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 solo and group shows. Her research looks at how a participatory young person led community art projects supports young to change the face of their community and breaking down social and cultural barriers.
Clare 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, Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor, Melbourne, Northern Bay College Geelong and Wyndham Park Primary School, Greater Melbouren.
Her Community and Public Arts Practice highlights have been the Mural “We Are a Living Entity” for Surf Coast Shire Councils inaugural public arts grant in collaboration with Creative Producer Maxine Bazaley and Billy Jay O’Tool a proud Wadawurrung Artist living on Country in 2019, 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 2016 her project the Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard Playground Project was hosted by Siteworks, Brunswick, Melbourne. This project brought together over 200 young people for two days to reimagine and reclaim the site through Junkyard (Adventure) Play. The project was reconfigured in 2017 as an artist in resident program at Wyndham Park Primary School and then in 2018 at Northern Bay College. In 2019 the Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard Playground was hosted by the Cloverdale Community Centre with funding from the Geelong City Council and the Awesome Foundation’s Geelong Branch.
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. Clare’s PhD thesis Risking It, Designing and Building with Kids will be submitted in early 2020.