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Hosted by the SPHERE Knowledge Translation Strategic Platform, this online series of creative workshops is designed to equip researchers with practical skills to enhance their work using techniques from design thinking, arts-based strategies, and innovative knowledge translation methods. 

Join us on July 30th from 1 - 1:30pm for the next edition of our Creative Workshop series with artist Armelle Swan, who will share her process of using artforms to convey meaning from health research findings. 

If you're interested in attending these free workshops, secure your place by booking your spot now. 

*Please note that a Zoom link will be emailed to you before the session begins. 

Information on our next session: 

Workshop 7: "Making Art to Impart, How artforms can convey meaning from health research findings."

Presenter: Armelle Swan

Date: July 30th, 2024

This session consists of an outline of the steps to extract salient meanings from research findings, which can then be conveyed by an artwork. We will use the example of a recent aged care study and a brief activity to explore the kind of approach that makes this possible.

How to go from Idea to Image? Abstract to concrete?

Participants can expect to take a close look at the foundational step of the initial examination, assessment and analysis of research findings. I will then illustrate, using an analogy, how these activities have remarkable parallels with my own approach to extracting core concepts from research findings and how this informs my artmaking.

Participants can also expect to learn about key aptitudes that researchers and artists share and divergent thinking modes that enable these processes.

This session will explore how the crucial investigatory step, combined with a range of artistic strategies, forms the basis of how best to construct an art form that imparts knowledge. Through the activity, participants will gain insight into how an artwork is able to impart emblematic meanings that are then experienced by the viewer.


Armelle Swan is an Australian artist based in Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours and MFA from University of Sydney. Primarily a painter, she also works with collage and assemblages. A recent project was for SPHERE, using her background in health to translate aged care research findings.

Armelle had her first solo show in 2001 at First Draft, followed by group and curated shows including ‘ACB Selects’, ‘Dot, dot, dot’ at SCA Galleries, ’Reinvention of Gravity’ at Verge Gallery and ‘SNO’ at Tin Sheds. She has been a finalist in many NSW prizes for painting and undertaken numerous portrait commissions.

    If you have any questions about the workshops or would like further information, please contact Chloe Watfern (c.watfern@blackdog.org.au).


    Featured image: Armelle Swan, detail from 'Life Ring', collage, gouache and watercolour on paper, 2023, part of her "Brilliant Aged Care" series


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