Art Workshops


CHILD & YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMS


The Artists for Kids Culture artsbus is a mobile arts studio, theatre and music space, enabling AKC to facilitate meaningful, thoughtful and therapeutic arts activities. With the support of volunteers and local feature artists, the AKC artsbus brings quality arts practices to children who would otherwise miss out. 

︎Learn more about the artsbus here

︎ Contact me: 
  Gen Townsend, artsbus Program Manager
  Artists for Kids Culture
  E: artsbus @ akc.org.au 





INDIVIDUAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT / CONSULTING / ARTIST


As a practicing artist, I love working with schools and community groups: 
  • Gif making workshops (online or face to face)
  • Collage and Assemblage workshops 
  • Collaborative project facilitation
  • Research-based archival exploration
  • Public art project management

If you are based in Dandenong or surrounding areas, I encourage you to get in touch with the Connection Arts Space workshops team to discuss your project.



PAST PROJECTS AND FACILITATION EXPERIENCE


Co-Host: Archives of Sexuality and Gender - Yarra Libraries Online Workshop

Hosted by Gen Townsend and Zara Sully
Thursday 5th November, 4PM - 6PM 

Explore the Gale Archive of Sexuality and Gender with Yarra Youth Services’ Artist In Residence, Gen Townsend, and Artist and Arts Worker, Zara Sully. In this live, online art workshop, Gen and Zara will discuss research-based arts practices and run activities that draw inspiration from the archive. All are welcome to join and animate this amazing archive through drawing, text-based art or your own artistic response.
Suitable for 18+ 

Artist Facilitator - Deep Fried Arts, Term 1 2020
Yarra Youth Services

Deep FRiED arts was a Friday night visual arts program where young artists aged 12-17 were encouraged to pursue personal projects in an open studio environment. The window dedicated to Deep FRiED Arts included the group's interrogations into the art of collage, from 2D works to 3D assemblages and everything in between.


Workshop Facilitator and Project Manager - Sustainability Mural, 2019 
Connection Art Space, commissioned by Smart Recycling


Workshop Facilitator and Project Manager - Express Your Rights, 2017
Connection Art Space, in collaboration with Springvale Monash Legal Service

A series of weekend workshops, which had the following aims:to enable young people’s artistic expression through their connection with Artist Mentors and a supportive studio environment; to develop young people’s awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities. On behalf of CAS, I recruited a fantastic group of Artist Facilitators who mentored across four areas: Photography, Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture/Collage. The Artist Mentors included: Zia Atahi, Natalie Artis, Erika Williams, Jackie Case, Zakiria Tahirian, Andrew Duong, Lottie Leigh, Susana Rivas, Samantha Ryan and Joi Waszaj.  The workshop audience was young people (aged 14 - 22) connected with Springvale Monash Legal Service and/or living in Dandenong.


Schools Engagement Coordinator, October 2018 - January 2021
Salvos Schools 

In this role, I have the pleasure of facilitating social justice workshops with primary and secondary aged students. Our most popular program is the Youth Homelessness Ciity Tour, which uses storyteling to encourage empathy and challenge stereotypes about people sleeping rough and, more broudly, the stigma surrounding homelesssness. 

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I acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders - past, present and emerging, of the Kulin Nation on which I work and create. I recognise Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years, and celebrate First Nation peoples' enduring presence and knowledge.


I acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders - past, present and emerging, of the Kulin Nation on which I work and create. I recognise Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years, and celebrate First Nation peoples' enduring presence and knowledge.