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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


VIVID exhibition

Opening THIS Saturday 2-4pm at Chapman and Bailey, VIVID!
An exhibition by Sue Beyer, Louise Blyton, Filomena Coppola, Rox De Luca and Ilona Nelson.
Colour is often dismissed as having a purely decorative function. In this exhibition colour is used to describe cultural oppositions, emotional states, transformation, self censoring and the experience of place. The work presents a socially acceptable surface of creative expression, a thin veil which if penetrated reveal five individual her-stories. Stories, which are unique to the individual but shared in experience by many. In this exhibition, colour is a reflector which projects the experience and creates a space for immersion, conversation and reciprocity.

Photography intensive

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS with Ilona Nelson returns as a one day intensive on September 8th!  Come along and learn how to get the most out of your camera and take great photographs without buying any more gear.  Places are limited to 10 attendees, for all the information and to book CLICK HERE.

EOFY tax deductible donations

There’s only 2 days left before the end of the financial year!  Ilona is currently raising funds to help her host her biggest exhibition yet and it’s going to be such a special show.

It features her portraits of 26 artists accompanied by work by each of the sitters.  There’s also a fantastic program of events including a live drawing installation and performance by Gosia Wlodarczak, a panel hosted by the Women’s Art Register and Maria from the Talking With Painters podcast will be recording live in the exhibition with artist Jacqui Stockdale!

Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed so far.  All funds raised go towards covering the costs of the exhibition at Town Hall Gallery 1st September – 21st October.  Along with sponsorship and support from the gallery, all exhibiting artists will get paid an artwork loan fee.  Not only does Ilona want gender equality but for artists to get paid for their time and work.

So please, if you can, make a tax deductible donation and share the link with your friends to help Ilona smash her target!  You’re not only supporting the artists in this exhibition, but all of the 100+ This Wild Song artists and helping us create change.  Thank you!!


Drawing as Language

We’re excited to be hosting the next This Wild Song forum with artists Filomena Coppola, Lily Mae Martin and Charlotte Watson!

The artists will be speaking about their work and discussing drawing as language, and share their experiences of being a woman in the arts. Please bring along your questions and join us for a wonderful afternoon of conversations with fellow artists.

Book your seat HERE.

*All contributors to This Wild Song’s fundraiser through the Australian Cultural Fund receive a free ticket! Simply email to reserve your seat. You can make a tax deductible donation HERE.

Social Media & Marketing for artists – THIS Saturday

Coming up this Saturday – Social Media and Marketing for Artists!

Join Ilona Nelson as she steps you through how to create media packs, how to use social media effectively and market your work.  All profits are donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, places are limited, book your spot HERE.

Social media and marketing for artists

The next workshop in our WHAT I WISH I LEARNED AT ART SCHOOL series is SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING with Ilona Nelson!

Ilona’s work has been featured in The Age, frankie magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, art magazines, local newspapers and various online publications.  Come along and learn how to market your exhibitions, how to approach the media and how to use social media to your advantage as an artist.  Plus at the end we’ll do an instagram tutorial to explain the features and what they’re used for.

It’s on Saturday 12th May, for all the details and to book CLICK HERE.

Erika featured on This Wild Song

Ilona recently photographed TAR Director Erika Gofton for her project This Wild Song with a gorgeous barn owl Lucy! Read Erika’s interview and see more of her work at