Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops

  • What’s on
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 24 July 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 19 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 26 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 3 July 2017
    Introduction to email – 10 July 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 17 July 2017
    Introduction to social media – 24 July 2017

    See the full description of session times by clicking the book tickets link.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays, 11am to 1pm

    Monday 19 June to Monday 24 July 2017

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Customs House Library
    Wednesday 26 July 2017
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    Booked out.

    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 5 July 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 19 July 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 26 July 2017
    Introduction to email – 2 August 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 9 August 2017
    Introduction to social media – 16 August 2017

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 5 July to Wednesday 9 August 2017

  • Glebe digital storytelling workshops
    Wednesday 26 July 2017
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    The Glebe digital storytelling project is a series of 4 workshops. Interact with local history and archives using digital media skills and storytelling techniques. The stories you tell have the opportunity to appear on City of Sydney’s Oral Histories website.

    The 4 workshops cover different skills in digital media. Each 1.5-hour class follows the same format, so you can come to just 1 or attend all 4 to finish your project. Choose from the option to:

    1. Create and build on your own digital stories over the 4 sessions
    2. Build upon a story someone else has begun
    3. Contribute original content by recording your own stories

    The art of storytelling
    No matter which form you tell your digital story in, it’s the detail that makes it memorable. During our first session, City Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, will introduce you to historical archive collections and support you in researching your topic of interest. You’ll also get familiar with intellectual property and copyright before learning some digital tools.

    Digital manipulation
    Learn basic digital media skills using iMovie and GarageBand. Focusing on how to edit and manipulate content, these workshops cover image, audio and video components. Get an education in digital making tools, supported by a skilled facilitator, then, let loose and record your own stories.

    Elias Nohra
    Educator and workshop facilitator, Elias, works with people from all walks of life. As an advocate for sustainable self-expression, he uses digital media to build the capacity for sustainable self-expression in marginalised communities, not-for-profit organisations, school students and passionate individuals alike.

    Suitable for adults and families, these free sessions are limited to 10 people per workshop, so bookings are essential. Mac laptops are available for use upon registration.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 5.30pm to 7pm

    Wednesday 12 July to Wednesday 16 August 2017

  • Code Club @ Glebe Library
    Friday 28 July 2017
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    This is for all the minds itching to learn coding basics. Bring your curiosity to our Code Club and explore the ‘how’ behind computer games, animation and website coding.

    Join our free club in a series of workshops with 1 session each week for 5 weeks. Get the grey matter going by exercising problem-solving skills, logical thinking and draw from the worlds of science, maths and technology to compliment your clever.

    This cool club is best for budding coders aged 8-12 or in years 4 to 6 at school. Using the popular online coding environment, Scratch, each week, you’ll become more competent in new skills and concepts, building on the weeks before. This is why we ask that you’re committed to seeing it through. If you stick with us, you’ll be able to go home and keep coding out in the wild.

    Places in this free club will go like hotcakes so bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

    Glebe Library
    Fridays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Friday 21 July to Friday 18 August 2017

  • Projection mapping workshop: Show and play
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    This workshop builds on the foundations you learnt in the introductory seminar to projection mapping. Under the know-how of leading multimedia artist Cindi Drennan, develop basic skills in projection mapping, including use of different techniques and tools and tips to consider when you create a project.

    The Customs House Library training lab is equipped with everything you need for this workshop including Adobe Creative Suite and Digital. You’ll get to practice with 2D and 3D templates to master design methods, then take your artwork from the screen to a physical space.

    We’ll set up the equipment and tools to reflect a typical workflow configuration used for content creation for projection mapping and explain the techniques and specific formats needed. We’ll also provide a demonstration of software used for rapid prototyping and live projection mapping. Take turns operating the equipment with help from professionals and discover the exciting feeling of illuminating spaces with projection art.

    You might be familiar with projection mapping from Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival. The wow-factor of the Opera House and Customs House projections are a magical demonstration of the power of this art form.

    Cindi Drennan
    Australian multimedia artist, Cindi Drennan, founder and director of illuminart, specialises in projection art. With community art at the heart of her practice, she blends large-scale mapped projection onto buildings with animated audiovisual narratives. Over 25 years she’s lent her creativity to a multitude of multi-disciplinary projects from filmmaking, illustration and animation to community arts and interactive media.

    This 2.5-hour session is best suited for adults with a working knowledge of Photoshop as well as a familiarity with Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro or After Effects.

    Workshop tickets are $50 per person with a maximum of 8 participants. Bookings are essential.

    Customs House Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Introduction to projection mapping
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    Guided by leading multimedia artist, Cindi Drennan, this seminar will introduce you to the techniques, tools and tips behind projection mapping. Cast your creativity on a large scale and learn the processes behind producing projected video transformations of architecture. Get to grips with the groundwork needed to make these impactful installations.

