reVision symposium: growing and sustaining community and collaboration

Session 2: Saturday 13 November 2021, 1pm

Speakers: Sim Luttin (VIC), James Tylor (ACT), Clare Needham (VIC).

Chair: Amber Cronin (SA)

Growing and sustaining community and collaboration during the time of a pandemic has been difficult for many, but adversity has fostered opportunities for some to expand and reconnect in ways unimagined until now. Experienced in independent arts practice, festival management and the shared studio model, Amber Cronin leads a discussion around building connection and community.


Amber Cronin (SA)

Amber Cronin (she/her) is a South Australian cross-disciplinary artist living and working on Kaurna Yerta. Cronin’s practice as an ecology of modalities resulting in projects (studio practice, gallery based work, socially engaged projects, facilitation, programming, workshops, research) that work together in fulfilling and meaningful ways. As a facilitator, her practice is deeply centred around community–grass roots and artist-led initiatives. Her studio experiments are gathered and displayed in combinations that facilitate meditations on connection and discovery, utilising elements of textiles, performance, moulding and casting. Cronin’s work often finds its genesis in the oscillation between global phenomenon and her own localised experience of the natural world.

As founding co-director of The Mill (providing arts programming adjacent to a community of studio spaces), Amber has been focused on creating a space for dialogue between visual arts and performance/dance. Her involvement with The Mill exemplifies her interest in audience driven works and community development through artist-led projects. Amber is a freelancer as program curator for organisations and festivals including South Australia’s Nature Festival, Papershell Farm and developing independent artist-led research projects. The relationships fostered through these roles are foundational to her relational arts practice.        


Sim Luttin (VIC)

Curator & Gallery Manager, Arts Project Australia
Co-founder Art et al., Inclusive International Platform
Artist, Craftsperson & Contemporary Jeweller

Sim is an arts professional, curator, artist and contemporary jeweller.  As Curator & Gallery Manager she has led the gallery and exhibition program at Arts Project Australia for 13 years. She fosters innovative curatorial projects, including Art et al., and brokers collaborations between artists, galleries, and arts institutions, growing APA’s exhibitions publications, artwork leasing, sales and image licensing programs. She has travelled extensively having curated, written, and represented APA and its artists at international forums. She was a member of the Supported Studio Network (SSN), was vice-chair of the Craft Victoria board and is currently on the Public Galleries Association (PGAV) board, and Melbourne Advisory Group, Decentring Australian Art. Sim has a passion for supporting neurodiverse artists to be seen, represented, and connected in contemporary art and culture ecologies.

Clare Needham (VIC)

Clare Needham is a curator and creative producer based in Kyneton, Victoria. Clare has realised many large and small scale exhibitions and events, socially engaged projects, public programs and commissions working in collaboration with a breadth of Australian and international artists, fellow curators, cultural collections and diverse community groups. Since 2012, she has been a curator at Bendigo Art Gallery leading the development and delivery of exhibitions from the historical to the contemporary.

Clare is a founding member and Co-Director of Kyneton Contemporary Inc. a regionally-based arts collective dedicated to cultivating quality arts practice, meaningful community and audience engagement and capacity building in regional Victoria with a primary focus on the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial.

Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial 19 – 27 March, 2022:

Hanna Tai’s KCAT project:

Kyneton Contemporary Inc. publication – Force Fields: Art, Architecture and Audience – documenting the inaugural Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial held in 2018:

James Tylor (ACT)

James Tylor is an Australian contemporary multi-disciplinary visual artist whose practice explores Australian environment, culture and social history. These mediums include photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, sound, scents and food. He explores Australian cultural representations through the perspectives of his multicultural heritage that comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) ancestry.

Tylor’s work focuses largely on the history of 19th century Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity and the environment. His research, writing and artistic practice has focused most specifically on Kaurna indigenous culture from the Adelaide Plains region of South Australia and more broadly European colonial history in Southern Australia. His practice also explores Australian indigenous plants and the environmental landscape of Southern Australia.

The reVision initiative is generously supported by the Day Family Foundation, the City of Adelaide and Guildhouse donors through the 2021 Annual Appeal.

Images: Amber Cronin. Photograph Thomas Borgas; Arts Project Australia. Photograph courtesy Sim Luttin; Clare Needham. Photograph courtesy the speaker; James Tylor. Photograph Tony Kearney.

Photographic portrait of James Dodd

James Dodd

Built Environment, Installation, Outdoor, Painting, Public Art, Sculpture, Teaching, Wall Work.
Photographic portrait of Fran Callen

Fran Callen

Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Teaching, Wall Work.
A painting by Tom Phillips of a man painting another portrait, while a cat looks up at the work

Tom Phillips