Inspiring creatives of Vincent

The City of Vincent invited us to spend time capturing the stories and memories of six inspiring artists, who have a link to the City. As well as recording their oral histories, we broke down some of their stories into short films for a rare opportunity for a window into the personal, anecdotal memories and experiences of each artist, adding a new dimension to what we know of them in their professional capacity.

A second series was recorded in June 2018. Watch this space for more information!

Michael Loney

Michael Loney has worked for many years in theatre, TV, film and radio in Australia and Britain. His work in the UK includes Coronation Street and Howards’ Way and on radio for BBC Birmingham and BBC Bristol. In Australia, he has appeared in Ship to Shore seasons 1, 2 and 3, Minty, Cloudstreet and most recently in Channel 9’s The Great Mint Swindle. Michael has been in over 150 stage productions and received four nominations for Best Actor at the Equity Awards, winning twice. Michael has lived in Leederville for over 25 years. 

We met with Michael at one of the dressing rooms at His Majesty’s Theatre, an iconic location for an actor of Michael’s calibre.

Briony Stewart

Briony Stewart grew up in North Perth and has a double degree in fine art and creative writing. 

Briony’s first book, Kumiko and the Dragon was published by U.Q.P soon after she graduated and won the 2007 Aurealis Award for Children's Short Fiction. Since then, Briony has had many additional children's books published, two of which completed the Kumiko trilogy. She has also received an arts grant for artists under 25 to develop as a children's author and illustrator with the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust in Melbourne, has presented at libraries and festivals and has held three successful exhibitions of her illustrated work.  Briony still lives, paints and writes in Perth and proofreads aloud to a black and white rabbit named Winston.

We met Briony in her home studio and enjoyed a long chat with the sun streaming in through her garden window.

Lorenna Grant

Lorenna is a sculptural artist living in West Perth. Lorenna’s work is an expanding inquiry into creating sculptural/experiential moments where art, nature, and humanity fuse. Her primary motivations are to do with ephemera and site specificity. Lorenna explains that her works are often metaphors, intended as physical manifestations of transience, transformation, migrational flows and instinctual pathways, and that these are seen in themes of containers, such as pods, nests, cocoons, water, and birds. Educated in Perth, Lorenna has spent timing both creating solo projects and on scholarships interstate and in Europe. She has also created many, many works, both commissioned and personal projects, in galleries and public spaces throughout the state. Lorenna has been a lecturer at TAFE, Edith Cowan university and UWA.

We met and spoke to Lorenna at her home. After our chat, she gave us a delightful tour of her personally sculpted garden, intentionally designed to protect and encourage the local banjo frog population.

Barry Strickland

Barry Strickland is a freelance, independent consultant within the arts, culture, heritage and tourism arenas, and was formerly with ArtsWA and was an award winning writer-producer-presenter with ABC Radio National. He lives in Highgate. In the mid-to-late 1980s, Barry was part of the team that created the original Artrage Festival and was later a co-creator of the hugely successful QFest: Cue Outback Festival. He was also a co-creator of the award-winning Golden Quest Discovery Trail and worked on the development of the National Trust’s Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail as well as Northcliffe’s Southern Forests Sculpture Walk. While with ArtsWA (1995-98), he was responsible for the identification of the former Red Cross building as a potential arts hub, his concept resulting in the King Street Arts Centre. 

His numerous arts sector consultancies include a range of clients, from local governments to state dance and theatre companies. Barry was instrumental in Artrage's incredible successes with Fringe World. Barry has gone on to conceive and co-write several TV documentaries, including Hoover's Gold (2006) and the multi-award-winning The Fabulous Flag Sisters (2008). Barry is also an author, and in 2011 was coordinating producer for HELIX, a multi-award winning solo dance work. In 2013, Barry was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by The University of Western Australia.

We met Barry at his home and were privileged to view his collection of early career acting and modelling photos as well as spending a lovely time talking about his stories and memories. 

Jimmy Murphy

City of Vincent resident Jimmy 'the lips' Murphy was performing with the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band from the age of eight and went on to be in numerous bands and ensembles, both during his school days and after, including international successes with the Sunshine Brothers and as trumpeter for Perth's own mariachi band. In his early twenties, Jimmy set up the Funk Club, a community of alternative music lovers, which filled a void in Perth of opportunities to perform professionally and explore and enjoy alternative music forms. The Funk Club house band had a residency upstairs at the Leederville Hotel for many years and enjoyed great local popularity every Friday night. Jimmy went on to set up Upbeat Events, which spearheaded the Mt Hawthorn and Leederville carnivals, as well as producing street events in Subiaco and Victoria Park. In 2015 Jimmy was elected as councillor for the City of Vincent. We met with Jimmy upstairs at the Leederville Hotel in the venue that was home to the Funk Club on a Friday night, so he could show us the ropes at the venue as well as have a chat.

Jenny Davis OAM

Jenny Davis OAM emigrated from England in 1976 with her husband and two children and is an actress and director, living in Mt Hawthorn. Jenny was, for many years, director of the West Australian Youth Theatre. She was also a writer for ABC schools radio for ten years. The founder of Agelink Theatre, she has dedicated her life since 1993 to celebrating the lives of local seniors by using their stories to entertain the community through theatre. She has written and directed many plays for Agelink, including Dear Heart, which was also published as a novel in 1998 by Allen & Unwin. Most recently, she created the successful programme Recapture the Moment, an ongoing project which uses reminiscence arts, theatre and music to engage and stimulate people with dementia.  In 2001 she received a Centenary Medal for services to West Australian theatre. In 2016, as well as being awarded an Order of Australia Medal, Jenny received at the 2016 WA Seniors Awards the award for Arts and Culture and was named Juniper Champion for Seniors. In 2017 she was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame. We met with Jenny at her beautiful home and had our conversation surrounded by all of Jenny’s gorgeous historical home furnishings.