Program of Events Red Ridge Artsbreak Area

Each year Red Ridge (Interior Arts) Queensland brings our Artsbreak Area to life. Our Artsbreak Area is a mix of collaborative community pieces and workshops for you to indulge your creative side.

A sneak peak of our line up for this year includes the following artists.

Catherine Parker

Toowoomba, QLD

B.Ed Visual Arts, The University of Melbourne

Catherine Parker is a painter / mixed media artist based in Toowoomba, Queensland. An avid, curious traveler, she seeks respite in makeshift studios, sometimes with portable sketch book involving ‘on the road’ works.

A frequent traveler to India and Magnetic Island, North Queensland, Australia, her works combine elements of the two continents; a metaphysical interest in nature and spiritual systems.

Parker recently exhibited in the Kochi Muziris Biennale Fort Cochin, India in the exhibition: Common Ground, Serendipitous Happenstance at: OED Gallery and has just completed her solo exhibition: Parallel Worlds at SGAR – Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane.

Parker’s work is held in various public and corporate collections including: RMIT (Melbourne), Southern Cross University NSW, State Library of Victoria (Melbourne), Baillieu Library (Melbourne), Mater Hospital (Brisbane + Springfield), Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (Brisbane); Hummingbird House (part of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Brisbane), Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and Gadens Lawyers (Brisbane). + QUT Brisbane. She is represented by: SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane, Australia.

Dr Jordin Steele

Independent Producer and Arts Researcher

Jordin is an experienced performer, director and arts researcher. She formed Outcast Performing Arts in 2012 to experiment and push the boundaries of vocal performance. As an independent producer, Jordin

has created, directed and produced both large and small scale interdisciplinary work and has collaborated with artists from multiple disciplines including contemporary dance, circus, commedia dell’arte, physical theatre, clown, animation and digital technology.

Jordin holds a PhD in systematic models of collaboration for interdisciplinary ensembles. She is currently researching immersive performance spaces and the use of virtual reality in collaboration with live performance. She has recently moved into 360 degree film and digital storytelling. Her creative work explores social constructs and rides the divide between myth and reality and she continuously works to push the boundaries of live performance.

Jordin has over ten years of industry experience as a performer and has worked in multiple genres including opera, oratorio, music theatre, cabaret and experimental music. She specialises in contemporary, 20th and 21st century opera and experimental music, and has lectured in in performance and stagecraft at both UQ and QUT.

Ellen Briggs

Ellen Briggs is a talented mother of two, with a sharp tongue and a rapidly rising career in the comedy industry! With just two years experience, she bagged first prize on the National Foxtel Comedy Channel’s ‘Be a Comedian’ and earned a spot on Stand Up Australia. She then became a finalist in the nationally televised Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2007 “Raw Comedy” Competition.

Ellen regularly performs as a comedian and MC at venues all over Australia, and can often be heard on “ABC North Coast Radio” and Byron Bay’s Community Radio Station, “Bay FM”. In fact at the end of 2007, she was shortlisted for the breakfast radio program “The Cage” which is heard on MMM in Brisbane – without even applying!

Ellen has an easy-going, friendly nature that belies the dark wit that lurks beneath. It’s been said that “Ellen says out loud the things other mothers only dare to even think”, and that “with her tales of parenting, she could well become Australia’s next Fiona O’Loughlin”. Ellen takes her audience on an observational and hilarious journey through life as an accidental mother of identical twins and the wife of a husband who is away working for 9 months of the year. She has made an art-form of sneaking really politically incorrect jokes onto the end of “nice” yarns. She launches the punch lines stealthily. You won’t see them coming, but you’ll know when they hit.

Ellen has performed alongside the likes of Wil Anderson, Peter Helliar, Charlie Pickering, Fiona O’Loughlin, Mandy Nolan, Bob
Downe, Mick Meredith and Claire Hooper – just to name a few! Ellen is a favourite at ladies events, such as Melbourne Cup Lunches, Girls Nights In and numerous other Cancer Council and other fundraising events.

Ellen has also assisted in the delivery of comedy workshops for Senior Citizens (Shooting From My Hip Replacement), People with Mental Health Issues (Funny In The Head), and children (Funny Kids). For more about Ellen and video’s of her previous standup performances visit her website.