From tears to a tsunami by Juan Ford

7 July to 20 August

The official opening of the event is from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 22 July.

Juan Ford
Juan Ford,  The Intermediary, 2014, oil on canvas

The project was realised through the assistance of Council’s depot, waste, park and tree management teams.

The exhibition From tears to a tsunami at ArtSpace at Realm uses reclaimed materials to demonstrate the overwhelming nature and volume of refuse in our local community. The new work forms a key part of the artist’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between humans and the environment, known as the Anthropocene.

About Juan Ford

Juan Ford was born 1973 in Melbourne and currently still works and lives in Melbourne.

He studied at RMIT University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) in 1998 and a Master of Arts (Fine Art) in 2001.

His recent exhibitions include Light Play, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010; Juan Ford: The Instant, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, 2011; and Lord of the Canopy, a project commissioned for the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo, 2012. In 2010 he was winner of the People’s Choice Award, Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, and in 2012 he was a finalist for the Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Juan is currently exhibiting in Italy, alongside the 2017 Venice Biennale in an exhibition titled Personal Structures, Open Borders at Palazzo Bembo, Venice.

Read an interview with Juan Ford by Gillie and Marc

Events and workshops

All sessions and workshops will be held at ArtSpace at Realm.

Cosmic comics


Presented by one of Melbourne’s most talented workshop facilitators, Cosmic Comics encourages participants to explore the awe-inspiring installation in ArtSpace made from recycled materials by artist Juan Ford.

Participants will source inspiration from the exhibit, and then develop their own stories into comics about the worlds from which they imagine the artworks to have originated. This is an innovative way for children to learn about the process that drives artistic inspiration and create a fantastic comic story.

Dates: 4, 6, 11 and 13 July
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Ages: 8 to 12 years
Cost: $30

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I am a drawing machine


The session will be run by Clare James.

Date: Friday 7 July
Time: 10am to 12noon
Ages: 8 to 12 years
Cost: $15

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Insect garden


This session will be run by Chaco Kato.

Dates: Monday 10 July and Wednesday 12 July
Time: 10am to 12noon
Ages: 4 to 8 years
Cost: $15

Chaco Kato is a well-respected artist who instigated the Slow Art Collective, a group of artists committed to sustainability in their practices. Her practice embraces collaboration, community, engagement and sustainability. Children are invited to join Chaco and create insect creatures from a variety of found and sustainable materials.

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Adults learning to draw again

The session will be run by Clare James.


Date: Saturday 22 July
Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm
Cost: $15

Drawing as an adult doesn’t need to be scary. Join artist Clare James for a workshop exploring different types of mark-making using a range of materials for you to reignite your inner artist. No previous skills or materials required for this hands-on drawing workshop.

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Declutter, reduce waste and simplify life with the 10 R's


This session is run by Tanya Lewis.

Founder of Eco Organiser and de-clutterer extraordinaire Tanya Lewis is on a mission to teach communities that being organised won’t cost the earth. Do you have money and time to waste? How much money and time do you waste buying things only to find you already have it? We will show you how to organise, de clutter and reduce waste to live the life you want.

This program is supported by Council's Waste Services team.

Date: Tuesday 18 July
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Cost: free

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