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2017 Melbourne Art and Culture Tour

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It was early Saturday morning on 8 April, when 24 Arts students eagerly waited to board the plane to Melbourne. For many of us it was our first time in Melbourne and for some, their first time on a plane. Everything was bigger and busier in Melbourne. Our humble Hay Street mall was dwarfed by the big and seemingly endless CBD, that you could spend weeks exploring. However, we didn't have weeks, we had just one jam packed incredible week which I can safely say was a week we will never forget.

The Cultural tour began at the MCG watching a game of AFL where we were fortunate enough to sit in the 2nd row. This allowed us to not only have an excellent view of the game but also of the injured players getting their heads 'glued' up before heading back onto the field.

Despite the rain we headed down to St Kilda and after a lovely lunch we were taught some tricks of the trade by a Melbourne photographer. We ate in some amazing restaurants during our time in Melbourne and got a taste of the culinary culture of the city. We ate Italian in Lygon Street Carlton, had an Asian/Fusion meal at Lucy Liu (voted 13th best restaurant in Melbourne), were treated to an amazing Greek meal at George Calombaris' restaurant Gazi, and even got to meet the great chef himself!

The Drama students had many workshops that helped not just for our course but also as prospective workers in the theatre industry. Our first tour was to La Mamma theatre, a non-profit organisation that specialises in incubating new Australian talents. This was eye opening as it showed a starting point to get into the industry. Another workshop was held at the Malthouse Theatre, a considerably larger theatre company that hosts many different theatre spaces and includes the biggest set workshop in the southern hemisphere. The true highlight of this experience was the Characterisation Workshop, which was particularly useful for our course, as it gave us new ways to portray different characters. It was a real treat to see what life could be like to work in the arts beyond our years at school.

The Visual Art students also attended several worthwhile workshops. Our first was at the acclaimed Whitehouse Institute of Design. A number of the students were very keen to find out more about the Institute as a possible choice for further study. We visited the National Gallery of Victoria, the Ian Potter Gallery, and ACMI – Australian Centre for Moving Images. During the Street art workshop and the Drawing workshop, we were introduced to a variety of new skills and techniques and had the opportunity to create some amazing art pieces using spray, ink and chalk. A lot of this work will be on display at the Art Exhibition later in Term 3.

Before we headed back home to Perth we also made a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance and toured the MCG and National Sports Museum.

By Thursday afternoon we were exhausted but had thoroughly enjoyed our time in Melbourne.


Domenic Scriva and Melissa Banda
Culture Captains

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