A Manifesto To Softness
Apr
10
to Apr 16

A Manifesto To Softness

Using the intimate mediums of portrait photography and poetry, this exhibition explores how we experience softness through sensations, in particular places, towards others and within ourselves. Audio of selected participants’ discussions with the artist - recorded prior to being photographed - encourages viewers to reflect on what the concept of softness means to them, and provides an insight into the artists’ creative theory.

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Fruits of Failure
Apr
13
to Apr 18

Fruits of Failure

  • Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Can creativity be cultivated in a similar way to tree planting, leaving seeds? Can we use our failures as a compost to our creative soils? Enter the blanket fort, and find out. Fruits of Failure is a participatory performance installation which reconsiders how failure can form a positive process of growth that fuels the creative process.

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Sketchbook Project Exhibition
Apr
13
to Apr 30

Sketchbook Project Exhibition

For eight consecutive years, Propel has sent out blank sketchbooks to hundreds of participants across WA, ready to be cut, painted and inked, filled with designs, stories or drawings from young people across our vast State. Check out this year’s sketchbooks in the KickstART Nook at the State Library of WA.

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Yokayi Postcard Project
Apr
13
to Apr 20

Yokayi Postcard Project

Members of the Yokayi Girls Program (Girrawheen Senior High School, Balga Senior High School and Kiara College) were invited by Propel to create their own artistic responses to the work of emerging Bibbulmun artist Esther McDowell / Yabini Kickett as part of her Artist Activation at AGWA during the Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition.

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Still Here LGBTQIA+ Lab: Open Studio
Apr
13
to Apr 20

Still Here LGBTQIA+ Lab: Open Studio

  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Explore the processes and works-in-progress of the Still Here LGBTQIA+ Lab participants. Still Here is a lab which amplifies the visibility of LGBTQIA+ artists in Western Australia, and in 2019 offered developmental opportunities for six emerging practitioners.

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KickstART Market
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

KickstART Market

Perth’s only youth-oriented markets are back and this year we’re working with Perth Makers Market to make this year’s KickstART Market the biggest ever! Find beautiful handmade and original wares, including jewellery, fashion, homewares, stationery, artworks and delicious food to sample along your way.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Flower Crown Workshop

Come along and make your own pretty flower crown. It’s fun and easy and anyone can do it! This drop-in workshop series, presented by I’d Rather Wear Roses, will run on a half-hourly basis between 10.00am and 2.00pm and participants can sign up on the day. Be sure to get in early, as these workshops are very popular!

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Travelling Loom
Apr
13
to Apr 18

Travelling Loom

  • State Library of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Find Leah Vlatko and her colourful giant loom roving around the Perth Cultural Centre during KickstART Festival Day. You are invited to contribute to this interactive loom by weaving through the yarns closest to your experiences, and exploring the idea of how you nurture yourself. Take your time, sit, weave, play, be still.

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Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

KickstART Music

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in the Courtyard at the State Theatre Centre of WA for an eclectic music line-up curated by young people to offer something for everyone. Support young Western Australian artists and immerse yourself in special performances from KickstART Music features a diverse line-up of local emerging acts at KickstART Music.

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Lotterywest Story Street Community Library
Apr
14
to Apr 20

Lotterywest Story Street Community Library

As part of Lotterywest Story Street, CAN is establishing a traveling community library with stories, videos, and artworks from many different local multicultural communities. This library will contain significant cultural histories and media created by and for multicultural communities, and various creative resources to give people the ability to tell their own stories, and to speak of their cultural histories. Come along and add your own story to this ongoing project of cultural expression!

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Shadow Puppetry
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Shadow Puppetry

Learn basic puppetry techniques which bring shadows to life and create stories. Playing with body silhouettes, Rachael Woodward will teach you the tips and tricks of shadow puppetry. In this workshop, participants will explore the various possibilities of different light sources, as well as how and when to use these effectively.

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Life Drawing For Beginners
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Life Drawing For Beginners

Participants sit in a circle around a model. Sketchbooks open, pencils poised. This is life drawing for beginners: sketching a clothed model as she holds props and maintains extended poses. Led by local artists Ashlea Turpin and Luka Buchanan, Life Drawing For Beginners caters for artists at any stage.

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Getting Crafty
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Getting Crafty

  • State Library of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Craft is for everyone! Or at least, that’s what Leah Vlatko thinks. Join her for a low-press and anti-expectation opportunity to make something crafty. This drop-in workshop allows you to participate as you please, and to spend as much or as little time crafting as you desire with plenty of different materials and processes to work with.

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Being Present On The Page
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Being Present On The Page

  • State Library of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nirrimi Firebrace is an inspirational young photographer, writer and blogger. In this workshop she will illuminate the creative process of journaling and writing about one's own life. This is a guide to finding the narratives, seeking the silver linings and processing the intensity of feeling feelings; because being a human is hard and writing is a profound way to make sense of it all.

