The Artist

Ask the Artist is an Eltham-based community facilitation project by artists Debby Maziarz and Nicole Johnston. 

Ask the Artist design home-based immersions and consultation processes that take the form of events, bus tours, gatherings, and retreats. We envisage a community where creative practice and thinking is valued and evident in the physical, intellectual and social identity of Nillumbik’s people and places.

  • Debby Maziarz

    Debby is a writer, facilitator and community advocate who launched her inspiring, creative career in the circus.

  • Nicole Johnston

    Nicole is a dancer, teacher and maker who is passionate about weaving connections between creativity, nature and her local community.

Ask the Artist’s inaugural project was ARTOPIA, an artist-led focus group event held in July 2021 that posed the central question: How might we build a connected, resilient and creative community?

Download a detailed report capturing ideas, images and responses from participants here.

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