Artful Dodgers Studios

Engaging youth through art and music.

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Artful Dodgers Studios is a flexible and welcoming studio space in Collingwood where young people aged 15 to 27 years can create art and music with the support of experienced artists and musicians.

A student holding a microphone and performing at Artful Dodgers Studio

Artful Dodgers Studios aims to:

  • engage young people through art and music
  • increase young people’s artistic and work skills, social connections and self-esteem
  • give young people an opportunity to engage positively with learning.

Artful Dodgers Studios offers young people free visual art and music mentoring in a safe, vibrant space.

At Artful Dodgers Studios, you can:

  • take a short course
  • engage in one-on-one mentoring
  • drop in to the open-access studios to work on individual or collaborative projects.

Established in 1996, Artful Dodgers Studios is one of Victoria’s longest-running community cultural development programs.

Artful Dodgers Studios is a safe and inclusive space where all people are free to be themselves. We celebrate diversity and include people from all genders, religions, cultural and identity backgrounds, and circumstances.

Staff at the studio can also refer young people to any other support they may need, including Jesuit Social Services’ mental health, drug and alcohol, and education, training and employment programs.


What can you do at Artful Dodgers Studios?

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Our fully equipped music recording studio helps young people explore music.

The studio caters for:

  • traditional band set-ups
  • modern music styles, like hip-hop and beatmaking
  • one-on-one sessions with professional musicians (including instrument tuition, song-writing development, recording and live performance skills).

We also provide opportunities for young people to publicly exhibit art and perform music. This enables emerging artists and musicians to build new skills and be recognised as cultural contributors.

Opening hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

Our art studio is staffed with professional practising artists.

In the studio, young people can work with a range of paints (oil, watercolour, acrylic and spray paint), as well as collage, stencils, lino, and sculpture.

We also provide equipment for digital art forms, including animation, video, graphic design and internet art.

Opening hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11am – 4pm.

Little Woods Studio is a way to share our creative passion and be part of a more connected community. We offer curated ceramics workshops to the public. These workshops are taught by professional practising artists and are designed to be fun, engaging and skill-building.

All profits from ceramics workshops are directed into maintaining Artful Dodgers Studios.

Contact

Email: littlewoodsstudio@gmail.com

Phone: 0418 505 945

Instagram: @littlewoodsstudio

Book a workshop

Book a ceramics workshop with Little Woods Studio

Projects

Click the arrows to see some projects from Artful Dodgers Studios.

Who can participate?

Any young person aged 15-27 years old can go to Artful Dodgers Studios. Our ceramics workshops are open to all members of the public.

Artful Dodgers Studios is a haven where I can just be myself. I’ve had help from lots of services in the past but they only looked at my problems, not at who I am as a person. The studio is a place where I can be me.


Artful Dodgers Studios participant

Where is the program offered?

Artful Dodgers Studios is based at Jesuit Community College in Collingwood, Melbourne. It is a wheelchair-accessible venue close to public transport.

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Address

1 Langridge Street, Collingwood VIC 3066

Contact

Phone: (03) 9415 8700

Email: artful.dodgers@jss.org.au

Instagram: @artful_dodgers

Facebook: /artfuldodgersstudios

Art studio

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 am – 4 pm

Music studio

Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment

Tram

Route: 86 to Bundoora

Stop: 15 (Smith Street/Gertrude Street)

Train

Station: Parliament or Collingwood

Bus

Stop: Smith Street/Victoria Street

Routes: 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318

Get involved

There are many ways to be involved with Artful Dodgers Studios. You don’t need an appointment to check out the studios – just drop in any time we’re open.

To learn more about joining, visiting or supporting Artful Dodgers Studios, please contact Danielle at danielle.sherry@jss.org.au or on (03) 9415 8700.

To sign up to start attending Artful Dodgers Studios, drop in to complete an intake form.

To express your interest in volunteering or doing a student placement at Artful Dodgers Studios, please visit our volunteering page or contact Branka at jssvolunteer@jss.org.au.


It’s not just a place where young people can play music and do art – it’s a space where they can realise their unique potential and explore who they are.


Supporting Artful Dodgers Studios

Artful Dodgers Studio thrives on community support and welcomes contributions.

Artful Dodgers Studios thrives on the support of the community. We gratefully accept donations of art and music equipment. Please call us on (03) 9415 8700 to discuss your contribution.

Some of the materials we often need are:

  • paints and paper
  • boards and canvas
  • clay
  • ceramic equipment
  • easels
  • musical instruments

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards supporting Artful Dodgers Studios participants. Donations and funding enable us to:

  • provide a creative haven for young people
  • provide social and material support to young people, including linking to training and employment programs and mental health support services
  • provide art materials to young artists

To donate to Artful Dodgers Studios, make a donation and select ‘Artful Dodgers Studios’ as your campaign.

Artful Dodgers Studios is grateful to the wonderful organisations and individuals whose support enables us to keep our doors open.

Government supporters

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

City of Yarra

Philanthropic supporters

Gandel Philanthropy

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

The Jenkins Foundation

Noel and Carmel O’Brien Family Foundation

The Adcock Foundation

Community supporters

James Hains and Margot Hains

Andrew Francis

The Gertrude Players

Kookai

MRecht

Aesop

Lazerpig

Bunnings Collingwood

 

2023 Annual Dinner

Please join us for our Annual Dinner on 25 March 2023.