OG Celebration Day & Reunions

Welcome to a Celebration of The Arts at Melbourne Girls Grammar!

After a year of being unable to come together in person, we are thrilled to invite you to the 2021 reunions and an afternoon of complimentary activities, food, and wine, at OG Celebration Day.

This year, our annual alumnae event is a celebration of The Arts and will help to support OG artists and those working in the industry many of whom were hit hard by the effects of the pandemic.

Happening Saturday 1 May from 1.00pm – 5.00pm at the Merton Hall campus, Celebration Day is the perfect chance for you to catch up with past Grammarians and foster new friendships from outside your year level. Enjoy live music, drama, art and design exhibitions, campus tours, an OG artists panel led by MGGS Principal Dr Toni Meath, a community market, networking drinks and more! The Music Department will also be holding a special dedication to past Director of Music, Caroline Cousins, to honour her long standing service to the School.

If you are celebrating an anniversary year, we encourage you to gather your OG friends and attend both your Reunion and Celebration Day to support the vibrancy of our Arts community.

What’s On

Friday 30 April 2021

Reunions

Time Graduating Year Location Ticket Price
6.30pm

5 Year Reunion
Class of 2016

Garden Bar, Prahran Hotel

FREE – RSVP

6.00pm – 8.00pm

30 Year Reunion
Class of 1991

Artemis Cafe Balcony $45 – Book
6.00pm – 8.00pm

40 Year Reunion
Class of 1981

Artemis Learning Commons $45 – Book

 

Saturday 1 May 2021

Celebration Day

Support our Old Grammarians in The Arts! Free to attend

Time Activity Location
1.00pm Registration opens Ross Hall side door
Enter via Gate A off Anderson St
1.00pm

CELEBRATION DAY MARKET

Stalls occupied by parent and OG artists and business owners including wine, produce, crafts, books and original artworks.

 Phelia Grimwade carpark
1.00pm – 2.30pm

FOLIO DESIGN EXHIBITION

Meet our VCE Art and Visual Communication students!

Art Studio
1.15pm Campus Tour Meet at Ross Hall side door
1.30pm – 2.30pm

ART EXHIBITION & FLOOR TALK

Hear from our student artists and 2021 Art Captains!

Art Gallery
2.30pm – 2.45pm

DRAMA

Get a sneak peak of our Senior Years Production ‘Away’ and hear from our Drama Captains!

Ross Hall
2.45pm – 3.00pm

MUSIC

Stage band performance and hear from our 2021 Music Captains!

Ross Hall
3.00pm

Official welcome and hear one of our rising star soloists perform.

Ross Hall
3.00pm – 4.00pm

OG ARTISTS LIVE PANEL

Facilitated by MGGS Principal, Dr Toni Meath, our panel boasts an exciting lineup of OG artists and art supporters as they discuss the role of The Arts in Education and its relationship to building appreciation for cultural diversity, creativity and community.

Read our panellist bio’s below.

Ross Hall
4.00pm

DEDICATION TO CAROLINE COUSINS

The Music Department will be holding a special dedication to past Director of Music, Caroline Cousins, in honour of her longstanding service to the School.

Music Atrium
4.15pm

NETWORKING DRINKS

Enjoy a glass of bubbles with past classmates and the new friends you’ve made!

Library Rooftop
5.15pm Campus Tour Artemis Reception

Reunions

Time Graduating Year Location Ticket Price
6.00pm – 8.00pm

10 Year Reunion
Class of 2011

Artemis Cafe Balcony

$45 – Book

6.00pm – 8.00pm

20 Year Reunion
Class of 2001

Artemis Learning Commons $45 – Book

Meet our Panellists!

Our panel boasts an exciting lineup of OG artists and art supporters as they discuss the role of The Arts in Education and its relationship to building appreciation for cultural diversity, creativity and community.

More panellists are to be announced so watch this space!

Sarah Giles (2001)

Sarah Giles is an award winning theatre and opera director. She studied directing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has an Arts Degree from the University of Melbourne with a double major in Italian and History.

Sarah has directed work for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre of South Australia, Malthouse Theatre, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland, Sydney Chamber Opera, NIDA and WAPPA.  

Most recently Sarah received a Helpmann nomination and Green Room nomination for Best Direction of an Opera for her multi award winning production of Lorelei for Victorian Opera. Her production, for which she was both dramaturg and director, won Best New Australian work and Best Design at the Green Room awards where it was nominated in five categories. 

Jane Hayman (1991)

Jane Hayman is a Founder and Director of STATION, a contemporary art gallery representing a broad stable of established and emerging Australian and international artists. With galleries in Melbourne and Sydney, STATION is dedicated to presenting a diverse, conceptually driven exhibition program.

Combining a background in events management with her passion for the visual arts, over the past ten years Jane has worked with many organisations including the Biennale of Sydney and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA Access), to broaden their support networks.  She is committed to supporting artists to produce and present contemporary art, and to developing and engaging audiences.

Jane is the Deputy Chair of Gertrude Contemporary and a co-founder of Quarantine Art Fair.

Kerstin Thompson (1982)

Kerstin Thompson is Principal of KTA and Adjunct Professor at RMIT and Monash Universities. A committed design educator she regularly lectures and runs studios at various schools across Australia and New Zealand. In recognition for the work of her practice, contribution to the profession and its education, Kerstin was elevated to Life Fellow by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017. She plays an active role promoting quality design within the profession, and the wider community, through her position as Panel Member on the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel and Board Member for Melbourne Housing Expo, a research group led by The University of Melbourne. A passionate defender of civic space and advocate for extracting new life from our built heritage KTA’s redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Town Hall won the 2020 Victorian Architecture Medal. Current works focus on education and cultural programs and include a Gallery, Collection Store & Visitor facilities for the Bundanon Trust at Riversdale NSW and the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Paris Thomson (2008)

Paris Thomson is Founder and Creative Director of SIRAP, an agile content-led creative production studio specialising in film and motion content. With an extensive portfolio of global and Australian clients, SIRAP is dedicated to creating impactful, emotive and meaningful work across a varied range of industries. 

 Graduating from RMIT in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism, Media and PR, Paris then worked extensively in television in Australia before SIRAP was born in 2015.  

 Paris’s passion and commitment to excellence has seen SIRAP grow to a dynamic team of ten – with clients including Visit Victoria, Lexus, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Recent work includes the cinematic Visit Victoria campaigns ‘Stay Close Go Further’ and ‘Click for Vic’ creatively directed and produced by SIRAP to reinvigorate tourism across Victoria and drive economic recovery through the support of our State’s local creators, makers and growers.

Prue Venables (1970)

Prue Venables is an award winning ceramicist. She studied studio pottery at the Harrow School of Art in London, has a Science degree in Zoology from Melbourne University and a Masters of Fine Art – Ceramics from RMIT.

Numerous national and international exhibitions, awards and publications celebrate her fine porcelain work and it is included in many public and private collections worldwide. Her forms demonstrate complex and unusual approaches to working with porcelain, and more recently also incorporate the use of other materials such as metal and wood. Constant experimentation and learning lies at the core of her practice through adventures into explorations of industrial, contemporary and historical techniques and ideas.

Through her explorations of function, Prue challenges the significance of daily objects and highlights the richness that they bring to our lives.

Recently the Australian Design Centre awarded Prue the title of 9th Living Treasure – Master of Australian Craft.

location

Melbourne Girls Grammar, 86 Anderson St, South Yarra 3141

More information

For any additional information, please contact Alexis Beaumont in the Marketing and Community Engagement Office.

PH: (03) 9862 9221

E: community@mggs.vic.edu.au