Clare Walton is a Geelong based artist and PhD student at Melbourne University.
Clare works within the community and public arts sector along with exhibiting in a number of solo and group shows. Her research looks at how participatory, young person led community art projects to allow for young people to reclaim public space as their own whilst helping to change the face of their community and break down cultural barriers.
She has worked as an artist in resident at numerous schools across Australia including Yirrkala CEC School, North Eastern Arnhem Land, Fern Court Primary School, Marrickville, Sydney and Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor, Melbourne.
Her solo exhibitions include “Hidden Beauty” 2013 at Space 32, South Yarra, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Show and “Faces of Yirrkala” 2012, VU Foyer Gallery, Melbourne “Invite Me to Play” (continued) 2016, PS50, Carlton. Clare’s group shows include “Come As You Are”, 2014 and “GoodDay, GoodBye, 2016 at The Food Court Artists Space in Docklands, Victoria and “Civic Heart” 2015, Broadmeadows Town Hall, Broadmeadows.
Her Community and Public Arts Practice highlights have been the NYHC Older Person High Rise Kitchen Garden Mural Program 2013 at the High Rise Apartments, Lygon Street, Carlton, the “Our Cubby Project” 2015 at Fitzroy Adventure Playground (Atherton Gardens Housing Estate). In 2015 Clare initiated the “Invite Me to Play”, Project at Lowesdale Primary School which allows for young people to invite you into their world through the use of puppetry and storytelling.
In 2016 Clare ran the first Pop Up Junkyard Playground Project at Siteworks, Brunswick, Melbourne. This project brought together over 200 young people for two days to reimagine and reclaim the site through Junkyard (Adventure) Play.
Originally trained in fashion design and millinery at the Sydney Institute of Technology, she has also completed a Diploma in Visual Arts at Victoria University 2012 and her Masters in Art (Public Space) at RMIT 2016.