The Empires are our 4 piece garage rock outfit, they are currently recording new music for release later in the year! Click here to check them out!
Click here for details on our upcoming art exhibition showcasing recent work from the fine arts group!
Check out the short horror comedy film developed by our multimedia team last year. Beta, it'll make you obsolete...

I transitioned in Nov / Dec 2011 and started May 2012. I heard about Interact Arts through my friend Jeremy and wanted to come check it out because they offered the music program. I felt comfortable, confident and welcome in the group. I loved the music program from the start and fit right in with The Empires band as a new vocalist!
─ Astrid Alaouze - Interact Arts Participant
I heard about Interact Arts through school leaving options. I transitioned in 2009 and started in 2010. I loved it and fit in straight away, made some really great mates. I love the drama and music programs and enjoyed having challenges.
─ Paul Gable - Interact Arts Participant
I came straight from school to Interact Arts. at first I did music and drama. I've had a few changes of direction and now I am working on a film with the group, as well as working on computers from home with a staff member. I also met my wife at Interact Arts too!
─ Ryk Meurer - Interact Arts Participant
I like doing karaoke, music, art and going out about in the bus with the futures group. I like coming to the Abbotsford Convent because I get to work with our neighbours like the Collingwood Children's Farm, The Early Learning Centre, Cam's St Heliers Coffee Shop & Kapaya (best coffee & hot chocolates in town!).
─ Michelle Madocks

Our Artists
  • all
  • drawing
  • multimedia
  • painting
  • photography
  • sculpture
Eric is influenced by his emotions, which is shown through his use of colour and composition. His works feature a striking command of balance and harmony.
Eric is influenced by his emotions, which is shown through his use of colour and composition. His works feature a striking command of balance and harmony. He uses blocks of colour and works from the edge of the canvas in. Eric’s creativity is inspired by his peers and surroundings.
Michelle is multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working with paint, collage, screenprinting and sculpture among other mediums.
Michelle is multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working with paint, collage, screenprinting and sculpture among other mediums. Michelle has been working at Interact Arts since 2005 and has exhibited work both at the programs end of year shows and at numerous other engagements. Michelle was a leading participant in the ELC (Early Learning Centre) collboration projects, most recently for the incredible Recipe For Community project.
Vibrant colours, striking repetition. Watching Ross at work in the studio is an amazing experience with each stroke applied with such care and purpose.
Ross’ distinctive technique uses vibrant colours and repetitive stroke work. Ross is very focused on each stoke as he paints and is immersed in his paintings when he has the brush in his hand. Ross has been attending various art programs for over 15 years, while each painting is individual, Ross’s style and technique is distinguishable right back from his first paintings to the ones you see here today. Ross loves to paint; a lot of love goes into his work.
Paul's recent works have a pop art aesthetic and exhibit vibrant colours layered in detailed line work. Paul often uses historical Australian figures as inspiration for his work.
Paul is a history buff and he likes structure. This theme comes across with his paintings. He loves knowing key dates about Melbourne and Australia’s’ history. Fittingly, this year his theme is past and present national leaders. He has created portraits using iconic images of our leaders from their time governing. Paul's recent works have a pop art aesthetic and exhibit vibrant colours layered in detailed line work.
Typically Paddy is more one for drawing than painting. In drawing he uses repetitive & disciplined circles; painting on the other hand he is free and expressive.
Typically Paddy is more one for drawing than painting. In drawing he uses repetitive circles in a disciplined nature; painting on the other hand he is very free and expressive. Paddy is an abstract expressionist. He explores different mediums in a playful manner similar which echoes his personality. He has a great eye for colour when painting and uses a very unique grip on the brush to create his master pieces. Paddy likes to be helpful, doing jobs generally, but when he paints he finds calmness and relaxation.
John's work often explores playful subject matter through bold abstract compositions. He is prolific artist who always enjoys working with paint on drawing.
John's work often explores playful subject matter through bold abstract compositions. He is prolific artist who enjoys working on drawings and paintings in classes as well as any free time during the day. John has been involved in the program for close to 20 years and also enjoys expressing himself creatively through music, he is an incredible piano player with a significant repertoire as well as a great ear for learning on the fly.
Rowan is an abstract expressionist, he works quickly and focuses when he is being creative. He prefers to paint at the easel so he can move his whole body with each stroke.
Rowan is an abstract expressionist; he works quickly and focuses when he is being creative. Rowan prefers to paint at the easel so he can move his whole body with each stroke; it’s a pleasure to watch him paint. He uses bold and organic free flowing strokes giving depth to his canvases. Rowan is a jolly man, he is expressionistic in all areas of his life, and he just loves to paint.
Surreal, imaginative characters. Peter White's work is filled with incredible, unearthly faces constructed with complex colour and movement.
Peter has surrealist qualities that come through in his work. He enjoys working with Oils as he likes the mediums fluidity. Peter is very imaginative and frequently puts his imagination to canvas/drawings. Peter often draws friends and family as inspiration for his work.

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