Posted by Abbotsford Convent Foundation on 19 Jun 2019
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.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 17 Jun 2019
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.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 4 Jun 2019
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.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 22 May 2019
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.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 30 Apr 2019
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.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 17 Apr 2019
Art can bring people together, tell a story or illustrate an issue in a uniquely affecting way. We chat to three creatives who are harnessing the power of art as a vehicle for change.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 3 Apr 2019
With winter on our doorstep, it’s the perfect time to direct our attention to looking after ourselves physically and mentally. Luckily, Melbourne’s newest boutique wellness event, Super Bloom Festival, is coming to the Convent on 13 and 14 April. We sat down with some of the wellbeing experts involved in the event to share their best wellness tips and insights.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 8 Mar 2019
The Convent is home to over 120 creatives, organisations and wellbeing practitioners, forming the beating heart of this creative precinct.
This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the women in our Convent community. Their presence and work breathes new life into this historic precinct every day.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 1 Mar 2019
We’re excited to launch our Magdalen Laundries Program with Temporal Proximities, curated by Kelli Alred. We spoke with Kelli about the challenges of combining static and performative works, and how the unique characteristics of the Convent’s heritage-listed Magdalen Laundries shaped the exhibition.
Posted by Laura Bianchi on 12 Feb 2019
Over one big weekend, on February 23 and 24, the Convent will welcome hundreds of craft beer fans to celebrate summer at Brewers Feast. We chat with Sam Cumming from Grand Ridge, one of the breweries taking part in the event, about the ins and outs of craft beer, trends in the industry, and what festival guests can expect from Grand Ridge at Brewers Feast.