Posted by Huw Cushing on 6 Mar 2017
Each year, the Abbotsford Convent supports two emerging visual artists through its Studio Start-up program – assisting them to becoming professional artists. We speak to the first of our 2017 recipients, Lauren Dunn, about her works and the questions she asks of her audience. We also find out what she hopes to get from being a part of the Convent artistic community. Lauren has a rent-free studio space with us for six months and her work will be displayed at St Heliers Street Gallery in early 2018.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 6 Feb 2017
On the fourth Saturday of every month at the Convent, we celebrate fresh produce, locally sourced and delivered directly by the grower to the buyer, at our Slow Food Farmers’ Market. But some of you might be asking, what exactly is ‘slow food'? Good question! Let’s talk to Alison Peake, the market’s manager and find out just why the slow food movement is grabbing the attention of our food conscious community.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 3 Feb 2017
What should contemporary art say and mean today? Is the artistic process more important than the finished product? We speak with Juliette Hanson, Senior Curator and Collection Manager at the Jewish Museum of Australia about these questions and more to coincide with 'Media Hype', a collection of works curated by Juliette from six leading contemporary artists. 'Media Hype' is currently on display at our c3 Contemporary Art Space until Sunday 26 February with four other collections. The pictured artwork is by Amanda Marburg, '17', 2013, oil on canvas, 80 x 100cm, courtesy of Sutton Gallery and the artist.
Posted by Brooke Daly on 23 Jan 2017
Feeling anxious about heading back to work after the summer break? We had a chat with Jill Humann, a counsellor and psychotherapist practicing in the Convent’s WellBeing Wing, for top tips on managing stress, what it means to be mindful and separating work from home.
Posted by Huw Cushing on 19 Jan 2017
Join us at 6.30pm tonight at St Heliers Street Gallery for the official opening of Eureka’s exhibition, Scarlatta, presented by Midsumma 2017, the state’s premier queer arts and cultural festival. A celebration of the male form and queer culture, Scarlatta includes photography, photo-montage and light installations which frame the nude-male within religious iconography, creating a tension between the carnal and the unearthly. We talk to Eureka ahead of tonight’s launch about this tension and where it comes from and the troubles he’s encountered when exhibiting male nudes in the past.
Posted by Brooke Daly on 11 Jan 2017
The natural beauty of the Abbotsford Convent grounds will stir the imagination of budding young writers in an interactive program featuring award-winning children’s authors and leading artists. Presented by the Abbotsford Convent and Kids’ Own Publishing, ‘Your Secret Garden’ by the Grand Imaginarium will allow children aged 5 – 12 years old the opportunity to write and publish their own book. One of the authors to guide children on this exploration is Jane Godwin, award-winning author of more than 20 children’s books. We spoke to Jane about her creative process, her most rewarding works and what children can expect from her story writing sessions.
Posted by Brooke Daly on 10 Jan 2017
Coming to the Abbotsford Convent for the first time this month, The Boite Singers’ Festival 2017 is an exploration of music and its many facets, from song-writing to performance. With top local and international talent, this celebration of music from around the world includes what will surely be illuminating song-writing workshops with Geoffrey Williams. We talk to Williams about who and what inspires him, performing at the Abbotsford Convent, and how he came to write music for the iconic Michael Jackson.
Posted by Brooke Daly on 5 Dec 2016
From humour and horror, to death and the absurd, artworks by The Ryan Sisters leave you asking questions and wanting more. As featured artists in our ‘FAUX STUDIO’ fundraiser exhibition at the Convent’s c3 Contemporary Art Space, we had a chat with this highly-talented contemporary arts duo to discover what drives their creative process and their work.
Posted by Brooke Daly on 22 Nov 2016
With band members hailing from around the world, and a play list spanning bush ballads and The Triffids, through to Lorde and originals, the Eucalyptus band covers a lot of ground! We had a chat with band member, Peter Barber – who is also a tenant at the Convent – ahead of the launch of Eucalyptus.
Posted by Rema O’Neill on 2 Nov 2016
What if you could see the Abbotsford Convent ‘then and now’ in the blink of an eye? Thanks to Open Spaces Art Trail artist, Emilie Walsh, you can! Emilie has created ‘image boxes’ which work like ‘view finders’ – a chance to see the Convent through both archival and contemporary imagery. Convent social history tour guide and resident architect, Rema O’Neill, had a chat with Emilie about her Open Spaces work, ‘Traversant,’ ahead of Open Spaces, Sunday 6 November at the Convent.