Exhibition graphic "Becoming You" Exhibition graphic "Becoming You"

Culture Makers Lab

Museum Staff-led
Term 1, Selected dates
Workshops 10am & 1.30pm
Year level
Years 10-12
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 30 students
Supported by the Department of Education and Training
Booking information
Bookings email us

Students are invited to participate in creative learning workshops and explore the complexities of identity and belonging. Students will work with published authors and artists to develop personal (multi-modal) narratives in response to their unique lived experiences, and the many stories featured in the Immigration Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Story telling in the 21st century takes many forms, stories in the exhibitions are told in many ways. In each workshop students will work creatively, with an opportunity to develop their own piece of writing or artwork, facilitated by published authors and/or artists. Workshops will explore self-expression and foster a deeper understanding of our changing identities in an interconnected world. This will support development of intercultural knowledge and assist them to become global citizens in our increasingly multicultural and globalised world. These workshops are free for high-ability students from Government Schools as part of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series.

Term 1 - Creative Arts Folio Prep

Join Adolfo Aranjuez, Nevo Zisin and Joshua Francis and hear how they approach their creative practice. These artists have collaborated with the Immigration Museum and their experiences are told in the Becoming You exhibition.

These workshop sessions in Term 1 are for students studying Unit 1-4 Creative Arts Subjects.

The Culture Makers Lab provides a 45-minute session ZOOMed into your class room where your students will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from arts practitioners who will discuss their creative process – where do you find inspiration, how do you manage the inspiration, and how do you turn that inspiration into something for an audience.

Each artist/practitioner will make specific reference to their own work and practice but will offer insight into the creative process across genres.

This is the perfect introduction to the year for senior arts students and will provide your class with something to consider during the first weeks of 2021.

The second part to this workshop is a virtual or onsite visit to Becoming You, and the viewing of an informative interview with the manager and the curator of the exhibition to find out the thinking behind the exhibition and how content was developed.

Student entry to the exhibition is free.

Workshops with Adolfo Aranjuez

Portrait of Adolfo Aranjuez
Image credit: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea

Adolfo Aranjuez is an interdisciplinary artist whose creative practice spans essays, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry and dance. His written work has been published widely, including in Meanjin, Right Now, Cordite and Growing Up Queer in Australia, and he has choreographed and performed for ABC TV, Federation Square, Midsumma and MOD. Museum, among others.

As workshop leader, he has presented for the NEWS Conference, the Emerging Writers' Festival, Arts Access Victoria, and various libraries and schools. Adolfo is former editor of the magazines Metro and Archer, and currently works as the Melbourne International Film Festival's publications and content manager. More about his work via his website: adolfoaranjuez.com.


  • Wednesday 17 February, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Friday 19 February, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 February, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Friday 26 February, 10am and 1.30pm

Workshops with Nevo Zisin

Portrait of Nevo
Image credit: Proud Minority

Nevo is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identity & language.

Author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a contributor to Kindred: A Queer Australian Young Adult Anthology. They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia's 30 Under 30, an ambassador for Wear It Purple Day and the Victorian Pride Centre as well as a member of the Gender Euphoria cast - Australia's largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage. 


  • Wednesday 10 February, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Friday 12 February, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Monday 15 February, 10am and 1.30pm

Workshops with Joshua Francis

Portrait of Joshua Francis
Image credit: Leah Jing

Joshua Francis is a producer and events manager working with multicultural and LGBTIQ+ communities. With an interest in performance, Josh works with artists who experiment across art forms including theatre, visual art, dance and spoken word. Josh advocates for long-term support for artists and creates new projects with funding support from the Australian Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. 


  • Monday 1 March, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 March, 10am and 1.30pm
  • Friday 5 March, 10am and 1.30pm


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