Posts By: Visible Ink Valley

Underground Productions

As a part of the University of Queensland’s drama society, Underground Productions has a rich history of producing exciting and innovative theatre while providing development opportunities for emerging dramatic artists. Since 2010, Underground has expanded its seasons at the Schonell Theatre and evolved to host brilliant works, both original and established, drawing audiences and performers from across Brisbane.

Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World of Dissocia will be Underground Productions first main-house show of the year. This incredible, full-length play expresses the roller-coaster ride of coping with mental illness in a whimsical and zany land resplendent with eccentric characters. The performance will be the first of many throughout 2014 and in March, Underground will be providing a week of free workshops for members at Visible Ink to learn creative skills. This week is to teach and improve skills, help people come out of their shell and make new friends within the company and have fun together doing things we love.

From traditional narratives to arts-fusion festivals, Underground Productions aims to provide a platform for artists of any discipline to produce exciting, high-quality theatre whilst still maintaining a strong sense of fun and community. If you’ve got an interest in writing, directing, performing, designing, building, promoting, laughing and of course, you have a passion for creativity – then Underground Productions is a place for you.

Underground have opportunities for people of all disciplines and experience levels, so be sure to follow the website  and Facebook page  to see how you can attend shows and get involved. If you have any other questions, just send an email to

Atienne Bakker-Szumer

Atienne Bakker-Szumer

Atienne Bakker-Szumer

Atienne Bakker-Szumer
What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Jazz at the Jazz Music Institute here in Brisbane, I’m also a Youth Ambassador for 4ZZZ radio. I decided to go down the path of music because I believe music is a great way to foster community and to connect with people you never would have met otherwise. I chose to follow Jazz in particular because it is highly creative and can be applied to almost all genres. Being part of the media side of Music at 4ZZZ is also a fantastic thing. You learn so much about broadcasting and music within the media and also have a fantastic time.The thing I love most about studying music is being surrounded by like minded and creative people. Late night jams are also awesome fun.
What are you currently working on project-wise?
Currently I’m trying to kick off a few musical projects including a Gypsy band and a Jazz duo. (P.S. if anyone plays some rowdy brass and wants in on some crazy gypsy music, contact me!). I’ve also started tutoring high school students which takes up a reasonable portion of my time.
What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
Call me superficial, but the largest aspect that has brought me to where I am today as fun, all the things I decide to follow are activities that give me a great deal of pleasure. I wasn’t always into music but when I began dabbling with it, it sucked me in. I’m yet to find an activity that gives me as much pleasure as music.
What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
My downtime is pretty much more music although a touch of football (soccer), squash and a couple of computer games often make their way in as well. Busking is always good fun as well.
What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
Being young in Brisbane has its perks and flaws. When you’re under 18, it’s near impossible to see quality gigs. On the plus side there are a lot of youth organizations and activities around. Personally I think the public transport in Brisbane needs to be improved if we really want to allow youth to interact with what Brisbane has to offer.
What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
Follow your passion and always have a project or goal of some sort. Being stagnant can be no fun at all.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?
Always love to talk to people so feel free to contact me at

Eloise Maree: Theatre-Maker, Conversation Artist.

Eloise Maree has had a big year, the Queensland State Representative for National Youth Week in 2012 also winning a grant to study overseas and producing some amazing theatre works set to happen from 10-19 May as part of The Anywhere Festival.

What do you do and why did you choose to go down that path?
I am a theatre-maker and conversation artist. I have chosen to work in the arts because I am:
1. Passionate
2. A lover of metaphor and rhetoric
3. Crazy

What are you working on currently?
‘The Alleyway Project’ – a show that is set in Winn Lane (behind The Zoo). I am working with a team of amazing artists – three fantastic playwrights to create site-specific scripts based on The Valley and an incredible director/designer/acting team that are bringing it to life for the Anywhere Theatre Festival. We’ll have free goon and vomit fights. I’m excited!

How do you think Visible Ink helps young people to work on projects like yours, and what have you used the space for before?
Visible Ink is AWESOME. Coming from Melbourne, where you have to kill, search and destroy in order to find an [expensive] rehearsal space, a free rehearsal space is such a godsend! Also the free printing, photocopying, phones and internet make me feel like I have a Real Job.

What’s your favourite downtime activity/ hobby?
Oh, definitely playing classical piano. Sooo soothing.

Can you go into a little more detail about playing the piano? How long have you played? Why classical style in particular and why do you find it soothing?

I have played piano ever since I was a wee lass in Mt Isa. I had an old, rickety piano teacher named Mrs. Banks and she taught me a love for the smell of old piano music and classical. My two favourite classical composers are Bach and Mozart. Mozart is particularly soothing – if you don’t know about The Mozart Effect, you should look it up! Mozart’s music has been heralded for reducing stress, relieving illness and increasing mental activity. It’s awesome stuff.

