11 Jan 2022

Ashlee Hughes

Baby photo - Ashlee Hughes

Ashlee finds great joy in seeing children leading artmaking and storytelling. She loves how this connects them to their wider community, and allows these communities to appreciate children as creators. Working with children has taught her how to be ‘in the moment’ – they take wonderful and creative risks, often veering in unexpected directions.

With a background in nature education, Ashlee is interested in arts practice that connects children with landscape and environment, as well as storytelling and space making. A Polyglot highlight was seeing the kids of Rumbalara Football Netball Club welcome their community to the grand opening of Rumba Town – a magnificent cardboard model town created over weeks of workshops.

Ashlee studied at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has worked on Scenes on the Yarra, a project that connects people with their local waterways through performance, and The Living Stage, a recycled, growing stage space presented at Fed Square and Lorne Sculpture Biennale.

Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.