[CIA studios]

a pvi collective initiative

CIA offers studio spaces, resources and professional development for bold, experimental artists working in live arts.


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Workshops for adults

We’re planning our workshop series for the next few months – and we’ve got so many artists we want to bring to you!

To help us make sure we’re bringing you what you want, please register your interest for the workshops that take your fancy and we’ll make it happen. (more…)

School holiday workshops for switched-on young people

For the first time, CIA studios is throwing open its doors for workshops for young people!

Offering full or half days over the school holidays, our multi-disciplinary artists will be running workshops in topics like creative coding, planning movies, costume and prop making, analogue robotics, and covert ways of spreading kindness.

The workshops are presented by professional contemporary artists Steve Berrick, Chloe Flockart and Finn O’Branagáin.

CIA school Workshops

The full program

DAY 1 | Tuesday 27 September 2016
(DATE UPDATED as Monday is a public holiday!)
Creative Coding 1 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
lunch break | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Zine Making – What Matters | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

DAY 2 | Wednesday 28 September 2016
Creative Coding 2 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
lunch break | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Embassy of Happiness 1 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

DAY 3 | Friday 30 September 2016
Embassy of Happiness 2 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
lunch break | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Zine Making – My Life | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


DAY 4 | Monday 3 October 2016
Analogue Robotics 1 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
lunch break | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Prop-Up 1 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

DAY 5 | Wednesday 5 October 2016
Analogue Robotics 2 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
lunch break | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Prop-Up 2 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

DAY 6 | Friday 7 October 2016
Story Creation for Film 1| 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
lunch break | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Story Creation for Film 2 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

More about each workshop:

Creative Coding with Steve Berrick
Learn how to make simple applications on your computer that generate graphics and animation, and can interact with a variety of creative inputs and outputs. The workshop will cover some basic general programming, and hints and tips for participants to get their own creative projects off the ground. This workshop will give practical skills in coding, problem solving, and creating interactivity by using inputs like cameras, microphones, midi controllers, and output like lights and sounds. No previous experience necessary, but there’s more to learn if you’ve done some before! Participants will need to bring their own laptop.
This is the same workshop both days, but there is always more to learn with coding and the workshops will cater to different levels.

Zine Making with Finn O’Branagáin
Zines are handmade magazines, usually about unconventional subject matter. Their contents can take many forms – comics, poems, stories, interviews, photos or drawings. They are sometimes photocopied and distributed.
In these two workshops, we’ll explore the basics of making your own zine – folding, cutting,  and filling them up.
Workshop 1: In Zine Making – My Story, we’ll explore different ways to write about our own stories, or subjects that we are passionate about – and make our own zine! This workshop will validate and explore interests and stories from their lives, and look at different ways to talk about them. Combining creative thinking, hands-on making, and writing skills.
Workshop 2: In Zine Making – What Matters, we’ll all contribute to a zine about what matters to the young people at the workshop – exploring what they think in our community and lives need attention from the people who can make it happen, and we’ll send a copy to the National Library of Australia. We’ll also make our own personal zines about what matters to us, to keep or send. This workshop is designed to put young people in the mindset of change-makers. We’ll discuss what is important to them, and what they think would make life better for young people. Participants will need to bring their school pencil cases. Participants can come to one or both of these workshops.

The Embassy of Happiness with Finn O’Branagáin
Become a secret agent of Happiness! In this workshop, parts 1 and 2, we’ll work together to design a fictional Embassy of Happiness, and then make ourselves into real Secret Agents of Happiness; writing and carrying out top-secret missions of spreading happiness and kindness, and reporting back to the group when the missions are successfully completed. This workshop is designed to cultivate happiness, mindfulness, gratitude, proactivity and generosity, with the slickness of a secret agent. Participants will need to bring their school pencil cases.
Workshop 1: designing the embassy. Workshop 2: designing the missions.
Participants can come to one or both of these workshops.

Analogue Robotics with Chloe Flockart
Want to know how analogue mechanisms work so you can make your own puppets, robotic toys and clever gadgets? No motors, batteries or previous experience required! We have a look at the two main kinds of mechanisms that exist out in the world (linear and rotary), and then emulate them in cardboard to see what awesome things we can get them to do! In part one we’ll make our own individual puppets and toys, and in part two we’ll work together to make something enormous. This hands-on workshop will give practical skills, technical abilities and skills in problem solving, using recycled and easy-to-find materials. Participants will need to bring their school pencil cases. Please wear clothes that are suitable for messy activities.
Workshop 1: designing the embassy. Workshop 2: designing the missions.
Participants can come to one or both of these workshops. 

Prop-up with Chloe Flockart
Ever wanted to create a super hero or super villain? Or to cos-play as your favourite character? Learn costuming skills and collaboratively make your own armour or sci-fi outfits, using cardboard and recycled materials as a base. This workshop will give participants practical design, planning and creating skills, and get them thinking about design and symbolism, as well as developing characters and their causes that they can use in their own films, play, or just for fun. Please note – this workshop will include using spray paint and craft knives. Participants will need to bring their school pencil cases.
Please wear clothes that are suitable for messy activities.

Participants can come to one or both of these workshops – they can make a full set of costumes and props if they come to both!

Story creation for Films with Chloe Flockart
Using the story skills used by film makers, participants will learn how to craft a super solid narrative, design and develop characters, and make material for pitching a movie that they’d like to see on the big screen. The workshop includes improvisation skills, drawing techniques, guidance as they work on storyboards and other materials, before they pitch to the panel of their peers. This workshop gives practical and relevant skills to young people interested in making films and comic books, as well as theatre or story development. This is a full day workshop. Participants will need to bring their school pencil cases. Please wear clothes that are suitable for messy activities.

About the artists:

Steve Berrick is an artist and creative coder. His works are software driven experiences for interactive systems and performance; sometimes visual; sometimes aural; sometimes informative. He enjoys process, collaboration and presenting projects to audiences in galleries, theatres, museums and the street. Steve is an artist with the ololo art collectiveGraffiti Research Lab Perth and an associate artist with pvi collective.

Chloe Flockart is a puppeteer, performer, and maker from Western Australia. She also runs workshops, and writes workshop content for schools and groups. She has worked with companies such as Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Erth Visual and Physical theatre, and Spare Parts Puppet theatre in multiple roles, from design to performance.

Finn O’Branagáin is a playwright, storyteller and theatre maker. She has had her work presented nationally at theatre companies, festivals, and special events. A graduate of NIDA’s Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting), you can see her most recent work ‘Selkie‘ at Festival Fatale in Sydney this year. She is a former Artistic Director of the Crack Theatre Festival, and currently works with pvi collective and CIA studios.


Full day:
2 workshops, lunch supervision

Half day: 
1 workshop, lunch supervision

10% discount for second and third sibling.
Workshop participants will need to bring their own lunches.
Fridge available.

Suitable for ages 12+.






robot image designed by Freepik

You Built This City – a FREE workshop with radical architect Liam Young (UK/AU)

What’s the future of Australian cities? Are we built to last or destined to be consumed by our digital selves?

Join speculative architect* Liam Young in a one day think tank exploring methodologies for creating artworks that operate between performance, design, fiction and future.