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    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.

    Advocacy Through Art

    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.

    Conversations with Wellbeing Experts

    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.

    Conversations with Creative Women at the Convent

    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.

    In Conversation with Kelli Alred

    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.