Posted by Laura Bianchi on 9 Nov 2018
Classically trained by some of the best jazz pianists in the world, Aaron Choulai’s path to becoming one of Japan’s most sought after hip-hop producers is not what you might expect. We chat with Aaron about his eclectic background, his collaboration with Daichi Yamamoto, and the influences that collide in their beat-making.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 5 Nov 2018
In a media landscape dominated by the male perspective, where women’s stories are too often shaped by the men who tell them, empowering women to share their experiences is a radical act. Domini Marshall, founder and director of ‘her words,’ is aiming to tackle gender inequality through empathy and education – specifically, by giving women a safe and supportive platform to tell their stories in their own words.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 24 Oct 2018
Step into Minna Gilligan’s maximalist heaven, where feminine iconography is celebrated and freed from a traditionally male gaze, and colour reigns supreme. Minna has transformed her studio space for visitors at Open Spaces on 17 and 18 November. We chat to Minna about her art, her inspirations, and the importance of having ‘a room of her own’.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 18 Oct 2018
Larger-than-life ants collecting breadcrumbs, a giant tangle of colourful elastic, creature costumes fashioned from brown paper and tape…. Polyglot weave their theatrical spell over the simplest of materials, conjuring worlds of imagination that delight children and their adults. We chat with Sue Giles, Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre, about being the new kids at the Convent, their upcoming program at Open Spaces, and Polyglot’s secret recipe for unleashing the creativity of children.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 9 Oct 2018
Multi-talented producer Joel Ma (Joelistics) has curated an exciting Open Sounds music program, bringing world beats to our heritage gardens and eclectic DJs to Sacred Heart as part of Open Spaces. Spread over two days, the lineup includes Senegambian Jazz Band, Cool Out Sun, Aaron Choulai x Daichi Yamamoto, and many more. We chat to Joel about what he has in store for this year’s audiences, and what’s next for him as an MC, producer and multi-instrumentalist.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 27 Sep 2018
The Convent’s St Heliers Street Gallery is an exciting space to showcase the work of our creative tenants and the wider artistic community.The gallery currently offers an abundance of photographic delight with concurrent exhibitions by Convent tenants Nadin and Jo Condon. We chatted with Jo and Nadin about their exhibitions and their passion for seeing light within nature, themselves and others.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 31 Aug 2018
Goodbye conscious consumer, hello capitalist perfection… Dare yourself to question the ethics of your consumption in Dance Plant Collective’s new work MEAT. After a sellout season in Auckland, the collective will make their Australian debut at the Convent as part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival from 28 – 30 September 2018. We chat to Bella Wilson, Brittany Kohler and Natasha Kohler from the collective about the power of contemporary dance as a vehicle for change, the themes explored in MEAT, and what they hope audiences will take away from the work.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 30 Aug 2018
Here at the Convent, we love surprising audiences with a diverse range of musicians at our annual Music in the Round. This year, baroque trio Latitude 37 will add their unique flavour to the mix, delighting audiences on baroque violin, viola de gamba and harpsichord.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 14 Aug 2018
Forest Collective invite audiences to experience music in new and expanded ways at Skin Deep, a unique performance exploring unconventional notation. The performance will take place at the Convent on Sunday 19 August. We chat with composer, cellist and Forest Collective member Nikki Edgar about the upcoming show, the premiere of her new piece, and the importance of experimentation in music.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 27 Jul 2018
It’s that time of year again, when the Abbotsford Convent gears up to delight audiences with some of the finest classical musicians in the country at Music in the Round. We chat with Music in the Round Artistic Director and cellist Chris Howlett about what’s in store for this year’s audiences, his top picks, and why he loves performing at the Convent.