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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.

Word of Mouth presents Ariel Songs

Music by Richard Chew
Text by William Shakespeare, adapted from The Tempest

Presented on 25th May at 3.30pm

Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest (1611). The character Ariel – an ‘airy spirit’ – is a conduit to another dimension, where magic intervenes and influences the course of events in the physical world.
This devised performance, developed by Associate Professor Kim Durban, Dr Angela Campbell and Arts Academy Director, Rick Chew features current students from the Arts Academy’s renowned Performing Arts programs.

Word of Mouth perform a wide repertoire of music, including arrangements of new works written specifically for the ensemble. Word of Mouth is like a big band of voices, freewheeling between contemporary classical, jazz, music theatre and choral theatre.

Clunes Ceramic Award

Since the gold rush, 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 Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, 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. Read about the Clunes Ceramic Award.