Language of Country (Sundays only) with Aunty Beverly Hand
Mar
5
Aug 6

Language of Country (Sundays only) with Aunty Beverly Hand

  • Cooroora Institute

We are honoured that Aunty Bev is able to spend some time with us once a month to help teach the local language and culture of this region. Come speak the language of country and learn a little of the long Indigenous history and cultural practices of this place.

Language of Country (Saturdays only) with Aunty Beverly Hand.
Apr
29
Aug 26

Language of Country (Saturdays only) with Aunty Beverly Hand.

We are honoured that Aunty Bev is able to spend some time with us once a month to help teach the local language and culture of this region. Come speak the language of country and learn a little of the long Indigenous history and cultural practices of this place.

Chairmaking class with Ross Annels
May
23
Jul 25

Chairmaking class with Ross Annels

Let Ross guide you through the process of making a refined dining chair. Along the way we will investigate ergonomics, design, shaping and bending timber, joinery options, jigs and upholstery. Requires previous woodworking experience.

Class size limited to 4

10 weeks Tuesdays 10:30am - 5:30pm

$1300, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase your place now

Smoke on the Water
Jun
28
Jul 2

Smoke on the Water

  • Cooroora Institute

Australian wood fire ceramics conference. The mudlark pottery is a host studio.

During the lead up to Smoke on the Water, contemporary aboriginal artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins will be in residence and will work with students from Griffith University's Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program in Cooroora's Mudlark Studio. 

Grace Cochrane, art critic and craft writer, will be our visiting scholar in residence over this period. 

Anika Annels will be firing the Kiln on Wednesday 28th, from 8am into the evening. The kiln will be opened over our regular Open Studios on Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm, with a number of visual artists in attendance. 

At 4pm Wednesday 28th there will be a tour of our newly established coppicing woodlot, and a talk from Steve Husband and Phil Moran from Noosa District Landcare on growing your own fuel, followed by coffee and drinks in the courtyard and studios.

The Cooroora Institute cafe and mini gallery will be open throughout the conference and visitors are welcome.

Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman
Jul
7
Jul 9

Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman

  • Cooroora Institute

The return of this very popular teacher and workshop.  

Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). This workshop will cover a range of techniques for working with metals in sculptural context.

More information about this course here.

Buy a place now

This is the first of two workshops with Bill Dorman in our Metal Month - you can do one or the other or both. Individually this workshop is $850.

There is a special discounted price of $1500 for both workshops.

Jewellery gone wild: not so fine jewellery techniques.
Jul
14
Jul 16

Jewellery gone wild: not so fine jewellery techniques.

  • Cooroora Institute

This workshop will cover a range of techniques for "not so fine" jewellery. This is not specifically a jewellery course. It will cross across metals and techniques that can be used in jewellery or for inclusion in woodwork, small sculpture or wherever your fancy takes you.

More information here.

Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). Feel free to contact Bill before hand with special requests or questions. 

This is the second of two workshops with Bill Dorman in our Metal Month - you can do one or the other or both. Individually the workshop is $850. Buy a place.

There is a special discounted price of $1500 for both workshops.

Buy a place.

Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture
Aug
4
Aug 6

Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture

It's almost alchemical - turning the stiff brittle stuff that is timber into a plastic material that forms lovely curves ...

In this workshop we will spend 3 hands-on days exploring bending techniques for use in studio furniture and sculpture. We will work with steam bending, laminating, kerf-bending and hot-pipe bending, and investigate a range of approaches to each technique. 

Ross has taught wood bending at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA, to Indonesian Forest Product Researchers, to university design students, and to woodworkers from all around Australia.

More about this course.

Register your interest now! Purchase your place now.

$750, includes materials.

 

Nature writing and the poetics of place
Aug
26
Aug 27

Nature writing and the poetics of place

Exploring place through art journal and writing…

You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:

  • build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
  • play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
  • sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.

$275, includes materials.

Register your interest now! Purchase a place now

Sculptural furniture making class with Ross Annels
Nov
7
Dec 12

Sculptural furniture making class with Ross Annels

Explore the expressive side of furniture making. We will draw, stack-laminate, carve, bend, cooper, turn, join, burn, and paint to achieve sculptural forms that also serve a functional purpose. In the class we will begin building either a small table or a seating form. You will need to set aside studio time of your own to complete your project. This class is an introduction to a range of advanced techniques for creating and joining sculptural furniture elements. 

