About the Studio
Support human to sensitive souls
Mollie Vaughan is the founder of Mollie Vaughan Studio where she is a counsel and consultant to sensitive souls in the community. Mollie was raised, being deeply aware of her ancestors’ teachings, and thus, has always understood the importance of living by honouring one’s soul calling. Her firm belief is that the nurturing of change-makers, cultural leaders and creative innovators in the community are vital in maintaining overall community wellness and fostering societal healing.
Mollie Vaughan is an Artist, Community Activist, and Consultant. During the pandemic Mollie worked as a community arts worker and watched many of her mentors and peers struggle as this time highlighted the underlying fragility of our global community. Ingrained lateral violence had created a continual co-dependancy and competitiveness in the world which fostered endless cycles of trauma for many people. However, it wasn’t until her own ancestral pilgrimage did Mollie fully understand the impact that nurturing language and culture had on healing this global disease. Nowadays, you can find Mollie working with a variety of creative, wellness, and cultural practitioners who equally align with her vision.
Professional Experience Summarised
Community Events Coordinator for Art of the Minds Festival
Artist Coordinator of the Surf Coast Youth Art Fest // Development of programming for the festival, coordination of artists, communications between artists and project leads, artist consultation, installation and de-installation of event.
PhD Research Assistant // research into residencies, exhibitions, and grant opportunities for PhD candidate as well as editing of candidate’s colloquium.
Co-coordinator (Anglesea/Bellbrae) for the 2020 Surf Coast Arts Trail // co-designer of the virtual PORTAL program, liaising with 30+ local artists (who I love dearly), assistant web designer for PORTAL’s website pages & social media manager of the Surf Coast Arts Trail's Instagram account.
Surf Coast Art Space // Digital analytics and community engagement report writing, exhibition installer and front of house attendant
*My other skills include curation/oversight of exhibition installation, business administration, community engagement, grant/exhibition application writing and organisation of practitioners/businesses for various events/projects. Please see my CV below for more info*
Having spent some years within the community arts space, I have become a passionate advocate for the ways in which the arts and cultural sector preserves the stories of humanity; understanding that these stories and language are what ultimately provide a sense of identity, belonging and security for many communities. Through my business I wish to emulate these same qualities, providing services which emphasise the importance of maintaining mental and spiritual wellbeing to clients and supporting projects locally and abroad which focus on mental health and community development.
‘The ability to hold a mirror to our societies, to shape its cultures and communities, striking down moral injustice and reminding each other of our spirit and interconnectedness with the land is a beautiful gift of transformation that sustains the very soul of humanity'
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ARTWORK USING YOUR SMARTPHONE
In this online workshop provided by the Surf Coast Arts Trail PORTAL program I give artists some small but vital tips for photographing artwork, using their smartphone for quick and easy upload to social media platforms.