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VACANTGeelong: Open Studio

posted on 2017-08-24, 00:00 authored by Cameron BishopCameron Bishop, Mirjana LozanovskaMirjana Lozanovska, Diego Fullaondo, D Beynon, Anne WilsonAnne Wilson
Open Studio Open Day Wednesday May 24, 1-5pm Come One, Come All
Artists Talks, Collaborative Workshops, Walks, and Conversations about Geelong’s future

VACANTGeelong invites everyone to imagine a bright future for the city. A team of artists, Deakin researchers and students, and community groups are currently working on a vision for Geelong that celebrates and builds on its industrial history, its culture and its potential as a creative and clever city. In the spirit of collaboration and community engagement we are opening our doors to our studio in Nth Geelong.

Where: Cnr Baxter Rd and Blackwell St, Nth Geelong
When: 24th of May 2017, 1 – 5 pm

Meet the Artists and their Works-in-Process
Bindi Cole Chocka, Sarah Duyshart, Merinda Kelly, Robert Mihajlovski, Amanda Shone

In casting Geelong as a city for the future we see art and architecture as active agents in the way we live. They guide us spatially, culturally, aesthetically, emotionally and politically. Artists and researchers from Deakin University have confronted the vacant spaces of Geelong’s industrial past and revealed stories, and practices rooted in place. Through revealing the artists’ works-in-process – videos, drawings, sounds, objects, prints and installations – the Open Studio gives the audience an opportunity to reflect on cultural and labour practices, and practically, to participate in the project.



Open Studio Open Day


Deakin University


North Geelong

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This event was an initiative of the research team behind VACANTGeelong. With curatorial direction from Cameron Bishop, with Annie Wilson, and coordinated by the research team, Mirjana Lozanovska, Diego Fullaondo and David Beynon we showcased the commissioned artists' works-in-progress. Ex-Ford workers (including many from the Macedonian community), local artists, residents, secondary students, teachers and others came to the open studio to discover how the artists Alexander Hamilton, Bindi Cole Chocka, Amanda Shone, Merinda Kelly, Robert Mihajlovski and Sarah Duyshart, have responded to the spaces and communities of Geelong's industrial precinct. Open crit sessions and discussions were held around key themes including space, culture, memory and labour. SBS World News filmed interviews with artists and ex-Ford workers over the course of the day. The feature went to air in late May.

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X Not reportable; J2 Minor original creative work


Curated event - Open Studio. Commissioned artists showcased their works led by VACANTGEelong research team.

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