Who is 100 Wonder Place?

Gabrielle Griffin, Valley Lipcer and Claudie Frock  are the core members of 100 Wonder Place.

 

We are 3 friends who have worked together for the last decade. Together we bring the skills of performance, practicing visual artists, creative producers, directors, writers, educators and community arts workers. We all have strong connections with community, children and families through our roles as mothers, aunts, educators and community artists.

 

100 Wonder Place also engages the services of other practising artists; it’s part of our philosphy to work with professional creatives from our local region, across Australia, and internationally as well. 100 Wonder Place aspires to provide fun, playful, and innovative arts experiences that encourage exploration and creative learning in an inclusive and joyful way.

Gabrielle has danced, directed, performed and puppeteered her way through theatre for the last 21 years. She has performed in every city of Australia, in Asia and Europe, and in her favourite place: cobbled streets in France.

 

She is also an award winning story writer, a community arts worker, dance and movement facilitator, and Pilates instructor. Gabrielle has worked for over a decade in the field of dance and theatre with Mixed ability dance companies Company Chaos (Lismore) and Restless Dance Company (Adelaide).

 

In 2009 Gabrielle created her one woman puppetry show ‘Pegging Up the Sky’, receiving rave reviews for its unique and moving qualities. Gabrielle is a core performer and contributor of Roundabout Theatre and has worked with Valley and Claudie for the last decade. Most challenging and rewarding of all she is a mother to a 15 year old, who gives her great insight into the things young people love. 100 Wonder Place is a perfect opportunity to work with beloved friends and colleagues making Art with Heart.

Valley Lipcer is mother to two daughters aged 7 and 9, who are collaborators, advisers and eager test dummies for 100 Wonder Place. She has had over 20 years experience working in the arts. Valley has been the Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre since 2003, where she has created over 20 outdoor theatre pieces, educational theatre and site specific installations.

 

Valley is also the Creative producer of ‘The Village’ at Falls Festival Byron Bay, a dedicated arts area programmed over 4 days with music and theatre venues. In her pre-children years she spent 7 years performing all over the world with renowned Australian outdoor physical theatre companies Snuff Puppets and Strange Fruit.

 

Valley has always had a dream to create an arts festival for kids, families and communities where people connect, slow down and play side by side with art. The Arty Party Event is an opportunity for Valley to use her strong skills of creative production to bring an innovative and playful community arts festival to the Northern Rivers Region.

Claudie Frock is a visual artist, performer, community arts worker, trained educator and a loving Aunty. Claudie has worked at Lismore Regional Gallery for 2 years as Learning Officer and was commissioned in 2011 by the gallery to create performative tour guide character Peggy Popart. She has worked as an arts facilitator for people living with a disability for over a decade.

 

Claudie has been performing for over 20 years and has worked with theatre companies such as Terrapin Puppet Theatre and Rawcus (Hobart), NORPA (Lismore), Urban Theatre Projects (Sydney) and has been a core member of Roundabout Theatre (Mullumbimby) since 2007. Claudie is a visual artist with a dedicated studio practice creating drawings, paintings and illustrations for commission and exhibitions.

 

She is passionate about nurturing a love of the arts in children and the greater community and loves to combine her skills to create innovative activities and events that engage the imagination, spark creativity and develop community connection. In 2014 Claudie co-created the Houndstooths performative Visual arts duo for the 2014 Falls Festival ‘Village’ (Byron Bay) with award winning artist René Bolten.

 

The Houndstooths were warmly received and engaged festival goers in playful drawing games. The Houndstooth Characters will be part of the ‘Paper Caper’ space during the Arty Party event. Claudie is strongly influenced by the Reggio Amelia Educational Philosophy and believes that children have the capacity and natural language to understand the world and creativity in a myriad of ways.