Masterclass Series 2022

Open Book- creating a visual story using a collection of objects

with tai snaith

saturday 9 july at 10am – 3pm

$120 including materials and light lunch
Open Book: Creating a Visual Story with Tai Snaith

Artist Tai Snaith will demonstrate her process of assemblage, arrangement and image selection in order to create a three dimensional visual story across the pages of an open book. Using your own collection of small objects (either made by you, or found) and a large, hardcover book you will create your own visual story. Once the final arrangement is settled, you will work with Tai to photograph the works on your phone and discuss titling, written descriptions and sharing the images on social media.

*For more information about objects to bring, see below FAQs, what can I bring?

Masterclass includes:

A light lunch. Please see below for material requirements.

There is opportunity to advise of any dietary requirements when making your booking.

You will walk away with: 

A new method of working in the art of assemblage. A series of photographs taken by you for use in your art practice. Skills for developing titles and descriptions of your work.

Other important information:

Please arrive 10 minutes early to avoid late starts.

Please allow time to find an all day carpark.


Is this workshop suitable for me?

If you are a practicing artist, art student, art educator or someone with an art background/experience this workshop is suitable for you

What can I bring?

Participants are required to bring a medium-sized (larger than a5 preferably) hardcover book of a topic that interests them, for example- ‘The history of Fungi’ or ‘Australian Women.’ Ideally something non-fiction that has some pictures as well as text.

In addition to the book, participants need to bring a collection of small objects to arrange on top of their open book. These objects may be things the person has made (like beads, or small ceramic pieces, even hand-written notes), collected (seed pods, dried flowers, stones or even objects like buttons or dice), or even family heirlooms like jewellery or small bottles or toys or small photographs.

There is no real rule here- as long as the objects are not larger than the book, ideally smaller than your hand. Maybe bring more than you need, as the arranging process is often about editing, selecting and matching.

Water bottle

What’s the refund policy?

Refund available up to 48 hours before the start time of the masterclass.

Please note: when purchasing your ticket, the Gallery absorbs all related booking fees, however, refunds will include the ticket price less the Eventbrite fees (which consists of the payment processing fee and the service fee combined)

About the Artist

Open Book: Creating a Visual Story with Tai Snaith

About the Artist

Tai Snaith is an Australian artist and writer with a broad and generous practice ranging from painting and ceramics to curating, conducting conversations and broadcasting.

Tai’s work often marries the act of making with the telling of stories. Connecting and creating meaning through verbal exchange and dialogue. Creating visual symbols from spoken ideas.

Tai’s practice employs many different forms of research and processes and presents them via widely varying outcomes and contexts. Her work is often personal, collaborative and experimental.

In addition to making, a large part of Tai’s practice is involved in the discourse and community surrounding art. Tai hosts a regular review of visual art on Triple R fm and is a past board member of C3 Contemporary Art Space.

In the past, Tai has worked as a producer and curator for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Emerging Writer’s festival and has presented project spaces at Rotterdam Project(OR) art fair and Melbourne Art Fair. Her writing has been published in Art and Australia, Architecture Australia, Un Magazine, Houses and Artlink. She has published (written and illustrated) Six picture books with Thames and Hudson.

Tai has exhibited widely in both artist run and commercial spaces since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. She has been awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Tokyo studio residency and numerous state and federal project grants. Tai’s recent commissioned work for the State Library of Victoria was shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards in 2019. Tai has work in the NGA works on paper collection, Artbank, Banyule City art collection and numerous private collections.

Please note: when purchasing your ticket, the Gallery absorbs all related booking fees

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Main image: Natalie Ryan, Octopus 2017, porcelain and resin. Photo: Matthew Stanton.