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Comedy Starter Kit Workshop
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Comedy Starter Kit Workshop

Been watching comedians on YouTube? Got something to share but don’t know where to start? Comedy Starter Kit is a workshop opportunity which provides skills, confidence and knowledge about Perth’s comedy scenes. Facilitated by Nadia Collins, this workshop caters to brand-new and emerging comedians, who may feel like their voices have been ‘Othered’ in comedy spaces.

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Snacks and Chats
Apr
15
1:00 PM13:00

Snacks and Chats

Are you a young person who would like some advice or guidance on your career in the arts? Passionate about a project, but not sure who to talk with next? Zal Kanga-Parabia and Bella Ndayikeze, the 2019 WA Youth Week Ambassadors, are inspirational young people who are motivated about helping others! At this event, enjoy a one-on-one chat with Zal or Bella about the direction of your emerging career, your experience in the arts, or any projects you’ve been brainstorming recently.

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Comedy Starter Kit Performance Evening
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Comedy Starter Kit Performance Evening

A performance showcase and celebration of young voices in Perth’s local comedy circuit. Featuring young, queer comedian Charlotte Glance and a premier performance from Gelo’s Giggle Gang collective. Hosted by Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist and laughter enthusiast. This event will also include performance showings from participants in the earlier ‘Comedy Starter Kit’ workshop.

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Young Boxing Woman Project (ages 12-15)
Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Young Boxing Woman Project (ages 12-15)

The best way to improve your belief that you can, is to do. There is no need to apologise for taking up the space and time you need. This workshop includes 45 minutes of non-combat boxing which encourages participants to embrace discomfort in a supportive network of women and those who identify with womanhood. This is followed by a 45 minute, participant lead discussion about identity and what it means to claim your space.

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Young Boxing Woman Project (ages 16-26)
Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

Young Boxing Woman Project (ages 16-26)

The best way to improve your belief that you can, is to do. There is no need to apologise for taking up the space and time you need. This workshop includes 45 minutes of non-combat boxing which encourages participants to embrace discomfort in a supportive network of women and those who identify with womanhood. This is followed by a 45 minute, participant lead discussion about identity and what it means to claim your space.

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The Creative Process of Protest
Apr
16
2:00 PM14:00

The Creative Process of Protest

Can creative practice constitute a form of political protest? How can artists also be advocates, activists or anarchists? Join local speakers as they attempt to answer these questions, in relation to their own intersections of artistic practice and political intent. Speakers include: Michelle Bui, Marziya Mohammedali, Saoirse Nash and Jakob Boyd from local DIY publisher Hectic Measures Press, and a representative from Climate Strike.

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Pretzels, Peddles and Perseverance
Apr
16
4:00 PM16:00

Pretzels, Peddles and Perseverance

Join two entrepreneurs still in their 20’s; Brittany Garbutt from Pretzel and Zac Duggan from Peddle Perth. These young people have used determination, enthusiasm and a little bit of surrealism to turn their visions into iconic staples of any night out in Northbridge. In this talk and extended Q&A, Brit and Zac will discuss what it means to run a business when most of your friends are still completing University, and how to do all of this hard work while sustaining your personal life.

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Poetic Lineages
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Poetic Lineages

Throughout March, a group of local emerging poets were given the opportunity to be mentored by established poetic leaders of Perth. These mentors include Julie Watts (winner of the 2018 Dorothy Hewitt Award), Shey Marque (Queensland Poetry Festival’s 2018 Emerging Older Poet), Scott-Patrick Mitchell (WA Poets Inc.) and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa (Australia’s Got Talent, Fully Sikh). This Poetic Lineages development program culminates with a public showcase, in which the mentored poets will share their similes and manifest their metaphors.

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Behind the Scenes: Shaun Tan
Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

Behind the Scenes: Shaun Tan

  • State Library of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A behind the scenes tour that provides unique insight into Shaun Tan’s creative mind and artistic body of work. Join State Library of WA staff at the Cicada exhibition and move to three different locations throughout the library to view oil paintings, unpublished illustrations, sculptures, notebooks, and sketches.

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Pot Plant Revolution
Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

Pot Plant Revolution

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come create sustainably sourced homes for your indoor plants! We’ll even provide seedlings and saplings to get you started. It’s pretty overwhelming to think about how much plastic waste humans create every year and how much useful material we throw away. In this workshop, let’s make a change by turning this into your very own pot plant!

