Libby is a multi-award-winning visual artist. She has long been involved in community work and projects, creating the Bubbles Ball which raised funds for breast cancer in the Illawarra. She was also the the inspiration for the On the shore outdoor sculpture exhibition that was part of the Thirroul Seaside Festival. It was seeing the Stilt Mamas on really tall stilts pushing really high prams in the 2007 Viva la Gong parade more than 10 years ago that made Libby first go WOW! Aged 47, she joined the circus high life and is still one of the WOW stiltwalkers frequently seen at community events. Libby also does hoops, and loves to dance. As WOW’s Gigs Manager from 2012-2018, Libby’s creativity can be seen in many details of gigs and costumes where she has a real knack for making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, for example, a whole set of costumes out of old lampshades. In addition to organising gigs, writing quotes and proposals, Libby has written grants for WOW. What thrills Libby the most about WOW is the combination of using her creativity and physical skills along with the friendships of working with other women to do amazing things.
“Standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Bernard Chartes, 12th Century
Circus WOW would like to thank and acknowledge the significant contributions made by previous Committee members. It is through their motivation, experience and areas of expertise which have contributed to further build Circus WOW, which has allowed the Women of Wollongong to gain access to a fun and vibrant community of people.
Above is Ellen de Jong standing on the shoulders of Chantelle Pickett. But there are many shoulders to stand on for this Act. When Ellen couldn’t come to Viva La Gong, Jem worked on the act with Chantelle… reworked it in a bit of a different way. We now have two current versions – same costumes, different people. Credit goes to the original Strong (Wo)men Act was created by Libby, Gaetane and Jen Marshall. It has been performed with different people adding a different character to it each time including Jen Webster, Louise London, Ella Hogan.
2018 Committee: Fiona MacKay – Chair; President; Gabrielle Quigley – Vice; Ellen Curtis – Secretary; Sharon Pusell – Treasurer; Ella Hogan – Public Officer; Libby Bloxham – Gigs Coordinator; Ella Whyman- Bookkeeper; Chantel Pickett, Angela James, Kobie Clifton – committee members.
2013 Committee: Ellen Curtis – President; Stacey Hansknecht – Vice president; Kate Clarkson – Secretary; Jen Webster – Treasurer; Ellen Dunn – Public Officer; Libby Bloxham – Performance and Outreach Coordinator; Ella Hogan, Helen Richards, Angela James – committee members.