Naomi has built toward a career in creative arts over the last 10 years, working in community engagement, fine art and library services. She’s developed and delivered numerous exhibitions, workshops, and literacy initiatives during this time. A career highlight has been developing an exhibition centred around beloved Leigh Hobbs character, Mr Chicken, which drew a record-breaking 30,000 visitors to the State Library over 3 months. Children’s laureate, Leigh Hobbs, and Minister for the Arts, David Templeman, both visited the exhibition and were blown away.
Naomi has previously worked in the award-winning team that delivers Better Beginnings, the early education program that sees books and literacy packs delivered to every baby, two-year old and kindergartener in WA each year. She has also delivered art workshops to WA high schools and home-schooling groups and put on solo and group art exhibitions as part of her own art practice, which spans collage, drawing and sculpture.
Naomi believes in the life-affirming power of lifelong learning, and the importance of creative learning throughout every stage of life. The ability of puppetry to be a conduit for empathy and expression has brought her to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, where she is excited to be creating accessible, inspiring creative learning activities that foster wellbeing, social connection, and of course, creativity!
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land on which we work. As we tour our work across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations elders, past and present. We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.