    You might be familiar with projection mapping from Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival. The wow-factor of the Opera House and Customs House projections are a magical demonstration of the power of this art form.

    Presented in seminar-style, you’ll be introduced to how projection and digital media is used to transform social spaces. Learn about the technology and skills needed and draw inspiration from examples around the world. Look at how the community currently connects with digital media and examine future opportunities in this space. Find out how different disciplines and arts combine to create successful, exciting projection art and digital placemaking.

    Cindi Drennan
    Australian Multimedia artist, Cindi Drennan, founder and director of illuminart, specialises in projection art. With community art at the heart of her practice, she blends large-scale mapped projection onto buildings with animated audiovisual narratives. Over 25 years she’s lent her creativity to a multitude of multi-disciplinary projects from filmmaking, illustration and animation to community arts and interactive media.

    This 1.5-hour session is best suited to adults familiar with animation and video editing software. Tickets are $20 per person with a maximum of 30 participants. Bookings are essential.

    If your creativity has been kindled by this seminar, sign up for the second session, a hands-on experience of projection mapping tools and templates.

    Customs House Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 10.30am to 12pm
  • Design on Show: Design thinking for change (Booked out)
    Saturday 29 July 2017
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    Booked out.

    Missed out on a ticket? Come along and join our walk up queue on the day. We open up all empty seats 5 minutes before the event starts. Hope to see you there!

    In partnership with UNSW Art and Design, join Professor of Design, Cameron Tonkinwise, in a talk and Q&A. Discussing how design thinking influences social evolution, he advocates for a seismic shift in structural change.

    As part of our Design on Show series, this big thinker reframes problem-solving and reimagines value propositions. We look into how innovation can help us solve persisting societal issues in order to thrive.

    Cameron outlines the ways in which the next generation of design thinking strategies can pave the way for lasting structural change. Through social initiatives and start-ups, we look at how organisations and communities can utilise systems thinking, service design and transition management to take a big step forward.

    Cameron Tonkinwise
    Currently Professor of Design at University of NSW Art and Design, he held previous positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons School for Design and the Tishman Environment and Design Centre. Cameron explores how separating use and ownership can lead to advanced social sustainability. Concentrating on critical practice-based design research and transition design, he advocates for a more sustainable future through structural change.

    UNSW Art and Design
    This centre for arts-led transdisciplinary research in science and technology seeks to challenge existing ideas. Collaborating across science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences, this hub promotes development and discussion in an inclusive environment. With an Interactive Media Lab, students and staff can experiment with creative coding methods and interactive technologies.

    This is a free series however bookings are essential.
    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 29 July 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 1 August 2017
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    Booked out.

    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 1 August 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 8 August 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 15 August 2017
    Introduction to email – 22 August 2017
    Introduction to cyber safety – 29 August 2017
    Introduction to social media – 5 September 2017

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 1 August to Tuesday 5 September 2017

  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Saturday Night
    Saturday 5 August 2017
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    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series produced by artist and performer, Vashti Hughes, will take us on a journey through the decades.

    Going back to the 1980s, the Cross is still the place to let your hair down. The thrill of nightlife is now mixed with an increase of people doing it tough. AIDS and drug-related deaths were fast putting out the party. In the background, sounds were changing and so was fashion and feel.

    Meet some of our storytellers

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    Tony Mott
    As Australia’s leading rock photographer, Tony has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries. Working at all the Cross’ venues, he talks about the 80s music scene.

    Celia Curtis
    When not painting dinosaurs at Erth, Celia sings with White Knuckle Fever. She’ll be performing some of the hits of the 80s with Ross Johnston.

    Ross Johnston
    Ex Machine Gun Fellatio, music industry all-rounder, Ross currently writes music and jingles as well as performing.

    Vittorio Bianchi
    As the colourful owner of the 62-year-old Piccolo Bar, a Kings Cross institution, Vittorio has seen it all.

    Vashti and Vittorio will give a short performance about the Cross in the 80s from Piccolo Tales. They’ll also be a selection of 80s music clips.

    Free event suitable for 18+. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

    All That Jazz 1950s – Saturday 5 May
    Glitz’n’Glamour 1960s – Saturday 3 June
    Power to the People 1970s – Saturday 1 July
    Saturday Night 1980s – Saturday 5 August

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 5 August 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Yarning circle: What are the signs?
    Tuesday 15 August 2017
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    Join our after school yarning circles and discover how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures navigate the skies and the land through special stories and signs.

    Co-curated by the City of Sydney and Monica Stevens as part of the Sydney Science Festival, this 2-part workshop identifies tangible signs and how they were used in everyday life.

