Andrea Breen is a cross-arts artist with interests in improvisation, collaboration across the arts, performance, radio experiments 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.
365: responding to being alive (August 2015-August 2016): An experiment in daily attention: making art that responds to every day, using a different art mode each week, loading it on FaceBook and reflecting on the process. Modes included: drawing, clay, collage, found-objects, haiku, sound improvisations, altered books, paintings...
coast-to-coast 17/9/17-17/9/18 is the current 1-year project of sound, text, improvisation and paintings: bringing together the island coasts of Tasmania and Ireland, leading up to, and including, another residency in Ireland, 2018.
Nelipot Collective: Following on from seasons&reasons (2016), work has begun developing Adrift, 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/collaborator Tullia Chung-Tilley and work-in-progress performances.
Recent collaborations and performances include:
Precipice Improvisation Summit: Gorman House, Canberra;
seasons&reasons: Peacock Theatre, May 2016: dancers Tullia Chung-Tilley, Emma Miley, Rob Fleur & Sarah Andrewartha; photographer Arwen Dyer; musicians Sarah Marsden (cello) Andrei Nikulinsky (bass); Deva O'Wheel (costume);
Performance improvisations with violinist Emily Sheppard & Andrei Nikulinsky; and with artists and musicians for the Bob Brown Foundation in Tarkine-in-Motion events (Easter 2015/2016/2017); Follow up events at the 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 etc;
Composer/collaborator with visual artists Jan Allen and Nona Cameron: Small Daily Showings, MIECAT Gallery, Melbourne, 2013;
Film: ...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: installation with Sue Moss, Julie Hunt and Cath Barcan: commissioned by the University of Tasmania Gallery 1996 and 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 workout, Precipice;
Recordings from her 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:
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.
Breen completed a PhD exploring landscape representation, women's creativity and improvisation from a feminist perspective: Creating a Place: Women Land and Improvisation, University of Tasmania (2000).
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 and supervisor with various institutions.