Open Spaces: Studios
Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces festival is a celebration of the Convent’s people, spaces and places.
With over 120 studios on site, the Convent precinct is an engine room for creativity, bringing together visual artists, writers, illustrators, architects and more! At Open Spaces, we'll be throwing open the studio doors, showcasing our diverse community of artists, movers, makers, and shakers. Come along to meet and be inspired by those who call the Convent home.
Sunday, 12 – 6pm | Across the site
Wander through the studios of our creative community over Sunday. We’ll have info boards at the festival hub and volunteers to point you in the right direction. You can also join a guided walk of the studios departing from the festival info hub.
The following studios and spaces will have things to see, watch, make and discover during the festival weekend. No bookings required, just bring your curiosity.
'Black Box' by Clark-Robertson (Work in progress research video)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 6pm | C1.27, Convent building
In 'Black Box', duo Clark-Robertson examine the process of traversing the zone between man-made and natural environments. They suggest that to make this crossing possible, we need to transition unrecognised or unseen, through the use of the black box. Inspired by WW1 dazzle camouflage, black box theory, and predictive coding, 'Black Box' seeks to create a sense of visual dissonance, as the artists attempt to conceal in plain sight, and pass from one environment to the next.
'Brazen Hussies' by Catherine Dwyer
Saturday and Sunday 12 – 6pm | C2.22A, Convent building
Brazen Hussies tells the story of the bold activists of the Women's Liberation Movement who re-ignited the feminist revolution in Australia. Bringing together unseen archival footage from the 1960s and 1970s, home movies, photographs and news media with personal in-depth interviews, the film introduces contemporary audiences to an exciting and revolutionary chapter in Australian history.
Saturday, 2 – 4pm | 3MBS studio and St Euphrasia lawn
3MBS is Melbourne's only local fine music radio station, broadcasting classical music and jazz 24 hours a day. 3MBS is offering the chance to meet the presenters, tour their studios, see a live performance, or head to their sausage sizzle and watch the live broadcast out on the lawn.
French tete-a-tete Second Hand Book Sale
Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 3pm | C1.30, Convent building
Find some written treasure inside the Convent's resident French school at the French Tete-a-Tete second hand book sale.
Jewellery making demonstrations with Katheryn Leopoldseder
Sunday, 12 - 6pm | Studio MG.1, Mercator building
Come and meet Convent-based artist, jeweller and designer in her studio. Chat to Katheryn about her practice, observe jewellery making demonstrations and peruse her beautiful collection of wares.
Lentil As Anything
Saturday and Sunday, Lentil’s regular opening hours
Showcasing the highlights of the Lentil community. Come and sample the delight of their world famous Momos or browse our unique merchandise. Relax and enjoy a meal with a difference at the Lentil As Anything restaurant, accompanied by live music throughout the weekend.
Life Drawing with Eureka
Sunday, 2 – 4pm | C1.24, Convent building
Come and try your hand at life drawing (drawing from the nude model) with Convent artist Eureka. Eureka will provide tips on how to draw the figure and also talk about the important role life drawing has in his art-making practice. He will also explain the etiquette of the life drawing salon so that everyone will find the experience fun and educational. All skill levels welcome.
Melbourne Art Therapy Studio
Sunday 12 – 6pm | C1.01, Convent building
Have a try at making mini books, creating mandalas, and drawing your self-portrait alongside the Convent's resident art therapy studio artists.
Print Demonstration by Ink & Spindle
Saturday, 3.30pm and Sunday 12pm | SH1.32, Sacred Heart building
Ink & Spindle are a boutique textile studio who hand-print fabric meterage inspired by local flora, fauna and landscape. Browse Ink & Spindle's range of organic & sustainable hand-printed meterage & homewares in their retail showroom, and watch a printing demonstration to learn how their fabrics are produced.
Songs from South of Sixty by Peter Barber
Sunday, on the hour from 12 – 5pm | C1.13, Convent building
Songs from South of Sixty is a collection of reflective poetry and prose gathered from a lifetime of experience. These works will be performed in short sets of 3 pieces along with reworked versions of classic Australian songs.
Stream of Consciousness Writing Installation by Alexandra Collier
Playwright and resident convent tenant Alexandra Collier will do something no writer ever wants to do - write live, while you watch her words appear on a large projector screen. Be part of her latest work as she writes - using your prompts and questions - in possibly the insanest thing a writer has ever agreed to be part of. Anyone can be part of this writing piece by submitting writing prompts, secrets, ideas or stories that you would like Alexandra to be inspired by. Submit an idea here.
TEXTILE / TABLE / WEAR by Leah Muddle and Janette Muddle
Saturday 12 – 9pm and Sunday 12 – 6pm | SHG.04, Sacred Heart building
This exhibition synthesises the various creative practices of mixed media artist/maker Leah, alongside long-term collaborator Janette Muddle. The work is informed by their avid appreciation for beautiful quality textiles, colour, pattern, collage and careful detail. The exhibition will comprise playful undertakings – large and small, novel and traditional – into the creation and embellishment of cloth (including quilting, appliqué, embroidery, illustration and print work).
Totes Amazing! with Print Safari
Sunday, 12 – 3pm | SH1.32, Sacred Heart building
Choose from an exciting selection of designs and learn how to screen print your design onto a tote bag to take home with you. Our expert Print Safari staff will be on hand to walk you through the process and discuss all things print!
Celebrative Spaces by Bursaria Fine Foods
Saturday 2 – 5pm and Sunday 12 – 4pm | Rosina Function Space
Step inside the incredible craft of Bursaria Fine Foods as they create a delightful world of catering for weddings and special events. Come inside and see some of the treasured experiences that have been hosted at the Convent over the past seven years.
Wheel Throwing Demonstrations and Anagama Kiln Firing by Cone 11
Sunday, intermittent throughout the day | MG.2, Mercator building
Working from a warm, sun-filled space in the Mercator building, Cone 11 has established itself as a maker of high-quality and original ceramics. Browse works for sale, watch a new piece spring to life from the centre of an ever-spinning wheel or observe the unique anagama firing process outside the studio.
Wheel Throwing Demonstration by Ghost Wares
Sunday, 2.30 – 3pm | SHG.15, Sacred Heart building
Ghost Wares is a Melbourne-based ceramics studio with an emphasis on creating objects that are elegant but playful, with an element of timeless restraint. Learn more about the studio and how their ceramics are made, plus see a new piece created on the wheel.
Want to browse some handmade wares? Check out our Open Spaces markets featuring the most exciting Melbourne makers, designers and thinkers.