Arts In Isolation at Bunjil Place
Our doors may be (temporarily) closed, but we're always open to delivering amazing arts and cultural experiences at Bunjil Place. That's why we've created #ArtsInIsolation, an online digital project that's set to serve amazing arts experiences straight to your home. Explore our latest exhibition in the Gallery, enjoy a special stage performance with the family, or learn something new in our online workshops and art activities.
Bailey's Art Club is a place for children and families to be creative and share creativity. This week we're asking our little ghouls and goblins to design a spook-tacular house for Halloween! We'd love to see what you create, so send us a photo of your work and we will feature it in Bailey's special Art Club Video Wrap-Up!
This school holidays we have a heap of col activities to get you moving in and outside of the house, including a cool Strava Art Challenge and some fun arts activities that parents and kids will love!
We asked the artists - and creative types - that have performed at Bunjil Place to create a Spotify playlist that inspires their work - past, present and future. This week's Inspiration Playlist comes from critically acclaimed Aussie band, HUSKY.
wednesday workshop: Smartphone Photography
Learn how to master your smartphone camera and take amazing photos in and around your home. Photography expert Chris Bowes (@chrisbowesphotos on Insta) shows us the best techniques to accurately expose and focus with your phone's camera and walk you through how to make your images pop using a simple editing app. Forget buying a fancy pro camera - you'll be taking amazing photos with your smartphone in no time!
We asked the artists - and creative types - that have performed at Bunjil Place to create a Spotify playlist that inspires their work - past, present and future. First up is The Funk Buddies, an 8 piece New Orleans style instrumental street funk band from Melbourne that were one of the feature acts of Summer Sounds 2019 in the Plaza.
Yomeciland Finger Puppets
Remember Yomeciland? It was a digital art installation we had in the Studio that explored how we can create wacky and wonderful virtual creatures with the sounds of our voices. Artists Uyen Nguyen and Matthew Riley have created two cute finger puppets that you can make at home, all you need to do is cut them out of the template and glue them together!
Vera MÖller: A Thousand Tides - Virtual Exhibition
Remember this great exhibition from Vera Möller? Well as most of us can't exactly take a trip to the seaside lately, we have this exhibition to view virtually from your own couch.
A Thousand Tides bring into focus the extraordinary under water habitats and marine life of Western Port.
View the virtual tour
Draw A FUZZY FRIEND
Illustrator Kat Chadwick created a handy set of instructions, especially for kids, on how to draw your own fuzzy friend. Follow along with Kat's instructions and create your own fuzzy friend. What name will you give your friend? What outfit might they be wearing?
Want to become an inventor? Come and make your own Robot friend based on rescued materials, with puppeteer Jenny Ellis of Little Wing Puppets.
Buttons, bottle-tops, cardboard rolls - anything in your recycling bin can be the starting point for your creation!
Puppetry of Paper
Scrunch, rip, twist, tear…. Watch your page leap to life and onto the stage! Join Little Wing Puppets for this online workshop and create an exciting new creature from everyday materials you have at home.
Mountain Goat Mountain
The Arts Centre Melbourne, brings you Mountain Goat Mountain, a magical place where strange and wonderful happenings often take place.
Step into an imaginary world and create your very own theatre experience. In this interactive journey, families will be guided with audio through a series of playful activities before being carried along through an immersive soundscape.
School Holiday Bingo
This school holidays, compete against your friends and family in school holiday bingo! Who will be first to complete 5 activities in a row?
Share photos of your bingo activities (and antics!) on social media, and tag @bunjil_place #bunjilplace. We would love to see what you get up to!
School holiday bingo is available in English, Dari, Punjabi, Sinhalese and Simplified Chinese.
Introduction to Shadow Puppetry
Come and explore the world of shadow puppetry with puppeteer, Jenny Ellis. This hands-on workshop will give children a range of skills to make their own puppets and shadow screen, brought to you by Little Wing Puppets.
If you make some cool shadow puppets, make sure you tag us @bunjil_place and use the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag!
Scratch Coding Competition
Scratch is a free, easy-to-use coding platform that anyone can learn. This school holidays why not give it a go? We are hosting a game competition open to ages 5-17 for entries with a Bunjil Place theme. You could win a $100 gift voucher, plus have your game featured on our website! Competition closes Friday 31st July 2020 at 23:59. Winners announced in August 2020.
