In Conversation with Artist Claire Robertson

    Group meditation, drones, film… Claire Robertson’s new work for the Convent has it all, and you’re invited to join in! We had a chat with Claire about audience participation, collaboration and where the work may take participants. This work features as part of our new public program!

    In Conversation with Hugo Race for Rock & Roll Writers Festival

    On Sunday April 9, Rock & Roll Writers Festival, Australia’s only literary festival celebrating the relationship between writing and music, comes to Melbourne and the Abbotsford Convent for the first time. We speak to musician and writer Hugo Race about his recently published memoir ‘Road Series’ – an on the road diary covering Melbourne’s 1980s punk scene and travels through Europe, South America and Africa. Race, a former member of The Bad Seeds will speak about ‘Road Series’ and the art of the memoir as part of a panel discussion with Rob Snarski and Jenny Valentish.

    In Conversation with Brian Recktenwald, Environment Artist with Naughty Dog

    The world’s leading visual effects artists return to the Convent next week for Gnomon Live: The Art of Entertainment; a two-day event highlighting the best and brightest in the games industry, curated by Hollywood’s Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation. Featuring live demos, master-classes, panel discussions and networking opportunities, Gnomon Live provides insights into the cutting-edge work of leading digital effects artists. We chat with presenter Brian Recktenwald, Environment Artist with Naughty Dog, about the industry, the importance of fostering new talent, and how to break into the business.

    In Conversation With Craig Mathewson and Anahata Giri – Theatreyoga Inventors

    Next month, Convent-based performer Craig Mathewson and One Heart Yoga Director Anahata Giri will host a workshop for a brand new discipline of yoga they've dubbed 'Theatreyoga'. Mixing the disciplines of theatre training and traditional yoga, Theatreyoga aims to move between the meditative practices of yoga and the lively group exercises associated with acting. We chat with Craig and Anahata to find out more about this exciting new discipline and what participants can expect to learn.

    In Conversation with Artist and Designer Eugenie Kawabata

    As part of Melbourne Design Week and curated by the Abbotsford Convent's artist in-residence, Eugenie Kawabata, exhibition 'Departures' opens today at The Grey Area, Collingwood. Featuring the work of four designers, including Kawabata, 'Departures' features hand-made design objects which explore the relationship between nature, old traditions and new futures. We speak to Kawabata about her design philosophy ahead of a Meet The Makers event with the four designers, at The Grey Area, Saturday 18 March from 11am–2pm.

    In Conversation with Animator and Illustrator Sal Cooper

    Tonight, Abbotsford Convent in-residence artist Sal Cooper will launch her newest work, 'What I Am Not Going To Tell You' at The Atrium at Federation Square. Exhibiting until 26 March, the work features a series of drawings referencing pivotal moments in places Cooper has lived. We chat with her about her latest work, her process and the role of humour in art.

    c3 Contemporary Art Space – In Conversation with Artist Alfred Marasigan and Curator Tania Smith

    Providing a snapshot of the Filipino art scene, c3 Contemporary Art Space is exhibiting the works of six Filipino artists in their first every Australian exhibition. Four of the artists, Alfred Marasigan, Nomar Bayog Miano, Gigi Ocampo and Soika Vomiter, have travelled more than 6,000kms to be in Melbourne to install their exhibition Proximity and will discuss their works at a c3 event on Saturday 11 March from 2 – 3pm. We speak with Alfred and Proximity curator and former Abbotsford Convent Studio Start-up recipient, Tania Smith about Filipino contemporary art and the importance of place and identity.

    In Conversation with Old School New School Design and Typography Founder Veronica Grow

    How did we progress from scribes to typesetters? What is typography and why does it matter? We have a chat with Veronica Grow, founder of Old School New School Design and Typography, ahead of two new courses starting at the Convent in March.

    Studio Start-up Artist – In Conversation with Lauren Dunn

    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.

    In Conversation with Alison Peake of Slow Food Farmers’ Market

    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.