Blog

    In Conversation with Lentil As Anything Chef, Dipesh Mainali

    With fruit and vegetables grown on site and herbs from our heritage garden, Lentil As Anything serves fresh and sustainable food all year round. We speak with chef Dipesh Mainali about his favourite produce and what he’ll be serving up to thousands of happy customers this winter.

    In Conversation with Julia Broome, Feldenkrais Practitioner

    Human potential, the nervous system and neuroplasticity – we scratch the surface of Feldenkrais with WellBeing at the Convent practitioner Julia Broome, who explains to us how the slow and focused movements of this exercise therapy can assist with stress, anxiety and more.

    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.