Image by Zia Atahi
Workshops & Activities

Night MODE: Ripple Edition


Thu 25 Jan 2024


6.00 pm - 10.00 pm


4 hours


Plaza, Foyer, Gallery, Library

Escape after hours to our PRESSURE exhibition by Ash Keating and explore all that Bunjil Place has to offer.

Take a stroll around our award-winning precinct and enjoy a variety of enriching activations including artist led hands-on workshops, film screenings inspired by the evening’s theme, mesmerising performances – all whilst enjoying a selection of tasty food and drinks on offer. 

To welcome Night MODE into 2024, this edition will be making ripples with the use of our Summer Stage.

Whether you have been with us since our inception or have only just discovered us, Night MODE is an event for the art community (novice and experienced) to connect with like-minded individuals, express through creativity, socialise, and have fun.  
This event is free, though be sure to register in advance to secure your spot. 

Image: Night MODE: Summer Edition, 2020, Bunjil Place. Photo: Paoli Smith



Experience the joy of colour and movement in Ash Keating’s new painting installation. Presented as one work in nine parts, PRESSURE is a sequence of large-scale paintings that encompass the viewer in a field of shifting colour and gesture. 

Curator Talk: 7.15 pm - 7.45 pm 

Join Bunjil Place Gallery curator, Penny Teale for a curator talk about our current exhibition, ASH KEATING: PRESSURE. Over the course of the talk, learn about the techniques and processes used to create the newly commissioned works, and the stories behind the art. 

Book Nook

Take a moment to explore a curated selection of book titles inspired by the evening’s overall theme.

Workshop: Drip Paint Luminaries                                             

Embrace the creative process and make your own drip paint glass jar to take home and use as a lantern or storage jar. Feel free to bring your own old jars, plant pots or figurines to experiment with and give new life to, or use the jars provided at this drop-in self-directed workshop.

Workshop: The Fluid Landscape with Zia Atahi 

Explore movement of paint at this very special hands-on workshop by local artist Zia Atahi. Throughout Night MODE, participants will create abstracted landscape paintings using fluid art techniques. Under the guidance of Zia, participants will select from a range of inks, paints, papers and canvases then use movement and motion to create an abstracted fluid art landscape. Enjoy demonstrations from Zia and see examples of current work.
This is a workshop that promises to excite and is designed for all skill levels – no previous experience required!


Fluid Landscape, acrylic paint with silicone on canvas – Zia Atahi
Fluid Landscape, acrylic paint with silicone on canvas – Zia Atahi


About Your Teaching Artist 

Zia Atahi was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in 2005. He is a documentary photographer and multidisciplinary artist, who is a City of Casey local and part of Garage 35, an art studio based in Noble Park. Atahi has completed his bachelor’s in photography majoring in documentary from Photography Studies College in Melbourne. Atahi’s work is about identity, stories of refugees, the day-to-day journey of life and positive stories from the Hazara Community in Australia.  
In 2018 he was a finalist at National Portrait Prize for his work ‘New Home New Life’ and in 2019, received Honourable Mention for his work ‘The Truth – Self Portrait’ as part of Bowness Photography Prize. One of the portraits from his ‘Tribe to Tribes’ called the ‘Hazara Girl’ was a finalist at Immigration Museum as part of a group exhibition called Multicultural Victoria in Focus.  
In 2016 and 2019, Atahi travelled to a small town called Bogor, Indonesia, where he ran photography workshops for disadvantaged refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. He has also run several workshops here in Melbourne. Atahi’s work has been part of many group shows, solo shows, and has been exhibited locally and nationally including at the 2023 New Ground Commission at Bunjil Place.

Zia Atahi headshot



The only housework SIENNAH aka Monique Tyrer enjoys doing, is the work she puts into her house music sets. Born and bred in Naarm/Melbourne and proudly hailing from the southeast, she is a regular fixture on lineups at venues in and around the CBD. Professionally trained in saxophone and drums, SIENNAH channels her music knowledge and natural rhythm into evoking effervescent experiences for audiences through her medium of electronic music.

Though she has a profound focus on nu disco, tech, deep, garage, and classic house styles, SIENNAH has played across a diverse range of music at different venues including clubs and galleries. She started out developing as an artist under the guidance of esteemed DJs Katie Drover and Mike Callander. She then went on to compete in DJ competitions and has featured as a judge in one of the world’s largest DJ competitions for emerging artists, Your Shot; was a featured panelist at academic institutions including RMIT, where she spoke on the topic of emerging technology and music; and most recently, has won the HEX Most Promising Start Up Idea 2023 in Singapore. 

SIENNAH is a proud advocate for women in music and aspires to create a space with opportunities to foster support and collaboration. At the core of her work is her art of experimenting and curating sound, to create joy and a sense of freedom for others. 

SIENNAH has some exciting projects in the works. She is currently under the mentorship of Jonny Sonic from The Potbelleez, diving into the realm of electronic music production. Plus, she is making strides with key networks from her time at SXSW Sydney. 

DJ Siennah



The film program for Night Mode, Ripple edition looks explores themes of fluidity, cause and effect, and waves of emotions.  


passage of flick

The Passage of Flick (2017)
Director: James Vinson
Duration: 9 mins 25secs

When an adventurous young girl discovers the ability to time travel through a door in her bedroom, she must come to terms with the harsh realities of growing up.
ReelGood Film Festival


the flow effect

The Flow Effect (2021)
Director: Lachlan Henry
Duration: 10 mins 45 secs

The Flow Effect is a documentary short film that follows an accredited Freediver, Liv Rose as she explores the vast beauty of the underwater world. For Liv, Freediving is an escape from the overwhelming nature of daily life.
ReelGood Film Festival


Three Stories Inside a Rental Van

Three Stories Inside a Rental Van (2019)
Director: Lewis Attey
Duration: 3 mins  

The life of a white rental van is told in three parts via the different people who hire it.
ReelGood Film Festival


Newton’s Apple

Newton’s Apple (2011)
Director: Blake Curtis
Duration: 10 mins

Follow the story of an abnormally large lemon and all the lives it has affected.
ReelGood Film Festival



LOVED (2018)
Director: Samuel Van Grinsven, Producer: Melanie Morningstar
Duration: 7 mins

A woman’s life unravels when an unexpected phone call forces a secret to the surface.



Director: Yuxin Cao, Producer: Denis Curnow
Duration: 7 mins

Paired together by a matchmaker, a peasant girl and a loyal soldier ponder love, marriage and longing through the letters they write to each other from afar.


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Selection of tasty food and drinks available at café prices. 



Thursday 25 January 2024

6.00 pm - 10.00 pm 


FREE, bookings essential

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