Mudfest 2021

Do you have a love for art living in your heart?

Paint, dance, sculpt, sew, sing, do your thing – whatever it is, bring it home with UMSU’s Mudfest, happening from August 5th 2021 – August 13th 2021 in a dual-delivery format!

Mudfest is the largest student arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere and takes place every 2 years at the University of Melbourne, the last one being in 2019, and this is a unique opportunity for you to be part of a festival environment that encourages collaboration and engagement with other disciplines and approaches. Come and spread the joy, pain, and comfort of your art beyond the borders!
And as with all things UMSU, it is:
  • Accessible
  • Sustainable
  • Inclusive
  • Experimental
2021’s theme of ‘HOME’ will have you feeling welcome and warm as we step into this brave new world beyond the spaces we spent most of last year.

Mudfest has become a significant driving-force of creative power and since its inception in 1990 has established itself as a cultural icon on the emerging arts scene in Melbourne. Presented every two years by UMSU, Mudfest has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression.

 

Click ‘Going’ on the Mudfest Home 2021 Facebook event and follow @mudfestarts on Instagram for all the updates!

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

Brainstorming a Creative Idea

Presented by Union House Theatre and George Paton Gallery

Need help coming up with an idea for your next creative project?

Join David Attwood from UMSU’s Arts Programs and Union House Theatre Artistic Director, Xanthe Beesley for an Idea Generation + Clarification workshop. Dave and Xanthe will lead participants through a series of open-ended exercises designed to assist students to think through how to come up with, build on, shape and crystalise ideas. The workshop is applicable to all creative pursuits (visual art, performing arts, creative writing etc), no prior experience necessary.

When: Wednesday 12th May, 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free for Uni Melb students
Register: creative-idea.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook event


Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.

SummerFest Online: 23 & 25 February from 11am to 2pm

Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments. Hosted on Hopin (more info below) you can cruise around the virtual booths to chat with your student reps, learn more about UMSU’s departments or discover the perfect Club for you to find your new uni pals!

READ ON THROUGH THIS PAGE TO LEARN ABOUT:

  • Some of the super-fun things you’ll see in the booths, on stages, in conversations and workshops at SummerFest Online
  • Details on how to join the SummerFest Online event in Hopin (hint – get setup in advance!)
  • Tips on how to make your SummerFest Online experience flow without those annoying glitches that technology likes to throw at us.
  • Important info about the hows and whys we’re hosting SummerFest Online in 2021

 

Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can expect:

23 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Aunty Di Kerr

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre  playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟 11:30am–12pm: Cook simple meals on a student budget in Cultural Cooking with UMSU’s POC and International departments.

🌟  12.00-1:00pm: Cook Vietnamese spring rolls with UMSU’s Enviro and Welfare departments

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:00am-12:45pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11.15am – 2pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:20-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:20am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’! Join your Creative Arts student reps in their live crafty corner for some sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11:30am-12:00pm: Chat with UMSU’s Disability department about what they’ve got planned for this semester.

🌟  11:30am-2:00pm: UMSU Education Public Affairs present: Get to know the department, get involved and ask questions!!

🌟 12:30–1:30pm: Learn about dismantling racism at the People of Colour Active Anti-Racism workshop. *This workshop is non-autonomous, and non-POC people are encouraged to attend.

🌟 12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Tech – Join the UHT team to chat through processes for designing for the stage.

🌟 1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Brigit and Lindsay the Disability Officers.

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Intro to Feminist Collectives: live workshop with the Women’s department

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – getting to know the Welfare Department (with prizes!)

 

25 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Uncle Dave Wandin

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟12:00-12:30pm: Queer x Disabilities Panel

🌟1:30-2:00pm: Media x Women’s Workshop/Live Discussion on Representation of Women/Non-Binary People of Colour in the Arts.

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:15am-1:00pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’ – Join your Creative Arts student representatives in their live crafty corner and get some of that sweet, sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11.15am – 1pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Find out about the Disabilities department and their upcoming events

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – UMSU and University hacks (with prizes!)

🌟 12:00-1:00pm: Enviro Tree-via, a fun kahoot quiz with the Enviro department

🌟 12:30-2:00pm: Kahoot with UMSU EdPub with questions relating to activism, UniMelb, Australian politics and more.

🌟12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Performance – Come chat with UHT team about performance opportunities available to you.

🌟1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Lindsay and Brigit the Disability officers for 2021.

 

How to join the SummerFest Online Hopin event.

(STEP 1) Open the event link:

  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 23 February is here
  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 25 February is here 

(STEP 2) Create a login using your UniMelb student email address, and ensure you read the Code of Conduct for participating in the event.

