I’m Kerri, an interdisciplinary creative practitioner who works across education, engagement and cultural production. The work I produce spans organising, film, performance, sound, text, games and sculpture; often involving collaborative process and embracing elements of chance. For the past nine years I have worked with arts organisations, community interest companies, third sector charities, artist-led collectives, further and higher education.
I have a specific interest in the place where transformative processes meet lived experience, improvisation and play. Using methods adapted from forum theatre, games, punk, fluxus and social practice I design and facilitate interventions and/or cultural projects that centre experimentation, collaboration poetics and mutual aid. As an artist first, I approach education, engagement or evaluation contexts with this hat - using horizontal, experiential and convivial modes to learn by doing and produce different knowledge, together.
I have recently moved back to my home city of Perth, WA after living in the UK for almost 15 years where I graduated with a first class degree in Fine Art from Middlesex University, London (2014). Since, my creative practice has been commissioned, programmed and supported by a number of awards, organisations and funders including individual work, a long term collaboration with artist Sophie Chapman (website here) and performances with the band molejoy.
In 2018, I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice Art, Design and Communication from University of the Arts London after teaching across disciplines within their careers team. Over the years, I have worked at a number of UK based universities and colleges as well as delivered workshops for a wide range of different ages, peoples and contexts. I am particularly interested in the politics of collaboration, asset based community development and committed to working towards equity of access to creative learning.
What I do
I am currently working as Manager at Vic Park Community Centre.
Vic Park Community Centre is a little place with a big heart, a neighbourhood hub where people can collaborate, imagine and thrive. It is located next to Macmillan Park, and offers a regular program of activities for all ages as well as spaces for hire to host your own events.
The centre holds: a weekly multicultural playgroup, local initiatives, creative workshops, kids after school clubs in music-maths-languages and more - a range of life wide education sessions such as parenting seminars, sustainability at home and mental health training. Cultural meals, dance classes and a variety of diverse meet ups, and social groups - supporting a caring and connected community.
We are a proud, thirty-year-old organisation with a uniquely creative slant. The staff, board and volunteers have a broad range experience across social impact, education, the arts, participatory culture, community organising and youth work. As a not for profit, all our income is reinvested in the running of the centre and our consistent fundraising allows us to offer special programs such as our Noongar language classes and STEM club.
Art and Activism workshop, Kingston University, The National Saturday Club
What people say...
"Kerri Jefferis is an artist who teaches. This is a very positive aspect of her work and a characteristic that brings significant value to her practices as an educator. She performs, tells stories, intervenes, creates journeys, draws connections, all as practices for enabling learning. Kerri brings energy, vitality and a true spirit of co-operation into spaces. She is instinctually drawn to opportunities for productive disruption that she then manages as a means of suspending or even flipping knowledge hierarchies. Kerri has driven and led on the development and use of learning evaluation tools that are both innovative and hugely impactful. Her role has effectively transformed the way we think about valuing all learners and about appreciating and recognising the student learning journey."
Professor Paul Haywood, Dean of Academic Programmes: Art and Performance,
at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Letter to a System, Stour Space London, The Common Projects