Mix It Up

Mix It Up - pm // a variety of inspiring daily workshops

This afternoon elective stream offers distinct 2hr workshops to choose from, each facilitated by Arts leaders and practitioners, and providing opportunities to learn, up-skill and broaden your thinking.

Also available to those registered for afternoon Retreat Mode

See what stands out to you…!

 
 
 
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Sat

Workshop the Word pt 1

Creative processes for unpacking the word of God - the Bible - as well as important Christian prayers and creeds...

Ways to explore, ponder upon and present the Bible at Christmas-time and Eastertide; with young people and older people; in church and in open-air concerts...

These two workshops involve moving, miming, singing, dramatising, poemising and discoursing on God's Word - with the goal of moving us closer into union with Jesus - and enabling us to more fully access and use the creativity God has placed within each of us.

Come to one or both!

Tim Bowles has worked professionally in the performing arts since he was a teenager. He studied Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and HB Studio in New York where he became a Christian.  His television credits include "The Sullivans", "Prisoner", "Home", "Lawson's Mates" and "The Twenty Good Years". 

Tim is married to Nicki - who has worked in some of the same performing arts teams as Tim and is currently working on the pastoral team at Riverview Church in Perth. Tim's passion is to see people creatively engaging with God's Word – facilitating and enabling the use of God-given creative gifts to unlock and deepen the work of God's Word in our own lives and in the lives of others.

Check out the other Workshop The Word box below for the rest of Tim's bio...!

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Sat

Arts Business

In this session we will discuss what I have learnt about selling online and building an online community of customers and fellow makers. I have in no way "arrived" but I have learnt many simple things which have made a huge difference and increased sales.

What might we expect in the next 12 months? How does it differ from before the pandemic?

Ideas on selling your handmade wares in these unstable times.

Tania Vrancic is a contemporary ceramic artist working from her sunny little studio in Canberra.


Drawing her inspiration from landscape and childhood memories Tania creates a sense of freedom and whimsy mixed with a Scandinavian design aesthetic.


Using various printing on clay techniques, hand building and slip casting makes each item unique. Details are added with sgraffito, ceramic pencil and slip trailing creating multiple layers which are enhanced by the translucency of high fired porcelain.


Her ranges include vases, tableware, tea lights and jewellery and she is ​always happy to share what she has learned from over 25 years in small business.

taniavrancic.com

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Sun

A Regenerative Life

A Conversation About Embodied Creative Agency

What is the full extent of God given creativity? In this workshop Alex will share some of his story - from pursuing and studying visual art and using it in ministry and mission, to working creatively in mission in France, and finally applying his creative view of life to holistic and regenerative farming in Central Victoria.

Come ready to discuss a creative approach to everything in life, including firing any curly questions if you have them...!

Bring blank journal pages or paper stack, and your favourite media for drawing or writing.

Alex Sims is passionate about seeing creativity experienced across all spectrums of life.  

He is a Regenerative Cattle Farmer based in Central Victoria, practicing Holistic Management to revitalise the farm ecology, build profitability and restore health and well being to the farming lifestyle and surrounding communities. 

Prior to farming, Alex was involved in cross cultural missions based in France as part of a media production team broadcasting visual content via satellite to North Africa. He has completed a Bachelors degree in visual arts majoring in sculpture and a Masters of Fine Arts majoring in painting. As his broad range of pursuits attests, the creative self is intrinsic to all aspects of a life lived fully.

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Mon

A Poetic Life

Lessons on Living a Good Life from Lessons on Writing a Good Poem.

I've been a committed poet for 35 years. I've published 25 books of poetry. I've thought a lot about what makes a good poem. I've judged poetry competitions. I’ve entered lots of poetry competitions myself, both written and performative. A few years ago, I developed a list of what makes a good poem, and more recently I wondered: maybe these tips on how to write a good poem could apply to how to live a good life! So, let us explore together what a poetic life might look like, and how to embrace the beauty of a poetic mindset within your daily routine.

