Clare McFadden is a writer, artist and educator and has worked in arts education with children, young people and communities in both Australia and the United States.
Her first book, The Flying Orchestra, was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award. The book was then adapted for the stage as the headlining work at the 'Out of the Box' Festival and listed as one of the Australian Booksellers’ Association’s 50 Favourite Children’s Books.
Clare is the Executive Director of Write the World – a writing community for young writers ages 13-18. She holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.
While in residency in studioFive, Clare found the collaborative and practical environment of the studio provided the ideal setting to create the artwork for her next book, and, at the same time, develop her facilitation and leadership skills as an artist working within educational and cultural institutions. This residency in studioFive immersed her in the creative life of the building, where she observed what is essential in cultivating such an artful and creative environment.