Posted by Huw Cushing on 17 Jan 2018
Teaching the importance of the four pops – pop art, pop up books, popcorn and paddlepops – is artist Kenny Pittock, who'll be taking over our Convent Kids bookmaking workshop series, 'The Grand Imaginarium: Your Story Garden', on Monday 22 January. We speak to Kenny about Havaianas, Australiana, and Harry Potter marathons.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 8 Jan 2018
Summer is heating up and so are our gardens! Right now, we’re focusing on the precious resource of water, and this summer we’re asking our community to consider supporting Keep it Green: The Water Story – so we can harvest more of it! With your help, we’re aiming to double our rainwater catchment by raising funds to install essential new piping and infrastructure (like water tanks), and plant more drought-resistant plants to ensure our gardens stay green and protected for future generations. We speak to our Head Gardener Simon Taylor about how your donations will positively impact this one-of-a-kind community space.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 22 Dec 2017
Through award-winning novels, non-fiction, poetry, research and academic writing, Convent-based author Tony Birch has been making distinct contributions to the Australian literary scene for more than a decade. Those contributions have been recently recognised with the 2017 Patrick White Literary Award. We speak with Tony about place, dialogue, ‘Melbourne-ness’ and the authenticity of his work following this career spanning achievement.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 7 Dec 2017
Starting from humble beginnings with a backyard sale, the West Wind Collector Market is coming to the Convent this weekend, bringing you local hand-made crafts, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and more. We speak with market curator Lucile Sciallano, of La petite fabrique de Brunswick, about the importance of making and buying locally.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 1 Dec 2017
For nearly a decade, a dedicated group of singers has converged at the Abbotsford Convent every week to celebrate the human voice. On Sunday 10 December, the Pagan Angels Choir, led and conducted by Sue Johnson, will be banding together with Johnson's other choir groups for a very special 60-person performance to celebrate the restoration of our rotunda. We speak with Sue about their upcoming performance, and why they keep coming back to the Convent.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 24 Nov 2017
Soak up the first weekend of summer with your mates in our heritage gardens at Brewers Feast – Melbourne's boutique beer and food festival, Friday 1 – Sunday 3 December. We chat to festival Co-Founder Tyson McGeoch to find out about the 90 plus craft beers on offer in 2017, including 14 exclusive festival beers.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 8 Nov 2017
Celebrating the differences and strengths of those who think differently is 'Genius' an immersive live-art performance from six neurodiverse young people who bring you into their wonderful worlds. We speak with the genius behind 'Genius', Amelia Ducker, to learn more about this peerless performance, which opens at the Convent tomorrow night, 9 – 12 November.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 31 Oct 2017
As a self-proclaimed ‘horrible artist’, Convent-based writer Tony Wilson takes a great deal of pride in having his name attached to an exhibition. The author of children’s books ‘The Cow Tipped over the Moon,’ ‘The Selwood Boys’, and more, highlights the talents of his books’ illustrators in ‘The Other Half’, a collection of images from his picture books exhibiting now at our St Heliers Street Gallery.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 25 Oct 2017
With nearly 20 beers and ciders in their repertoire, Prickly Moses prides itself on using the best possible ingredients – none more important than the rainwater they harvest from The Otways. We speak to Head Brewer Luke Scott about their range and what they’ll be offering punters at this year’s Brewers Feast, 1 – 3 December, at the Abbotsford Convent.
Posted by Brooke Daly on 20 Oct 2017
How do your mental and physical health impact each other? What are some common negative thoughts and habits that impact our happiness, and how can practices such as yoga and Feldenkrais help with this? The Convent’s WellBeing Open Day explores all this and more, providing free taster sessions, linking you directly with a range of practitioners across a number of specialities, and helping you to discover what it means to be well, and to flourish!