Sandy McKendrick Live Art Installation

Sandy McKendrick Live Art Installation

In the lead up to Coogee Live, multi-disciplinary artist Sandy McKendrick is running creative workshops with Port High School students, making fish and sea creatures from recycled plastics.

Across the festival Weekend, Sandy will them install these sea creatures to a giant 11-metre fishing net (which is also also recycled), swimming between the waves made from blue binder twine (used on hay bales) in a live art performace. Recycled plastics from juice, milk and water bottles will also be woven into the art installation.

About Sandy McKendrick

Sandpiper Productions is Sandy McKendrick’s independent project-based company that creates collaborative performances with artists through hybrid art forms. Sandpiper also directs national arts-based projects.

The following are examples of performances and arts projects:

PEARL the GUERRILLA GRANNY is a delightfully mischievous character sometimes found astride a mobility scooter. Challenging the status-quo on ageing Pearl can adapt and improvise with any setting or theme offered her, ebbing and flowing between down-right mischievousness to absolute ameliorating charm. Pearl is a refreshing and exciting compare or host for festivals or public or corporate events, who can also be engaged as a delightful roving performer.

ART ADRIFT EXHIBITION – over sixty floating circular artworks were moored in Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour as the opening event for Fremantle Festival. The flotilla of floating artworks symbolised cultural stepping-stones between collaborative artists on Cocos Keeling and Christmas Islands and the coastal dwelling collaborators of Fremantle. All works were created from repurposed coastal-debris.

Sandy is a photographer, using animation, photography and video in many projects. She has designed exhibitions individually and collaboratively for Perth International Arts Festival, Cocos and Christmas Island and France for the UNIMA World Puppet festival.

The company’s performances Turtle and the Trade Winds, Cry of the Seadragon, Indigo Sand and Djapu’s Journey have all toured nationally and internationally. Sandy has developed and directed performances within Australia, South Korea, France, South Africa , Zambia, Malawi and Timor Leste.

Working regionally in Australia and internationally with remote communities that have limited artistic or theatrical opportunities is a major focus for the company. Sandy has worked as designer and artist for Perth International Arts Festival PIAF on the creation of installations and site-specific exhibitions that involve communities of Western Australia. She has also performed with four international companies during PIAF.

She has designed and constructed costumes, sets and puppets for theatre companies that include Barking Gecko, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Deckchair, Theatre Kimberley, SEKA [Zambia], Bizurcus and for her own company’s productions.

Her experience with Australian festivals include: Christmas Island Arts, Fremantle, Port Hedland, Onslow, , Katherine Festival and Fringe, Darwin in the Northern Territory and Shinju Matsuri – Pearling Festival Broome in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia to name a few. For these she has performed, designed, co-ordinated and constructed over 30 years. Sandpiper’s performances have also toured nationally to museums and conferences.

Thank you

Coogee Live would like to thank Sandy McKendrick for being a Collaborator with the festival, making this show possible.

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