Tendril Productions produced and production managed the creation and installation of two giant weavings in Pinkstone Playground (Erskineville NSW) for Reef Knot. Commissioned by City of Sydney, these permanent artworks are presented as an alternative to standard playground equipment. Taking the form of a nest and a coccoon, the weavings took nine months to complete in situ with the assistance of over a dozen weavers. The artworks are created from brushwood, alang alang and hemp twine over a mild steel armature.
Director of production: Alasdair Nicol
Creative director: Michelle McCosker
Production & site assistance: Sonia Tsai & Chris Hancock
Weavers: Lucia Scurrah, Renata Field, Anthea Fitzgerald, Shrin Kunze, Olivia Lovell, Lucy Hall, Jesse Cox, Eloise Rapp, Kirsten McCosker, Hollie Liu, Belinda Sheekey, Ruby Langton-Batty, Prodita Sabarini and Laura Pike
We’re excited that some of the projects we’ve worked on have been acknowledged as having made an impact on the wider community.
In 2011, ‘Sydney Statues: Project!‘ was a finalist in the National Trust Heritage Awards’ ‘Adaptive Re-use – Corporate/Government’ category and ‘The Bike Bike’ has been nominated for an Australian Bicycling Achievement Award in the category of ‘Special Initiative or Event to Promote Cycling’. Tendril Productions produced ‘The Bike Bike’ and production managed ‘Sydney Statues: Project!’ and ‘The Bike Bike’.
In 2010, Art & About Sydney won a Sydney Music Arts & Culture (SMAC) award in the ‘Remix the City’ category for artworks including ‘Sydney Statues: Project!‘, ‘Oh, Alfred!‘ and the Laneways Art Project. Tendril Productions production managed the ‘Sydney Statues: Project!’ for Michelle McCosker and The Occasional Collective.
In 2009, Reef Knot won a Sydney Music Arts & Culture (SMAC) award in the ‘Remix the City’ category for it’s community-focused guerilla knitting installation ‘I Heart Kings Cross‘ commissioned by City of Sydney for Art & About. Tendril Productions produced and production managed ‘I Heart Kings Cross’.
Tendril Productions produced and production managed the creation and installation of The Bike Bike. Commissioned by City of Sydney as part of Art & About Sydney 2010, the artwork was originally installed in Martin Place, Sydney, in September-October 2010. Sitting 12m high and 14m long, she weighs in at around 2 tonnes. The Bike Bike is made from about 100 recycled bicycles laminated over a custom made steel framework.
Executive producer & production manager: Alasdair Nicol
Producer & site manager: Sonia Tsai
Studio management and assistance: Neil Rahman, Jamie Gerlach, Takeaki Totsuka, Popi-Laurel Silk
For more images of the making of The Bike Bike click here.
‘Sydney Statues: Project!’ re-awakened eight of Sydney CBD’s heritage statues for a contemporary audience as part of City of Sydney’s Art & About Sydney 2010. Inspired by the colourful art clothing scene of the 70s and 80s it brought textile artists and designers together spanning three decades of bold, flamboyant fashion to create clothing and accessories for the statues.
Creative director – Michelle McCosker
Producer – Imogen Semmler (The Occasional Collective)
Production manager – Alasdair Nicol (Tendril Productions)
Captain Cook – Ken Done, Eloise Rapp, Michelle McCosker, Helen McCosker, Bronwyn Bancroft
Queen Victoria (QVB) – Rachael Cassar, Michelle Mccosker, Kirsten McCosker, Liane Rossler
Queen Victoria (Queen’s Square) – Linda Jackson
Prince Albert – Jonathan James
William Bede Dalley – Biance Faye
Shakespeare – Alia Parker, Laura Pike, Susie Rugg
King Edward – Bronwyn Bancroft, Michelle McCosker, Popi Silk, Alex Dunwoodie
Il Porcelino – Zoe Mahony
Tendril Productions oversaw the creation and installation of scenic decor elements for the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest 2010 live site at Darling Harbour. Filling the waterfront boardwalk we turned the lamp covers into a sea of giant soccer balls and at the site entrance we transformed two overpass banners into a super-sized gallery.
