In Conversation with Here's Looking At You Kid Head Distiller Liz Beech

    We chat with Liz Beech, Founder and Head Distiller of Here’s Looking At You Kid (HLAYK) about their exclusive Convent-inspired gin and what they have planned for Brewers Feast on 1 & 2 February.

    In Conversation with Urban Alley Head Brewer Shaya Rubinstein

    Brewers Feast returns to the Convent on 1 & 2 February, celebrating the best local craft beer, cider and spirits alongside great eats, live music and a host of workshops.

    We speak to Shaya Rubinstein, Head Brewer at Urban Alley, about their Brewers Feast selection, and his top tips for pairing food with brews.

    Announcing Our Asia TOPA Program

    Abbotsford Convent is excited to partner with Asia TOPA on an electrifying program celebrating the creative imagination of artists and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region from January – March 2020.

    In Conversation with the Convent’s new Gardener Mal Jackson

    We speak to our new Gardener Mal Jackson to find out a bit more about how he keeps our gardens beautiful and healthy, and the exciting plans he has for the future. 

    In Conversation with Afro Hub Founder Saba Alemayoh

    We’re so excited for our first collaboration with Afro Hub, bringing a host of African Australian talent to the Convent across two special events. We sat down with Saba Alemayoh, Founder of Afro Hub, to chat about our upcoming events, culture from the continent, and how Afro Hub reduces barriers to access for Melbourne’s African Australian artistic community.

    Windows to Worlds

    The windows of any building are its most vulnerable part – but they’re also where the light gets in. They’re the liminal spaces where people can peer into, and out of, other worlds. We had a chat with creatives and practitioners from the Convent building community about their heritage studios and what inspires them most about the view.

    In Conversation with Polyglot Theatre's Mischa Long

    Polyglot Theatre artist Mischa Long has dreamt up this interactive installation for children to explore their natural fascination with sources of light. We sat down with Mischa to discuss Light Pickers and the value of letting children explore wondrous spaces freely with their eyes, ears and hands.

    In Conversation with Ghost Wares' Matthew Vrettas

    Step inside the light-filled studio of ceramicists Ghost Wares and you’ll find neatly aligned rows of meticulously crafted mugs, teapots, vases and flatware in a range of muted hues. Walk a little further and you’ll usually find Matthew Vrettas seated at his wheel, towel over knee and hands over clay. Ghost Wares have been spinning beautifully restrained pieces since 2016, and are now holding their very first exhibition in the Convent’s St Heliers Street Gallery. We chat to Matthew Vrettas about how Ghost Wares came to be, their design philosophy, and how they’ve translated their unique ceramics into art.

    Conversations with Convent Volunteers

    This National Volunteer Week, we’re celebrating the many friendly faces whose dedicated work helps the Convent thrive. Over the last year, 97 volunteers generously donated 2,138 hours to the Convent. They helped keep our gardens beautiful, welcomed music-lovers at our Convent Live events, answered visitor questions in our c3 Contemporary Art Space, and told the story of the Convent’s past on our Social History Tours.

    In Conversation with Butoh artists Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takiguchi

    Over the last two months, we’ve been discovering the many faces of Butoh, a Japanese performance art traditionally known for its dark and grotesque nature, now shaking up its image with modern reinventions. The Convent’s second ButohOUT! Festival, centering on the theme ‘Forbidden Laughter’, has invited performers, children and now audiences to crack a smile at the surreal comedy of contemporary Butoh.