Arts Access Victoria

Student drawing with Wheelie Bin Obscura


The amazing Arts Access Victoria is all about art for everyone, with a festival program for all students and the wider community.

During the Arts Learning Festival, Arts Access Victoria, the state’s leading arts and disability organisation, will provide a range of programs, based in its Nebula studio in the festival village at Birrarung Marr.

From Wednesday 3 May to Friday 5 May, there will be morning Wheelie Bin Obscura drawing and photography student workshops.

The bins are an example of the very first type of camera – an obscure camera.

The bins have a lens that projects an image onto a flat surface at the top of the bin. When viewed under a hood the image can be traced, resulting in very accurate representations of people and landscapes.

In the afternoon, students can attend Deaf Slam Poetry workshops, an opportunity to work with deaf artists to create and perform slam poetry using sign language.

The sign language (Auslan) used for slam poetry is a heightened form of Auslan – it’s more theatrical and performative. The poetry tells stories, bridges cultures and is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences.

Arts Access will also offer family workshops on the weekend of the festival.