Workshop: Can I tell you a (true) story?

Workshop: Can I tell you a (true) story?

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Stories and oral traditions are often a lot closer to truth than fiction. You are invited to explore storytelling and story-making in this creative writing workshop. Activate your deep listening, writing and storytelling skills in order to cut through the dominating white noise of public spaces.

Your journey will be led by Paola Balla. Having written extensively on the role of blak women as matriarchs, protectors and sovereign warriors, Paola will share her experiences in the arts. Reflect and discover the connection between fact and fiction through writing and drawing.

All materials provided, no experience necessary.

Presented as a part of Conversation Starters: Truth or Dare, a weekend of art, questions and discussion – inspired by the work of Sun Xun.

Duration: 150 minutes

About Paola Balla

Paola Balla is an artist, curator and community cultural producer with a story-focussed practice. Her people are Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara. Based in Kulin Country, Melbourne, she developed Footscray Community Arts Centre’s first Indigenous Arts and Cultural program and 2010 Wominjeka Festival. She is the inaugural Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholar, and currently a lecturer and PhD candidate at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre, Victoria University focussing on Aboriginal women’s art and practices of resistance In 2012, she was a Senior Curator in First Peoples Gallery, Melbourne Museum. In 2015 she curated the MAGNA Highly Commended Executed in Franklin Street, City Gallery, co-curated Sovereignty at ACCA in 2016 with Artistic Director Max Delany and was a co-curator of Unfinished Business; Perspectives on art and feminism 2017.

Image: Portrait of Paola Balla

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  • 08 Sep - 08 Sep, 18
  • Regular price $10.00 $5.00 Playwave Price

  • All Ages
  • Digital Studio, Level 3
    140 GEORGE ST
    THE ROCKS NSW 2000

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