The Creative Workshops program sees a variety of distinguished professional practitioners lead creative arts workshops throughout the academic year. The workshops are free for students, open and applicable to all skill levels, and provide a fun, recreational space to explore new skills and ideas. The Creative Workshops program also includes one-off events, training sessions, seminars and walking tours. Contact Arts Projects Officer David Attwood if you have any ideas for Creative Workshops. David.Attwood@union.unimelb.edu.au

Upcoming Workshops

ARI Walking Tour

2 sessions available.

Tour 1 (City): March 12, from 11am

Tour 2 (Fitzroy): March 21, from 11am

Where: Meet at George Paton Gallery, Level Two, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required, this workshop is for students of Curatorship only. 

Join UMSU Art Projects Officer David Attwood and Assistant Curator of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne Alyce Neal on a tour of Melbourne’s Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs). Split across two separate tours, participants will visit ARIs based in the Melbourne CBD area in Tour 1 and visit ARIs in the Fitzroy and Collingwood area in Tour 2. These sessions will include discussions with Directors and Curators of each space on the opportunities available to artists, curators and writers at the early stages of their careers, and the role and significance of ARIs in the arts community. A complete itinerary will be released closer to the date. This is an invaluable learning resource for students of Curatorship!

David Attwood is as an artist, and the Arts Projects Officer, Arts Programs UMSU. Attwood has exhibited his work throughout Australia and holds a Doctorate in Visual Art from Curtin University.

www.davidattwood.net

Alyce Neal is Assistant Curator at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. She was a board member at SEVENTH Gallery from 2016 to 2018 and has worked at a number of arts organisations, including Monash University Museum of Art, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Biennale of Sydney.

Image: Charlie Sofo, Unseasonal Work, 2017, Bus Projects. Image courtesy of Bus Projects.

Electronic Music Workshop

1 session available: March 20, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Where: Arts Lab, Level Three, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required

Learn how to make your own electronic music with musicians Geryon and Ripley Kavara. The workshop will involve a presentation on the basics of electronic music making using the digital audio workstation Ableton Live, which participants will then use to explore making their own electronic music.

Participants will need to bring their own headphones and laptops, with Ableton Live installed in preparation for the workshop. A free version of Ableton Live is available for download here, please take note of the expiry date! Ableton Live Free

Geryon is a multi-instrumentalist performer and composer. In 2016 they released their debut EP ‘We Don’t Talk About the Ghost’. They have since supported artists such as Nite Jewel and Dai Burger and played at Melbourne Music Week, Gaytimes Festival and Brunswick Music Festival. Geryon has composed music for a number of short films, promotional videos, dance pieces and works as an electronic music producer. Previously, their work as a guitarist in various projects has seen them tour interstate and internationally, supporting artists such as How to Dress Well, Bonobo, TZU and Amanda Palmer.

Ripley Kavara aka Wahe is a producer/vocalist born in Papua New Guinean and now based in Melbourne. They have been prominent in Melbourne music and arts communities since 2009 as a producer, vocalist, DJ and event’s organizer. More recently in their career, they have had the privilege of supporting numerous notable acts including GAIKA (UK), Elysia Crampton (USA) and KLEIN (UK) at events such as Dark Mofo and Liquid Architecture. Wahe’s work as a multi-media artist has also been exhibited at No Vacancy and West Space galleries.

Botanical Drawing Workshop

4 session available 

Session 1: March 26, 12.30 – 3pm

Session 2: April 2, 12.30 – 3pm

Session 3: April 9, 12.30 – 3pm

Session 4: April 16, 12.30 – 3pm

Where: Arts Lab, Level Three, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required

Join Artist Andrew Seward for a series of Botanical Drawing workshops, to be held in various gardens throughout the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. The workshops will cover a range of skills and approaches to drawing the natural environment, using a variety of drawing implements. The workshops will accommodate all skill levels, and all materials are provided. Participants can attend one or all of the four workshops, registration required.

Andrew Seward has worked as a visual artist for over 25 years. He has held many solo exhibitions in commercial, artist-run, university and public galleries, and has been included in group and curated exhibitions in Australia and overseas. His work is represented in public galleries in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Victoria.

