Midsumma 2017 exhibition Scarlatta official opening tonight

    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.

    'Your Secret Garden' – In Conversation with Jane Godwin

    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.

    The Boite Singers’ Festival 2017 – In Conversation with Geoffrey Williams

    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.

    In Conversation with The Ryan Sisters

    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. 

    In Conversation with Eucalyptus Band Member – Peter Barber

    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.

    In Conversation - Resident Architect, Rema O’Neill, interviews Artist, Emilie Walsh

    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.

    Open Spaces Talks Series – In Conversation with Tony Birch

    Ahead of his talk at Open Spaces (Sunday 6 November), we had a chat with celebrated Convent writer-in-residence, Tony Birch, about his latest novel, ‘Ghost River’. Read on for more about difficult characters, Huckleberry Finn as a source of inspiration and Tony’s connection to the Yarra River.

    Design Space – In Conversation with Esther Sandler and Caitlin Shearer

    What do David Bowie, spirit animals and Merri Creek have in common? They all serve as creative inspiration to two independent designers – Esther Sandler (Togetherness Design) and Caitlin Shearer (Caitlin She) – whose work we’re showcasing at this year’s Design Space at Open Spaces. In the countdown to Open Spaces (Sunday 6 November), we had a chat with Esther and Caitlin about their work, their process and what inspires them.

    In Conversation with Ben Hamilton – Head Brewer at Watts River Brewing

    If you’ve ever wondered how to make craft beer or even pair craft beer with food, Brewers Feast is for you! With a festival vibe and great food complementing two days of craft beer talks and tastings with industry leaders and innovators, we had a chat to brewing expert, Ben Hamilton, who’ll be presenting at Brewers Feast.

    In Conversation with Open Spaces Music Program Curators, Foreign Brothers

    From meeting at Melbourne’s Veggie Bar to creating community-based music events which showcase upcoming artists, it’s been a big four years for multicultural music collective, the Foreign Brothers. As curators of this year’s Open Spaces music program, we had a chat to see what they’ve got planned!