Faculty of Education and Arts

Events

Questions of Democracy

Presented by Arts Academy's Graduating Company

The production, Questions of Democracy, investigates the treatment of women in the 1850s through the story of a day in the life of a female teacher. Audiences are taken on a journey that explores women’s lives on the Australian goldfields in the award-winning setting of Sovereign Hill.

This cross-disciplinary performance between theatre and music theatre students, aims to spark conversation about democracy, and whether or not it was applicable to women of that time.

Performance Dates: Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th Aug

Location:
Sovereign Hill
Golden Point, Ballarat

Royal South Street at the Arts Academy

For the first time, the Royal South Street Eisteddfod will partner with Federation University’s Arts Academy to present the Contemporary Vocal section at the Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre on its Camp Street Campus.

The Theatre will create the perfect environment for over 500 aspiring singers to showcase their craft in front of multi ARIA award-winning adjudicator, Sally Cameron. Contemporary Vocal is one of the fastest growing disciplines at South Street, and will be even better to watch in its new home.

Performance dates: Monday 21st Aug - Saturday 26th Aug

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre

For further information please visit:
www.royalsouthstreet.com.au

2017 Ballarat Business Excellence Awards

Gala Dinner Pop Up Performance

Arts Academy Music Theatre students will work with the Ballarat Chamber of Commerce to create an Opening Extravaganza for the 2017 Ballarat Business Excellence Awards.

Performance Date: Thursday 24th August

Location:
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
613 Main Road
Golden Point, Ballarat

Flanagan Art Exhibition and Prize

Now in its tenth year, the Flanagan Art Exhibition and Prize has grown into an important visual art award for the region, with a total of $7,000 in prize money offered to Australian artists.

The award was established to showcase the commitment of St Patrick’s College to the arts. The Federation University Emerging Artist Award is an integral part of the Flanagan Art Prize, offering $1,500 to someone wishing to develop a career in a chosen art form.  Arts Academy alumni and current students have been selected to exhibit in this prestigious award/exhibition.

Following the launch, the exhibition will be open free to the public between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, August 26, Sunday, August 27 and then again on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 25th August

Location:
St Patrick's College Ballarat
Old Collegians' Pavilion

For further informaiton and tickets please visit:
http://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/en/students-parents-staff/music-and-performing-arts/flanagan-art-exhibition/

Out of the Blue

Performance in Partnership with R U OK?

“OUT OF THE BLUE” is a play by Stig Wemyss hosted by R U OK? in collaboration with Health Play. The play is set in a hotel bar, where locals have gathered to pay tribute to a mate they have lost to suicide. It offers a powerful pathway to sharing, conversation, action and, hopefully, change.

The play will be followed by a community forum and light supper, including a Q&A session with leaders from the mental health and suicide prevention sector. R U OK? will also be the official launch of The Mateship Manual, a practical resource to help you start a conversation with a mate or loved one who might be struggling with life.

Performance Date: Friday 25th August

Location:
Federation University
Mt Helen Campus
Geoffrey Blainey Auditorium

For further information and tickets please visit:
https://ruokevent.eventbrite.com.au

Refresh Art Prize

Switchback Gallery

Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (GCAD) will again celebrate the region’s emerging visual artists through the Refresh Art Prize. Refresh showcases and celebrates the creative work of Gippsland VCE art students and their schools.

This prestigious award, with a total prize pool of $5,000, aims to amplify and champion the significant work happening in visuals arts programs across local secondary schools.

In addition to the prize money, selected works will be publicly exhibited at the University’s Switchback Gallery. All students who take part will gain a valuable addition to their resumes and a strengthened portfolio.

An independent panel will judge the award and the winners will be announced at the University’s Open Day on August 27.

Entries close on Friday, 4 August.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Exhibition

Maziar Moradi: I am becoming German

‘I am becoming German’ (Ich Werde Deutsch) portrays young people who were forced to leave their countries to start a new life in Germany, and those who were born in Germany and grew up influenced by their family's cultural background. The work is based on the impressions, fears, experiences, fates and losses of the young immigrants, by focusing on the individual circumstances of their lives.

Maziar Moradi uses staged photographic portraits as the framework to capture and visualise their stories. He lets the immigrants re-enact key scenes of personal developments, dramatic experiences or turning points in their lives, thereby letting the individuals become the actors in their own narratives. Through drama, wit and humour these stories of personal experiences tell about their great effort to become "German" and to establish a new life in a foreign country.

