Artist Forum – Storytelling in Art and Design

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Artist Forum

Paul Mosig and Rachel Peachey (Racket Art & Design), Emma Magenta (Illustrator & Filmmaker), and Dr Carol Major (Writer) share their experiences of making a life through their art forms, followed by Q & A.

4pm Sunday 20th October, 2019

Pigeon Lane at ONE88, 186 – 188 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, entry via Beverly Place

This is a free event for young people aged 16 – 30

This is a great opportunity to hear from professional Storytellers in Art and Design, about how they’ve developed successful careers as full-time artists.

After short presentations and a panel discussion, we will open the floor to you to ask questions. We’ll then have further discussion time to find out who else you’d like to hear from in the Blue Mountains Pluriversity.

About the speakers:

Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig work together in an ongoing creative partnership as visual artists and as the design studio Racket, which they founded in 2005. Racket has worked with clients including City of Sydney, ABC, City of Melbourne, Radio National, Hardie Grant Books, Murdoch Books, The National Library, The Social Enterprise Awards, Collette Dinnigan, The Society Inc, Andrew McConnell and many individual artists, creatives and small businesses. As artists their practice focuses on human / environment relationships from a range of perspectives. They use a variety of mediums including photography, video, sound, sculpture and found objects. They use play and field studies as creative research tools and travel regularly to different environments to work through their ideas.

They will be giving a Storytelling with Art and Design workshop on Monday 18th November.

Emma Magenta is an award-winning and prolific exhibiting artist, writer, illustrator, and film director. She has written and illustrated several adult picture books: The Peril of Magnificent Love, A Gorgeous Sense of Hope, The Origin of Lament and The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch. She also wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Orlando on a Thursday and illustrated Toni Collette’s first children’s book, Planet Yawn.

Magenta created, wrote and directed an animation series produced by Hopscotch Films and The ABC titled The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch. The series debuted to rave reviews and is the first multi-platform project (inter-active website, iPhone game, illustrated graphic novel and animation). Recently, her film Remembering Agatha was screened on ABC. 

Emma Magenta will be giving a workshop on Illustrating and Storyboarding for Illustrated Books and Film on Friday 25th October.

Dr Carol Major is an author, teacher and communicator whose work has encompassed creating the original wildlife segment for Behind the News through to the application of narrative to building design.

Carol holds a Doctorate degree in creative writing from the University of Technology where she has also taught writing, and she has created a boutique consultancy focused on the identity of place within architecture, which has changed thinking on building development. She is an associate of Ink to Screen and Varuna (The National Writer’s House) where she provides manuscript assessment and mentoring services

Carol’s early career was hallmarked by her commitment to communicate technical information to the wider community to allow people to make informed choices. She conceived and produced content for a wide range of inventive print and audiovisual materials for organisations such as the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Foundation, The Addiction Research Foundation and Barrie City Council in Canada. In the latter role she was instrumental in gathering stories that were used to successfully lobby for Ontario’s first provincially funded day care centre meeting the needs of single mothers.

Carol will provide one-hour writing consultations after reading 10 pages of your work (places limited so get in early!)

Click here to download our full August – December program in chronological order.

This Forum has been made possible thanks to funding from Blue Mountains City Council’s City of the Arts Trust.


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