So far for 2012 you’ve been Queensland State Youth Representative for National Youth Week, and have landed a grant for funds to travel overseas, can you tell us about that? Has it been a whirlwind or have you taken it all in your stride?
I would definately go with the whirlwind option. But as I’m learning, juggling many things at once and having multiple projects in one year is a part of working in theatre. I’ll also be touring a show made entirely from writing off toilet walls to Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle and maybe Cairns as well and there’s been talk of touring a different show to Melbourne. In June, I’m off to Indonesia to meet and discuss social, community and touring art with Indonesian artists. I’m definately the most excited about this amazing opportunity!

Do you have a copy of your CityNews cover story you could share/ an anecdote about the experience of being on a magazine cover?

Well, it was all the doing of my marketer, Athalia Foo who set up the interview with director, Kat Henry and the shoot with three of our actors. I was not allowed to be in the interview or shoot because I had been in the previous week’s CityNews for National Youth Week! I was so excited when I saw we made the front page, it was totally unexpected. I keep seeing people walking around reading the CityNews and feel like running up to them and yelling “That’s my show! That’s my baby!! Come see it!!!”

Do you have any tips to share with young people? A motivational quote perhaps?

Some of the best advice I’ve ever had is “create the job you want”. It doesn’t have to pre-exist. Also, life naturally has its highs and lows. It’s difficult to see a way out when you’re in a low, but before you know it, you’ll be rising to the surface again. Just go with the flow and keep a clear heart.

Any inspirational things to say to other young people reading this?
You are already awesome. Keep digging, showing, pleasing: if not for yourself, then for everyone around you!

Where can people find out more about you or get in touch with you?
For the alleyway project, they can check out the blog: (and come along to the show!). You can also see the Cradle Productions website which has info on my past shows: or just email me @

Ellie Freeman

I’m Ellie Freeman, I’m organising a cool bicycle event at Teneriffe on May 20 called We Like Bikes. Here’s a photo of me looking at something whimsical on the left:

I do the following things:

  • Audio engineer at4EBFM
  • Event management
  • Sound production student at SAE Institute Brisbane
  • Announcer and volunteer at 4ZZZFM
  • Irregular contributor to Rave Magazine
  • Social media addict on Twitter and tumblr

I like e-mails – contact me on for questions, ideas, love letters, hate mail, etc.

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree

 Sustainable Fashion, Clothing Exchange, Workshops

 Louise Falzon, director of A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree, is passionate about sustainable fashion and wants to share her
 knowledge through the Under a Tree Clothing Exchange and school-based workshops that help young people develop a sense of expression through fashion.

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree is a sustainable fashion label that maintains accessibility for young people to interact and become more aware of minimising the impact of the fashion industry on the planet.

Under a Tree: Clothing Exchange is a quarterly clothes swap event where young women can come along and listen to young performers, drink tea and swap clothes for a cause. A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree chooses to support Project Futures: End Sex Trafficking as a positive way to take steps towards strengthening women’s environments throughout the world. The first Under a Tree: Clothing Exchange was held in March and was a lovely success, with Pot of Tea, Under a Tree able to raise the enough funds to free four young Cambodian girls from brothels.

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree also offers school-based workshops on how to maintain sustainable fashion. These workshops are interactive as well as informative, providing high school students an opportunity to explore their identity through fashion as well as providing them with tools to create their own sustainable wardrobe.

“Before Louise came to speak at our school, I had absolutely no idea about what was going on in the world regarding the impact simply buying clothes has on the environment. She is an amazing person and I think she needs to go around to a lot more schools because I want people to experience what we did today. It was the most incredible lesson I’ve had in all high school and I want to thank her so much for everything.” K.M from Runcorn State

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree
Louise Falzon

Dreamwave Entertainment

 Angie and Elerrina are the driving forces behind establishing Dreamwave Entertainment.  With over 40 years experience in the industry between them, they not only bring years of experience but amazing passion for empowering young people with skills in the performing arts.

Dreamwave have an established reputation in Ipswich and the Gold Coast and are working hard to expand intoBrisbane.  They are currently using Visible Ink resources on a regular basis to copy newsletters, create innovative posters and work on a business plan.

Dreamwave offer dance classes in multiple genres as well as singing and acting classes.  They have offered to run FREE classes here at Visible Ink over the next 6 months and will run intensive workshops over the September school holidays.  Dates and times will be put on the website soon.

In term 3 Dreamwave are offering classes at schools to promote an active and healthy approach to starting the school day. 

To find out more about Dreamwave Entertainment, please find them on Facebook (Dreamwave Entertainment) or

Daniel and Gen

Visible Ink Valley is delighted to have Daniel and Gen join the space as tenants for the 2011 Inkubator program in the new Visible Ink space.

