Off The Cliff Community Arts

Duncan has worked closely with Aboriginal communities as an arts facilitator since 2016. He has since established 'Off The Cliff Community Arts' to continue this work. Duncan's community work takes on an ABCD approach (Asset Based Community Development) which in non-jargon terms, means working with and developing existing community assets. In 2016 Duncan lived in the remote community of Warburton where he ran an art centre and then from 2017 - 2020 he worked for the Edmund Rice Centre as community arts development officer in the Aboriginal Youth Arts Program alongside Noongar artists Kylie Graham and Esther McDowell-Kickett. In both roles, Duncan worked closely with the community and managed various large creative arts projects including murals, short films and publications. He has also worked with not-for-profit Camera Story since 2015. 'Off The Cliff Community Arts' engages community members in telling their stories using both still and moving images. 

 ‘When The Earth Was In Darkness’.

 We engaged Wadjak Noongar Woman, Sandra Harben to work alongside arts facilitator Ashleigh Frost, Esther McDowell-Kickett and Edmund Rice Centre WA’s Moorditj Koolangka Program to tell a story which celebrates this years theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth. ‘When The Earth Was In Darkness’ tells the story of why the Magpie or Kulbardi sings each morning. Workshops were held weekly over term two, with the children in the Moorditj Koolangka program learning about their culture, stories, language and family connections and then creating sculptures and props to tell the story. The project was filmed and edited by Ian McGlynn with music from local band, Erasers. With the collaboration of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, we’re extremely proud to announce the video will debut on the digital tower at Yagan Square in Northbridge and be played throughout the entirety of NAIDOC Week 2019.

'Because Of Her We Can 2018'

Working alongside Girrawheen Senior Highschools Yokayi Program and prolific Noongar Artist/Performer Karla Hart - we developed this project to celebrate the strong women in the girls lives as a part of NAIDOC 2018. The project was developed and funded by the Edmund Rice Centre WA's, Aboriginal Youth Arts Program. Director: Karla HartChoreographer: Karla HartVideographer: Balázs KajcsaEdited by: Marnie Allen and Balázs KajcsaMusic: Scott Griffiths aka Optamus

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