Alana (What—Makes) is a multidisciplinary artist working across the fields of textile arts, painting, film, health and creative movement. She has travelled extensively to research & practice traditional craft with elders and masters in India, Australia, and the Americas. Alana brings together this field study with university studies in environmental science & certifications in mindful-based therapies.
Ringbalin River Ceremony Film Project | AUSTRALIA | 2017 - ongoing
· Film project in collaboration with Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner, documenting the Ringbalin River Ceremony. Ringbalin invites Australian people to connect with the landscape through ceremony, music, story and dance.
Design & Make Program, University of South Australia & the Department for Correctional Services | AUSTRALIA | 2018
· Through textile arts and natural dyes women at the Adelaide Women’s Prison revived and enhanced a relationship to the environment, as well as their personal sense of achievement, creativity and freedom.
Healthy Parks, Healthy People – Arts & Wellbeing Program Design & Facilitation, Tasmania Parks & Wildlife, Govt. of Tasmania | AUSTRALIA | 2015
· Connecting people with nature through mindfulness, movement and creativity.
STTARS (Survivors of Torture & Trauma Rehabilitation Service) Arts & Wellbeing Program | AUSTRALIA | 2015
· Collaboration with survivors of torture and trauma exploring resilience through photography, culminating in an exhibition at The Mill Artspace.
Workshops & presentations in mindfulness, movement & creative arts | AUSTRALIA / INDONESIA / CANADA / MEXICO | 2015 - ongoing
· University of Melbourne, Australia-India Institute, SA Circus Centre, Flinders Medical Centre, Naia Life, Open Space Contemporary Arts, Point A, Adelaide Sustainability Centre.
Movement Is My Medicine Festival | AUSTRALIA | 2014
· Creation & co-ordination of a 3-day festival exploring the link between movement, the brain, the body & wellbeing.
Hesquiaht First Nation Community Initiative | Vancouver Island, CANADA | 2010-2012
· Long-term collaboration empowering local Hesquiaht youth through arts practice, specifically photography, film & the use of story as a method of healing (http://www.hesquiaht.ca/new/).
‘Deserve’ Community Film Project, Clinic Ammor (non-government organization) | Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL | 2012
· Documentary film collaboration looking at themes of generosity, poverty & compassion through the eyes of women & children living in the favelas of Belo Horizonte.
‘Kalarippayat: Here I Stopped Running’ Documentary Photojournalism Project | Kerala, INDIA | 2010
· Documentary film & photography project on the traditional Indian movement & healing art Kalarippayat.
2018 Official Selection: SAGA International Women’s Film Festival – ‘Ringbalin’ & ‘Deserve’ Film Projects, Australia
2018 I’ll Hear Waterfalls, Solo Exhibition, SALA, Libraries SA, Australia
2017 From Now Until Future, Two-Person Exhibition, SALA, Urban Ecology Australia Gallery, Australia
2017 Entwined, Group Exhibition, SALA, Stump Hill Gallery, Australia
2017 Peaceful Warriors, Solo Exhibition, Flinders Medical Centre, Arts in Health Festival, Australia
2015 Kalarippayat performance, WOMADelaide Festival, Australia
2015 Play It Safe performance in collaboration with SA Circus Centre, Fringe Festival, Australia
2015 The Power of the Feminine performance, Diwali Festival Federation Square, Australia
2015 Fighting Impunity performance, in collaboration with SA Circus Centre, Tandanya, Australia
2014 Peaceful Warriors, Group Exhibition, The Mill Artspace, Australia
2014 The Journey of Resilience, Group Exhibition, The Mill Artspace, Australia
2012 Kite + Wind + Man, Solo Exhibition, Aphrodite’s Arts Space, Canada
2010 Free, Group Exhibition, Villa Margarita Gallery, Mexico
2008 - ongoing | Traditional Arts Studies
· Kalarippayat (Classical Indian Movement Art) - Kerala Kalarippayat Academy, Udaya Kalari Sangham, Kadathanad Kalari Sangham, Hindustan Kalari Sangham - India
· Fibre Arts – Margaret Smyth, Kangaroo Island | Gwen Egg, Tasmania | Judy Dominic, New South Wales | Jenai Hooke, Victoria - Australia
· Fibre Arts – Various teachers – Handspinners & Weavers Guild of South Australia Inc - Australia
2013 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training | Mindfulness Institute of Australia
2013 Drumbeat Facilitator Training | Social & Emotional Learning through Music | Holyoake - Australia
2010 Certificate in Documentary Photography & Videography | Focal Point Visual Arts - Canada
2010 Emily Carr University of Art & Design - Canada
2008 Yoga Teacher Training | Yandara Yoga Institute - Mexico
2007 Adelaide Central School of Art - Australia
2006 Bachelor of Ecotourism [science-based degree] | Flinders University - Australia
2018 Winner - Outsider Arts Award, South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) - Australia
2017 Nomination - Outsider Arts Award, South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) - Australia
2010 Eddie Adams Photojournalism Scholarship, New York - USA
2007 South Australian Tourism Commission Award for Most Outstanding Ecotourism Project - Australia
2007 South Australian Department for Environment & Heritage Award for Best Ecotourism Practicum - Australia