Life after MADA

Life after MADA

  • 22 September 2021, 1–2pm
  • Online
Join us here at 1pm – we’ll update this page to include the live video

Recent Monash Art, Design & Architecture graduates reflect on their creative and professional journeys since leaving university and share tips and strategies in this live session at Caulfield. How do artists, designers and architects build a network of peers and maintain a creative practice after graduation? Join us for a relaxed conversation about post-study life and resilience.


Darcey Bella Arnold is an artist who makes images, objects and organises projects. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at Monash University in 2009 following her Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007. Darcey’s interests in language, image-making and maternal relationships have been informed by her close relationship with her mother, and her most recent exhibition was me say edit be at ReadingRoom, Melbourne (2020).

Isabella Darcy is an emerging cross-media artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice follows an interest in the systems and flux of value within consumable objects and design, reconsidering and exploring value and the alignment with ways of contemporary culture, material culture and consumption.

Ricky New is an art director and designer at Maud’s Melbourne studio. She completed a Bachelor of Communication Design at MADA in 2016, where she cultivated her interest in creative direction, identity and exhibition design. Since joining Maud in 2018, Ricky’s experience has been focused primarily on art direction for clients in fashion, architecture and cultural spaces.

Hayden Stuart graduated from Monash with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2014 and is the director of Haydens, a commercial art gallery and studio complex in Brunswick East, Melbourne. Established in 2018, the gallery represents a new generation of contemporary artists, providing a site for experimental, critical and socially engaged art practices. We provide support for early career artists through collaborative exhibition making and by facilitating private and institutional acquisitions. Our exhibition program focuses on creating a dialogue between local and international artists, as well as contextualising early career alongside established artists. The studio complex features 30 artist studios over two properties on Moreland Road, Brunswick East. Built in 2016, they have housed an extensive range of artists from varying stages of their careers, such as John Nixon, Stephen Bram, Diena Georgetti, Megan Cope, Trevelyan Clay, Sam Martin, Darcy Bella-Arnold and more.

Kelvin Tsang has a Master’s degree in architecture from Monash University, and has an Advanced Diploma in Building Design. His interests lie in using narrative-driven design and image production to convey contemporary and future architecture, as well as reframing its role in climate change. Kelvin has over four years of experience in practice designing residential and commercial projects at a Melbourne-based architectural firm.

Semester 2: Queering, Disruption, Resilience

Form x Content is a mix of live and pre-recorded events featuring the voices of renowned First Nations, Australian and international artists, designers, architects, curators and academics. The program is delivered every Wednesday lunchtime during Monash University teaching semesters, with a mix of live and online sessions broadcast on the big screen at Monash Caulfield and Clayton campus.

Form x Content engages with the ideas, histories, sites and critical questions of our time. The Semester 1 program focused on sustainability, collaboration and the ways in which First Nations artists centre Country in their practices. Semester 2 will explore ideas of disruption and resilience, together with queer perspectives on artistic practice and urban space.

Form x Content is free and accessible to all. Join us Wednesday lunchtimes at 1pm—live or online and on the big screens, Caulfield and Clayton campuses.

Presented by Monash Art, Design and Architecture, programmed by Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

With thanks to N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, Monash Art, Design and Architecture for her Welcome to Country.

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