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MISC. Artist Program By TRANSMEDIUM

23 March – 18 May 2024

In the Centre for Creativity

Workshops

A monthly multidisciplinary queer artist development workshop program for LGBTQIA+ teenagers and their friends! We know that queer youth are full of inspiration and ideas but don’t have enough safe spaces to express themselves freely! So we’ve created MISC., a carefully curated multidisciplinary workshop program by Claud Bailey where emerging and established queer artists plucked deep from within community will be mentoring a group of teens on their art practice. Every single workshop will be entirely different from the next - the only constant is the intention for this space to be for queer youth to express themselves and connect. Prepare to make some new friends and learn from some older kids on the block. Don’t worry if you have no experience in the art form! Entry is open to LGBTQIA+ teenagers (and their allies) between the ages of 15 to 19, all skill levels and experience are welcome.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

BECOME AN ASTRONAUT: Write Your Song with Alex the Astronaut 

Saturday 23 March 2024, 10am - 4pm 

Have you ever felt like you've got a song inside of you bursting to come out but need a little help? Well you're in luck, prepare to elevate your songwriting skills to new galaxies as singer/songwriter ARIA-nominee, Alex the Astronaut, shares their insights into finding the words to fit the seemingly mundane to the utterly life-changing experiences. In this intergalactic workshop, you'll learn about the secrets to translating your innermost thoughts and emotions into powerful, authentic songs. 

JOURNEY OF MOVEMENT: Our Queer Bodies Together with Fetu Taku 

Saturday 20 April 2024, 10am - 4pm 

Join Fetu Taku, international dancer, movement coach, choreographer and teacher. This full day workshop will focus on training the physical body as well as exploring individuality and texture of movement and how it can affect your intention behind the movement. This will include, tasking through concepts, choreography, grooves, journaling and improvisation at a beginners level. Be ready to learn a lot about how your body moves - alone and together in community. 

FUTURE ZINES: Queer Collage and World Building with imbi 

Saturday 18 May 2024, 10am - 4pm  

imbi will facilitate a zine making workshop around queer visioning and world building. The focus will be encouraging the brilliance of young queer imaginations to help collage our present world into the future of our queer dreams. Using existing imagery and text from popular magazines, you’ll create new meaning in your zines and inspire each other to dream big about your personal futures and the collective future of the world.

 

PAST WORKSHOPS

QUEER STILL LIFE: DRAWING OUR STORIES with Kim Leutwyler

Saturday 17 February, 2pm - 5pm

Welcome to your very own Draw’n’Sip (alcohol free) with established queer artist Kim Leutwyler where we will be exploring queer identity through life drawing. We ask that each participant bring a cherished object that holds personal significance—a talisman of empowerment within their queer identity or a source of sheer euphoria. We will cover the fundamental techniques of life drawing, as well as collectively crafting a still life tableau to explore our queer stories through drawing, all the while sipping on some delicious mocktails.

All levels of experience are welcome!

PRIDE AND POETRY: Call Us By Our Names with Mohammad Awad
Saturday 16 December, 10am - 4pm
Join award winning queer artist Mohammad Awad for a masterclass in writing honest poetry and authentic storytelling, where you will learn to unearth the poems living inside you, hold them gently and release them into the world. Prepare to enter this space with your queer and trans ancestors, finding the power in your fruity poetry and leaving with the love of your community.
Have you written hundreds of poems in your journals or never picked up the pen? Doesn’t matter!!! As long as you have something to say (which you do), we welcome you.
 

