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Thea Martin


Thea is a teaching artist and violinist living on Kaurna land (Adelaide), seeking to invite their community into artistic experiences through a creativity and participatory-centred pedagogical practice. They hold a Bachelor of Music (Advanced) Majoring in Music Education and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, teach music in local schools and created the collaborative composition workshop series A Room of Her Own Workshops, which invite young people to explore  what it means to develop mental and physical spaces for creativity, through the work of living femme artists and composers. As a violinist, Thea has collaborated on improvised music projects with dancers, theatre artists and musicians across genres of contemporary classical/art music, experimental, jazz and post-rock as well as curated a workshop/performance on text scores through community organisation MUD. Thea is interested in exploring listening as activism and self-care as well as providing accessible entry points for the community into art-making experiences.

In 2022, Thea was a part of the Sharehouse program at Carclew, where they worked on developing participatory, creative, sound-based experiences that enable anyone in the community to engage in sound-making, regardless of ability or experience.

In 2021, Thea completed a mentorship with Connecting the Dots in Music, funded by a Carclew Fellowship. This saw them work on projects such as The Lullaby Project Australia, Music For All and facilitate their own project A Room of Her Own - A Creativity Workshop in Sound.

Additionally, Thea has worked with and been mentored the likes of Paul Rissmann, Eric Booth and Julian Ferrarretto in a variety of educational settings, and has performed with numerous orchestras, ensembles and bands, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, AdYO Mahogany String Quartet, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and numerous local bands - Twine, Eyrie, The War Room, Cagefly and Wake in Fright. In 2019, Thea was awarded a 1st place scholarship with the Norwood Symphony Orchestra.

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