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Anon exhibition

ANON opens Thursday 6th of September, 6-9PM

Featuring work from Ryan Boserio, Iain Dean, Erika Gofton, Sarah Hart, Richard Healy, Nicholas Ives, Kim Hyunji, Shannon Mcculloch, Nicholas Plowman, Andy Quilty and Jennifer Whitten. Anon explores the different ways contemporary artists in Australia are exploring and experimenting with the portrait subject through the medium of paint.

Exhibition: 6th – 9th of September
Curated by Kim Hyunji

Our exciting new announcements!!!

Hi everyone,

I am really excited to share some new announcements with you all!

Firstly it is with great pleasure that after nearly 7 years running The Art Room on my own, I am thrilled to announce that Ilona Nelson is joining me as partner. This is super exciting for both of us but also for you, as it means we are going to be able to bring you even bigger and better programs and events in the future!

And rest assured we have BIG plans…
– Lots of new classes and workshops including a 24 hour Endurance Drawing event in September, an Art and Motherhood forum in November, and Pushing the Line a huge drawing experience over 5 days with 5 different artist tutors in January
– A new progressive format for Foundation Drawing and Painting classes in 2019 to create continuous development and further your practice
– A brand new website with not only everything you need to know about The Art Room, but also providing a valuable online resource to support you in all aspects of your practice
– Loads more artist talks
New and updated booking system
And so much more!!!

This exciting new change has given us the opportunity to focus on how we can make The Art Room a unique studio that benefits you. To create a safe and supportive community where you are challenged and empowered to be the best artist you can be.

The Art Room offers unique classes and workshops enabling you to design your own individual program focusing on one or more of these five categories:
1. Skill and technical development – The ‘how to’ classes teaching you methods and techniques giving you the confidence to make work that is uniquely you
2. Professional development – Career focused sessions about the business of being an artist
3. Masterclasses – For practicing artists looking to challenge and push their practice
4. Community – Assisting in the development of a supportive community that is based on generosity, encouragement and openness. And helps you make connections that will positively impact your artistic career long term
5. Making a Difference – Creating meaningful opportunities to give back to the greater arts community and our local Western Suburbs through fundraising activities

We hope you share in our excitement as we head into this next stage of The Art Room. We really want to be a positive influence on the future of our arts community and we can’t wait to present our new programs and events!

If you have any questions or feedback feel free to contact us on


This Wild Song podcast

Today’s Monday Inspiration comes from our very own Erika Gofton!

Ilona has just released her This Wild Song podcast where she’s interviewing artists about the practicalities, and realities, of being a professional artist.

In Erika’s episode we chat in depth about art education, Erika’s practice and advice for emerging artists. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and find the links on the TWS website

Exploring the Human Head intensive

Our EXPLORING THE HUMAN HEAD intensive returns in June and places are filling fast!

In this 3 day intensive workshop students will develop their understanding and confidence and learn strategies in working with the human head/portraiture. You will explore the fundamentals necessary to understand the structure of the head so that you can work with more confidence from both life and photographs.

It begins June 26th, for all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

Erika’s Masterclass with Linden

The Art Room’s Erika Gofton is hosting a Drawing Masterclass with Linden New Art this Saturday 10:30 – 1:30pm!  Erika will lead you to use the language of drawing as a way to not only see, but to also understand personal objects that are precious to you.

Ways of Seeing takes inspiration from the exhibition Genaivisheh Shtiklech (Tricky Pieces) by Melbourne-based artist Nicole Newman. Aspects of Newman’s personal history often appear in her artworks, such as Untitled 11 (2015, pictured) which carries the Yiddish phrase “A sach mentshen zehen, nor vainik fun zai farshtaien” which means ‘many people see, but only a few understand’. This phrase represents the priority Newman gives to creativity in further knowing oneself, and in understanding the world around us.

For all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

This week’s Life Drawing

CASUAL LIFE DRAWING returns with two sessions this week!

Our first session is tomorrow 7:30-9:30pm, and the second on Saturday 10am-12pm.  Please note that the Saturday session is almost full.  For all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

Exploring the Human Head – June intensive

EXPLORING THE HUMAN HEAD returns as a 3 day intensive in June!

The workshop will develop your understanding and confidence, and learn strategies in working with the human head and portraiture.  The intensive runs from the 26-28th June 10am-3pm, places are limited, for all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

Last places for Foundation Drawing – Term 2!

FOUNDATION DRAWING returns in Term 2 and we only have a couple of places left for our morning session!  Please note that the night session is booked out.

The course begins 16th April and runs for 8 weeks.  For all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

How to work with charcoal

Introducing a NEW workshop THE GIVE AND TAKE OF CHARCOAL!

Hosted by artist Erika Gofton this two part workshop explores the wonderful medium of charcoal and focuses on additive and subtractive methods of building an image. We will explore different tools, paper and materials and gain a greater understanding of charcoal.

It’s on the 10th and 17th June, places are limited, to book your place CLICK HERE!