Event Description


17/04/2023 - 21/04/2023 noon - 5pm

Arts Lab, Level 1, Arts & Cultural Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010

UMSU Gallery

Brought to you by the SSAF

OPEN - LIFE - DRAWING is a live drawing and performance exhibition coordinated by artist Kierah Falkner Babbel taking place from the 17th to 21st of April at the Arts Lab and across the Parkville campus, as part of the George Paton Gallery 2023 Program.​

The exhibition's audience will be invited to watch and draw volunteer performance artists as life drawing models, using provided drawing materials and supports. Audience members may then choose to display their drawings on the walls and ceiling of the gallery space. The artworks of the show will thus exist as live performances by the volunteer life drawing models/performance artists and the accumulation of drawings in the gallery space over the exhibition, drawn by the audience members watching the performances.

In order for drawings to be made, there must be models for the audience and attending artists to draw. This is where you come in:

Sign up to be a volunteer life drawing models/performance artist

Performance artists will be allocated 1 hour performance slot between 12pm and 5pm, Monday the 17th - Friday the 21st of April. You will have the choice of performing in the Arts Lab space, or around the Parkville campus. During this 1 hour slot they may do whatever they please, as long as it adheres to the following requirements:

  1. Performers must move slowly, in small short bursts or not at all to allow adequate stillness for audiences to draw them. However, all other details, including in what ways stillness or slowness are incorporated into your performance, are open and up to you.

  2. Performances must be largely PG for family-friendly viewing and participation. So no explicit sex acts, violence or hate speech will be tolerated. 

  3. Followingly, Performers must be appropriately clothed during performances, although the details of your costume are completely open to you.​

Other than these three rules, you will have complete creative freedom. Your slot is yours to do with what you please. You can dance, play an instrument, bring in props or even a troupe of co-performers. We will provide the performance space, supports for you to interact with, a week of rehearsal opportunities, professional documentation and ample advertising of your involvement in the exhibition. 

Read more about the project HERE

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