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'Make History': Collage Workshop

Image: Deborah Kelly, Michel Loves Angelo (detail), 2020, Work in Progress, 20 x 26cm
National Art School
National Art School
Forbes Street & Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Building 11, National Art School

Saturday 15 February from 10am to 3pm


General admission: $120.00

Take the evidence of our civilisation into your own hands, and make it serve your desires. Old books are the legacy of obsolete culture: in this workshop you will learn to eviscerate them and build glorious new messages for the future from their remains.

In this 1-day workshop, learn how to make collages that revisit, remix and re-imagine history with artist Deborah Kelly – currently exhibiting in Misfit: Collage and queer practice .

Suitable for all skill levels.

Participants must arrive on time, but are welcome to leave as they choose.

Materials provided:

  • Glue

  • Mats

  • Brushes

  • Knives

  • Some vintage imagery from Kelly’s personal archive

Materials required:

  • Heavy, acid-free paper (350GSM) in your preferred size

  • Vintage reference books/art books/magazines with images to cut up* *Note: Images on matte paper are perfect. Damaged and black and white are fine to use. Thin, shiny paper is hard to use, so please choose carefully.

Since 2011 Kelly has been investigating the expansion of the humble, lo-fi art of collage from private into public, from solo to social, from object to process, through open workshops around Australia, in Leipzig, London, Istanbul, Zagreb, Aarhus, Berlin and Bandung.

Her new collage animation, The Gods of Tiny Things, partly produced through workshops in Bundanon, premiered at Pool Festival in Berlin and in December 2019 won Mexico City's Dulac Avant Garde Award. Her epic collaborative collage portrait series No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) toured Australia for 4 years and recently joined the collection of London's Wellcome Trust, where it will be exhibited until 2029.