    Kirsten Banks and Lyndsay Urquhart facilitate our yarning circles – a dynamic safe place to talk (or not) about subjects where you can participate and contribute: ‘ways of knowing,’ ‘ways of being’ and ‘ways of doing.’

    Program
    2 hands-on workshops.

    Workshop 1: Stories and stars
    Use a solar telescope to see the sun through a different lens. Hear Indigenous dreaming stories about our sun.

    Workshop 2: Storytelling and navigation
    Get to know navigational signs and learn how to use the landmarks, engravings and drawings as a map.

    Kirsten Banks
    A physics major at UNSW, Kirsten shares her love of physics and Indigenous astronomy at the Sydney Observatory.

    Lyndsay Urquhart
    Raised in the Dharawal community of Western Sydney, Lyndsay is a passionate storyteller and documentary filmmaker, sharing stories of heroic Indigenous women.

    Monica Stevens
    An mBabarum woman from Cape York, Monica is an arts consultant and founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre, now exploring choreography and technology.

    Free event suitable for 6 to 17-year-olds. Bookings essential. 30 people maximum.

    Waterloo Library
    Tuesday 15 August 2017 from 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Culture and science: Indigenous perspectives
    Thursday 17 August 2017
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    Join our panel to explore the role of the world’s oldest living cultures in the development of new technology.

    Co-curated by the City of Sydney and Monica Stevens as part of National Science Week, speakers discuss the importance of including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in science and technology. How can knowledge held by Aboriginal peoples help shape innovation and sustainability? What will be the impact on future generations?

    Our panel

    Vanessa Lee
    From the Yupungathi and Meriam people, Vanessa chairs the National Public Health Indigenous Leadership in Education Network. She has been instrumental in integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content into the health science curriculum and addressing issues in the health and wellbeing of communities.

    Luke Briscoe
    A proud Kuku-Yalanji man, Luke is an advocate for leadership in science, technology and digital innovation. He is co-founder of Indigilabs – a platform providing opportunities for Indigenous communities.

    Michael Rome
    From the Torres Strait, Michael champions indigenous excellence in digital technology. Using his fascination with Behavioural Science, he aims to make technology more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Warren Roberts
    Founder of Y.A.R.N Australia, Warren’s vision is to unite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians through a series of reflective workshops.

    Monica Stevens
    An mBabarum woman from Cape York, Monica is an arts consultant and founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre, now exploring choreography and technology.

    A yarning circle is a dynamic safe place to talk (or not) about subjects where you can participate and contribute: ‘ways of knowing,’ ‘ways of being’ and ‘ways of doing.’ During the session, you’ll be given the opportunity to break away into yarning circle groups in order to throw questions to the presenters.

    Free event. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 17 August 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Yarning circle: Family day
    Saturday 19 August 2017
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    Join us as we create yarning circles and explore the relationship between natural sciences and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices. Learn from knowledgeable Aboriginal facilitators about didgeridoo-making, uses of plants from the bush and stories of the sun and stars.

    Yarning circles are a dynamic safe place to talk (or not) about subjects where you can participate and contribute: ‘ways of knowing,’ ‘ways of being’ and ‘ways of doing.’

    Program
    Beginning at 10.30am with an Acknowledgement of Country – drop into multiple workshops:

    Didgeridoos led by Matthew Doyle (10.45am – 11.45am)
    Learn about didgeridoo-making and the traditional roles.

    From the bush led by Henrietta Baird (11am – 12pm)
    Mix your own natural paint and discover weaving with bush plants.

    Stories and stars led by Kirsten Banks (11am – 12pm)
    Listen to dreaming stories and look at the sun through a special telescope.

    Bush flavours (12pm – 12.30pm)
    Taste test delicious bush flavours.

    About the facilitators

    Monica Stevens
    An mBabarum woman from Cape York, Monica is an arts consultant and founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre, now exploring choreography and technology.

    Matthew Doyle
    A descendant of the Muruwari People from northwest NSW, Matthew’s carved out a 30-year career as a dancer, didgeridoo player, songman and cultural educator.

    Henrietta Baird
    A Kuku Yalanji woman from Far North Queensland, Henrietta shares knowledge of Aboriginal culture, native bush plants, weaving and dance.

    Kirsten Banks
    A physics major at UNSW, Kirsten shares her love of physics and Indigenous astronomy at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science’s Sydney Observatory.

    Free event suitable for 1 to 14-year-olds. Bookings essential.

    Co-curated by the City of Sydney and Monica Stevens as part Sydney Science Festival during National Science Week.

    Glebe Library
    Saturday 19 August 2017 from 10.30am to 12.30pm