Culture & Arts

Jorng Jam – An Asialink residency project in Phnom Penh

Jorng Jam brings together 4 young Cambodian artists to reclaim, remember and reinterpret the past through family photographs. By taking a closer look at a ‘personal archive’, each artist has investigated another person’s story built from memory, images and objects. After interviewing friends and relatives, new interpretations around the idea of ‘remembering’ have emerged. With their own toolkits in hand (photography, film, multi-media, sculpture) each artist has then gently and intelligently created new work.

This exhibition is an intimate look at history, memory, family, relationships, artefacts and what everyday life was like in Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge era. It makes visible, through research, archiving and the creative process, the rich and often hidden personal historical photographs remaining in Cambodia today.

Artists: Neak Sophal, Neang Kavich, Kim Hak and Kong Vollak.
Creative Producer: Pip Kelly, resident Asialink artist with JavaArts 2013/2014.

Website here:

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Development and delivery of a new digital volunteer program Pitch In!, with the  Discovery Team at State Library QLD.
Digital Volunteers have the opportunity to ‘photo-tag’ significant historical Queensland photographs, transcribe original WWI diaries and text-correct WWI era newspapers. Images C/O State Library of Queensland

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Producer: Pip Kelly
A community collections project building partnerships with community groups and individuals to share their own stories about personal collections in Queensland. See page
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SLQ Team: Anna Raunik, Margaret Warren             The Edge: Matt Fallon             Libraryhack Officer: Pip Kelly

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Photographs c/o Warren Handley & The State Library Queensland

This was an initiative of the National and State Libraries of Australia (NSLA). The State Library of QLD was the Project Leader and  opened its vaults in 2011 to invite people to use their resources in creative new ways. Old photographs, music scores, data sets and maps were offered copyright free.

The Edge ran a series of workshops and activities around South East and Central Queensland and I was contracted to Produce the events and activities with the support of The Edge, it’s staff and also the State Library of QLD. Some of the events are posted here:


Highlights included:

“Hip Hop Hack” held inside an old Caravan at the Shockwave Festival, Blackall. Young people learnt how to remix old poetry and musical scores and turn them into hip hop tracks.

“The Lock-In” a 24 hr ‘hack-a-thon’ which lead to the production of high quality apps and creative programming.

“Photo-Mashups” participants learn how to use photo-shop to give old photographs new meanings (see photo)

Partners: Human Inc. (Shockwave Festival)


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A community arts photography project in Footscray, Victoria. Working closely with a group of young inspiring women who attend The River Nile Learning Centre we produced a series of photographic works that reveal our collective and individual stories.

After 9 weeks of workshops with Eze and Pip, students from the River Nile Learning Centre exhibited a series of their photographs and poetic words for THE BIG WEST FEST.

The show ran from the 21st -26th November 2009, and for some, this was the first time they had exhibited any photographic works to the public.

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Partner Organisation: The River Nile Learning Centre
Producer and Curator: Pip Kelly
Assistant Producer/Curator: Ezeldin Deng
Funded by: The JBSeed



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Organisation: Young People in the Arts Australia (YPAA)

Director: Lenine Bourke             General Manager: Imogene Shields               Local Producer (VIC): Pip Kelly

YPAA is the national peak body for Youth Arts in Australia. 30 youth arts companies showcased their work over a 5 day event held at iconic youth arts venues in Melbourne: The Arts Centre, SIGNAL & ArtPlay.