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Curious Conversations are part of the Garden of Curiosity at the Curious Arts Festival in Toowoomba.


In these podcasts we delve behind the scenes to find out about the less visible side to arts and creativity as we talk with artists connected with Toowoomba about the work that they do and what’s involved. Through these conversations we aim to shed light on the different reasons that people engage with artistic and creative activities.

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Join Prying Eye in conversation with local music artist Jackson Lindblom to learn more about his new venture to connect his audio with visual content and the process of collaborating with 3D music and visuals designer, Callum Page a.k.a. Current Render.


Jesse & Locky

Join Prying Eye in conversation with Jesse & Lachlan from Casus Circus about You & I, embedding a culture of inclusivity, sharing life onstage, and working with the expectations of circus.


Irena Kobald

Join Prying Eye in conversation with Irena Kobald, the author of the well known book My Two Blankets, about the creation of the story and its ongoing impact, as well as the connections between language and a sense of belonging.


Women in Harmony

Join Prying Eye in conversation with Elaine Coates and some of the other ladies from Women in Harmony about the formation of the choir, how singing can build connection and facilitate cultural exchange, and the benefits of getting involved in arts activities.


Clare Apelt

Clare is a dance activator and community cultural development practitioner who has worked with diverse populations and needs including children, young people, adults and the elderly.  She is currently working for Lutheran Services within the Creative Programs Advisory team. In this role she applies arts and creative practice within aged care and disability services - a less commonly recognised setting that arts and creativity exist.  

Find out what Clare’s role within these settings involves and learn about some of the projects that she’s worked on. 

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Katy Woods & Meredith Fitzsimon

Katy and Meredith are a multidisciplinary duo from Toowoomba who develop contemporary dance theatre works.  Producing for over a decade their synergistic bond filters into their performance, creating a distinct, surreal and intimate choreographic style.  


Learn about the work they do that sits outside of the traditional theatre setting and find out how they came to work together as well as gain insight into the processes involved in what they do.

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Jackson Lindblom

Jackson (a,k,a, Riptidal) is a music producer & artist who specialises in splicing elements of heavy electronic bass music and chill production themes into a concoction of emotional dance music.

He currently studies online with renowned music production academy: ICON Collective and makes his music from a laptop at home - still managing to create high quality music that's on par with many professionals in the industry! 

Gain insight into how Jackson creates music and how he got started with creating music.


Jacob Watton

Jacob is a Queensland based independent artist making work both in Toowoomba and Brisbane and is a man who wears many hats,  having been engaged as an artist within Contemporary Dance, Circus, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Choreography, and as a Teaching Artist.

Find out more about him and his work with technology - including his new work, 'Alexa: Turn The Lights On' that's premiering at this year's Curious Arts Festival.

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Shannon Novak

Join Prying Eye in conversation with Shannon Novak, the artist behind Make Visible - an ongoing community led project which acknowledges, celebrates and supports diversity and inclusion, and connect with the positive role art and artists can play in building awareness, understanding, inclusion and belonging.

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The Make Visible project was centred at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), extending out into the community state-wide. The University of Southern Queensland joined as a satellite venue, making space for LGBTQI+ voices in the area to be heard.


Made possible through collaboration with the University of Southern Queensland, this activity was an extension of Shannon Novak’s Make Visible project at ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’  (APT10), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), 4 December 2021 - 25 April 2022. 


The workshop from the initial Make Visible project at QAGOMA was further developed by USQ project lead team organisers: Assoc. Prof. Amy Mullens, Assoc Prof. Beata Batorowicz, Dr Annette Brömdal and Mr Brodie Taylor.

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A Good Catch

Join Prying Eye in conversation with A Good Catch 

Three wonderful women from circus who are truly feisty and fabulously funny.  And they can knit! 

With a pinch of serendipity, they've hand-knitted their physical connections, patched up, mended and embraced.  

Debra at 61, thrives on creating.  

Empathetic, Spenser (33) loves a good chat.  

And mother of two, Sharon (44) is fiercely independent.

Jesse & Locky (Casus Circus)
Clare Apelt
Katy Woods & Meredith Fitzsimon
Jackson Lindblom
Jacob Watton
Irena Kobald
Women in Harmony
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