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Art Meeting Culture

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Hayley Thompson has 20 years experience in treading the line between art for art's sake and the kingdom’s purposes through art. Her mode is usually performance: dance, theatre and music. Currently working with Eden Dance, Discovery Church, and 3d Arts, Hayley is riding the roller coaster of life with a young family, work, spiritual and mental health.

She’s facilitated workshops in worship and prophetic dance, led teams in schools and churches in art and ministry, worked with children, and served in leadership in Christian Artists Factory and Christian Dance Fellowship Australia. With a Ba Contemporary Arts in dance and drama (Deakin University) and Ministry studies at Tabor College, her interests lie in dance improvisation, choreography, dance theatre and dance movement therapy.

Eugene Wong helps purpose-driven people and organisations connect strategically with their audiences, so they can increase their legacy.

He was the founder of Candlelight Productions, introduced Squeaky Clean Comedy to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and consults on strategic engagement for ministries, arts organisations, and businesses nationally and abroad. He mentors a range of artists and leaders and serves on several culture-shaping organisations’ boards, including Melbourne Magic Festival, Suicide Safer Communities and The Elysian Sanctuary (USA).

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Art Meeting Culture

Have you got the seed of an idea that you’d like to see become like a well for people to gather around between the church and the wider community?

When we create art or ministry are we prepared to be vulnerable, and are we ready to chat honestly when the opportunity arises? While we’re at it, do you find it tricky walking the line between church and culture?

Eugene and Hayley will facilitate this opportunity to brainstorm and plan a creative expression in your community that invites people into real conversations. Maybe it’s an exhibition or venue. Maybe it’s performance or happening. Perhaps it’s a curated space for reflection or sensory stimulation. Or you may have already have established something that you now want to review. This is an opportunity to bring dreams, plans, questions and opportunities to the table.

We’ll look at event design and how a space can be set up to foster interaction. We’ll look at how to consider the journey of the participant and how to look out for opportunities of transformation. We’ll consider some core principles of art making and the role of the artist in the world. We’ll be a support and sounding board for each other as we dream and plan.

Would our local community miss the church if we were not here? Would it miss art if we don’t show up? Let’s wrestle with the tension and workshop ways forward together.

Due to the nature of this Elective, it is available to participants aged 16 and over.

Max & min numbers apply, make sure you indicate a second choice of morning elective when registering in case your first choice is unavailable.

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