I.C.E. for the times
Adapting to the need to stay home and practice social distancing, I.C.E. has developed a suite of ongoing and one-off projects that engage artists and community remotely. These projects will be dynamic and responsive to our participants’ and audiences’ situations; there is genuine, thoughtful content to engage with at all levels.
We will be working in our usual artform areas; visual art, music, craft, performance, and screen, and with our usual communities; youth, families, recently arrived migrants, frail and dementia affected seniors in care, people with disability and artists in the Western Sydney area. Many of these projects will be opened up beyond our usual communities.
New projects include:
- A Viral Series by Tommy Misa
As Executive Producer, I.C.E. is supporting emerging screen talent, Tommy Misa in the development, production and delivery of their new series which will be housed across social media. The series explores limitations in creative production under the current conditions and sees a complex story about Samoan history and queer identity played out by the same actor, director and filmmaker all filmed at home with a phone.
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- Quarantine Looks
Working from home, something we have been struggling with is continuing to get ready in the morning and pull the drop dead gorgeous looks we would usually rock on a work day. Whether you’re working from home, staying in bed, pottering around the garden, or still going to work, we want to invite people to share their ‘Quarantine Looks’ in celebration of being able to dress up/do a photo shoot for no reason. We want pyjama glam, we want toilet paper chic, we want whatever makes you feel good! In the coming weeks, post a selfie of your best Quarantine Look with the hashtag #QuarantineLooks and tag I.C.E. @ice_org_au and we will share your look!
- A Collective Guide to Self Care in Isolation
A lot of us are changing how we manage and navigate our worlds at the moment and we want to put some ideas together about how to care for ourselves and our communities in this time. We invite you to submit healthy ways that you cope with the uncertainty brought about by this pandemic and by being stuck at home. This could look like a workout routine, a comforting recipe, instructions to make a face mask.
This is a change in routine and habits for many people, but for some people it’s their way of life. As well as sharing your tips please take a moment to consider that many community members living with disabilities and chronic illnesses experience isolation often. This is an opportunity to listen to people who live with access restrictions. It’s also important to acknowledge that people in incarceration or detention have lockdown forced on them and don’t have the freedom to practice these self-care actions.
You can submit your idea via email to [email protected] or post it on social media and tag us @ice_org_au. We will be compiling these ideas in May.
- Quarantine Diaries
Stay connected and express all those feelings of isolation! Link up with us over Zoom in a weekly zine making workshop that focuses on how we are feeling about and coping with the effects of social distancing.
Our first session will be this Friday, 17 April at 11am, and we will meet again on the following three Fridays. Follow the link.
In the weeks to come, we will be announcing many more projects with familiar faces and programs including Jerrah Patston, Club Weld, New Age Noise and more! There will be interactive activities, live-streamed shows, online courses, virtual playgroups and more.
Now, more than ever, your support matters. If you’re in the position to be able to donate, please follow this link to help us out. https://ice.org.au/donate
Stay safe! Stay connected! We hope to hear from you soon through one of these projects.
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Header image credits: 1. Lyndal Irons 2019, 2. Eddie Abd 2019, 3. Tommy Misa 2020, 4. Kodi Graham 2020, 5. Lyndal Irons 2019.