6 weeks Tuesdays, 10:30am-5:30pm, 7 Nov - 12 Dec 2017

Class limited to 4

$780 plus materials

Register your interest now, or purchase a place in the class now


Andrea Dezso Residency
Jun
1
Jun 25

Andrea Dezso Residency

Andrea is a visual artist based in USA, originally from Transylvania. Her art practice is rooted in nature and storytelling, and encompasses drawing, painting, cut paper, embroidery, and murals. More about Andrea on her website www.andreadezso.com.

 

Women's Woodworking Class
Apr
25
May 16

Women's Woodworking Class

A gentle introduction to woodworking, including the use of hand tools, power tools and workshop machinery. In just one day a week for 4 weeks Ross will guide you through making a series of small wooden boxes, using increasingly sophisticated techniques each week.

10:30am - 2:30 pm Tuesdays, 25 April - 16 May.

$400, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase your place now

Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class
Mar
28
Apr 11

Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class

  • Cooroora Institute

If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills.  This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.

Limited to 6 participants

4 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30am-5:30pm from 28 March - 18 April 2017

$520, includes materials. 

Register your interest now, or Pay for your place now

Working with machinery class: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels
Feb
14
10:30 am10:30

Working with machinery class: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels

An introduction to basic machine tool woodworking, covering the safe and accurate use of basic static wood machinery. We will prepare timber with the bandsaw, surface planer, thickness planer, and cut joinery with mortisers, routers, drill press, panel saw and spindle moulder.

Limited to 4 participants

6 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30 - 5:30, 14 February - 21 March.

$840, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase a place now.

The handcut dovetail class with Brian Reid
Dec
12
Dec 13

The handcut dovetail class with Brian Reid

  • Cooroora Institute

Dovetails, sweet dovetails, wasp waisted dovetails, created at the bench, quietly, with the whispers of a well tuned saw and crisply sharpened chisel. We strive for perfection and beauty with the simplest of tools. It just doesn't get any better than this. In two days you will be more than on your way to mastering this most beautiful of joints.

$540, catered, includes materials.

Buy a place in this class

Cooroora Institute End of year Celebration
Dec
10
1:00 pm13:00

Cooroora Institute End of year Celebration

  • Cooroora Institute

 

A gentler end to the Cooroora Institute's year (to replace our long dinner). We'll have some student's work on display along with gift certificates for our many courses next year. All the long term inhabitant artists will be here: Ross Annels, Tamsin Kerr, and Anika Annels, along with our two USA artists-in-residence, Brian Reid and Monica Chau, who will talk about their practice and fine work. And there'll be champagne and nibbles and celebration all round for another year of creative practice in sharing the song of this earth. All welcome!

 

Brian Reid residency
Dec
7
Dec 17

Brian Reid residency

The fabulous Mr Reid is returning to the Cooroora Institute - stay posted

 

Sonic Environments
Nov
20
9:30 am09:30

Sonic Environments

  • Cooroora Institute

Listening to place: sonic adventures

Join Vanessa Tomlinson, Leah Barclay and Tamsin Kerr for a day exploring the sonic environments and acoustic ecologies of place. The morning will start with a sound walk and listening activities followed by presentation and discussion about the practice and philosophy of listening, recording, improvising, composing, and celebrating the many layered sounds of place. The afternoon will be a listening museum of transient installations and performances celebrating the acoustic ecologies of the Cooroora Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to join improvisations, collaborate on site-responsive installations or explore and discover sonic environments throughout the landscape. 

9:30am to 5pm Sunday 20th November

Full day catered: $75/$45

 Register your interest now, or purchase your ticket

Nature writing and the poetics of place with Tamsin Kerr
Sep
24
Sep 25

Nature writing and the poetics of place with Tamsin Kerr

  • Cooroora Institute

Exploring place through art journal and writing…

You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:

  • build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
  • play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
  • sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.

Tamsin says

"Some of the inspirations for this course: Barbara Hurd, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver, Barbara York Main, Annie Dillard, Margaret Sommerville, Freya Matthews, Judith Wright, Kathleen McArthur, John Wolesley, Andy Goldsworthy, and so many more.

We'll be putting together our own responses to one small area in our vine rainforest through conversation, wild printing, weaving, and words: a start to the many partnerships we can form with place wherever we are.

You'll learn a good process for writing words that speak to our emotions with intelligence and poetic conciseness; based upon reading, finding the still centre of a writing site, creatively transforming the blank page, and listening to both the place and to your own words."

