Explore the art of collage and learn the practices of cutting and composition with award-winning artist Deborah Kelly. In this two-day workshop, learn to play purposefully with pictures and develop a range of technical skills to create original works that make the old new again.

Delivered with technical demonstrations, discussion and storytelling, join Deborah Kelly to reimagine and deconstruct the past in playful and poignant ways. This workshop will help you turn history on its head with bold and beautiful revisions, resistances and reinterpretations.

You’ll work with a selection of vintage and antique materials from Deborah’s personal archives.

About the Artist:

Deborah Kelly’s projects often start outside of art institutions, and some of them stay there. Posters for social movements, printable window protest signs and a billboard that ended up in the Mardi Gras parade; a danced memorial for the Tiananmen Square protests, disseminated on YouTube and performed in cities around the world.

Kelly’s projects across media are concerned with lineages of representation, politics and history, and practices of collectivity from epic to intimate. Kelly has exhibited extensively around Australia, and in the Biennale's of Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, TarraWarra, Cementa and Venice. She is currently founding a queer insurrectionary science fiction climate change religion called CREATION.

Participant Requirements:

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

Materials provided: Paper, glue, mats, brushes and knives; some vintage imagery from Kelly’s personal archive.

Materials to bring: You are welcome to bring vintage reference books/art books/journals with images to cut up, especially those with matte paper are perfect. Damaged is fine. Black and white is fine. Thin shiny paper is hard to use, so please choose carefully.

Image credit: Jacquie Manning. 


If you have access requirements for attending the show, please tick the access requirements box during the booking process. This includes booking companion card tickets. A Brand X team member will then be in touch to ensure we understand your requirements. If you require an interpreter, or would like to contact someone about access, please email [email protected]


Train: Town Hall Station 2-minute walk. 
L7.9 Light Rail: 2-5 minute walk from light rail platforms
Bus: 5 minute walk from Elizabeth Street, Stand C and D
Car: Wilson Parking, 14 Wilmot St, Sydney or Meriton Suite Parking, 100 Bathurst St, Sydney.


We would love to show you around the City of Sydney Creative Studios. Come 30 minutes before the session starts and we'll show you our Performance, Music, Digital and Visual arts spaces. Email [email protected] to register your interest.


Want to cancel your ticket? Please email us at [email protected]. If you purchased a ticket, we can refund your tickets minus transaction fees of 1.75% + 30c. Please cancel/refund your ticket no less than 24 hours prior to workshop commencement. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 11am - 4pm

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