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Schoolhouse Artist Profile – with Elizabeth Barnett

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What is your first memory of SHS?

Being led by a Steiner exchange student through the musty rooms of 97 Nicholson street with Alice and Otis before we signed the lease. It was like finding treasure… there was so much potential in all of the rooms.

How has the closing of current SHS affected your practice?

I moved out just prior to the closing of Nicholson street to have a baby, but it is incredibly sad to lose something that we created from scratch. There have been lots of tears.

How has SHS helped to develop your practice and strengthen the creative community?

Schoolhouse created so many opportunities and friendships that would never have possible without the shared cups of teas, gigs and workshops offered. Being a part of a community of artists helped me to grow as an artist. My studio was heavenly, with views on three sides of the room overlooking the treetops and rooftops and out towards the city. It was definitely a rare treat!

Tell us something that might not have happened, had you not been to SHS?

A number of exhibition opportunities have come up for me as a result of being a part of the Schoolhouse community and I have made some wonderful friends with the other artists who I got to know over the last 2 years.

Elizabeth Barnett is a Melbourne based Visual Artist and Illustrator. She’s also the co-founder and former board member of Schoolhouse Studios.

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Slow Canoe Readings September


So September is clearly for Slow Canoe. We have yet another brilliant lineup: novelists Bruce Pascoe, Amy Espeseth, and Favel Parrett, playwright Bridgette Burton, as well as actor Chloe Boreham, who’ll be reading work by Vedrana Rudan.

(Bridgette’s play ‘Rhonda is in Therapy’ is currently playing at 45 Downstairs and Amy’s novel ‘Sufficient Grace’ will be launched on Thursday 20 September.)

As always, it’s promises to be a lovely and night, with great stories, good company and friendly wine.

More information:

7pm, Friday, 21 September
Schoolhouse Studios
97 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford
$5 entry

FUN-Raising Comedy Night – Spanish Australia


Learning to Make Books

Spirit YOGA at the Schoolhouse

spirit-yoga-poster-653x1024Thursday mornings commencing this Thursday, 9 February 2012

Want to start the day energised, activated, ALIVE?

.. Spirit Yoga draws on the beauty and wisdom of hatha vinyasa (flow) yoga. Connecting movement and breath we move through a varying sequence of postures that open the heart and
Invigorate and nurture the soul.

Using music as a backdrop and incorporating pranayama (breathwork), and asana (postures), finishing with a beautiful savasana (relaxation) before the
working day begins!

Come to Schoolhouse Studios on Thursday morning’s and be awakened with Spirit Yoga.
7am – 8am
(please arrive by 6.45am for a prompt start)

Classes are suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one!
Enquiries to Jenny – phone 0400 637 373

Cost: $18 casual or $15 for block of 4 classes!

Schoolhouse Studios lower hall
(former Sophia Mundi School hall)
95 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford
Enter via blue gate

Lunch in the Garden and Writers in the Chapel

Lunch in the garden and Storytime.

Christmas tree and printmaking

We bought a Christmas tree yesterday and slowly it is being decorated
Everyone has been busy wrapping up work for the end of the year and some of us have been making things to give as gifts.

Lately at the Schoolhouse


Galactic Nights at ACMI

ACMIStarVoyagerGalacticNights_01Galactic Nights is a music series that our talented Eugenia Lim has been working on – it starts next Thursday 3 November with the queen of jazz-zouk Sophia Brous.

All shows feature visuals by Blake Byron-Smith from Two Bright Lakes and interstellar DJ tunes by the stylish Simon Winkler. 6-9pm on selected Thursdays, 3 Nov – 15 Dec 2011.


Thur 3 Nov: Brous

Thur 17 Nov: Hello Satellites

Thur 1 Dec: Time Shield

Thur 15 Dec: Dream Kit


This series is quite dear to my heart and also marks my last hurrah here as a programmer/public servant at ACMI – after 3 years, I finish up here in mid November.

So come on down! Kanpai!

SHOW + TELL October

277017_254150034626432_1768599855_n1With a new time of 1pm – 6pm, Show and Tell will feature some exciting new stalls, live music to get you dancing and a sausage sizzle YUM! We will be Showing off our beautiful Orchard garden so come down and help us celebrate SPRING!