Acclaimed Australian performing artist and educator delights in sharing both his European colonial and Aboriginal culture of his homeland, through story, song, dance, painting and didgeridoo.
Paul is mentored by Wardaman Aboriginal Elder Yidumduma Bill Harney for over 25 years. Paul directs the Yubulyawan Dreaming Project which documents and shares Bill’s cultural heritage. Adopted into the Wardaman, he is named Jalala, long tall skinny fella. He celebrates indigenous wisdom as a national US and Australian touring artist in education, with story, song, dance, painting and didgeridoo.
Paul’s residencies are multi-disciplined featuring his award-winning Caring for Country murals. A State Finalist Award winner for Australian of the Year 2013 for his cultural work on both continents, a 2015 Wyoming Governors Arts award winner and Guest Lecturer at CU Boulder and UW Laramie.
Paul Taylor is available for full or part-time residencies.
Individual workshop and performance prices are determined by each artist. Please contact us for performance and workshop pricing for a particular artist. Visit our Pricing page for other pricing information.
Wonders Down Under: Australian Stories & Music
Performance for grades Pre-K through 12th
Paul presents an exciting blend of stories, songs, dance, poetry and drama, from both Aboriginal and European Australia, featuring the didgeridoo and the boomerang. This show draws parallels in American culture, aligns with many core curricular standards and is adaptable for any age.
Bush University: Land of the Lightning Brothers
Performance for grades 3rd through 12th
Students will see a captivating power point presentation of 7,000-year old Aboriginal rock paintings from Australia’s Northern Territory, featuring creation or Dreamtime stories, song, dance and didgeridoo. This show offers a unique look at the world’s oldest living culture, the Aboriginal concept of the Dreamtime, the importance of relationships, and the impact of European settlement on Australia. This show also draws parallels in American culture, meets many core curricular standards and is adaptable to most age levels.
Mural Residency: 3 days with performances
Residency for grades K through 12th
Paul’s murals are inspired by Aboriginal rock art culture and teachings under the mentorship of Yidumduma Bill Harney. Paul acts as an artistic director, the mural is co-designed and painted by art teachers, students and community artists and participants, using local motifs, landscape, waterways, often school totems or emblems. They are designed so an entire class or all the participants if possible, can be painting at the same time, aiming to create community through the art process. Mostly painted on 18×5 foot sign cloth, the mural is often used as the theatrical backdrop for the final residency performance.
Paul attempts to reach as many students with performances then focusing on the mural with chosen classes, working in close collaboration with and an in-service for the art teacher/s.
All School Residency
Residency for grades K through 5th
Paul’s residencies and workshops to all ages are multi-disciplined featuring story, song, dance, art and theatre. Over 20 years of work Paul has developed an all school elementary residency aimed at every student participating and culminating in a final community performance. Workshops include, dance, song, didgeridoo, boomerang, clapsticks, bullroarers, acting, rhythm sticks, cricket & games.
5 days or daily pricing.
Workshop or Residency for grades 3rd through 12th
Making didgeridoos using PVC pipe, playing, circular breathing techniques, Aboriginal culture; painting in culture inspired symbols and story. Adapted from 1-3 hrs.