Meg Wilson & Nicole Barakat
Team Trampoline is a visual installation and spectacle reflecting Blacktown’s very own backyard. The trampoline frames have come from nearby homes to be rescued from a rusty grave and repainted in bold colours with handcrafted matts made with the help of people from Blacktown and surrounding communities. The trampoline matts reflect Blacktown’s Main Street, with many of the materials sourced right here.
Three performers will take to the arrangement of trampolines and wow audiences with a choreographed display of dance, acrobatics and mock competitiveness. Guided by a mega phone wielding coach the performance will blur the lines between childhood playfulness and the world of professional athletics with the audience providing encouragement from the sidelines.
Director: Meg Wilson
Collaborating Artist: Nicole Barakat
Choreographer: Kathryn Puie
Performers: Taree Sansbury
Rooty Hill School Participants: Aeron Vicente, Phoebe Birett, Vanessa Stuparv, Atsipui Delphine Koudakpo, Nadine Bauty, Tasha Fuentes, Courtney Hagan, Zoe Millan
Rooty Hill School Teachers: Tracy Gatt, Anne-Maree Gigli, Peta Zeibots, Ellen Di Rocco and Melissa Scerri
Local Participants: Lesley-Anne Sapsford, Marina Robin, Gail Barclay, Kiri Valsamis, Deborah Gaskin, Robi Stanton, Jane Wu, (Special thanks to Tulip Hura and Lyn Daly from Healthwise Seniors Inc. Blacktown Seniors Drop In Centre)
Meg is an Adelaide-based interdisciplinary artist working with large-scale installation and performance. Meg has exhibited independently with Contemporary Art Centre SA (CACSA, 2018), BLINDSIDE (VIC), Constance ARI (TAS), Nexus Arts and FELTspace (SA) and has created public projects for FELTspace and OSCA (SA). She was a finalist in the 2018 Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize with Team Trampoline, performed at No Vacancy QV Gallery and premiered SQUASH! with Arts House for FOLA (VIC, 2018). Meg has designed for Vitalstatistix, Foul Play, No Strings Attached, Restless Dance, State Theatre Company of South Australia (STCSA) and Windmill Theatre Co. and was Lead Artist intern with THE RABBLE (2016).
Nicole Barakat is an artist who works to unpick the borders of art and life, approaching making as a form of meditation, with intentions to transform the conditions of everyday life. Barakat has worked as an educator in the arts for over fifteen years, including lecturing in fine arts at UNSWAD from 2003 – 2011. She currently works as an artist educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. Nicole’s practice includes extensive collaborative community-engagement where she sees respect and equality as the leading principles that drive an exchange of experience, knowledge and skills. Nicole’s work is grounded in the practices of loving, listening and decolonising. She has a passion for the potential of imagination and art to create social change.