Ringwood Heights Primary Artists-in-Schools Residency

"One Day There Were Three Giants" was a large scale puppetry work that was written, designed and made by the Grade 5/6 students of Ringwood Heights Primary as the culmination of a four week Artists in Schools Residency with Jenny Ellis. In collaboration with puppeteers Justine Warner and Jules Chapple, the whole school was involved in the creation of the performance. In twenty days the Grade 5/6 students created a shy giant Octopus, a melancholy giant catapillar, a narrator called Zip the fly and a giant named Urgle Grumpsalot who lived in a junk yard and dreamed of being a ballerina. It was a massive event involving 300 children that took place in different locations throughout the school. Artists-in-Schools is a Victorian State Government funded initative that provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Ringwood Heights raised extra money to fund the additional artists.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Jenny Ellis is currently being mentored by Richard Bradshaw through JUMP, the Australia Council's national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. In Victoria, JUMP is being delivered through Melbourne Fringe. www.jumpmentoring.com.au