Exhibition dates: Saturday 17th Aug - Sunday 17th Sept

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Post Office Gallery

Ballarat International Foto Bienalle Exhibition

Cracks in the Seams

The historic overlay of original 1920s boat houses meets 21st century performance in Cracks in the Seams, a performance installation to be performed in the waters of Lake Wendouree for a photo-shoot. Trust and tension, control and release and interdependence all meet in this project. Arts Academy dance students and alumni will perform the work under the tutelage and direction of performance artist and director, Jill Orr. A photographic installation of the production will be part of the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, viewable in the corridors of the Helen McPherson Smith Theatre.

Exhibition dates: Monday 19th Aug - Sunday 17th Sept

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/jill-orr/

Ballart International Foto Bienalle Exhibition

Why Do You Play?

What motivates young people to do the things they do? What drives a love of sport in teenagers?

The street poster exhibition, Why Do You Play? answers these questions through a series of photographs and graphics of aspiring young footballers, both male and female, all the while dissecting the relationship between art and sport. A collaboration with the Federation University Australia Communication Design students and Greater Western Victoria Rebels Football Club, this exhibition explores and celebrates personal identity and ambition among young sportspeople today.

Exhibition dates: Monday 19th Aug - Sunday 17th Sept

Location:
Federation University Wall
SMB Campus
Armstrong Street, Ballarat

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/federation-university-students/

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Workshop

Creative Off Camera Flash with Michelle Dunn

Join Michelle Dunn for the Creative Off Camera Flash workshop to learn the basics in shooting with off camera flash speedlites. Learn how to make flash look like natural light, to balance flash with ambient light or to use flash as your main source of light. The workshop will start with one flash, then build up to using multiple speedlite flash units for more complex lighting arrangements. This practical course will give you plenty of hands-on practice to build your skills using simple to more complex setups.

The workshop is perfect for intermediate to advanced photographers who are proficient with shooting on manual mode in natural light, and who want to get their head around off camera flash photography.

Workshop date: Sunday 27th Aug, 10am-4pm

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Old Law Courts Buiding
Media Arts Space

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/creative-off-camera-flash/

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Launch

#DYSTURB Secondary Student Lecture

Renowned visual artists #Dysturb deliver a guerilla workshop at the Arts Academy for local secondary school students at Camp Street in Ballarat. The event will begin with a one-hour presentation at the Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre, followed by paste-up actions on-campus and in the surrounding area.

#Dysturb is a non-profit organisation driven by the desire to make international news accessible to a larger audience by pasting oversized pictures on the walls of city streets worldwide. Education and transmission are top priorities for #Dysturb. Since its beginnings, #Dysturb has intervened in public and private institutions, in schools, universities, prisons, hospitals and corporate committees in France, Australia and in the United States.

Student Lecture: Thursday 31st Aug - Friday 1st Sept

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Launch

Imprints: Storytelling the City

How do we imprint our visions and versions of ourselves and the city?

Part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale Fringe Program, this exhibition is a journey through the photographic innovations of Ballarat inventor, Henry Sutton. It is a unique experience of the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute (BMI) Max Harris Collection of historic Ballarat images.

Curated by Amy Tsilemanis (BMI Curator and PhD candidate at Federation University Australia) with Lorayne Branch. Housed in the beautiful BMI Library and Reading Room, this exhibition is supported by the Ballarat Arts Foundation and features guest artists Barry Gilson and Ellen Sorensen.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 1st Sept, 6pm-8pm.

Location:
Ballarat Mechanics Institute
117 Sturt Street
Ballarat Central

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/amy-tsilemanis/

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Workshop

Lighting with Rocco Ancora

What makes a good lighting setup for a photographer? How can you achieve this in your own studio?

In this intimate workshop, professional photographer, Rocco Ancora, will reveal the art of lighting, and teach you how to use speedlights and work remote setups.

This class is ideal for the photographer wanting to finesse their off camera flash technique and help set themselves apart from the competition.

Workshop date: Tuesday 5th Sept, 2pm-5pm

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Old Law Courts Buiding
Media Arts Space

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/lighting-workshop/

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Workshop

Maziar Moradi in Conversation

Meet artist Maziar Moradi in this Q&A session moderated by Ballarat International Foto Biennale Director, Fiona Sweet. Explore the powerful and personal experiences of young people who were forced to leave their countries and to start anew as immigrants in Germany with Ich Werde Deutsch. Aside all the political discussion about integration, the feelings, fears and hopes of this young generation remain unstudied. This Q&A aims to openly discuss Moradi’s work, which is based on the impression, fears, experiences, fates and losses of young immigrants in Germany, by focusing on the individual circumstances of their lives.

