Cricket collage from Deborah Kelly's 'The God of Tiny Things'
Still from 'The Gods of Tiny Things', Deborah Kelly, 2019

ACMI presents

Collage Workshop: Make History with Deborah Kelly


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Sat 12 – Sun 13 Nov 2022


Explore the art of collage and learn the practices of cutting and composition with award-winning artist Deborah Kelly.

In this two-day workshop, learn to play purposefully with pictures and develop a range of technical skills to create original works that make the old new again.

Delivered in a salon setting with technical demonstrations, discussion and storytelling, join Deborah Kelly to reimagine and deconstruct the past in playful and poignant ways. This workshop will help you turn male-dominated art history on its head with bold and beautiful revisions, resistances and reinterpretations

Important information

Participants must arrive on time but are welcome to leave as they choose.

Materials provided

Paper, glue, mats, brushes and knives; some vintage imagery from Kelly’s personal archive.

Materials to bring

You are welcome to bring vintage reference books/art books/journals with images to cut up, especially those with matte paper are perfect. Damaged is fine. Black and white is fine. Thin shiny paper is hard to use, so please choose carefully.


Swinburne Studio, Level 1
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About Deborah Kelly

Since 2011 Deborah Kelly has been investigating the expansion of the humble, lo-fi art of collage from private into public, from solo to social, from object to process, through open workshops around Australia, in Leipzig, London, Istanbul, Zagreb, Aarhus, Berlin and Bandung. Her recent collage animation, The Gods of Tiny Things, partly produced through workshops, premiered at Pool Festival in Berlin and in December 2019 won Mexico City’s Dulac Avant Garde Award.

Image courtesy of Daniel Shipp.

Deborah Kelly
Many hands working on collage work in a still from Deborah Kelly's The Gods of Tiny Things (2021)

WATCH: Deborah Kelly on The Gods of Tiny Things

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A woman-moth hybrid in an illustrative collage from Deborah Kelly's The Gods of Tiny Things (2021)

READ: The collective energy of The Gods of Tiny Things

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