January 11, 2016

2016 Program

The Future Foundations Creative Workshops for 2016 are under way. This year we have seven enthusiastic Participants from Noble Park and Dandenong West Primary Schools taking part in our program alongside seven Creative Mentors.

We kicked off this year’s program with a cultural tour in Melbourne’s CBD, commencing with The Federation Story timeline in the Atrium of Federation Square.

Next up, the Future Foundation Participants were taken on a magical guided tour of the International Collection at the National Gallery of Victoria, where they were encouraged by our passionate NGV Guide, Susie, to analyse and engage wholeheartedly with the works of art, even recreating the 18th century masterpiece, The Banquet of Cleopatra by Giambattista Tiepolo, as a piece of drama.

From the 18th century to the 21st, we completed the Cultural Tour with a trip to Hosier Lane, where the colour and magic of Melbourne’s iconic street art had our Participants enthralled.

All in all, it was an inspirational, fun-filled and highly creative day for all.


“My favourite place to visit was the Art Gallery. I liked all the pictures. It was really creative and educational.” – Jaismeen (12 years old) – Noble Park Primary School





“The Red by Mark Rothko inspired me because it made me think a lot about my own project.” – Saki (11 years old) – Dandenong West Primary School





“My favourite place to visit was the Egyptian display from the NGV because it was interesting and it was my first time seeing real Egypt artefacts.” – Anthony Heng (11 years old) – Noble Park Primary School





“My favourite place to visit was Hosier Lane because I liked the snake and the Aboriginal graffiti work.” – Rashad (11 years old) –  Noble Park  Primary School





“I enjoyed everything today. Thank you very much to take us to such amazing place. And thank you the Mentors for taking care of us. I’ve had a great day today!” – Weilun Hai (11 years old) – Dandenong West Primary School



Following the Cultural Tour, we set up base camp at Noble Park Primary School. The Future Foundations Participants attended three workshops over two weeks: Film-making with Rahul Prasad, Art Theory with Maria Matthews and Photography with Shan Li. They loved learning how to use a camera, making their own film, and the basic principles of drawing.

Now the work begins… The Participants have been matched with their Creative Mentors and have begun their very own artistic journeys across a diverse range of disciplines from dance to animation, painting, drawing, anime and a paper mache mask. The Program will conclude in November with a very special Exhibition at Federation Square.