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The act of collaborative expression

1 April 2017 | Posted in: News

Eryn Leggart

Eryn Leggatt’s involvement with Steel City Collective helped define her thinking around how teaching is more about working together and learning from each other.

Eryn describes “Newcastle as a nursery for artists” but when everyone has more than one place in the nursery then it becomes a rewarding experience for everyone. It’s the line of thinking that it’s never too late to learn new things and you never know who you are going to learn it from”.

Eryn and a group of like-minded artists, performers and graphic designers began Steel City Collective after they had been working together in Sydney providing live art and performance for the Jurassic Lounge.The opportunity to do this in a Renew space gave them the freedom to experiment, to learn and grow. They discovered it also gave them legitimacy to attract paid commissions and contracts. Eryn managed the administration side of the business and ran craft and art based workshops and her desire for working with a range of people in a way that benefits everyone became a passion.

Fast Forward to now and Eryn is working with Tantrum Theatre which she describes is ‘in line with everything I believe in’.

“Tantrum’s Trajectory Program is Newcastle in a nutshell”, she said. “The program works with young people, emerging artists and professionals in a way that moves everyone up.”

It is a collaborative effort where everyone contributes to the process. Tantrum is the only Newcastle based theatre company creating new work with funding from Arts NSW. It recognises all levels of ability have something to offer and something to learn.

Eryn is also writing and illustrating a children’s book called Monsters and Noodles. It’s a lyrical story with a subtle message of harmony and diversity sold through Tiny Boat at Softys located in our newest property in Newcastle West.