Workshop date: Saturday 9th Sept, 2pm-4pm

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Post Office Box Theatre

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/maziar-moradi/

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Workshop

From Photography to Etching - The Photogravure

Join Silvi Glattauer for a two day workshop where participants will learn the use of photopolymer plates in combination with digital photography to create Photogravures. This non-toxic approach does not use solvents or acids. The image is transferred directly onto the plate with the use of an inkjet printer. Plates are then exposed using UV light, processed with water and printed via an etching press.

Gain an insight into the hybridisation of digital techniques with hand made printing processes. The workshop covers printmaking techniques, including ink and paper options, and various colour options.It assumes that you have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop and your digital camera.

Workshop dates: Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Old Post Office Building

For further information please visit:
https://ballaratfoto.org/events/photogravure-workshop/

Serious Courage Season

Arts Academy is proud to present the Serious Courage program, a season of political performance that is both a call to arms and a celebration of amazing performance from the Graduating Arts Academy Acting and Music Theatre Companies. Contemporary, passionate, radical, and epic: a celebration of Caryl Churchill, Stephen Sondheim and Bertolt Brecht.

Serious Money by Caryl Churchill
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/serious-courage-season-serious-money-tickets-36432943916

Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/serious-courage-season-mother-courage-and-her-children-tickets-36433758352

Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/serious-courage-season-sweeney-todd-tickets-36330569712

MADE Performance Women's Circus Project

Marie Watt's Pop Up Performance

Women’s Circus is an award-winning social circus and theatre organisation with 25 years’ experience in delivering high quality arts and development opportunities to women. FedUni meets Women's Circus at MADE for Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Federation University drama students will perform a pop-up, short physical theatre work at MADE in Ballarat. The work will be a response to a photograph exhibited in the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The photograph is by Marie Watt, Women's Circus' resident photographer.

At MADE, the students’ work will be presented back-to-back with a short piece by Women's Circus members. The event is an opportunity to see how two different groups of performers interpret the same visual material, each employing physical theatre and circus as the theatrical form.

Performance date: Sunday 17th September

Location:
MADE Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
102 Stawell Street South
Ballarat Central

Van Badham

WRITING & CONCEPTS Lecture

The Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University will host a special instalment of the WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture series.

WRITING & CONCEPTS is a public lecture series and publication reflecting on the relationship between the process of writing and the development of social, political and philosophical questions within contemporary arts and cultural practice.

Event date: Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Cost: FREE

Location:
Switchback Gallery
Gippsland Centre for Art and Design
Federation University
Building 6S Northways Rd
Churchill, VIC 3842

For further information and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/van-badham-writing-concepts-lecture-tickets-36050345554

Art and Design Workshop

Develop your folio

Practical sessions are designed to assist participants to formulate ideas that will improve artistic concepts of visual and design language. All hands-on sessions combine open-ended activities of two-dimensional and design concepts; participants benefit from this experience together with gaining insight into an art school environment at an advanced level.

Workshop date: Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Cost: $100

Location:
Camp St Campus
Federation University Australia

For further information and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/art-and-design-workshop-folio-preparation-registration-33382836964

Audition Masterclass

Get audition-ready!

The Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen and the Bachelor of Music Theatre are at the forefront of contemporary performance training in Australia.

Get audition-ready as you learn the skills of audition preparation.

This full workshop day will provide you with the opportunity to practice, present and perfect your material. You will be guided through the process of applying for a Performing Arts program and audition preparation by our respected Arts Academy staff.

Masterclass dates: Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 September

Cost: $100

Location:
Camp St Campus
Federation University Australia

For further information and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/audition-masterclass-tickets-33203758335

Vocaleze Workshop

Enhance your presentation skills

If you’re like most people, you probably feel self-conscious or anxious presenting to an audience. Whether you are an academic, a professional presenter, working in a corporate or business environment, discover how these simple techniques can help you to relax, yet empower you to have impact.

Workshop dates: Saturday 24 - Sunday 25th June OR Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th September

Cost: $450 or $275 with concession

Location:
Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Federation University Australia

For further information and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/vocaleze-tickets-33267131887

Art and Design Workshop

Develop your folio - Gippsland

Practical sessions are designed to assist participants to formulate ideas that will improve artistic concepts of visual and design language. All hands-on sessions combine open-ended activities of two-dimensional and design concepts; participants benefit from this experience together with gaining insight into an art school environment at an advanced level.