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/artist/7644/

Life Drawing Workshop

4 session available

Session 1: March 27, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Session 2: April 3, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Session 3: April 10, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Session 4: April 17, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Where: Arts Lab, Level Three, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required

Join artist Darcey Bella Arnold for series of Life Drawing workshops. Using a life model, Darcey will guide participants through a range of approaches to drawing the nude figure, using a variety of drawing materials. The workshop will accommodate all skill levels, and all materials are provided. Participants can attend one or all of the four workshops, registration is required.
Darcey Bella Arnold is an Australian, Melbourne based artist of British and Scottish descent. Darcey completed a BFA, Drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007, and a BFA, Honours at Monash University in 2009. Darcey has taught drawing at the National Gallery of Victoria. A selection of recent exhibitions include: My Mother’s Labour Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2018; Folded brick Neon Parc Project Space 215 Albion St, Darcey Bella Arnold and Deimantas Narkevičius (LTU) organised by Paulius Andriuškevičius and Nicholas Kleindienst, 2018; Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Testing Grounds, Melbourne Arts Precinct, 2017.

https://www.darceybellaarnold.com/

Indigenous Weaving Workshop

1 session available: April 3, 12 – 3pm

Where: Arts Lab, Level Three, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required

Create your own Bush Animal using a method of wrapping hay with wool with Gunditjmara Artist and Master Weaver Aunty Bronwyn Razem. All materials are provided. Lunch will also be provided. Registration required.

Aunty Bronwyn was born in Gunditjmara Country, Warrnambool and comes from a long lineage of Traditional weavers. Through her work and teaching, Aunty Bronwyn acknowledges the importance of maintaining the cultural knowledge of weaving and its significance for Aboriginal people.​

https://www.mirrnongminnie.com.au/bronwyn-razem

Installation Workshop

2 sessions available:

Session 1: April 16, 11am – 4pm

Session 2: April 17, 11am – 4pm

Where: George Paton Gallery, Level Two, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required, Curatorial Students only

Learn how to professionally install 2D, 3D and AV artworks with NGV Museum Operations Technician and accomplished artist Simon McGlinn. The two-day, hands on Installation Workshop is tailored for University of Melbourne Curatorial students and will cover installation of 2D, 3D and AV artworks from the Union Art Collection. This Workshop is for Curatorial students only, registration is required.

Generative Writing Workshop

 

1 session available: May 8, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Where: Training Room 2, Level Three, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required

Join writer Cynthia Troup in a Generative Writing workshop that links mindfulness with the practice of writing. Cynthia will guide participants through a series of activities and techniques that emphasise openness to the mind’s natural creativity, and awareness of the body. Participants will also explore ways to improve their stamina and imagination for writing. The workshop is applicable to all forms of writing and accommodates all skill levels.

Cynthia Troup is a writer based in regional Victoria. Cynthia’s creative work often emphasises the inherent 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 the memoir extract ‘Three Fragments for Her History of the Father’ in Southerly, vol. 78.2, The Lives of Others.

www.cynthiatroup.com

Movement Workshop: Responding to art through movement

Multiple sessions throughout Semester 1

Contact floorwork.um@gmail.com for next session.

Where: George Paton Gallery, Level Two, Union House.

Cost: Free for students! 

Registration required, register here.

We encounter art with our bodies but are not often given the opportunity to physically explore that interaction. This workshop aims to open up the exhibition space for alternate ways of responding to visual art, particularly through physicalisation and movement. Some questions we might explore include: how does the artwork make us feel? How does moving change the way we engage with the work? Come and be moved by art. Limited to 8 participants, first come first serve. Follow the registration link above. Fort all inquiries please email floorwork.um@gmail.com.

The Movement Workshop is facilitated by Reis Low. Reis is a Singaporean based in Birraranga/ Naarm (Melbourne). They are a theatre-maker with experience in physical theatre, dance, and various behind-the-scenes roles. They are the founding president of Floor Work, a Union House Theatre-affiliated group that focuses on collaboratively devising movement-based performance work.