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The School

NGA (The National Gallery of Australia), located in Canberra, is the Commonwealth of Australia's national cultural institution for the visual arts and is a portfolio agency within the Department of Communications and the Arts. 

The Project

Poet Jacqui Malins leads two days of bespoke Poetry Object workshops in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, with participants from Mount Stromlo High School, Calwell High School and Lanyon High School. The workshops include inspiration from Entang Wiharso's installation piece Temple of hope: Door to Nirvana, on display in the gallery.

The Poet

Jacqui Malins

Jacqui Malins is a performance poet and artist, based in Canberra. The lines between her writing, performance and visual art are increasingly difficult to distinguish. Her newest poetry/theatre performance ‘Words in Flight’ debuted at Woodford Folk Festival in December 2018.  Earlier in 2018 she presented and toured ‘Cavorting with Time’, a collaborative poetry performance with cellist Julia Horvath, and published her first collection (Cavorting with Time, a working script) with Recent Works Press.  Jacqui has been an Australian Poetry Slam finalist (2015), best walk-up poet at the Woodford Folk Festival (2015), a finalist in the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup (2017) and was a featured performer at the National Folk Festival, Unspoken Words Festival and Woodford Folk Festival in 2018. Jacqui is also the co-founder and organiser of Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry events in Canberra.