Convent Kids presents: Watch Out!
Calling all children!
'Watch out!' Flags can be used to draw our attention to many different things. Sometimes they are symbols, representing a country, a person or an idea. Sometimes they are messages, (Welcome!) or warnings about something dangerous (a pirate ship!). In the workshop ‘Watch Out!’, children will create their own special flags with artist Katie Lee to send messages across the picturesque grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Katie will help children draw attention to something special they want you to stop and see or to make games and reveal special and hidden spaces. Flags will remain in place around the site during the school holidays so all visitors can take part.
Workshops will include materials and children will learn a variety of techniques, including fabric painting, drawing and appliqué methods.
The free ‘Watch Out!’ workshops, designed for children aged 7 – 11, will be held at 10 and 1pm each day from 5 – 8 April. Workshops are approximately 90 minutes in duration. They are located in the Packing Room and Sacred Heart Courtyard. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This program is delivered in partnership with artist Katie Lee.
Please note: workshop on 5 April at 1pm will be run by guest artist Hanna Tai.
About the Artist
Katie Lee works across sculpture, drawing and video; making artworks that resemble familiar objects and things that we use every day. Lee is interested in using these everyday forms, gestures and spaces to invite her audience to look more closely at the objects and things that we see around us in our everyday environment – such as tools, instruments and furniture. In doing so, Lee asks us to consider why are things the way that they are? And perhaps even to imagine, how could they be different?
Lee is currently completing a PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She holds a Master of Visual Arts by research from RMIT (2009) and has also studied postgraduate education and urban planning. She has received numerous grants and awards, including Creative Victoria, the Australia Council and the Australian Postgraduate Award. Recent residencies include Asialink, Indonesia, 2014; The Arts Incubator, Singapore, 2013; and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011–2012. Lee has exhibited widely both in Australian and internationally since 2005. Exhibition highlights include: 'Inclinations', Sutton Gallery, 2014; 'Dreaming of a Technological Future', Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2014; 'Collected Objects, Varied Materials', Shepparton Art Museum, 2013; and 'We Will Never Be Still', Dance Massive, 2013. Lee has served on the board of Conical Inc., Gertrude Contemporary and West Space. She teaches Expanded Studio Practice at RMIT and Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
If you have a working with children certificate, and would like to assist with this program, please see our volunteer page.
‘Watch Out!’ was commissioned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and is supported by the City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Community Grants program.
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