WORKSHOP | Ruth Hadlow | Making in the Moment: creative strategies for contemporary arts practice

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This 4-day masterclass will explore the terrain of creative strategies for contemporary art practice. Many of us have only brief fragments of time available for working, often causing the problem of feeling that little is ever achieved. Making in the Moment will investigate and develop possibilities for unit-based projects with clear parameters defining territories of creative research. We will investigate strategies for making the most of those 15 minute intervals or spare half hours, transforming them into continuing creative lines of thought and investigation which link from one moment to the next, enabling substantial bodies of work to be developed within busy and fragmented lives. This intensive and innovative masterclass will focus on the development of ideas through plural modes of research, including reading, writing, material investigations, and critical analysis of artworks and methods of practice. Readings, writing and discussion are a central part of the masterclass, as is the process-oriented focus. This is a cross-disciplinary program, suitable for practitioners in any art form, beginners and continuing students.

Ruth Hadlow has a process-based practice which includes exhibition work, writing & publishing, performative readings & lectures, creative development work & teaching. Her exhibition practice is temporal & ephemeral, comprised of wall drawings & installations created in situ. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken numerous residencies around Australia and New Zealand, and been the recipient of several Australia Council grants for research projects. Ruth has a PhD from the University of South Australia for her doctoral project The Library of Translation Exercises, exploring relationships between language, text, textiles & bi-cultural experience. Her freelance teaching is focused on creative research & conceptual development for process-based contemporary arts practice. As well as masterclasses & independent workshop programs, Ruth has taught at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, the School of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong, the School of Art, Architecture, & Design at UniSA, the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Charles Sturt University, and the School of Art at ANU. In 2015, she was artist-in-residence at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS, Hobart, & in 2016 she created 3 large temporal exhibition works in Hobart. In 2017, Ruth set up salon (in conjunction with Janelle Mendham), a program of experimental and intimate performative readings, lectures and presentations, and SalonWriting (in conjunction with Marinelle Basson & Morag Porteous), focused on publishing artists’ writing. In 2018, she produced two artist’s books, Stick Chart (a collaboration with Mandy Smith), for The People’s Library, and Granite, for the Lost Rocks project, and in 2019-20 she worked with Janelle Mendham on the creative development & performative readings for Dark Cave III & IV

IMAGE | Ruth Hadlow, work in progress photo of installation. Courtesy the artist.