Andrea Breen is an artist with interests in performance improvisation, collaboration with other artists, experimental research, feminism and ecology. She creates acoustic art while researching the generative and interactive processes in sound, word, image and dance/movement. She is an educator, writer and creative arts therapist dedicated to social justice action and furthering understanding through imagination.
Sound installation KAVA, The Dark Edge of Europe: Kinvara Gallery, Co Galway, Ireland. May 2019
Nelipot Collective: New work 2019, Glow and Flare: development performances at the Tarkine-in-Motion exhibition 2019 and the AMSA Conference (2019) Following on from 'seasons&reasons' (2016), the collective developed 'Adrift'(2018), a collaborative multi-arts performance piece on global warming and oceans. Preparation has included participating in the performers' development weekend Tasmania Performs 2016 with choreographer Tullia Chung-Tilley. Performances of Adrift: Winter Arts Festival, St Helens (June 2017, supported by a Regional ArtsTas Grant), New Town (September 2017), Nayri Niara Good Sprits Festival, Bruny Island, January 2019, Seafarers' festival (2019) etc
May 2017 and September-November 2019: Artist Residency Burren College of Art, County Clare Ireland (Please see blog on this website).
coast-to-coast 1-year project of improvised experiments in sound, text, improvisation and image: bringing together resonances of the island coasts of Tasmania and Ireland
Collaborations and performances
Improv Performances: Visual Bulk & Sound Hub Hobart, 2018, 2019
Nelipot Collective: composer, development and performances, Adrift.
Precipice Improvisation Summit 2017: Gorman House, Canberra
seasons&reasons: Peacock Theatre, May 2016
Performance improvisations Bob Brown Foundation in Tarkine-in-Motion events: Easter 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019);
Festival of Voices and at husshh...hearing takayna (April 2016) with Anne Norman (shakuhachi) and Emily Sheppard (violin); BBF exhibitions at the Long Gallery , Hobart, Tasmania 2015-2018
Performances of 'dancemusic' with choreographer Glen Murray (Adelaide Fringe 2015) and with John Rohig, Jugglers, Brisbane 2015
Composer with Rebecca McCormac of CoreDance Contemporary: Of Loss: Grief's Transitions, New York, 2014
Composer with Jan Allen and Nona Cameron: 'Small Daily Showings', MIECAT Gallery, Melbourne, 2013
Celestial Listening with photographer Arwen Dyer, Sidespace Gallery, Tasmania, 2014
Res/pond/ing with John Rohig, Jugglers, Brisbane, 2010
...epi/sode...: with Jutta Pryor in the Stranger with My Face International Festival, Hobart 2016
'being seen' with Edwina Entwistle for the International Alliance of Women in Music Festival, 2015
'Shellfishers' with Russell Hawkins, 'Fire' with Arwen Dyer.
'Will the real Australia please stand up': sound, image and text installation with Sue Moss, Julie Hunt and Cath Barcan: commissioned by the University of Tasmania Gallery 1996, repeated at Contemporary Art Space Tasmania 1997.
Collaborated with Tasmanian poets Sue Moss, Sarah Day, Margaret Scott and Angela Rockel to produce the CD 'improvisation-image-voice' (1999) and participated in the live broadcast performance of the ABC Improvisation Awards, ABCFM Radio, 1999
Works for solo and ensembles, including for community events, Hobart Fringe Festivals: Conundrum 2001 for dance; Clown Pieces 2002, music theatre
Co-founded and performed with the Hobart women's improvisation collective, 'the all audreys' 2002-2011, directed the Cygnet Community choir for 6 years and participates in the National annual improvisation summit, Precipice
Recordings from experimental sound and poetry oeuvre have been broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Commission's experimental sound art program Sound Quality (now decommisioned) and other ABC radio programs and community radio. Soundcloud name:'bird_bluerobin'
Training and Teachers
Teachers of performance improvisation: Andrew Morrish, Al Wunder, Peter Trotman, Ruth Zaporah and Justus Neumann
Composition teachers: Don Kay (University of Tasmania); Ann Ghandar and Peter McNamara (University of New England)
Violin and viola teachers: Elizabeth Morgan, John Curro, Simon Oswell and Stella Nemet
PhD exploring landscape representation, women's creativity and improvisation from a feminist perspective: Creating a Place: Women Land and Improvisation, University of Tasmania, 2000
Published peer reviewed articles: children in therapy 2012; and in Feminism and Anti-racism (2001)
BA (Hons) (Deakin & UTas/Conservatorium)
BMus (Hons Composition & Performance) (UNE)
Dip Teaching (Prim) (Deakin/Burwood Teachers' Coll)
Grad Dip Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT)
Grad Cert Gestalt Therapy (GTA)
Memberships and Representations
Represented associate artist: Australian Music Centre
Represented artist: International Alliance for Women in Music
Accredited therapist & supervisor: PACFA
External higher degrees supervisor & HREC member: MIECAT
Freelance educator, therapist and supervisor