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    In Conversation with Heritage Conservator Penny Byrne

    This year, with the help of the Convent’s network of supporters, the ACF has engaged heritage conservator Penny Byrne to repair the crumbling 110+ year-old tessellated tiles lining our public walkways. We talk to Penny about what’s involved in such a delicate project, the impact of a National Heritage listing, and her upcoming tenancy at the Convent. 

    In Conversation with Abbotsford Convent Artist-in-Residence Luke George

    We chat with 'A Call To Actions' creator and Abbotsford Convent Artist-in-Residence Luke George about the intimacy of group movement, breaking down barriers between performer and audience, and how the Convent grounds provide the perfect space for experimentation. 

    In Conversation with Convent Volunteer Anouk Dijkman

    From children’s programs to gallery exhibitions, markets to musical performances, the Convent’s volunteer community plays a critical role in supporting our work and providing a welcoming face for thousands of visitors. As we celebrate Volunteers Week around Australia, we chat with one of our international volunteers, Anouk Dijkman, about ways to experience a new country, make friends and gain professional development through the joys and diversity of experiences while volunteering at the Convent.

    In Conversation with Q44 Theatre's Gabriella Rose-Carter

    Ahead of Q44 Theatre's premiere of 'Ironbound' at the Convent, we get the lowdown from Artistic Director and Founder, Gabriella Rose-Carter, on 'doing' over 'thinking', the importance of finding your tribe in pursuing your craft, and what it's like to play a woman whose relationships are bound by compromise.

    In Conversation with Sound Artist Thembi Soddell

    Plunged into darkness and subjected to an array of voices. Find out what awaits inside 'Held Down, Expanding', a single-person performance installation by Thembi Soddell, at the Convent this weekend as part of Liquid Architecture's 'Polyphonic Social'.

    In Conversation with Chubby Cheeks Ice Cream's Tess Elliott

    Make the most of the hot April days while you can with Chubby Cheeks Ice Cream at the Vegan Market of Melbourne! We speak with Chubby Cheeks founder Tess Elliott about the praline, puns and solar power that keeps them churning out the deliciousness!

    In Conversation with Ink & Spindle

    We speak with new Sacred Heart tenant Ink & Spindle about their hand-printed textiles, artist collaborations, mother nature's inspiration, and find out just why sustainability is so important for a small business.

    In Conversation with Arcadia Winds

    From being named Musica Viva Australia’s inaugural FutureMakers musicians, to airing live on BBC radio, it’s been a huge six years for Arcadia Winds since they formed in 2012. We get the lowdown on traversing fairy tales through music, circus collaborations and why chamber music matters ahead of their concert at the Convent, Friday 23 March 2018.

    In Conversation with SK!N co-creator Govin Ruben

    From Kuala Lumpar to Australia, theatre production 'SK!N' has been leaving audiences with plenty to talk about. From weighing audience members to working with human rights organisations, we speak with show co-creator Govin Ruben about the importance of 'SK!N''s anti human trafficking message.

    In Conversation with Blizzard Entertainment's Seth Thompson

    The world’s leading visual effects artists return to the Convent next week for CG Futures; a three-day event highlighting the best and brightest in the games industry through live demos, master-classes, panel discussions and networking opportunities. We chat with presenter Seth Thompson, Art Department Supervisor, Creative Development at Blizzard Entertainment to find out what it takes to make it in the industry.