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Bedroom Producers
Apr
17
1:00 PM13:00

Bedroom Producers

  • State Library of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you been busy producing beats in your bedroom? Do you want to learn how to? WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) will introduce participants to the process of electronic music production. Learn how to navigate Ableton Live on your laptop, program beats using MIDI and make your own instruments with samples. This workshop is suitable for beginners and emerging bedroom producers who want to take their music production skills to the next level, and is open to young people of all gender identities.

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Pot Plant Revolution
Apr
17
3:00 PM15:00

Pot Plant Revolution

Come create sustainably sourced homes for your indoor plants! We’ll even provide seedlings and saplings to get you started. It’s pretty overwhelming to think about how much plastic waste humans create every year and how much useful material we throw away. In this workshop, let’s make a change by turning this into your very own pot plant!

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Still Here LGBTQIA+: Artist Talks
Apr
17
5:30 PM17:30

Still Here LGBTQIA+: Artist Talks

  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Six emerging creatives share their thoughts and experiences from the Still Here LGBTQIA+ Lab. Still Here is a lab which amplifies the visibility of LGBTQIA+ artists in Western Australia, and offered developmental opportunities for six emerging practitioners. Participants were invited to experience and embody the practice of acclaimed transgender artist Cassils during their performance, exhibition and lecture at PICA during the Perth Festival.

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Hidden Movements
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Hidden Movements

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join 5 emerging dancers in the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA, for a series of intimate and personal solo performance showings. Hidden Movements is a creative development program where up to 10 young dancers across Perth and the Mandurah region work under the guidance of local dance artist Bernadette Lewis to develop their skills in choreography, improvisation, and performance.

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Self Care in the Arts
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Self Care in the Arts

  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented in collaboration with PICA, this friendly forum aims to equip artists and arts workers with tools to be healthier, happier (maybe?) and a little more hydrated. Even if you don’t work in the arts sector, you are absolutely welcome to attend and participate as you please. Featuring homemade advice from young and emerging local speakers such as Mark Briffa (aka: BoyName), Simone Detourbet, and Sam Nerida.

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Taboo Talks [18+]
Apr
17
8:45 PM20:45

Taboo Talks [18+]

An anonymous Q&A style panel about sexuality, sexual health, body positivity, respectful relationships, consent and ethical pornography. Audiences are invited to submit questions anonymously, via a text message or handwritten note, for our taboo trained panel of representatives from Youth Pride Network (YPN), SHQ, Smut Club and Magenta.

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Access All Areas
Apr
18
9:30 AM09:30

Access All Areas

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn about the technical processes that come together onstage to create a professional theatre production, from the expert crew at the State Theatre Centre of WA. This full-day technical theatre workshop will introduce you to stage lighting, audio, AV techniques, and the mechanics involved in rigging and fly work.

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I Don't Do Dots
Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

I Don't Do Dots

Esther McDowell / Yabini Kickett is a Noongar woman with ties to Ballardong, Nyaki-Nyaki, Wadjuk and Bibbulmun clan groups. As an emerging multidisciplinary arts practitioner, she is committed to tackling misconceptions in relation to her role as a young Aboriginal artist. In this talk, Esther will discuss how she began taking herself seriously as an independent artist and address some of the hurdles she continuously works through in her career.

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Your Stories On Stage
Apr
18
3:00 PM15:00

Your Stories On Stage

Theatre maker and feminist powerhouse Charlotte Otton leads participants through processes of creating theatre shows which are honest, relatable and maybe even confrontational. Through writing exercises, playing with physicality and facilitated discussions, Charlotte teaches participants how to devise and develop theatre shows from their own lived experiences.

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Hidden Movements
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Hidden Movements

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join 5 emerging dancers in the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA, for a series of intimate and personal solo performance showings. Hidden Movements is a creative development program where up to 10 young dancers across Perth and the Mandurah region work under the guidance of local dance artist Bernadette Lewis to develop their skills in choreography, improvisation, and performance.

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Hidden Movements
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Hidden Movements

  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join 5 emerging dancers in the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA, for a series of intimate and personal solo performance showings. Hidden Movements is a creative development program where up to 10 young dancers across Perth and the Mandurah region work under the guidance of local dance artist Bernadette Lewis to develop their skills in choreography, improvisation, and performance.

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Playful Percussion
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Playful Percussion

Using his experience as a composer and performer, Pavan Kumar Hari will teach participants about world percussion instruments such as the Tabla (Indian), Djembe (African) and Cajón (Spanish). After learning about the culture and background of these instruments, participants will be taught how to make music with them. This workshop will conclude with a drum circle, where everyone is invited to jam and experiment with different instruments.

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Writing Songs About Perth
Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Writing Songs About Perth

Writing Songs About Perth is a workshop with local folk musicians Alexander Turner and Be Gosper, also known as The Happy Girls. Suitable for anyone who wants learn about song writing, regardless of previous experience, The Happy Girls invite participants to explore writing and listening techniques, particularly those that engage with the spaces we inhabit and call home.

