Creative Spark

Creative Spark is a series of free events exploring, uncovering and celebrating creativity in the City of Darebin. The March-June 2017 series throws a spotlight on our cultural producers, bringing them and their practice secrets from back stage, to centre stage.


Sparking Inspiration; Pecha Kuchas plus Q&A
with Cultural Producers – Dr Bo J. Svoronos (FCAC), Tanya Miles (White Night) and Dan Koop (Melbourne Fringe)
Wed 8 March || 6pm – 9pm

Pecha Kucha (20 slides in 20 minutes) presentations followed by a panel discussion, Q&A and networking drinks with some of Melbourne’s most interesting cultural producers – Dr Bo J. Svoronos (FCAC), Tanya Miles (White Night) and Dan Koop (Melbourne Fringe).

Candyland, 224 Normanby Road, Thornbury
Registrations: Eventbrite


Mindful Money
with Creative Partnerships Australia
Wed 5 April || 6pm – 9pm

We are extremely excited to welcome the Creative Partnerships Australia to present in the City of Darebin for the very first time. Join the CPA staff for an in-depth discussion and presentation around how to establish, nurture and grow meaningful arts partnerships. And just to make sure this event even more illuminating we have engaged Think in Colour’s leading graphic scribe, Jessemay Gee to capture it all in pictorial format.

Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, cnr Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston
Registrations: Eventbrite



Cultural Mapping & Creative Cartographies
with Dr Marnie Badham & Guests
Wed 17 May || 6pm – 9pm

Cultural mapping is a method of inquiry and a methodological tool in social art making, urban planning, and community development that makes visible the ways local stories, practices, relationships, physical memories, and rituals constitute places as meaningful locations.

Historically, maps have also served as tools of colonization, ownership and exclusion. Contemporary artists and cultural development workers use creative cartographies as tools for engagement, understanding relationships, and to draw attention to counter-narratives and the politics of land, place and history.

As an emerging interdisciplinary field, the potential applications for cultural mapping are wide open. A range of creative approaches and practical projects will be shared by various artists, producers and scholars who use cultural mapping in their work as both development tools and also public outcomes.

Merring Studio, 340 Separation Street, Northcote
Registrations: Eventbrite


Masterclass; Participatory Performance with All The Queen’s Men
Presented by Melbourne Fringe

Sat 17 June || 12pm – 5pm
Northcote Town Hall, Main Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote

Melbourne Fringe champions bold, experimental art making, providing a platform for independent producers to create new work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary practice. In this free masterclass led by artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid (All The Queens Men), participants will learn how to work with members of the general public to create large-scale participatory artworks. Tristan and Bec will discuss how they engage people from different backgrounds in the making and performing of inclusive works, celebrate ‘everyday experts’ and present exciting and technically proficient art.

Very limited places – Expression of Interest process in place
EOI Registrations: Eventbrite


To speak to a member of the Darebin Arts team, please call 8470 8888.

Darebin City Council
274 Gower St, Preston Victoria 3072

Phone: (03) 8470 8888
Fax: (03) 8470 8888