The Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms is a new space in Melbourne that offers creative classes for adults and children as well as special workshops and short courses. The courses are taught by practicing artists and makers who share their knowledge and abilities in classes developed to fit the age and skill level of the student.

I'll be delivering some classes as part of Isobel Knowles'  'Introduction to Animation' course for young people aged 9 - 13. 

Isobel is one of the best animators there is, so kids will be in for a treat. Here's a picture from a beautiful animation by Isobel and Cat Rabbit:



I spent a year as the Public Programs Producer at ACMI while the usual person took a year off. I've worked with the Public Programs and Education teams at ACMI periodically for many years and it was interesting to step into a different role in the Public Programs Team for a while.

A big part of the year was making public programs to go with blockbuster DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition. This included opening week talks with DreamWorks CEO and extraordinary media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg,  plus a totally lovely and inspiring team of DreamWorks Animation lead creatives, as well some very bustling Family Days. A highlight was handling a program called the Designing Dreams studio that offered local emerging and mid career animators mentoring from senior DreamWorks creatives.

Outside of the DreamWorks program, I got to produce a very diverse range of talks, workshops and special events and work with some really interesting people. Some highlights:

A Next Wave Festival coproduction Hello There, We've Been Waiting for You created by the talented Louris van de Geer and Samara Hersch. A theatre piece staged within the 'confines of a television studio' it made interesting use of the ACMI studio's live video and vision mixing capabilities. Here's a peek:

Hello There, We've Been Waiting For You from Louris van de Geer on Vimeo.

A Digital Storytelling project with Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), focused on providing insight into people's experience of mental illness in migrant and refugee communities, though facilitating participants' creation of autobiographical videos. Over the years I've worked with a great array of storytellers and community groups in ACMI's Digital Storytelling program as a workshop facilitator - it was interesting to be involved in a project from the different perspective of Program Producer. For MHiMA this project was an advocacy tool, with the participants' stories featured in various news pieces, including SBS and the Leader.

Working with the fabulous arts and social change company Big hART on a retrospective film program and masterclass as part of Melbourne Festival.

The China Up Close Summer Season, alongside ACMI's major exhibition of video artist Yang Fudong. My personal highlight in this program was working with Slow Art Collective who created a beautiful, interactive installation in the ACMI lightwell.

Working with legendary animator Anthony Lucas during the early stages of his hybrid puppet/ animation theatre production A Moon Safari

Being involved in early stages of programming for the upcoming David Bowie is exhibition, which kicks off in July. Can't wait to see it. 


Knowing Me Knowing You

I was lucky to spend a day recently helping out the Sisters Hayes and Paul Hodges with their video shoot for Knowing Me, Knowing You, an upcoming exhibition at Arts Project Australia (opening in Feb). I am a huge fan of their work, and this looks to be a cracker of a show. Have a look at this interview with Paul and the Sisters, where they talk about their respective practices and the process of collaborating, and show images of their work in progress.


Catching Up

I have a little catching up to do with project updates...

Earlier in the year I made a Pilot Education Project at ACMI, linking schools in remote locations to work on a collaborative project over the internet, with clever Isobel Knowles.

More recently I spent a month and a half in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, working on an animation project with school kids. There's an as-yet incomplete project blog over here but more info to come.

The Stitching Time exhibition and our Stellar Exchange workshops at Craft Vic went well, and all of the stars for Maryann's inspiring 1 Million Stars project recently had their first installation at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, during the Big Design Market. They were beautiful to behold.

Stellar Exchange workshop at Craft Victoria

It's More...

Here is the film created by young people at the Venny with Christie Stott and I, as part of a partnership between the Venny and Chamber Made Opera. It screened at the Venny in June 2013 for family and friends, alongside a very beautiful music and theatre performance by the children called 'From Here to There'.

It's More... from Kate Matthews on Vimeo.

