"I want to make people play," says Paul Blackman on the phone. Gifted, experienced but not vain (he has very few photos of himself available for publicity purposes), this Minyip-based artist has a penchant for making puppets, directing and writing plays and leading collaborative arts or 'cultural development' workshops and from 14th to 25th January 2013, he will be guiding participants on how to 'play' in the One World workshops at fortyfivedownstairs gallery in Melbourne CBD.
(Yes, he may live in regional Victoria but he is pretty tech-savvy. "I jokingly call my iPad God," he says, when discussing some art pieces created on his iPad.)
You will share recognition with Paul for participating in the One World workshops. Participants' names will be displayed during the final exhibition. The theme of the workshops is 'cultural development', which, according to Paul means 'working creatively in and with the community to foster a living cultural that describes who we are, what we do and what we do'. But don't let the seriousness of the underlying agenda confuse you. The One World workshops are about having fun without the booze or the hefty price tag. It may be a new year, but all work and no play makes the Jacks and Jills of Melbourne pretty dull. Go play.
The pricing of the workshops are as follows: Students, unemployed and retired people pay only $5 per session while employed people pay $25 per session. You can choose to go for either the morning or afternoon sessions (they go for two and a half hours each), for one day or for multiple days. There is a special discount for those who book five sessions. The One World workshops will be conducted at the convenient location of 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.