MELANIE EDEN

Community Arts & Cultural Development

‘HEIMA’ arts residency

To venture on a 50-day self-directed residency from August to September this year at HEIMA in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland engaging with the LungA school and participating in the LungA festival.

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I’m a multi-disciplinary artist working in youth well-being and I’ve been granted the opportunity to develop my practice through an international residency.

HEIMA is situated in Seyðisfjörður, a small fishing town of 700 on the east coast of Iceland.

The residency was set-up by the founders of the LungA School and Festival. Both independent and artist-led they see “artistic practice as a way of doing, thinking and being in order to cultivate, disturb, distort and transform our notions of aesthetics, learning, perception and good judgement”. It will be a chance for me join in an experiment in sparking social consciousness and self-development through experiential art.

I am one of six artists selected for the 50-day self-directed residency from August to September and will share a live/work space and fish factory.

My intended professional development outcomes are:
To establish a strong methodology for young people to monitor and attend to their wellbeing.
To observe how people work together and develop myself as a sounding board for others to voice ideas, discuss options, and create strategies for preferred ways of being.
To connect with locals and help create music, performances and experiences.
To promote ongoing exchanges between the Australian and Icelandic arts communities.
To keep an online journal to share my experiences back in Australia.
To further integrate my practice of arts/learning/therapy.

This residency is an invaluable opportunity for me to engage and learn from other’s creating educational experiences for young people. I hope, with your help, to be able to contribute to public education reform in Australia in order to address widespread issues like anxiety, depression and mental illness.

Having already raised funds for my flight there and the residency fee, I am seeking support and contributions for living and incidental costs associated with my residency. I would be incredibly grateful for any support given. Remember donations are tax deductible.

If you have any questions feel free to email mel dot eden87 at gmail.com.

Information about the LungA Festival: https://lunga.is/
and the LungA School: https://lunga.is/school/

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I’m a multi-disciplinary artist and curator from Sydney. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Music: Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music in 2010.

I ventured to London to pursue West End and instead grew into the solo performance artist I am today. In early 2012, I wrote a one-women show and performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After which I went AWOL living in political occupancies engaging in auto-didactic studies for a pivotal 7-months.

In 2014, I studied at the MIECAT Institute in Melbourne, earning the Graduate Diploma in Experiential Learning and Creative Arts Therapy whilst working in performance/experiential theatre/community engagement advocating mental health ‘Kalori Music Group’ @ Manly Hospital, ‘I just couldn’t tell’ @ PACT, ‘Wonder Full’ @Culture at Work , Communicative Action’ @ Avalon Art Carnival, ‘Minecraft: The Musical’ @Shopfront, ‘Our Space’ with City West Housing.

Music has a continued to be a through line for me. In April 2016, I went on a memorable tour with Splinter Orchestra recording in Lake Mungo National Park and playing at the Tectonics Festival in Adelaide. From May- Dec 2016 I trained with the legendary Pansori Master Bae Il Dong in South Korea and made my first professional recording with New World Music. I’m currently singing in 3 Sydney based bands and highlights of 2017 have been playing at The Now Now Series and Life Groove Café.

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