Workshop date: Tuesday 3rd October

Location:
Federation University
Gippsland Campus
Northways Road, Churchill

For further informaiton and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/gippsland-art-and-design-workshop-develop-your-folio-tickets-36647400361

Cabaret Neu

Featuring the Arts Academy's Music Theatre Students

The future of cabaret is here, and it’s edgy, hilarious, and female. Cabaret Neu is a tight 75 minute showcase of outstanding short works from the Federation University’s Arts Academy block-buster cabaret season. Directed by Fiona Scott-Norman, these were the cabarets which grabbed the audience by the heart, the head, and whichever part of the body laughter erupts from. Whether your bag is calisthenics or politics, absurdity or being achingly lovelorn, the philosophy of irritable bowel syndrome or irrational fear, we’ve got you covered. Heart-felt, hard-hitting, original and deeply entertaining, Cabaret Neu delivers. Expect a top-notch night of contemporary cabaret, emerging stars, killer vocals, and an experience you won’t forget, presented in Ballarat’s new bar sensation, The Lost Ones.

Performance Date: Sunday 8th October @ 7.30pm

Location:
Lost Ones Basement Bar
14 Camp St
Ballarat Central

Frolic on Screen

Frolic Festival Queer Film Night

Ballarat's new week-long celebration of regional Victorian LGBTQIA culture, is coming to Camp Street.

A queer film night, hosted at Federation University's Arts Academy, will have an emphasis on Australian LGBTQIA stories. Presented in partnership with the Frolic Festival

Screening date: Thursday 12th October @ 7.30pm

Location:
Federation University Australia
Arts Academy
Camp St Campus
Old Law Courts Building Lecture Theatre

GCAD Alumni Exhibition

Switchback Gallery

The Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (GCAD) has long been known to produce graduates that have gone on to establish viable and exciting careers in the creative arts. In October this year, GCAD will recognise and celebrate the journey and achievements of these alumni. An exhibition of their recent work will be held at the Switchback Gallery on the Federation University Gippsland Campus. The works are chosen and curated by former GCAD student, Samantha Lawrence.

Exhibitions dates: Friday 13th Oct - Friday 10th Nov

Location:
Switchback Gallery
Federation University Australia
Gippsland Campus
Ada Crossley Drive
Churchill, VIC

The Chekhov

Canonised and celebrated as a playwright, Chekhov is a pivotal figure who transformed contemporary theatre practice through his landmark plays. Perhaps lesser known as a prolific short story writer, Chekhov is celebrated as having changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition.

Under the watchful guidance of Arts Academy acting lecturer Ross Hall, the Second Year Acting Company will delve into the evocative and transcendent short stories of Chekhov, to present a poetic performative mosaic of his writing.

The studio season at the Arts Academy allows audiences to experience lesser-known and surprising performance work, and to witness our Arts Academy training in progress.

Production date: Thursday 19th October @ 7.30pm - Sunday 22nd October @ 4pm

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy 
Camp St Campus
Post Office Box Theatre

For further information and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-chekhov-project-tickets-36507167922

Ballarat Writers Festival

Stories are more than words. Blood, sweat, tears and long hours as the author sits huddled at their writing desk finely crafting words into a story that will captivate and enthrall. Learn about all that and more this October as the Ballarat Writers Festival brings alive the Arts Academy precinct and Camp Street in Ballarat.

Writers such as Clementine Ford, Leah Kaminsky, A S Patric, Katrina Nannestead and Lisa Dempster, to name but a few, will all have a tale to tell as they reveal how words are spun into a story that holds the reader spellbound. There will be Q&As, panel discussions and workshops, books to buy and much more excitement.

Festival dates: Saturday 21st October - Sunday 22nd October

Location:
Federation University Australia
Arts Academy, Camp St Campus
Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre and Old Sheriff's Office

My Favourite Year

It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, freshman writer on TV’s King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade, is assigned the daunting task of baby-sitting veteran Hollywood swashbuckler Alan Swann while he's doing a live guest appearance on the show. The effort to keep the reckless Swann off the booze and out of the papers during the rehearsal week nearly drives Benjy to the brink. But when he's given an unexpected glimpse into Swann's broken heart, Benjy begins to discover a thing or two about life and love.

Witness the future of Australian Musical Theatre tackle this tuneful Broadway score by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a snappy book by Joseph Dougherty. My Favourite Year is a classic musical comedy with a heart of gold.

Production dates: Thursday 26th October @ 7.30pm - Sunday 29th October @ 6pm

Location:
Federation University, Arts Academy 
Camp St Campus
Post Office Box Theatre

For further information and bookings please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/my-favourite-year-tickets-36506821887