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WORKSHOP: Creating An Inspiring Space

with Luisa Hansal & Leigh Craft
(Pig Melon)

Merredin Railway Museum
Refreshment Room
March 9, 10am – 4pm

Meridian Regional Arts in partnership with ART ON THE MOVE invites you to learn more about curating in unconventional spaces.

Together with Luisa Hansal and Leigh Craft from Pig Melon, participants will collaborate to transform the Merredin Railway Museum Refreshment Room into a gallery space.

This hands-on workshop has been designed for anyone who is interested in building basic skills in curation and exhibition design. Learn about themes, medium, colour and placement and how these elements all come together to create an inspiring space.

This workshop is presented as part of Seasons of Change, an impactful local community arts project created and delivered by Meridian Regional Arts. Visit meridianregionalarts.org for more information.

About Pig Melon

Luisa Hansal and Leigh Craft are the co-founders/co-directors of Pig Melon, a volunteer-run studio (Sob), gallery and project space in Boorloo Perth, WA.

Pig Melon aims to provide a safe, welcoming, and well-resourced environment for emerging and mid-career artists that enables the exploration and exchange of ideas, knowledge and skill. Above all, Pig Melon aims to provide a nurturing and empowering experience for artists, audiences and facilitators.


Luisa Hansal

Luisa Hansal completed her Master of Fine Art (High Distinction) at RMIT University and was awarded the Lowensteins Arts Management Graduate prize in 2017. In 2012 she graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Arts, majoring in Visual Arts. Subsequent to graduating she was awarded a placement in HATCHED at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and received a 6 week residency at the ECU Printmaking studio. Luisa underwent a 3 month residency in Berlin in 2014, and a 6 week residency at PICA in 2016. She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Germany.

Luisa’s most recent achievements include: always holding something a solo exhibition at Goolugatup Heathcote, Gotham Gets Picked a group exhibition at Janet Holmes a Court Gallery, Fluffy a solo exhibition at sweet pea, Ariel’s Song a group exhibition curated by Gemma Weston and presented by Perth Festival at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Salon Vernissage an invitational group exhibition at PICA, City of Joondalup Invitation Art Prize (selected finalist), and State of Abstraction, curated by Isobel Wise, an exhibition examining abstraction at The Art Gallery of Western Australia. Her second solo exhibition at sweet pea Upward rush of devotion is currently on show until the 30th March 2024.


Leigh Craft

Leigh completed his undergraduate degree in Creative Industries (Major in Graphic Design, Minor in Photography) from Edith Cowan University/Monash University. He currently works as an art installation technician at The Art Gallery of Western Australia, as well as contractually at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), FORM and The State Library of Western Australia. Most recent projects include; AGWA The Light of Day by Yhonnie Scarce, Janet Holmes a Court Gallery PORTENT by Andrew Nichols as part of Perth Festival, FORM Emergent Exhibition showcasing curators from Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio and Yinjaa-Barni Art, and Bruno Booth’s solo exhibition Body Shots, at Goolugatup Heathcote.

Leigh also works as a freelance graphic designer and is a prolific and dedicated independent producer/musician and has toured both nationally and abroad with his music projects.


Image credits: Courtesy of Pig Melon