Creative direction & production by Alasdair Nicol.
Pylon banners: curation by Michelle McCosker / original artwork by Helen McCosker
Soccer ball lamps: project management by Jess Cook and Kali Reid
All photography © 2010 Matthew Venables
Tendril Productions production managed ‘Flight of Fancy’, an art installation produced by 107 Projects as part of Sydney Festival First Night 2010. Designed to complement the Indian themed performance program in Hyde Park North the project saw the 107 Project’s team convert the grand old trees of Hyde Park into Indian gods with fighting kites extending the theme into the canopies. Additionally, 107 Projects created a set of decorative, Indian-themed umbrellas that were used as on-stage sun protection for the children’s performance program.
Creative team: 107 Projects including Michelle McCosker, Jess Cook, Kali Reid and Jesse Cox
Production manager: Alasdair Nicol
Now in its seventh year, the Chalk Urban Art Festival is focused around a four day chalk art competition for local, interstate and overseas artists. Originally based in Sydney’s Darling Harbour the event now runs along Church Street in Parramatta. Since Tendril Productions commenced site and production managing the event it has also incorporated live music, dj’s, artist talks, community workshops, performance evenings, exhibitions, a body art competition, market stalls, food & beverage stall and a wearable art show.
Creative direction: Zest Events
Production & site management: Alasdair Nicol (Tendril Productions)
Performance and talks producer: Jess Cook
‘I ♥ Kings Cross’ by Reef Knot was a community-focused art project commissioned by City of Sydney as part of Art & About 2009 and installed across multiple locations in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The project entailed the co-ordination of approximately 25 knitting workshops, co-ordination of six local business partners and a grass-roots publicity campaign. The resulting artwork displayed the creative contributions of over 200 participants from children through to senior citizens, naval officers to architects. ‘I ♥ Kings Cross’ was the recipient of the 2009 Sydney Music Arts & Culture award for ‘Remixing the City’.
Creative director: Michelle McCosker
Producer, production manager: Alasdair Nicol (Tendril Productions)
A collaborative multi-arts installation by Reef Knot commissioned by City of Sydney as part of Live Lanes: By George! (2008 – 2009). The work was installed above the traffic line of Angel Place in the Sydney CBD. It featured a series of custom-designed inflatables suspending sculptures made from recycled materials and a multi-channel audio installation. Remaining installed throughout January, the work provided a backdrop for Sydney Festival First Night’s Uber Lingua stages.
Creative director: Michelle McCosker
Creative producer, production manager: Alasdair Nicol (Tendril Productions)
Artists: Michelle McCosker, Jesse Cox, Kirsten Bradley, Kate Burns, Louisa Dawson, Jim McVicar, Luke Crouch, Chris Hancock, Sofie Loizou
So 2010 proved to be an exciting year for Tendril Productions. You’ll find loads of pictures in our projects section, but to give you an overview. . .
In January we worked the Sydney based non-profit arts organisation, 107 Projects Inc., to help produce and install Flight of Fancy as part of Sydney Festival First Night. Picking up on the Indian focus of Hyde Park’s Palm Stage, Tendril worked with a strong creative team to dress the trees and stage in anticipation of the 50,000+ guests who enjoyed a day of free entertainment.
Throughout the year we worked on a number of projects that were installed in the spacious foyer of CarriageWorks. These included several installations for the Finders Keepers markets as well as the CarriageWorks produced Winterland festival.
In June we worked with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet: Community Engagement and Events to deliver a couple of scenic decor installations for the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest live site at Darling Harbour.
As the second half of the year rolled ahead we found ourselves instrumental in the production of two major public art projects, both commissioned by the City of Sydney for it’s Art & About Sydney 2010 festival. We worked with creative director Michelle McCosker and The Occasional Collective to production manage the Sydney Statues: Project! and worked with artist Alasdair Nicol to produce The Bike Bike.
To round out the year, Tendril focussed on Sydney’s western suburbs. In October we production and site managed the Chalk Urban Art Festival for Zest Events in conjunction with Parramatta City Council, and in November we provided scenic decor installation and planning for the inaugural Parramasala, an Australian Festival of South Asian Arts.