Claire travelled with the SA Museum Out of the Glass Case Road Show Tour to the APY Lands as a Workshop Facilitator and does regular ongoing work with the Museum's Community Program. As an artist, Claire surrounds herself with unique and exciting characters who inspire and challenge. Her 'Day Job' is a constant inspiration for her art practice along with her children who make her draw everyday beginning with raisin toast and 'let's draw cockroaches!'. They all draw over each other's drawings to make them just right. Then, while they are sleeping, she makes them into books to be read the next night just before bedtime. Occasionally, these drawing partners let her collaborate with other artists. For Fringe 2018 she collaborated with Nici Cumpston on a print making conversation for "Bridge" at Hart's Mill and in 2019 she curated with Icecream on Mondays, "Squatters" at the Packing Shed, engaging 30 other artists in an immersive and sensory art experience.


Community Art, Curating, Design, Drawing
Claire Russell