The Venny is a communal backyard and play space for children aged five to 16 from the Kensington public housing estate and surrounding areas. Chamber Made Opera have worked with them in 2012 and 2013 on a cross-cultural arts education project. In 2013 one group of kids were interested in making a film. Christie and I developed & shot the film with the kids during a series of 5 after-school sessions across 5 weeks, also working with the Venny's Danni Van Der Borch.

You can read more about the Venny/ Chamber Made partnership here: chambermadeopera.com/program/The_Venny

Space Switch (update)

Very belatedly, a few snaps of collage animation in progress, and some participants at our Signal 'Space Switch' workshop, pinched from Dell's blog. Also a wee glimpse of the animation. All the animation people made played as a 4-screen installation on the Signal screens for several weeks.

sneak peek from Kate Matthews on Vimeo.


Poster Picture

I made the image for this poster by Luke Howard, for his show at Bennett's Lane with Nat Bartsch. They will be playing interpretations of each others' music. Tonight.


Stellar Exchange: November 23rd, 1pm - 3pm

This is a drop in workshop hosted by Craft as part of the exhibition Stitching Time, on now at Craft.

Learn how to weave an eight point star with Maryann Talia Pau, Dell Stewart and Kate Matthews, just like the ones the ones in their animation collaboration, Interstellar Exchange.

Take home your stars just in time for Christmas, or donate them to the stellar installation One Million Stars to End Violence at the Big Design Market, Royal Exhibition Building, 6, 7 & 8 December 2013.

RSVP by calling 96507775 or email sgranlund@craft.org.au.



Stitching Time

I am part of this upcoming exhibition at Craft Victoria, curated by Dell Stewart and Isobel Knowles
 - a collection of collaborations that explore the relationship between textiles and animation. 

I have been working with Dell and amazing weaver/ 'Pacific Bling' creator Maryann Talia Pau. Here's a video of some work in progress... you can also see this and some process pics over on the project blog here.

Weaving Stars from Dell Stewart on Vimeo.

The exhibition will be held in the main gallery at Craft Victoria between October 17th and December 1st, 2013.


From here to there

'From Here to There' is a performance by the children of The Venny with Chamber Made Opera. The Venny is a communal backyard and play space for children aged five to 16 from the Kensington public housing estate and surrounding areas.

Alongside the live performance, there will be a screening of 'It's More...'  a film some of the Venny young people have worked on with Christie Stott and I, across a series of evening sessions over the past 5 weeks.

You can read more about the Venny/ Chamber Made partnership here.


West Space Annual Fundraiser

The Westspace Annual Fundraiser has come around again. As in recent years I have used it as an incentive to make something I have been meaning to try for ages but am altogether uncertain about. As well as my wonky output there will be many works by far more habitual artists, some of Melbourne's finest. 

12 JUN 2013 - 15 JUN 2013 · WEST SPACE · 


(This is the flyer, image by Charlie Sofo).


Space Switch

Dell and I are running a weekend workshop series in June at Signal, City of Melbourne's amazing workshop space for 13-20 year old creative people. You can enrol now: details below. 

Space Switch 

Ever wanted to transform the world around you? Or transport yourself into an alternate reality? In this series of weekend workshops you will use traditional stop motion animation to create an animated version of yourself in a world of your own creation. 

Will the world be as you see it or the world as you want it to be?

You’ll build your background with collage elements and paper cuts using a multi-layered, traditional animation set up. 
Your old school motion graphics will be exhibited on the Signal screens after dark.

Dates: Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June, Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June
Time: 11am to 4pm

Cost: Free
Bookings essential: book online 

Open 2 Study

Open 2 Study is a new program from Open Universities Australia. You can enrol and study a range of courses online via high quality video lectures.  Excitingly, these courses are being offered for free.

I spent some time earlier in the year working in the camera team on the first round of lectures. My personal favourite was Professor Greg Downey from Macquarie University talking about Anthropology in his 'Becoming Human' subject. His work is fascinating!! 


