As a Visual Artist I use a variety of media (video, sound, photography, drawing, painting, performance, sculpture) to authentically document the lives of everyday people and the spectacle of living in the 21stcentury. Feminist related issues along with the body, mind and spirit form an important component of my Art practice. For more than 3 years my Art practice has been focused on working with community groups on community Arts based projects. I am a firm believer that Art can play an important part in encouraging social change by motivating the community to express themselves creatively, and as one to find their voice.
In 2017, I developed an International community arts-based project between school students in Maybole, Scotland and Gold Coast, Australia. My role in this Community Arts project was that of Facilitator and the students became the Artists. I developed Artist talks into learning activities where the students gained an appreciation of the unseen work that goes into making, installing and exhibiting a community arts project. I enjoyed working with the children which led me to become a volunteer (Buddy) at Paradise Kids (PK’s). “Paradise Kids provides programs tailored to children dealing with grief and loss, illness and trauma. Their focus is on developing inner-life skills for kids so that they can manage overwhelming emotions and grow into confident, caring, resilient, and healthy individuals.” In collaboration with PK’s I am in the process of developing a Community Arts Project for girls aged between 7-11. During the Luminous Bodies residency, I will explore issues of bullying, emotional violence, exclusion, alienation, and the ways bullying often goes undetected. I will experiment with drawing, sculpture, video and performance to make new works that will bring to light the feelings of otherness and social isolation. The work will be adapted for the project.
Lily Halton lives and works on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She graduated from Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia with a BA in Fine Arts, major in Sculpture/New Media. During her studies she was awarded the “Godfrey Rivers Medal”, “The QCA award for “Outstanding Initiative and Commitment to Sculpture Art” and twice awarded “Academic Excellence”. Lily has exhibited her work in Australia, Singapore and Scotland.