Competition Terms and Conditions - Find out more about the Scratch Coding Competition
Arts agitators ezine
As part of this year's Emerging Writer's Festival, a collective of young artists from Melbourne's South-East have produced an Ezine that explores what it means to them to ‘agitate’. Be transported to their worlds and beyond.
Download the PDF - More about Arts Agitators Collective
The Australian Ballet: Dance With Wilay
Join Wilay to learn a health and wellbeing dance to make you feel good! Wilay is a character from the Australian Ballet's performance Wilaygu Ngayinybula/Possum's two minds choreographed by Ella Havelka. Wilay means possum in Wiradjuri language. There are two videos to choose from, one for juniors and an accessible version with additional options. Pick the one that suits and get dancing! Read more at the Australian Ballet website.
We're celebrating Eric Carl's The Very Hungry Caterpillar with an awesome COLOURING COMPETITION. If you're interested in winning an cool Art & Craft Bundle Pack download the sheet, colour it in and email your entry, name and age to email@example.com. Competition closes Mon 15 June 23.59. Winners announced Tues 16 June. Special thanks to CDP Kids.
Download the PDF - Terms & Conditions
The New Black Vanguard: Quil Lemons
When Brooklyn-based photographer Quil Lemons was growing up in South Philadelphia, he made a habit out of carrying around disposable cameras, shooting everything he saw. His work explores a range of topics, from queerness and masculinity, to Black femininity and the family photograph—but ultimately, he is interested in creating a record of his life and community. Learn more about The New Black Vanguard exhibition HERE!
We're celebrating CDP Kids and Alison Lester AM’s classic book, Magic Beach, with a COLOURING COMPETITION for the ages. If you're interested in winning an awesome Art & Craft Bundle Pack download the sheet, colour it in and email your entry, name and age to firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition closed at 23.59 on Sunday 31 May. Congratulations to our winners to Mirnesh (5) and Caitlyn (11).
The New Black Vanguard: Dana Scruggs
Meet the self-taught image maker, whose high-contrast and intimate photographs have appeared in GQ, ESPN’s “Body” issue, and on the cover of Rolling Stone, among others. Her work focuses on the strength and vulnerability of the male form, and she has sought to bring visibility and opportunities to models and subjects who represent a broad range of skin tones. Learn more about The New Black Vanguard exhibition HERE!
Wednesday Workshop: Still Life Drawing with Minna Gilligan
In this week's Wednesday Workshop, Melbourne artist Minna Gilligan returns to take you through a couple of drawing exercises using a still life composed of items from around your house. These drawing exercises are all about jumping in and having fun with the drawing process, so get amongst it and share your still life drawings with us on your socials, tagging @bunjil_place and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag.
Kids Activity: Making Paper Houses
The kids are spending so much time in the house, so why not make one right? Follow along as we show you how to make the cutest little house with just one sheet of A4 paper (and some texters for decorating). This was one of our most popular kids activities during the Home/Land Project Another Country exhibitionin the Gallery. Give it a go then post your creation on Facey or Insta tagging Bunjil Place and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag. Click here for detailed folding instructions.
Bailey the Bunjil Place Bandicoot is here to brighten up your day. Let the kids run wild with this colouring activity provided by Kat Chadwick and you could win an awesome Art & Craft Bundle Pack. To enter download the sheet, colour it in and email your entry, name and age to email@example.com. Competition closes at 23.59 on Sunday 17 May with the winner announced on our Facebook and #ArtsInIsolation web page on Tuesday 19 May. Congratulations to Jack (5) - our selected winner.
The New Black Vanguard: Micaiah Carter
“Two things that inspired me within my work...have been my family and my family legacy,” explains fashion photographer Micaiah Carter, whose central inspiration comes from his father, a retired Air Force Sergeant who came of age in the ‘70s, a period defined by the “Black is Beautiful” movement and disco. Learn more about The New Black Vanguard exhibition HERE!