Objectives:
– to EXPLORE what makes a good poem... and good art in general.
– to CONSIDER what good art can teach us about how to live a good life.
– to WRITE some good words about good things that we’ve experienced.
– to ACTION PLAN ways to bring more poetic goodness into our lives.

Who is this Cameron Semmens? Well, this is a question that he often asks himself. He is many things, as we all are. Most definitely he is a poet; an award-winning and prolifically published one at that. But he also does book designing, publishing consultancy and facilitates creative writing workshops for students and adults across Australia. He also has worked as a carer and mental health support worker for many years and is presently studying his Bachelor of Counselling, where he seeks to unite this professional therapy with his creative practices.


He has described himself at various times as: a connoisseur of fine words, a soul plumber, a professor of heartbreak, a force of dadness, and a truly lucky guy having the love-wind of Ramak, three beautiful kiddies and a supportive crowd of family and friends. Cameron has published 25 books, released 6 spoken word albums, has had many individual poems published in magazines and journals, and currently he curates 2 podcasts. He’s kind of a big deal... to his mum.

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Tue

Knotless Netting

Make your own creative basket or sculpture using knotless netting.

 

This weaving technique gives you a chance to recycle some telecommunications cable or other fine wire and fashion it into a thing of beauty.  

 

Simply taught, simply done and simply satisfying – both the process and the product! 

You will need to gather at least 6 x 1metre lengths of fine and pliable wire - either purchased or from recycled sources.

Rose will be in contact to discuss material choice and preparation once registrations close. 

When Rose Hamilton heard, almost 20 years ago, about a basket-makers retreat she scoffed at the vision of pink and green cane. However, there was no cane, just piles of garden clippings that looked ready for the compost, being transformed into beautiful baskets!  

 

Rose has been hooked ever since.  

 

Mostly working with recycled wire because it is readily available and easy to cart around, Rose also works as a kiln-formed glass artist at the Poatina Arts Centre amongst other arts and crafts.

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Tue

Small Prophetic Art

Create small works that can be shared with friends. This is a practical course about prophecy and creativity and how the two come together.

Prophetic Art can feel intimidating and overly mysterious. We will explore listening to God and culture techniques, being creative in expressing what you hear, how to not over explain what you heard, and leaving room for God to speak to the receiver through what you created.

Just for this elective, it would be great to limit yourself to using pencil and paper. You can then take what we have explored and apply it to any other medium.

Michael Henderson likes to tell stories, using art, words and teaching. He aims to create work that gives value to all people, that reveals beauty and hope in the middle of grief and pain, that offers paths of connection and intersection, and that opens ways to explore life with genuine wonder.  


This year he was a finalist in the 66th Blake Prize, had two large scale art installations exhibited in Hobart, and finished a new play with Blue Cow Theatre in Tasmania called The Weight of Yesterday.


Michael lives with Tiffany and their two children in lutruwita / Tasmania.

michaeljameshenderson.com.au

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Sat

Creative Writing for Beginners 

This workshop is for anyone with an interest in creative writing - no experience necessary.

This hands-on session will cover basic techniques for developing setting, characterisation and dialogue.

You'll have the chance to work with your own ideas, and also to ask questions about the publishing industry.

Lou Merrington is the author of two gothic mystery novels and a fantasy short story collection (as L.M. Merrington) and two steampunk romance novellas (as Elizabeth Wren).

 

She has over 20 years of professional writing, publishing and training experience. As well as writing fiction, Lou owns Pure Arts Communications, which provides specialist editing and writing services to government, businesses, non-profits and professional associations.

 

She first attended Faith and the Arts in 2012, which she credits with motivating her to finish her first novel (published 2015).

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Sun

Workshop the Word pt 2

Creative processes for unpacking the word of God - the Bible - as well as important Christian prayers and creeds...

Ways to explore, ponder upon and present the Bible at Christmas-time and Eastertide; with young people and older people; in church and in open-air concerts...