Chutney Club Preserves Challenge @ Bikefest

The Inter-Suburb Chutney Club is hosting a Preserves Challenge at the Bikefest Village Picnic on 9 March at the Abbotsford Convent.

Enter your home-made preserves between 12 and 2.30pm - we will announce a Champion Preserver at 3pm. 

Imagine the glory! The fame! 

Should be fun, anyway. Come on down. 


Digital Media Month at Colourbox Studios

Galaxy of Love and my video works for Rachel Hooper's Task Masters exhibition are having a second screening as part of Digital Media Month at Colourbox Studio in Footscray, in an exhibition curated by William Head of Yay Tractor Media Projects

You can see the program details here and the exhibition opens tomorrow night, 16 Jan: 6-8:30PM, 236 Nicholson Street, Footscray.


ACMI Hothouse

For the second time I'm coordinating the Hothouse program for talented Year 10-12 students at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. This 4 year state-funded program offers 10 talented students the chance to collaborate with their peers in a fast paced production studio at ACMI, with mentoring from industry professionals. Each year there is a different focus in screen culture.

The 2013 program has just opened for entries and the focus is narrative film-making.

I caught up with our 2012 Hothouse students again recently to look back on the program (you can check that out here on the ACMI blog) and they confirmed what a fantastic experience it was for them. You can also see their interviews during the Hothouse workshop in the video below (the 2012 focus was game making).

So if you know any aspiring student film-makers, urge them to apply! They can download the application kit here.


Galaxy of LOVE!

Dell Stewart and I ran a cut-out animation workshop with a group of girls from the Flemington Housing Estate as part of the fabulous She.Can.Create project. Here's their blurb (you can also read something here about how this project got started):
"She Can Create is a program which facilitates access to a range of creative workshops over an eight week period. Every Saturday, She Can Create takes a group of young, bright and culturally diverse girls to a different area of Melbourne to learn from a creative professional. Design, dj-ing, sewing, aerosol stenciling, hip hop and photography are among the creative outlets that will be covered."
It was a fun day, thanks to the group being a really great bunch of girls, and I absolutely love the animation they came up with. 

We started with an eclectic selection of collage materials and the simple rule that everything had to move from screen left to screen right. It evolved into imagining what you might see out the window of a space shuttle. Here's what the girls conjured, the Galaxy of LOVE (who knew all that was out there!).  Below that, some photos of the workshop in action. 

Arnhem Land Workshops: Videos

Here is the animation from my workshops in Yirrkala (see my previous post for more info).

Three ocean scenes from the Grade 5s and a forest scene from Randjupi Munungurr and Ishmael Marika of the Mulka Project. The forest scene uses offcuts from the bark canvases Yirrkala's amazing bark artists use for their paintings.


Arnhem Land Workshops

I ran a couple of stop motion animation sessions at the fantastic Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land. An amazing and beautiful place that's home to a powerhouse creative community. My friend Donald Russell the Carpenter built a great setup for me out of scrap materials from around the art centre.

I had a morning session with a group of Grade 5s from the local school and an afternoon session with Randjupi Mununggurr and Ishmael Marika, staff members at the Mulka Project. The Mulka project is a media production and archiving project whose "mission is to sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land under the leadership of community members." Check it out.

Here are some snaps from the morning session. Animations to follow. EDIT: watch them here. Note they are silent.


Craft Cubed Festival

I'm running an animation workshop on 11 August with Dell Stewart as part of the Craft Cubed 2012 Development Series at Craft Victoria. In 'Bits and Pieces' animation we will introduce you to the basics of stop-motion animation. You'll contribute to a group project, using 'bits and pieces' from around the studio, animated on multi-layered glass. Should be fun! More information here.

Also, Dell has posted some photos from the current Taskmasters exhibition at C3 on her blog.

UPDATE: It was a fun day! You can now see what people made in the workshop here and Dell has posted some pics from the day here.