Wednesday Workshop: Shopping List Drawing with Kenny Pittock
Join artist Kenny Pittock to transform your average shopping list into a hand-drawn masterpiece. Chuck a photo of your drawing up on your socials and tag @bunjil_place #ArtsInIsolation to join the conversation with makers across our community. After you're done you can revisit Kenny's past exhibition Fifty two found shopping lists written by people who need milk by Kenny Pittock. It's unbelievable!
Kids Activity: Handstands with Gravity & Other Myths
Gravity & Other Myths were ready to present Backbone at Bunjil Place in May but (for obvious reasons) we needed to reschedule the show. Lucky for us they've sent through this awesome handstand tutorial to help get us moving at home!
Kids Activity: Drawing with Kenny Pittock
Artist Kenny Pittock returns to Bunjil Place with a fun activity the kids can 'sink their teeth' into. Give it a go then post your creation on Facey or Insta tagging us and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag - Kenny has even provided a template just in case you're having some trouble drawing Clive. You'll remember Kenny from Fifty two found shopping lists written by people who need milk by Kenny Pittock, one of the first exhibitions showcased in the Bunjil Place Gallery.
Print off this Gruffalo mask and decorate it to make it your own. Take a pic of your creation and put it on FB or Insta for us to see - remember to tag us and use #ArtsInIsolation.
The New Black Vanguard: Arielle Bobb-Willis
“I became a photographer to step out of my depression in a way that felt the most fulfilling,” says New York-based photographer Bobb-Willis, whose images, have been published in major publications like the New Yorker, British Journal of Photography, and L’Uomo Vogue, among others. Learn more about The New Black Vanguard exhibition HERE!
Keep Out of the Deep Dark Wood
Sing into the weekend as the cast from The Gruffalo's Child return with another stage hit the whole family can get up and bop to. Remember to always stay out of the Deep Dark Wood! Special thanks to CDP Theatre Producers and Tall Stories.
Kids Activity: How to make a Zine
What's a Zine? A zine (short for fanzine) is an independently or self-published booklet used for creative self-expression. Read more about them at our Self-Made: Zines and Artist Books exhibition page. Today we're showing you - and the kiddies - how to make your own perfect publication based on something you love. It's easy and super fun! Give it a go then post your creation on Facey or Insta tagging Bunjil Place and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag. Click here for an awesome zine template compliments of State Library Victoria
wednesday workshop: word prompt drawing
Artist Minna Gilligan (@minnagilligan on Insta) returns with another Wednesday Workshop for you to do in the comfort of your own home. This week we're practicing word prompt drawing, a meditative exercise you can complete alone or with a partner or school aged child! Give it a go then post your creations on Facey or Insta tagging Bunjil Place and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag. Click here for a copy of the word prompts template used by Minna in this video.
Print off this activity sheet and create your own finger puppets based off the characters from the famous children's book.
Print off this activity sheet and create your very own viewfinder to frame up the magical world around you...or just something you really like. Then get creative and draw what you see. Post your creations on Facey or Insta tagging Bunjil Place and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag. Learn more about The New Black Vanguard exhibition HERE!
ONE on one WITH curator Antwaun Sargent
Author, curator, and critic Antwaun Sargent walks us through The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion exhibition. Learn more about the exhibition HERE!
wednesday workshop: junk mail collage
Join artist Minna Gilligan (@minnagilligan on Insta) for a step-by-step workshop on how to turn your junk mail pile into a funky collage! Give it a go then post your creations on Facey or Insta tagging Bunjil Place and using the #ArtsInIsolation hashtag. Watch this space for more workshops in the next few weeks!
Taking it from Page to Stage
We have a (long distance) chat with Skyler Ellis - one of the amazing performers from The Gruffalo's Child - and ask him what it's like adapting a world famous children's book into a magical stage performance. Skyler has appeared in a variety CDP productions including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom.
Stick (& SING) With The Gruffalo's Child
Following the unfortunate cancellation of their show last month, the amazing cast of The Gruffalo's Child wanted to give our community a little taste of their show - check them out as they perform 'Stick With Me'!
Take a leisurely cruise through the Gallery behind closed doors - just point, click, and zoom in to see the pieces that make up our latest exhibition.
The New Black Vanguard Digital Walk-Through
Get a flavour for The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion with this short video walk-through - it'll leave you itching to see (and learn) more about this fascinating exhibition!