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    In Conversation with Artist Rosi Griffin

    From Munich to Melbourne, for more than seven years artist Rosi Griffin has been exploring the impact of urban development on our homes and our memories. We speak to Griffin ahead of a special Q&A at St Heliers Street Gallery on Saturday 24 June at 2pm, where she will discuss her current exhibition, 'Fractured Dwellings'.

    In Conversation with Heritage Architect Nigel Lewis

    As a long-time adviser to and friend of the Abbotsford Convent, Nigel Lewis was instrumental in the community campaign to save the Convent from commercial development more than a decade ago, conceptualising the Convent as an arts and cultural precinct. We chat to Nigel about his latest project with the Convent – a plan to restore our historical rotunda in time for spring.

    In Conversation with Artist Joanna Buckley

    Over the past month, Joanna Buckley and her team have captured the imaginations of passers-by, as they’ve undertaken the daring task of covering one of the Convent’s heritage buildings with ‘gold leaf’.

    In Conversation with 'PLAYSpace' Artist, Glen Walton

    It’s not every day that art and science collide to make music. We chat to artist Glen Walton to find out how micro-computer coding means you can make music from plants – with a simple brush of the hand!

    In Conversation with Artist Katie Lee

    Suddenly seeing strange objects around the Convent, and wondering why? Introducing Cross-Section, an newly-commissioned artwork by Katie Lee! We chat to Katie about her love of Town Squares, what to do if you see Katie mid-roving performance, and why the Convent was the perfect place to explore the idea people just ‘going about their business’.

    Celebrating National Volunteer Week – In Conversation with Volunteer, Rema O’Neill

    Studies show that volunteering makes people happier. So, is that case for Rema O’Neill – an architect based at the Convent, who also volunteers as a social history tour guide? The answer is yes!

    In Conversation with Artist Juliana España Keller

    Egg slicers as electronic harps? Oven-racks as bass guitars? Find out how to take part in Juliana España Keller’s world of experimental noise with ‘Sonic Alchemy’. Join her ensemble to rehearse and perform an original composition using kitchen appliances at the Convent this May!

    In Conversation with Artist Rick Matear

    Feeling inspired? Maybe some oils, acrylics, a brush and canvas is what you need! Express yourself with Rick Matear's Painting Classes at the Convent each Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8.30pm in his studio – perfect for beginners and those wanting to further their artistic skills. We speak to established painter Rick about his inspiration, from Melbourne's coastline to the Convent's gardens.

    In Conversation with Abbotsford Convent Head Gardener Simon Taylor

    Dating back to 1902, the Abbotsford Convent's Heritage Gardens tell a fascinating story of the site's past, which was first created by nuns bringing plants from around the world to the site. We speak to our Head Gardener Simon Taylor ahead of his Historic Gardens Special Tour as part of the Australian Heritage Festival next week, about the rich history of the gardens and the continuing effort to beautify them.

    In Conversation with Artist Leanne Failla

    Is that a sculpture of a dog or is that a sculpture of a sculpture of a dog? How many chairs are there? How do you make shoe laces out of paper? I have that thing in my house! Some of the many thoughts that will run through your mind when you see Leanne Failla's 'Every Object In My House (in paper), on display until Sunday 7 May as part of the c3 April Exhibition.