Daniel and Gen are currently busy preparing for rehearsals inMelbournefor the May 2012 Nextwave Festival which supports young emerging artists.   They are also taking theirBrisbane‘Room 328’ production toMelbournefor the Fringe Festival from late September til early October.

Later this year Daniel and Gen will be supporting secondary school students in Toowoomba, primarily those affected by January’s floods, by facilitating workshops with the assistance from fellow peers and supported by Toowoomba’s  Empire Theatre.

In December they are excited to be performing ‘DJ while you Sleep’ at the Judith Wright Centre.  More information will come closer to the date. You can check out some of their work via their website

Daniel and Gen will also be running workshops at the Visible Ink space in November, focussed on auditioning and theatre specific skill development.  Details will be on the Visible Ink website as soon as dates are locked in.

Please feel free to drop and in and say hi to them!

Tashka Urban

Tashka’s passion for music is leading her to central Queensland to teach songwriting and instrument making.

Tashka recently attended the CONTACT ACADEMY: A multi-arts series of professional development workshops for emerging artists – run by Contact Inc and held at Visible Ink Valley. We asked a few questions about her experience.

Why did you come to the contact academy – what were you hoping to gain?
It was an amalgamation of Art forms.  A mix of great people.  A chance to try different things & meet new people.  Since I also conduct workshops for a living myself I am always interested in seeing how other’s are running & to open my mind to fresh ways of doing things.  This is the first time in my life I’ve spent time & lived in a City, with events & opportunities like these everywhere, so I’m lapping it up like crazy – soaking in as much as I can get!!!
I thought Contact Academy was one of the best run workshop serious I’ve ever been to… it’d be great to have an overview of the whole workshop timetable again & the names of all the facilitators who we worked with so we can look them up!

What is your arts practice interest and what would you like to be doing with it in Brisbane?
My Arts practice in short is music, but I’d say it is more about facilitating others to channel themselves through creative expression.  I teach piano/singing during the week & travel conducting workshops for projects a few times a year.  For example, I have been working in Indigenous communities facilitating story through singing/recording/filmmaking workshops since 2006.  In 2 weeks I am in remote north QLD with the J.A.M crew (Join Australian Music) in a great collective of muso’s facilitating songwriting, instrument making & industry development to remote schools, some of which don’t even have a music teacher!

After moving from Alice Springs to Brisbane, really what I’d like to be doing here is exactly what I’m doing, but more of it!  Immersing myself & immersing others.  I am hoping to step it up a notch & get more work on more projects & events.  I love working with other amazing people & arts collectives towards shared vision.  I have a lot to share & can add many levels to projects.  I am very interested in how we can be doing things differently & actually engage with each other & community in a way that not only makes it sustainable but also puts it into the people’s hands so they themselves become the art. Contact Tashka


Gastronomy Gal

Gastronomy Gal is a Brisbane blogger who shares her love of food with avid readers with an equal passion for all things food. in her own words:

“I am not a food expert- I am just a food lover, and so want to share my love of food with you.”

Who are you? Give a complete stranger a brief snapshot into your world…

I’m a 23 year old girl living in Qld, my adoptive State. I’ve been in BrisVegas for 5 years after moving here from my cute country hometown in NSW. I work in Communications/PR and write my own food blog. I also write columns for an online magazine.  I’m pretty infactuated with all things food (hence the food blog) and spend much of my time trawling around restaurants/providores/food festivals/wine & cocktail bars in Brisbane looking for awesome food and wine to blog about. I also blog about the occasional horrible experience too! Whilst I love eating out, I love cooking in my tiny kitchen with one of my many cooking appliances, re-planting my herb garden after it is inevitably eaten by possums, and reading one of my new books or old vogue, delicious or gourmet traveller magazines.

What are you working on right now?
Always, always, always working on my blog! Seriously, blogs are like a pet- really high maintenance! They never stop needing to be updated! I’ve just finished healthy eating month and now I’m attempting to visit at least one or two new restaurants every fortnight, as well as continuing on with Global Gastronomy Gal segments- where I take a snapshot into food from different countries. I’m also in the process of redesigning my blog, so that is taking up some of my energy!

When do you feel at your best and when you feel at your worst how do you get through it?
I feel at my best when I’m relaxing, eating and drinking with family and friends. Long lazy lunches, bustling through markets and just hanging out and reminiscing. It sounds lazy, but I love it when I have ‘nothing to do’ meaning nothing urgent because I never have ‘nothing to do.’

Obviously, there’s often times when I get sick of blogging and lose motivation, but generally all I have to do is make a conscious decision to take a week or so off and not focus on the problem. Writers block is a killer. Usually the drought is broken when I taste some fabulous food that I want to tell the world about! That, or moan enough to anyone who will listen to me and force them, to force me, to do some work!

