Creative Explorers is a unique program designed and facilitated by artist and early years teacher Verena Curr. Created for children and their educators to engage children in various creative and arts-based explorations and projects which support their social, emotional, physical and cognitive well-being and development. Children who participate have the opportunity to explore big ideas through a number of creative approaches and practices which align wonderfully with the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and which are based on Verena's arts practice developed in her work with children and their communities over the past eighteen years. Whilst this program provides opportunities for learning about different artists and artistic techniques and skills, the primary focus of this program is to allow for the enriching exploration of creativity as a whole, by exposing the children to a variety of engaging and creative ways of working, playing and thinking. Through these fun, collaborative processes we aim to support the children’s curiosity and interest in learning and foster their ability to adapt, innovate, problem solve, inquire and respond to various experiences and learning environments.
“Thank you for being an amazing creative inspirational teacher"
— Lilah's mum
Practicing across contemporary performance, community, facilitation, education, installation, consultation and professional development Verena specialises in working with children and their communities. Verena has toured work nationally and internationally with companies as part of arts festivals and programs including... Out of the Box Festival, The Brisbane Writers Festival, Powerhouse Powerkids, Assitej Festival (Seoul, Korea), AHA! Festival (India), ANTI Festival (Finland), Woodford Folk Festival, Bleach Festival (Gold Coast), Melbourne Fringe & Australian Performing Arts Market. With performance training from artists and companies in Australia and abroad Verena has often worked as a performer/devisor or with cultural or educational organisations to deliver public programs, artworks and creative community outcomes. Verena has worked closely as an associate artist with Brisbane based Imaginary Theatre since 2009, and has contributed in a number of roles with the company from creator, performer, educational consultant, facilitator and artist in residence. Between 2012-2020 she was engaged by the Children and Families team at The State Library as a program assistant and arts worker and during this time took on various project contracts for the organisation offering her skills as an educational consultant, PD & workshop facilitator, devisor & performer. Having worked across many other projects which engage children, young people and their families with The Creche & Kinder Association QLD, The Benevolent Society, Queensland University of Technology, Kurilpa Kindergarten, The Walking Neighbourhood, Secret Hotel (Denmark), Queensland Performing Arts Centre QPAC, Laboite Theatre, Polyglot (Melbourne) Verena has gained a diverse range of experience. With her knowledge in performance, art making, teaching and early years education, she has developed and delivered workshops for adults including PD workshops, educational/ art based training for-: teachers, librarians, parents, early childhood educators and students at education conferences/ libraries/ schools and TAFE and she has also provided some performance tutoring and project facilitation with tertiary arts students at QUT university. Verena has worked as a teacher with Education QLD, or in community Kindergarten/ early years settings with- The Creche & Kinder Association QLD, the City of Melbourne and various Community houses/ Co-ops settings in Melbourne. In 2018 Verena became a mother... and since 2020 she has run Creative Explorers. She enjoys working alongside children and adults to support their development, foster their well-being and nurture their creativity.