TOoYA landscape


Talking Out Your Arts is a program of curated discussions with student artists. The idea is this: we go see a performance or exhibition of new student art work, then create a space to discuss the work and ask questions of the artist.  The aim of this program is give artists an opportunity to hear how audiences experience their work, the audiences a chance to engage with artwork more deeply, and also to give us all an opportunity to share what is important to us in art. What is art on campus doing?

In 2016 the conversations about self-care, diversity and risk in student theatre grew considerably. In an attempt to see these conversations continue in the long term, we are continuing Talking Out of Your Arts (TOoYA). For theatre this will mean a series of post-show Q and As that bring artists and audiences together to reflect on the culture of theatre making on campus in more detail. For visual art this will be a curated discussion in the gallery space, giving viewers a chance to respond to the work for the artist and audience to ask questions of each other.

To take part in TOoYA and enrich the conversations we have about student theatre, simply email arts@union.unimelb.edu.au with the dates of your production and preferred session time. We will assist with covering any extended hours needed in the theatre as part of the program. These Q&As can also be incorporated as part of your program – we can promote and attend your performance, but they do not need to need to be hosted by us, although they can be if you prefer.

TOoYA #1!!

Talking Out of Your Arts #1 will run as an art crit at the closing night event for Jai Leeworthy’s Inside the Belly of the Cosmic Fish, showing at the George Paton Gallery from the 8th-17th of March. You will be invited to respond to his exhibition, and the artist will be present to answer any questions you may have, and provide insight into his work. TOoYA is open to the public, and anyone is welcome to come along and respond. You will also be able to catch Jessie McClure’s exhibition I Am Not, in the entrance gallery.

WHEN: 5pm, Wednesday 15th March

WHERE: The George Paton Gallery, Level 2, Union House, University of Melbourne, Parkvile 3010

Free food, free drinks, good chats.

Digital photograph of scrunched foil. The outer border is black metalic tones, the inner circle is lighter silver, and at the centre is a white triangle. By Jai Leeworthy

Jai Leeworthy, Untitled, Digital Photograph, 2016

Photograph of an upturned chair with a blanket and pillow thrown accross it, by Jessie McClure

Jessie McClure, Failure, Denim and found materials, 2016