Gen Townsend

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Artist & Facilitator based in Melbourne living and creating on the land of the Kulin nations.


My pronouns are she/her.










Artist & Facilitator based in Melbourne living and creating on the land of the Kulin nations.
My pronouns are she/her

Art Workshops

UPCOMING 


ARCHIVES OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER - YARRA LIBRARIES
Gen Townsend and Zara Sully 

Thursday 5th November, 4PM - 6PM  (Registration details to be confirmed)

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. 

About the archive: With material dating back to the sixteenth century, the Gale Archive of Sexuality and Gender provides insights into how sexual norms have changed over time, health and hygiene, the development of sex education, the rise of sexology, changing gender roles, LGBTQ culture, social movements and activism, erotica, and many other interesting topical areas.


Suitable for 18+




OFFERING 


For school and community groups: 
  • Gif making workshops (online or face to face)
  • Collage and Assemblage workshops 
  • Collaborative project
  • Research-based archival exploration
  • Keen to discuss your ideas!

If you are based in the south east of Melbourne, I encourage you to get in touch with the Connection Arts Space workshops team to discuss your project.



PAST PROJECTS AND FACILITATION EXPERIENCE



Artist Facilitator - Deep Fried Arts, 2020
Yarra Youth Services

Deep FRiED arts is a Friday night visual arts program which has been facilitated by Gen Townsend. Young artists are encouraged to pursue personal projects in an open studio environment with their peers and early career artists, or they can be guided through a class project. The window dedicated to Deep FRiED Arts includes 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, 2018 - Current
 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.