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One World Workshops and Exhibition

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Published December 16th 2012
Update December 20th 2012
Please note this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances.

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Start afresh by getting your hands dirty
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Playing with fire: A participant at the Two Fires Festival community fire event (2005), led by Paul Blackman

Do you remember the scene in The Princess Diaries where Mia vents her frustrations by throwing darts at paint-filled balloons with her artist mother, making the canvas run with bright, Play-Doh type colours? Wouldn't you just love to do that, to not think and just make a mess?

"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.

How much fun could you possibly have during the workshops? Based on the 'anything goes' material choices of Paul's past projects and art pieces, you will have heaps of fun.

A muppet-like puppet made by Paul Blackman in 2009

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Weaving fences: A participant at the Whittlesea Community Festival 2012, another of Paul's projects

Paradise Portal
Tin-can tree: An art installation from Paul Blackman's Paradise Portal exhibition in 2007

You could be using laminated paper, tin cans, paint, rope or wire to co-create the final artwork for the One World exhibition, which will be on from 28th January to 2nd February 2013. Paul may even film you as you play and incorporate the footage into the final artwork.

(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.

Face mask gone wrong? 'Lovesick 4', by Celeste Chandler (2012)

fortyfivedownstairs is an underground (literally) but airy, non-profit theatre and art gallery. They pride themselves on showcasing experimental, thought-provoking visual art, theatre, live music and discussion, such as the above piece by Celeste Chandler, which reminds me of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's surreal paintings of fruit on faces, which I first saw in the Louvre.

Their plays are regularly reviewed by The Age and The Herald Sun. In summary, you will be in good hands for the One World workshops. To join the workshops or find out more information, click here or contact Abby Storey at or 03 9662 9966.
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Why? Arty-farty fun in the city
When: January 2013
Phone: 03 9662 9966
Where: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Cost: From $5 to $25 per session (depending on your employment status)
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