New photography workshop!

Our new PHOTOGRAPHY – OPEN STUDIO workshop follows on from Photography for Beginners!

This workshop is designed for photographers that are learning how to shoot in Manual and want to practice, and build on, your skills.  Come along and bring your camera, manual and questions, and work through a series of exercises to put everything into practice.

It’s on Saturday 17th November 1-4pm, places are limited, for all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

3 spots left!

Only 3 spots left for our next CONFIDENCE IN COLOURMIXING workshop!

Working through a series of exercises, you will learn about working with a limited palette, gaining a greater understanding of pigments and their characteristics, about physical mixing of colour and optically mixing for glazing.  You will also build your own colour mixing resources along the way that you can then utilise in your studio!

It’s on the 30th of September, for all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

Teacher Feature – Marieke Dench

Marieke Dench is a nationally recognised Australian artist.  She has a Fine Arts Degree from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T) and a Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne (receiving the award for Practical Teacher of the Year).

Marieke has successfully maintained a recognised arts practice in her own right, exhibiting nationally and internationally for almost 20 years.  The breadth of her practice is vast and includes painting, encaustic painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and architectural installation.

Marieke has a reputation for approaching two-dimensional material with a sculptor’s eye and her works hover between the object and the description of an object and/or concept.  Her ongoing interest in image making and how humans navigate through a diverse and wide range of situations and locales brings forth intellectually challenging and engaging works.

Marieke has been the recipient of a Collie Trust Scholarship as well as winning a number of awards, including the Silk Cut Award and the Shell Fremantle Non-Acquisitive Print Award.  Her work is held in numerous Australian public and private collections and has undertaken major commissions in both of these sectors.

A Truth About Being an Artist

A TRUTH ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST hosted by Hannah Bertram is on this Saturday 1-3pm!

Hannah will be sharing tools and activities she uses to help her remain curious, playful and uninhibited in her practice.

Hannah will also be discussing her 24 Hour Endurance Drawing Project, which we’re thrilled to be hosting on October 20th, so if you’re curious to learn more about what this special event entails please come along!


Teacher Feature – Hannah Bertram

Hannah Bertram completed a PhD at VCA, University of Melbourne in 2018, and a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2005 at RMIT. The primary medium for her temporary decorative installations is dust, but her practice also includes site-responsive installations, drawing, video, performance and spoken word.

During her fifteen years as a professional visual artist, her works have been exhibited throughout Australia and Internationally. Her ephemeral installations have been displayed in ARI’s, commercial galleries, university galleries, public space, and contemporary art museums including most her site-specific work ‘Phoenix in Ruins’ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She has been awarded several prizes and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Prudential Eye Award for Best Emerging Installation Artists in Asia. Bertram has also participated in many artist-in-residencies programs, such as the Australia Council, Skills and Art Development – Green St studio New York.

In addition to her art career she is also an experienced teacher working in the Creative Arts degrees at Deakin University. Several of her artist-in-residence projects have included working with members of the community or students, to collaborate creatively on the development of new work.

In 2005 Hannah Bertram and fellow American artist Kendall Nordin created and completed the first 24 Hour Drawing Project. In subsequent years the event has included artists from Australia, USA and China and has taken place in several continents. It is a studio-based project that honours endurance, time and process.  We’re thrilled to be hosting the next 24hrDP on October 20th!

Come along to A TRUTH ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST this Saturday and hear Hannah speak about her practice, how she remains curious and her 24 Hour Endurance Drawing Project! For all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

*Hannah’s portrait © Bri Hammond and RMIT

Lino Printing returns!

LINO PRINTING returns and begins September 20th!  This workshops series accommodates both Beginners and Open Studio for artists with some experience.

For all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

Life Drawing at the studio this week

CASUAL LIFE DRAWING returns Wednesday night and Saturday morning this week!  Join us for a wonderful drawing session with a professional model and great company!

For all the details and to book CLICK HERE.