These two workshops involve moving, miming, singing, dramatising, poemising and discoursing on God's Word - with the goal of moving us closer into union with Jesus - and enabling us to more fully access and use the creativity God has placed within each of us.

Come to one or both!

Tim Bowles has so much great experience we had to split his bio in two...

As a founding member of "Moving Images Performing Arts Company" he performed music, drama and dance programs around Western Australia and beyond. 

Tim was a co-director and performer in the Fringe Festival production, "For Want of A Better Word" - based on the first 6 chapters of John's Gospel. He also co-wrote, directed and performed in "Remembering the Passion of Jesus" at St George's Cathedral, Perth. Tim is a prize-winning songwriter and was co-founder "The Edge Creative Arts Community and Performing Group" – a forerunner to the Scripture Union WA Performing Arts Department. He has also worked as a Drama Teacher and Director of Drama/Performing Arts at a number of schools in Perth.

You'll love learning with Tim!

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Mon

Coiled Basket

Turn natural or recycled materials into a beautiful and creative form.  
 
Coiled baskets are a simple technique of stitching each layer to the last as you coil your material. Materials you can use are limited only by imagination, and the simple repetitive action can become meditative, or provide your hands with something to do while your brain is elsewhere…!

Most materials can be foraged from nature or tip shops. You will also need an awl or fine flat screwdriver and a darning needle.

Rose will be in contact to discuss material choice and preparation once registrations close.

When Rose Hamilton heard, almost 20 years ago, about a basket-makers retreat she scoffed at the vision of pink and green cane. However, there was no cane, just piles of garden clippings that looked ready for the compost, being transformed into beautiful baskets!  

 

Rose has been hooked ever since.  

 

She works mostly with recycled wire because it is readily available and easy to cart around. Rose also works as a kiln-formed glass artist at the Poatina Arts Centre amongst other arts and crafts.

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Mon

Crisis & Creativity

We will spend time discovering the Way-Markers and renewing our awareness of how we think & create.  This journey is specifically relevant as we nurture the wounds and invitations afforded us during 2020 & 2021.   

The world has changed! 

We have changed and our lived experiences of the last 2 years have led us into uncharted territory.  There have been and will continue to be many opportunities to innovate, create, and develop new ways of being and seeing,  

 

In our session we will explore 3 ways of thinking and how our creative process can hinder or enhance our capacity to think outside the box. We will play with a selection of exercises and allow time, collective reflection, and creative wisdom to rise.  From there we will Co-Create with God and see what comes.

At her core Dee Kaylock is a listener and teller of stories.  She has an extensive professional experience in theatre and film and was the Founder & Director of the Christian Artists Factory. (A national network/community of artists and arts organisations)

 

Dee currently serves as a Spiritual Director at the Wellspring Centre (Melbourne) and is the Creative Ministries Pastor at a large Melbourne Church.  She has authored 2 books- ‘Make Believe Makes Friends’ and ‘Brush with the Creator’ and several plays including ‘The Winters Thaw’, and ‘Graverobber’.   She is a sensitive & skilled retreat leader who is passionate about facilitating retreatants experiences with God as their Co-Creator.

 

She has served in governance roles on several boards including Sounds of the Nations, Aboriginal House of Prayer, The CAF Network, & Unity College Australia.  Currently Dee serves on the board of 40 Stories and is part of the formation team with Vineyard College Australia. 

 

She loves her dogs, rainy days, red wine & listening to others wrestle with big questions!

 

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Tues

Responding to Culture

Christians are often guilty of a knee-jerk reaction to the culture they experience. This can result in boycotting everything we’re offended by, or trying to undermine anything we disagree with. Our actions end up being determined by what we experience rather than the truth we claim to live by. 

That’s not how Jesus acted. He was masterful at taking everyday experiences of all sorts and turning them into invitations to connect better. 

Join us to discuss a simple model that will help you to become more aware of your default behaviour and equip you to respond to culture thoughtfully and inclusively, rather than reacting against it.

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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