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
As much as I love my current job (hello to my boss – who will be reading this!!) someday, I would love to be a full time blogger or working in food PR. There’s also the inner hippie that would love to be living on a farm growing and producing all my own food, pretty much like my grandfather used to do. I won’t be able to be a total hippie though, I need electricity because I imagine I’ll still be blogging!

Why do you do what you do?

I’m passionate about great dining, and especially the emerging scene here. I would love to have a fabulous dining experience every time I eat out. Sadly that just doesn’t happen, so I hope my blog alerts people to really great restaurants, and helps them to avoid the dodgy ones. I’m also an advocate for constructive criticism and do re-visit restaurants I have previously given an unfavourable review to, to see if the sitauation has improved! If it has, my job is done! I love food and as I work in communications/pr and am that way inclined, food blogging is a natural extension of who I am! I really do like dining out, especially as the dining scene in Brisbane has come so far, even since I moved here 5 years ago. I’ve met some really fabulous people through blogging and some cool opportunites are starting to arise! It’s nice to think people actually care enough about your opinion to read it religiously.
How have you been able to do what you love?
The great thing about blogging is, anyone can do it. It does take dedication but you can start a free blog and start writing straight away. Luckily, I have an understanding boyfriend and friends which is important- because I know it is frustrating to have to wait to eat in Restaurants while I try and find the right light to snap the perfect pic. My gene pool probably has something to do with it too. I think my background has sort of forced me to do something in food. Since I was born, our lives have revolved around food- so I think I have some kind of gravitational pull towards food.

Get Visible: if there’s anything else you’d like to add, speak now or forever hold your peace!
It’s great to see that Brisbane is really surging ahead in the food stakes. It’s no secret that we have been about 20 years behind the other states but we are starting to catch up. I’m really happy to report on all the triumphs happening in QLD – be it restaurants, produce, wineries or anything food related. We are now represented by a small but savvy contingent of food bloggers and people are starting to understand the value of good food. It’s also fabulous to see such a young element to the dining/food scene- lots of enthusiasm and vigour which is really shining through.

Check out the Gastronomy Gal blog at

Jaleesa Pon

Jaleesa Pon is founder of M.A.D4Teens magazine.  M.A.D4Teens explores a wide range of issues that are important and relevant to young people; relationships, money, happiness, fashion, sport, arts (music, dance, painting, media), travel, health & social life.

Jaleesa Pon holding the first issue of M.A.D4Teens

Who are you? Give a complete stranger a brief snapshot into your world…

  • Jaleesa Pon. 20 year-old Brisbane local.
  • A Multicultural girl of PNG/Chinese heritage.
  • The oldest of 4 kids.
  • Love food and spending time with family and friends.
  • Huge fan of the arts – I enjoy the theatre, ballroom dancing, playing piano and singing.
  • Travel rocks my world! One of my life missions is to travel overseas at least once a year every year … that’s how much I love it!
  • A broadcaster on the multicultural youth radio show “Oxygen” (Radio 4EB 98.1FM).
  • I work in the finance industry and am revelling in the challenges.
  • And I also work with like-minded young people who are committed to the same things.

What are you working on right now?

M.A.D4Teens Magazine – the magazine that is Making A Difference.
It’s a magazine that is independently created and publised by a team of young people for other young people to enjoy. It exists to give youth opportunities to:

  1. gain work experience in working behind the scenes of a publication;
  2. be featured in the magazine and be recognised for their talent(s)
  3. form friendships with like-minded teens
  4. & meet influential figures in the industry

I’m also working on the building of an educational, encouraging and interactive online community for youth.

When do you feel at your best and when you feel at your worst how do
you get through it?

I feel at my best when I honour my word and fulfill on the committments I’ve made AND
also when I know I’ve made a difference to another and left a smile on their face!

When I feel at my worst, I have a look for what happened that had me get down (the situation / event / circumstance).
Then I give myself the freedom to be upset/uncomfortable etc. and allow myself to be a ‘drama queen’.. BUT only for a few minutes!
Then I simply get back in action and get on with what needs to be done next. Nothing can be accomplished when you wallow in things that have already happened.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In 5 years time I see myself as a bold entrepreneur; building businesses and working in/with various communities around the world, making a difference to them.

I also see myself married, in a healthy financial position, continuing to work with the team of M.A.D4Teens Magazine, learning another language and still travelling… of course!

Why do you do what you do?

What I’m committed to is transforming the world through empowering and enabling young people.  I want to make a difference to the youth community.

Because youth are the leaders of our future and are the people who will be responsible for what happens in the world… and when I turn on the news, I want to see a world that works. Not one that is full of pain; poverty and wars.

How have you been able to do what you love?

By managing my time and by always taking the next steps.

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