Georgia King Act-Belong-Commit Artist on the Move

Whiskey & Boots performance of Mama Stitch as part of ART ON THE MOVE Hello Fremantle Open Day 2018. Image courtesy of ART ON THE MOVE.

Creative endeavour: “performance/theatre specifically storytelling with music. I identify myself as a self-producing performance maker with the company Whiskey & Boots.”

“I love pushing audiences to see things in different ways and stretching their empathy and social/emotional comfort but also making them feel welcome in the space and not physically uncomfortable”

Artist Georgia King

About the Artist
Georgia grew up is a creative family, naturally leading her to pursue a career in the arts. Following acting classes at WAAPA, Georgia completed a Bachelor of Arts at ECU, delved into teaching and now operates as a self-producing performance maker for Whiskey & Boots. A career in the arts has brought many challenges, however the positives of story-telling and sharing experiences with audiences and the community empowers Georgia to continue her artistic practice. Georgia has won and been nominated for various awards in both production and acting. Georgia is one half of Whiskey & Boots, which has held two residences and performances at ART ON THE MOVE, inviting the public from Fremantle and beyond to experience performances in a more inclusive way. Read on to explore how art has impacted Georgia’s personal and professional life.

Does your creative practice make you feel connected to a community, and if so, how?
My practice makes me feel very connected to the theatre community in Perth. Its wonderful to feel the support of other makers in the community but its sometimes difficult not to compare what you’re making and your trajectory to others.
Our company Whiskey & Boots has been making work with regional communities in the last couple of years which has been very fulfilling. Connecting to these kinds of different communities is so refreshing and can reinvigorate my practice. 

What part do audiences play in your creative practice?
Audiences are very important in my practice. I have spent a lot of time doing front of house work which has been really informative to the way audiences respond to different kinds of experiences. Our company also likes to explore and push audience comfort in different ways with our work so finding a balance is always on my mind. Its risky and you can’t always get it right but its worth the challenge. 

How does your creative practice impact your mental and physical health and wellbeing?
Being a creative can be stressful, rejections and let downs are a part of life especially when we’re all fighting to share in such a small amount of resources and opportunities. Sometimes the emotional themes in a work can impact on you personally. Conversely, being able to express how you’re feeling about a social issue in meaningful ways and with like-minded people sharing, thinking and supporting each other as we talk through difficult issues can be cathartic and fulfilling. 

Do you have anything you’d like to share with community members considering participating in arts activities?
I think arts activities are vitally important in all communities. We need to find real ways to connect and share stories, to remind ourselves that we share the world with each other and how great it is when we can find our similarities and celebrate our differences with beauty. 

This Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is sponsored by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit health message.