Ideas Development with Ruth Hadlow

About Ruth:

Ruth Hadlow is a visual artist with a process-based practice which incorporates temporal wall drawings, writing, performative lectures and artist’s books. 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, and is known for her freelance teaching focused on process-based contemporary arts practice.

As well as independent workshops and masterclasses, 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 wall drawings for exhibitions in Hobart, and in 2017 she is running salon, a program of experimental and intimate performative readings, lectures and presentations.

Ruth is offering:

Ideas Development
reading, writing & material investigations
4-day masterclass for contemporary arts practice
May 9-12, 2017

Addison Road Community Centre
Marrickville, NSW

This Masterclass is aimed at artists who wish to extend their practice and challenge themselves, working with a process-based model where ideas develop and unfold through research, investigation, and critical analysis. Creative practice informed by research has a depth and substance to it which is stimulating and challenging to maker and audience alike.

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.

Let’s chase the unsettled topics, the wonderment, the questions not yet resolved, and the unresolvable ones. Let’s make all these quandaries the quarry of this [work].

Ruth Hadlow’s workshops are aimed at developing individual practices through critical engagement with ideas, objects, texts, contemporary and historical art practices, lived experience, and the surrounding world. Each one incorporates readings, research, writing, discussion with fellow artists, a series of project structures and a wealth of reference material, with a focus on encouraging in-depth creative investigation.

There is a preliminary research component aimed at generating material and references for in-class project work and discussions. The workshops are designed to stimulate and challenge, to enable debate and encourage innovation, to extend individual art practices, and above all to provide the space for developing ideas.

For registration and more details contact Ruth at


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