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Good Folk Friday
Apr
19
2:00 PM14:00

Good Folk Friday

A low-key series of busking sets from The Happy Girls, Jack Davies, Sauvage and George Burton. Good Folk Friday will also feature artists who took part in the City of Perth Busking Program in partnership with Propel. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to share in the performance, by contributing songs and poems on the open-mic, if they feel like it!

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Haxa House
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Haxa House

Häxa House casts a casual, intimate approach to hosting an array of visual art, live poetry and experimental music. Come join this collective of local curators as they invite you to celebrate weirdness, experimentation and generosity. Featuring visual artists, poets, musicians and other local makers. Häxa emphasises a DIY, inclusive and collaborative approach to creativity.

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Bio-Tinkering Lights [ages 12-16]
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

Bio-Tinkering Lights [ages 12-16]

In this hands-on STEAM workshop, presented in the Scitech CSIRO Lab by Dr Claire Pannell and Robyn Shrosbree, participants will explore how electrical energy is stored in food and drinks. Learn how to harness this energy to light up the world with a slow healing glow. Using food we will use renewable energy from within to run LED lights and create a glowing fruit bowl sculpture to feature on your dining table.

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Bio-Tinkering Lights [ages 17-26]
Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Bio-Tinkering Lights [ages 17-26]

In this hands-on STEAM workshop, presented in the Scitech CSIRO Lab by Dr Claire Pannell and Robyn Shrosbree, participants will explore how electrical energy is stored in food and drinks. Learn how to harness this energy to light up the world with a slow healing glow. Using food we will use renewable energy from within to run LED lights and create a glowing fruit bowl sculpture to feature on your dining table.

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KickstART Prom
Apr
20
4:00 PM16:00

KickstART Prom

Bring your bio-degradable glitter, your favourite people and your dancing shoes. We hope this can be the cliché prom you secretly wanted in school, yet probably didn’t get to experience. Fancy frocks and outfits are encouraged, but definitely not required. No prom kings and queens will be appointed but you can still wear crowns if you want. If you believe that you are royalty, we agree wholeheartedly.

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Colab
Apr
22
8:30 PM20:30

Colab

Colab is WAs longest running regular monthly hip hop freestyle night and features the city's finest lyricists backed by a band comprised of a wide range of Perth's musical talent. Eschewing the antagonistic testosterone-laden MC Battle format, Colab is a freewheeling sonic experiment in interaction, spontaneity and in-the-present collaboration.

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Swamp Clubb – Year of the Dwerda
Apr
22
8:00 AM08:00

Swamp Clubb – Year of the Dwerda

  • Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Swamp Clubb redirects the eye and pursues a revolution of the heart and a re-connection to the country in Urban Environments. Travelling with both playfulness and reverence, accessing all the senses - Swamp Clubb enlists the help of cultural and environmental experts to create informative immersive theatre. 

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Backstage Tours @ the State Theatre Centre
Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

Backstage Tours @ the State Theatre Centre

Go behind-the-scenes at the State Theatre Centre of WA, explore the states premier performing arts centre and the home of world-class theatre, music and dance. Peek backstage, wander through vast underground theatre and rehearsal room, experience the grandeur of the Heath Ledger Theatre as you have never seen it!

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The Cockburn Incident
Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

The Cockburn Incident

At the beginning of their final year of high school, a massive penis is scorched onto the oval at Cockburn College. The School Captain, Diane, and her BFF, Lucy, go all ‘Murder, She Wrote' on the situation to uncover the culprit. A celebration of friendship and memes, The Cockburn Incident explores our responsibility in this weird, unpredictable world.

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The Cockburn Incident
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

The Cockburn Incident

At the beginning of their final year of high school, a massive penis is scorched onto the oval at Cockburn College. The School Captain, Diane, and her BFF, Lucy, go all ‘Murder, She Wrote' on the situation to uncover the culprit. A celebration of friendship and memes, The Cockburn Incident explores our responsibility in this weird, unpredictable world.

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The Cockburn Incident
Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

The Cockburn Incident

At the beginning of their final year of high school, a massive penis is scorched onto the oval at Cockburn College. The School Captain, Diane, and her BFF, Lucy, go all ‘Murder, She Wrote' on the situation to uncover the culprit. A celebration of friendship and memes, The Cockburn Incident explores our responsibility in this weird, unpredictable world. 

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Monsters. As. Friends. with Steve Browne
Apr
19
12:30 PM12:30

Monsters. As. Friends. with Steve Browne

  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Embrace what you think you’re afraid of, and use those things as strengths to draw from instead. Join Perth-based mural artist Steve Browne for a special workshop where participants challenge themselves while trying their hand at white painting on black boards.

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