 

Sydney Opera House Presents in association with TRANSMEDIUM

Meet the artists

Claud Bailey (they/them) Program Producer

Claud Bailey is an award-winning filmmaker, program producer for LGTBQIA+ teens and co-founder of Transmedium, they make work and spaces that celebrates queerness and creates deep inter-generational connections. Claud’s films have screened at film festivals all over the world (Sydney Film Fest, MIFF, Newfest) and they were recently awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award at Mardi Gras FIlm Festival. They’re the 2023 recipient of the inaugural Wear It Purple Art and Culture Fellowship where they’ve developed Queer Futures Fund, the new grant for up to $20k for young and emerging LGBTQIA+ folks’ projects. For Sydney World Pride, Claud created and produced Stories from the Heart, an annual queer storytelling development program for LGTBQIA+ teens which has since received funding from City of Sydney and Wear it Purple for 2024. Claud recently founded Transmedium with Aud Mason-Hyde, a trans-led and youth-centered organization that elevates trans youth and their voices through opportunities for creative expression and connection.

https://claudiabailey.com.au/

TRANSMEDIUM

Transmedium is a trans-led and youth-centered community arts organization founded by Claud Bailey and Aud Mason-Hyde. We elevate trans youth and our stories through fostering deep community connections and creating opportunities for us to express ourselves, proliferating authentic trans narratives and adding to the larger landscape of the arts community.

Kim Leutwyler (pronouns in flux)

Kim Leutwyler creates paintings that explore notions of beauty, gender and queer identity. A seven-time Archibald finalist, Leutwyler’s artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums throughout Australia and worldwide.

https://kimleutwyler.com/home.html 

Alex the Astronaut (she/they)

An unforgettably original lyricist, the music of Australian singer/songwriter Alex the Astronaut cycles through a series of radiantly detailed slices of life. Alex documents moments of both the seemingly mundane - from a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and to the supermarket - to the utterly life-changing - experiences as a caregiver along with the PTSD that followed and their diagnosis with autism.

Alex’s 2022 sophomore album,’ How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater’, explored Alex’s revelation about how trauma can help connect people. Along with magnifying their sense of empathy, Alex was inspired to embrace a new level of emotional transparency on the album understanding that they needed to continue being vulnerable if they wanted to make something that contributed to the world. These efforts have paid off, with Alex undertaking a 13-date Australia tour in celebration of the release. HTGASU peaked at #47 on the ARIA charts, was nominated for 2 ARIA awards, and placed in NME’s 25 Best Australian Albums of 2022.

Fetu Taku (she/they)

Fetu Taku is a movement coach/choreographer, teacher and womxn residing in Sydney, Australia. Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, she has taught both nationally and internationally in countries including China, Japan, London, Spain, Austria, Estonia and the Philippines. Fetu has trained with some of the world’s best choreographers: Paris Goebel, Caetlyn Watson, Kiel Tutin, Pania Taku, Stacy Peke.. She earned her Certificate IV in Performing Arts (2013) at the esteemed dance institution, the Urban Dance Centre, Sydney, Australia.

Fetu is a multidisciplinary artist and developed her own creative training program in 2020 which showcases this breadth of talent and skill. Through this program, The Dark Angel Project, she has created a space combining her dance experience, choreography and teaching in a holistic program. Participants receive physical and mental training, strengthening of movement and an opportunity to build resilience through breaking and pushing through barriers over the course of the program. Fetu is committed to cultivating dance / movement spaces through her artistry in community and commercial platforms.

imbi (he/they)

imbi is a multidisciplinary artist and mystic currently residing on Gadigal Land. Their practice spans across mediums, from voice-work to performance art to poetry and beyond. Regardless of what form their art takes, imbi always creates with intention and emphasis on collective connection. 

Mohammad Awad (he/they)

Mohammad Awad (AKA 3awadi) is a Queer/Arab/Muslim and Writer/Director/Poet/Playwright and Musician who’s running out of ways to express himself. He has written and directed short films such as The Flower, The Messenger and Beauty Marks. Raised in Western Sydney, Mohammad has also been honoured as Australia's National Youth Poetry Champion. Published in an anthology series ‘Arab, Australian, Other’ as well as The University of Sydney Anthology 'Diversity’, he is also one of the proud editors of the mental health anthology collection- Admissions. He has featured in every iconic West Ball, as well as in the Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney Living Museums - After Dark, The ICC, Sydney Festival, Weave Youths’ Mad Pride Concert, Word in Hand, Red Room Poetry, The Vanguard and Giant Dwarf Theatre.

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