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Bonnie Hislop in her studio. Photo: Melanie Hinds. 

Christmas Crafty Party with Bonnie Hislop

Back by popular demand! Give your Christmas tree a colourful glow-up this season thanks to artist, Bonnie Hislop.

Grab a glass of bubbly and get right into the spirit of the silly season as you create a series of one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for your home. Drawing on Bonnie’s iconic style, you’ll use text, clay, and colour to create positively playful tree ornaments that will really pack a punch.

Don’t miss out on this fully artist-led adventure that is set to deliver some serious holiday cheer!

Included in your ticket:
  • A glass of bubbles thanks to our friends at Symphony Hill Wines or a soft drink
  • Light nibbles to snack on
  • Materials to make up to three Christmas ornaments
  • The opportunity to learn from artist Bonnie Hislop
  • Date & Time
    Wednesday 6 December 2023
  • Tickets
    $100 Adult*
    $95 MoB Members*
    *Plus $4.99 booking fee
  • Location
    The Studio
    Level 3, City Hall
  • Ages
    Suitable for ages 18+
  • Access
    To find out about access at the Museum, click here.

About Bonnie Hislop

Bonnie Hislop is a Brisbane-based artist with a particular focus on ceramic handbuilding and illustration. Grounded in technical skill, her practice has evolved from creating illustrative ceramic planters to large-scale sculptural work. She unites bright colours and satirical concepts to engage her audience in a dialogue with the physical world around them. Her work intersects traditional representations of ceramics with a craft aesthetic to create a contemporary interpretation of the ceramic medium. Bonnie’s practice aims to encapsulate universal experiences of frustration, angst, grief, emotional fatigue as well as feminine strength, intimacy and desire. The performative, brightly coloured ceramics forge an existence through joy and curiosity. In 2022 she and photographer Melanie Hinds developed an ongoing collaborative series which puts Hislop in the frame with the artwork, extending the messaging of the ceramic piece. This collaboration seeks to subvert perceptions on the classic ‘artist portrait’ and expectations of femininity.

Bonnie has facilitated workshops at institutions across Brisbane and Australia and was recently featured in Museum of Brisbane’s Clay: Collected Ceramics.

Bonnie Hislop. Photo: Macami.