We’re back on campus to kick off our first-ever hybrid orientation week, and we’ve pulled together a stacked lineup to celebrate. As Collarts is always brimming with talent, we’ve plucked some of our current students and alumni to put the spotlight on, along with a panel of industry experts who are making waves in their fields. To headline the night, we've also tapped a national favourite. Here are the legends performing at Collarts O-Week Celebration.
Hosting the evening is first-year Comedy student Lisa Sharpe, who brings her charm and wit through hilarious dialogue. After garnering attention through her open mic room gigs in Northern NSW, she ventured off to Melbourne to pursue her passion for comedy, enrolling at Collarts to perfect her acting, performance and writing skills. Since her big move, Lisa has made two State Finals in Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Raw Comedy Competition and continues to navigate Melbourne’s comedy scene through regular gigs.
Originally hailing from a NSW sheep farm, Music Performance student Nick Keogh marries disarming lyrics with a catchy, folk-pop sound, drawing influences from the likes of Pheobe Bridgers and Vance Joy. Following the success of his band ELK–who has supported Bakers Eddy, Ruby Fields and The Potbelleez–Nick has set out to forge his own career path. He has teed up with Melbourne-based producer James Seymour for his debut solo EP. Expect the release in late 2021.
Describing her music as "sincere, honest and a mess at the best of times", Australiana-folk artist Suzi blends raw lyrics with high energy instrumentals. You might recognise the Entertainment Management alumni from her TikTok @suzisangthis, where she’s amassed almost 14k followers for her music, spanning vulnerable, acoustic originals and the occasional cover. Off the back of her first national tour, Suzi will be treating O-Week guests to a live performance, before jumping on the Creative Industry panel to chat about her career, love for music, and rise to TikTok stardom.
Whether you’re hanging out on campus or tuning in at home, a Thursday night soundtracked by buzzing electro-funk makes for a pretty great combo. Live from the comfort of his bedroom, producer Jaypan is bringing his beats to the Collarts party—think synthesizers, drum machines and a lot of groove. Stage play and stories are the main driving forces for the Music Production alumni, who creates beats from the perspective of a storyteller. He’s also recently scored a gig at a local bar working as a sound engineer, where he flexes his technical audio skills.
Moth Design’s Kirby Clark is an all-round designer, offering expertise in Interior Design, Graphic Design, Copywriting, Project Management, Exhibition Curating and Sustainability and Event Management. Her work with the Unschool of Disruptive Design and UN Champion of the Earth Dr Layla Acarogly has given her experiences in challenging the status quo and supporting change-makers everywhere. Outside of 9-5, Kirby takes her passion for change and love of skateboarding to run Decks for Change. The non-for-profit uses skateboarding as a vehicle for social change through community-focused projects, including skate park projects and skate programs for refugees and remote youth in Iraq and Timor Leste.
Image by Lara Cooper
As a musician and fashion designer, Anna Cordell is perfectly poised to offer wisdom on juggling multiple hats. Her fashion line Anna Cordell Clothing—which she began working on during a break from music—showcases garments that are slowly and ethically made in Melbourne. Anna takes her love for the local music industry and everything ‘70s, weaving her fabrics with a twist of vintage design. Alongside her thriving fashion business, Anna keeps busy making tracks, releasing her first full-length record Nobody Knows Us in February 2020 after a decade-long hiatus.
Entertainment Journalism alum Jem Hollway has cemented her name in the entertainment industry, gaining experience in a host of media and content roles including Peel Street Festival as a Social Media Assistant, a Television Host at SYN Network, Production Assistant at Falls Music & Arts Festival and Festival Assistant at A Hitch To The Sticks among others. This Thursday, she’ll be taking her journo skills to the stage, facilitating the night’s Creative Industry Panel and hosting a Q&A with our special headliner.
BEN STEWART (SLOWLY SLOWLY)
A favourite among the rock and pop-punk landscape, Melbourne band Slowly Slowly has earned critical acclaim on its catalogue of vivid and sonically explosive releases. Lead singer Ben Stewart headlines the O-Week lineup, set to perform an archive of Slowly Slowly’s hard-hitting tracks live in the Collarts Auditorium. Alongside Ben’s solo performance, students will get the chance to ask the frontman any burning questions following his set, as he rounds up our celebrations with an exclusive Q&A and interview.
Collarts students can check their e-mails for an invitation to the Collarts O-Week Celebration this Thursday 20th May 4PM–8.30PM