Artistic light show to brighten up Melbourne’s Bayside Friday Night

Multi-sensory art exhibit in the school’s new $5.5 million arts district, a first for an Australian school

Firbank Grammar School has unveiled its new state-of-the-art $5.5 Arts Quarter, which it says aims to promote young women’s participation in the arts. Bright Nights – a multi-sensory art and light show open to the public launches this month.

Principal Jenny Williams said the concept is at the heart of “Making Space for Culture”, one of many ideas** outlined in the school’s vision and expanded strategic plan. “Creating specialized learning spaces equivalent to top Red Brick and Ivy League universities is essential. The transformation of older traditional learning spaces and the new expectations of educators and parents in the post-pandemic world have driven us to focus on all aspects of STEAM (Science, Math, Engineering, Arts and Technology). It is necessary for comprehensive educational offers with additional elements enhancing cultural life and well-being.

“The new district is a breath of fresh air and bright light in the artistic community which has suffered greatly during the economic crisis of the pandemic and has not received any additional budgetary funding from the government”. Jenny said this threatens the viability of concert halls, small theatres, galleries and rehearsal spaces, as well as the affordability of studios, workshops and warehouses.

“But we want Melbourne and Firbank Grammar School to be known for its world-class cultural offerings – a city that dares to be at the forefront of curiosity and experimentation and invests in big ideas and new talent. The center will specifically provide a foundation for students to launch or explore artistic careers and, supported by the School’s business study offerings, makes the pursuit of the arts a viable future from which all can benefit.

“Protecting and creating cultural infrastructure such as this historic building will require partnerships and innovative funding models developed by the School, taking these spaces to a new level. We must ensure that culture is recognized as an integral part of education. Firbank Grammar School values ​​artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and designers, and we are ready to ensure that they can live and work here, now and in the future.

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Firbank Grammar School’s original hall (1909), named after Melbourne architect Louis Williams who redesigned the hall in 1918 and 1922, has been transformed into a major cultural and creative arts district under new plans bold to create a series of prominent neighborhoods dedicated to educational disciplines.

The arts district is dedicated to all forms of creativity, including performance, dance, digital and studio arts, with the latest technologies installed. With state-of-the-art facilities and acoustically designed spaces, it is the newest addition to the Brighton campus compound. The campus already has specialized precincts for science, math, sports (including water sports), music, and VCE. The following neighborhood plans include a specialty wellness neighborhood housing medical, sports medicine, and psychology spaces for activities such as yoga. Other wellness services are next on the planning list.

Building fund donors, MPs, mayors, councillors, art enthusiasts, education experts and other personalities will inaugurate the 1,555m2 three-level building during the May 27 red carpet event. 2022 from 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to join the celebrations at 7:30 p.m. for the opening and exhibition which will feature works by important female Victorian artists – past and present – student work and specialist pieces loaned to the school for the event from private collections. These works include those of Moya Dyring, Lynn Miller, Seven Sisters and other Archibald nominees and valuable modern art from the collections of prominent members of the Firbank Grammar School community. This exhibition will be a first for an Australian high school.

Project manager Samantha Beveridge says the project was a historic journey. She said, ‘we found original fonts, [thought to have been used when the building was a boarding house], hidden behind dado walls. We also found evidence of a previous fire during the reconfiguration of spaces. She said many unique features have been upgraded, such as Juliet’s original balcony, which now overlooks new stained glass windows, designed by Grade 11 student Veronika Cena-Bandosz, which offers a beautiful mix of new and modern. ‘ancient.

Andrew Headberry, General Manager, Interiors – Harris HMC, said artistic beauty and innovation are at the heart of interior design. He noted that Harris HMC took pride in building a beautiful and valuable space that would stand the test of time. “We are delighted to have worked closely with Firbank Grammar School Grammar and the consulting team to create a new arts facility that will enrich the life of the Firbank Grammar School community for many years to come.”

The architects of the PTID project say that creating art spaces for a school requires aligning the school’s unique pedagogy with an architectural solution that will support and enrich the learning experience, acting as a ‘third teacher’.

The opening and exhibition will feature works by important Victorian artists – past and present – ​​works by female students and specialist pieces loaned to the school for the event from private collections. These works include those of Moya Dyring, Lynn Miller, Seven Sisters and other Archibald nominees, as well as valuable modern art from the collections of prominent members of the Firbank Grammar School community. This exhibition will be a first for an Australian high school.

Principal Jenny Williams said the concept is at the heart of “making space for culture”, one of many ideas outlined in the school’s vision and extended strategic plan. “Creating specialized learning spaces equivalent to top Red Brick and Ivy League universities is essential. The transformation of older traditional learning spaces and the new expectations of educators and parents in the post-pandemic world have driven us to focus on all aspects of STEAM (Science, Math, Engineering, Arts and Technology). It is necessary for comprehensive educational offers with additional elements enhancing cultural life and well-being.

“The new neighborhood is a breath of fresh air and bright light in the artistic community which has suffered greatly during the economic crisis of the pandemic and has not received any additional budget funding from the government,” said Jenny, this situation threatened the viability of concert halls, small theatres, galleries and rehearsal spaces, as well as the affordability of studios, workshops and warehouses.

“But we want Melbourne and Firbank Grammar School to be known for its world-class cultural offerings – a city that dares to be at the forefront of curiosity and experimentation and invests in big ideas and new talent. The center will specifically provide a foundation for students to launch or explore artistic careers and, supported by the School’s business study offerings, makes pursuing the arts as a career a viable future from which all can benefit.

“Protecting and creating cultural infrastructure such as this historic building will require partnerships and innovative funding models developed by the School, taking these spaces to a new level. We must ensure that culture is recognized as an integral part of education. Firbank Grammar School values ​​artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and designers, and we are ready to ensure that they can live and work here, now and in the future.

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Norma A. Roth