Festival Program


Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Sun 26 Aug, 7.30pm
Mission to Seafarers Main Bar

Part art, all fun: enjoy a bawdy night of sketching Festival artists. Melanie Knight will guide you through this alternative drawing experience enjoyed in over 150 cities around the world, as MWF artists pose for seasoned artists and newbies alike.

Limited seating with plenty of standing room available.

This session is free, no bookings are required.


1 hour 30 minutes



Session Artists

Sabrina D’Angelo is a theatre maker whose work has been described as ‘Kate Bush meets Mr Bean’. Her recent credits include Zen the Pigeon Girl and Why Do I Dream?, which won best comedy at the New Zealand Fringe Festival. D’Angelo also works as a clown doctor in children's hospitals across Sydney.

Catherine Deveny is a writer, comedian, speaker and author of nine books. She is well known for her work as a columnist for The Age and as an ABC regular. She is the founder of Gunnas Writing Masterclass, Pushy Women, The Atheist Kibbutz and Scragfight International.

Melbourne's cheerleader for art, creativity and positive expression. Melanie creates concepts, make spaces and encourages people to connect to their own ideas and creativity. Facilitating you toward unleashing your inner muse through her “Creative Social Movement” projects. Dead Letter Club is her most ambitious project to date. Passionate about inspiring and nurturing the individuals ability to trust themselves and explore their own style by delivering welcoming spaces and playful events, Melanie strive to make social change through the positive impact of the individual. At the heart of her belief is that creativity is necessary to an individual's personal wellbeing and the individual is necessary to community wellbeing. Currently undertaking a Masters of Art Therapy at The MIECAT Institute to further develop spaces, ideas and productions to explore the potential of arts based expression, community engaged practise and positive social change.

Brendan Maclean is a singer-songwriter and actor from Sydney. Maclean is also known for his proudly queer music videos and his now infamous piece, House of Air. The highly explicit film clip, inspired by Hal Fischer's essay 'Gay Semiotics', was included in New York Magazine’s top 10 list for 2017 with an added warning, ‘This video should not be viewed in any public setting.’

Ashleigh Young is an essayist, poet, and editor. She is the author of the poetry collection Magnificent Moon (Victoria University Press, 2012) and the essay collection Can You Tolerate This?, which won a Windham-Campbell Literature Prize from Yale University in 2017.

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