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Creative Clunes

We are proud to be a major partner to Creative Clunes Inc., the creative engine behind the Clunes Booktown Festival and the Clunes Ceramic Award.

Clunes Booktown Festival

Each year we immerse ourselves in the festival programming. Arts Academy students, their exhibited artwork and their performance verve make real connections with the thousands of visitors to Clunes Booktown.

In 2017 we presented pop-up Shakespeare sonnets, live performances by vocal ensemble, Word of Mouth, and the exhibition 'Altered and Artist Books', which is an integral part of our visual art program.

Pop-up Shakespeare sonnets

Acting students popped up in unexpected places, taking Booktown visitors on a short but sweet journey of 14 lines before setting them down and then disappearing into the crowd.

Performances by Word of Mouth

The collective spirit of vocal performance group, Word of Mouth, resounded at Clunes Booktown. Directed by Dr Richard Chew, lecturer in singing, the students transformed everyday songs into celebrations with the style and skill for which we are renowned.

Altered and Artist Books

This exhibition is one of the projects that students undertake in the multi-discipline course, which is integral to our visual art program. It introduces students to the vagaries and cross-disciplinary approach of contemporary art, and is led by lecturer Debbie Hill and visiting guest artist Nicholas Jones.

Poet, Nathan Curnow

An award winning poet, spoken word performer and past editor of Going Down Swinging. He appears at festivals across the country, featuring recently at White Night Ballarat. His books include The Ghost Poetry Project, RADAR and The Apocalypse Awards. Nathan Curnow teaches creative writing at FedUni.

Clunes Ceramic Award

Since the Goldrush, Ballarat has had a strong ceramics tradition. The Arts Academy continues to influence the future of ceramics practice in Australia, offering access to specialist ceramics studios at the SMB Campus in Ballarat. We host ceramics masterclasses, exhibitions and short courses in addition to undergraduate and postgraduate ceramics study programs. Our new Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, commencing in 2018, offers a new level of options for lovers of clay.

The biennial Clunes Ceramic Award was first held in 2009, and offers total prize money of $10,000. Arts Academy staff and graduates who have previously won, and been finalists in the Award, include renowned Ballarat ceramicists Peter Pilven and Ruby Pilven. Our new collaboration with this significant national award promises to expand on the exciting opportunities for ceramicists and ceramics practice in our region. Read about the Clunes Ceramic Award.