(STEP 3) Click ‘UMSU SummerFest Online’

(STEP 4) Click ‘Enter event’

(STEP 5) Access the different sections via the toolbar on the left:

Stage: Check out the fantastic line up of entertainment. Featured content will be presented like the Welcome to Country, UMSU President’s address, and more

Sessions:  A selection of live sessions with your student representatives which occur at scheduled times throughout the event.

Expo: Browse the various Clubs and Departments or use the search function to look for something specific.  Click on one of the virtual booths to join that space.

Networking:  Meet other students and your student representatives. Click on the Ready button for a minute or two of brief chat with another student chosen at random. After the chat, if you both agree, you’ll have the option to exchange contact details so you can stay connected with the person you have just talked to.  

 

Tips for the best event experience:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Use your desktop or laptop rather than phone
  • Close your other apps and internet tabs if you’re experiencing lag
  • Refresh your page if you get stuck

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.

 

 

Got more questions? Check out the SummerFest Hopin FAQs here and READ THE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s  implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events, happening on campus, we continue to undertake continues government-recommended measures for all of our in-person events. If you’re coming to campus, make sure you carefully read the unimelb guidelines so you know your responsibilities to help us keep our campuses safe for everyone. Don’t come to campus if you are unwell.  Find out more about coming to campus on the UniMelb coming to campus page. Make sure you complete the online health declaration before coming as we may need proof of completion to enter UMSU events and spaces.

We also understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone and we encourage you to check in on each other, help each other out where possible, and to continue to monitor and comply with public health advice. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

 

Busy Mess to Business : Business Skills for Artists

Learn how to take your busy arty mess and turn it into a successful creative business venture in this 90-minute panel workshop with UMSU Creative Arts and Arts Programming.

All too often us artists are awesome at making our art but don’t quite know how to get started or how to establish ourselves. In this panel discussion you will hear from successful artists across a range of experiences and mediums who will talk about how to value your art, grow a following and get noticed as well as the best ways balance your art and the tedious logistics that come with running an arts business.

Panel artists are  Frances CannonAnnie Louey and Adam Stone.

WHERE: zoom (link sent out upon registration)
WHEN: Tuesday October 2oth 12:30-2pm
COST : Free to all students of the university of Melbourne
REGISTER :https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/busy-mess-to-business-business-skills-for-artists-tickets-120949602517 

 You can also check out our Facebook Event. 

Please get in contact with us at arts@union.unimelb.edu.au if you have any questions about this event or any measures we can take to make this event more accessible to you.

Arts Grant Writing Online Zoom Workshop

Join Channon Goodwin as he talks through the principles of writing competitive arts grant applications. This workshop brought to you by UMSU Creative Arts and Arts Programming will include information on the general structure and requirements of arts grants, and a range of arts funding bodies accessible to students and emerging practitioners.

 

Channon Goodwin is an artist and artworker based in Melbourne, Australian. His work engages with collective, collaborative, and artist-run practice and forms of artist-led organisation building. Channon is the current Director of Bus Projects, and founding co-convener of All Conference, an organising network comprised of 15 artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organisations from around Australia. He aggregates his various collaborative and independent work under Fellow Worker. Channon recently edited a new book Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance. Published through Onomatopee Projects, this book is an enquiry into the capitals and currencies of experimental, radical and artist-run initiatives in Australia and the labour conditions of working artists.

 

WHERE: zoom (link sent out upon registration)
WHEN: Tuesday October 13th 12:30-2pm
COST : Free to all students of the university of Melbourne
REGISTER : https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=650804&

 

You can also check out our Facebook event !

 

This workshop occurs three days before the final Creative Arts grant deadline for 2020 and would be a great way to get some tips and tricks to improve your application. Find out more about these grants here.

Creative Writing Zoom Workshop

Join writer Cynthia Troup in a Creative Writing workshop. Cynthia will provide participants with a series of activities, techniques and tips for harnessing imagination and increasing stamina when writing creatively. Learn how to remain engaged in the writing process when ideas or energy start to flag. The workshop is applicable to all forms of creative writing and accommodates all skill levels.

Based in regional Victoria, Cynthia Troup is a writer and editor whose creative work often emphasises the musicality of language, and the allusive richness of fragments. Her texts have been performed in concert and theatre settings; her publications range from scripts and podcasts to interviews in the fields of contemporary art and music. Cynthia has taught emerging artists at the VCA Centre for Ideas, and students of creative writing at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, and Deakin University. Recent publications include ‘Harsh and intricate and right in front of you’, an essay for ADSR Zine 007 which revisits a work by John Wolseley during the 2020 Black Summer.

1 session available on May 19.

Find out more info and book now here