Cost: $275 includes morning and afternoon teas, materials, and two days tuition. Bring lunch to share.

Dr Tamsin Kerr writes short stories and magazine articles about creativity and environment. She has a PhD on the role of the wild in the arts, and is nationally and internationally awarded for her Nature Writing. She has run workshops and given talks around the world and was voted best teacher in her last university course. She has a large social media following and directs the Cooroora Institute, sharing the song of the earth through creative practice.

Solo Cello concert with Louise King
Sep
9
5:30 pm17:30

Solo Cello concert with Louise King

  • Cooroora Institute

The fabulous Louise King performs modern art music for solo cello.
 

Louise King takes you on a virtuosic collection of art music written in the last two decades for solo cello inspired by landscape, horizon, place and light showcasing her signature style of virtuosity, expression and vivid story-telling. Inspired by natural landscape, sense of place, stories of migration, identity and global horizons, this performance promises beauty and lyricism.

Inspired by natural landscape, sense of place, stories of migration, identity and global horizons, this performance promises beauty and lyricism. Hear the evocative sound of didgeridu bowing, musical birdcalls on the horizon and natural landscape. Acoustically brilliant, visually stunning, enticingly modern, expertly curated, the CELLO DREAMINGcollection offers a thrilling glimpse into modern music.

PROGRAM to include works for solo cello by Australian composers Paul Stanhope, Iain Grandage, Peter Sculthorpe, Sarah Hopkins, Betty Beath, Stephen Cronin and Scottish composer Sally Beamish featuring an Australian premiere of a work HORIZON by New York composer Nell Shaw Cohen.

When

Friday, 9 September 2016 from 5:30pm, concert begins 6pm.

Where

Cooroora Institute, 780 Cooroy Belli Ck Rd, Black Mountain, 4563

Cost
Tickets from $20 - $40. Ticketing from eventbrite.

Other Information

This is an outdoor venue on a steep hill overlooking a beautiful valley. Bring warm casual clothes and a rug to sit on.

2016 Noosa Open Studios
Aug
19
Aug 21

2016 Noosa Open Studios

Cooroora Institute is part of the Noosa Open Studios Weekend: 19-21 August. We’ll have the café operating with our fine barista and potter, Anika Annels and our studios – woodworking, ceramics, printing, metalworking, word crafting – all open. Our mini gallery and teaching studio will be full of recent works, available for sale. This includes fine furniture, table, chairs, and art furniture; wood block prints, word art and prints, ceramics, cards, jewelry, and small works inspired by the natural world all around us.

Rākaunui - Celebrating the Full Moon
Jul
20
5:00 pm17:00

Rākaunui - Celebrating the Full Moon

  • Cooroora Institute

Welcome the full moon with Maori artists in residence, Jo Tito and Todd Sheridan. 

Jo and Todd will offer waiata and korero about the stars, moon, and skies at this time of year, and their traditional and contemporary meaning to Maori people. They will discuss the use of time, particularly post sunset and the significance of Plaeides and Rigel as Maori New Year markers.
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Todd Sheridan - winter Artist-in-residence
Jul
18
Jul 24

Todd Sheridan - winter Artist-in-residence

“E rere kau mai te awa nui mai te kāhui Maunga ki Tangaroa. Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au”

As the great river flows from the mountains to the sea. I am the river, the river is me.

Although I have been trained in the traditional art form of whakairo (carving), I experiment with other media including glass, print making and mixed media. My latest works have largely explored the fusion of glass and wood and the making of and educating around the traditional manu tukutuku.

More about Todd.

Jo Tito - winter Artist-in-residence
Jul
15
Jul 27

Jo Tito - winter Artist-in-residence

Jo Tito is a full time Māori artist whose work has featured at home in Aotearoa NZ and in other countries including Turkey, USA, Indonesia, Canada and Australia. Jo's creative work is a collaboration with nature and her ongoing project Earth - Water - Light - Stone is a merging of nature with photography, paint, words and digital media to share stories of connection that speak for the environment and for humanity.

More about Jo.

 Veritas Down Under tour
Jun
4
3:30 pm15:30

Veritas Down Under tour

  • Cooroora Institute

 Vic Tesolin, "the minimalist woodworker", along with Wally Wilson, Lee Valley's senior manager, and John Madden from Carbatec will be demonstrating Veritas tools at the Cooroora Institute. The demonstration will followed by a Q&A and informal drinks and nibbles. 

Attendance is free but an rsvp is requested.

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