Art Workshops

UPCOMING 






OFFERING 


For school and community groups: 
  • Gif making workshops (online or face to face)
  • Collage and Assemblage workshops 
  • Collaborative projects
  • Research-based archival exploration
  • Public art project management
  • + I’m 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



ARCHIVES OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER - YARRA LIBRARIES
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, 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, 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.