Let’s make art
MASTER OF WILD ARTS
Become the artist you know you are
Make art with an animal knowing.
Recall forgotten creative impulses.
Trust your instinctual self.
Hone a liberated artistry.
Open to the mysterious.
Experience your creativity.
Rekindle a wild imagination.
Ritualise your practice.
Complete new works.
Arrive in the world as an artist.
The Master of Wild Arts (MoWA) is an invitation to create the works you have been sitting within that you’ve been longing to bring to life. It is an intimate container for an education that activates and celebrates your natural curiosities and creative impulses. Here you are guided to create and stand by a new major work in any field of the creative arts or a merging of many. We open to ritual as a major aspect of this year long process that will assist you in knowing what and how you wish to create. We also lean into the natural ritual inherent in creative practices and performance.
Can you let art give you life?
During this course you will be asked to put your ear to the ground and really listen, to pay proper homage to your dreams and wild psyche. To carve out proper time for your creative freedom and aliveness. To show us who you really are, and in turn show the world also. Your facilitator Alice Night has a very intuitive way of curating a creative learning environment and prompts honesty, playfulness, courageous creativity and imaginative instinct.
By the end of the year you will have completed at least one major work (such as a poetry collection, an album, a theatre piece, an exhibition or something never before seen or named) and your graduation from the course is based on the experience of having your creation arrive in the world in the place it needs to exist.
No prior study in creative fields is required, however there is an interview process with Alice to ensure that this course is right for you before your place is confirmed.
Allowing intimacy with art is allowing intimacy with self
Hi, I’m Alice
I’m devoted to making art that is honest, intimate and interacts with culture. I spend my days creating, exploring, collaborating, singing, writing, reading, painting, connecting and simply being. I spend my nights engaged in creative spaces like gigs, theatre events and facilitating spaces for creative empowerment.
I believe in the healing, connecting and visionary power of art.
I’m not a vocal coach. I’m an instinct coach. I’m not a writing editor. I’m a story midwife. I create spaces where people create art that is transformative for them and in turn potentially transformative for culture.
I invite that we move into liberated cultural and personal expression through art making. I love to work with courageous individuals who are ready to be activated in their artistic lives.
I hold creative courses that remind people how to trust themselves so that they don’t need anyone else to tell them that they’re good or that they deserve to create.
I speak to the naturalness and humanness of storytelling and wild expression. Through writing, singing, drawing, moving, we lean into the icky subjects and emotions to create conditions for transformation.
The spaces I hold are relaxed, playful, courageous and deep.
‘Working with Alice is the difference between thinking about doing art and BEING an artist.’
Julia Simone - MoWA participant 2020.
‘The Master of Wild Arts is a container for radical creative growth and empowerment! MoWa has already helped me to cultivate a sense of creative essence in my life - inspired me to do the deep work needed to live a life grounded in authentic creation.’
Kayla Kirkpatrick - MoWA participant 2020.
‘MoWA is AWESOME. Art Community Soul Magic. And a huge loving YES! What more could you want on your cereal?’
Oliver Hurd-Thomas - MoWA participant 2020.
Image Gallery of MoWA Art Past Participants
The journey ahead
MoWA is intimate encouragement for your most enlivening artistic expression in the world.
The Master of Wild Arts invites your whole creative self to the table and to the world. Across this year we tend the ground of your inner world and spark the old joys many of us have been blocking out for years. Holding the quivering paintbrush and reaching out with our eyes closed, we remember how to make marks again. We write late into the night under oil lamps. We say ‘Yes’ to the body as a story-teller. We smile deep toothy smiles while out to coffee with mystery.
MoWA is a place to recondition our artistic natures
We delve into processes that allow both personal transformation and her parallel in your artistic works. Across this journey, art itself is the teacher. We welcome initiation and the crossing of thresholds. We welcome ritual and experiences outside of the intellectual. We hone our artistic instincts and we honour them wholeheartedly. We create.
Over the course of a year we marry discipline with wildness through our own creative practices, eventually arriving home with a creative gift for ourselves and for something or someone. This is about making art, and it’s also about being alive, being who we are, participating boldly and lovingly with the world.
The way you graduate from this masters is by coming to a completion point with a new body of work and then having your collection, or novel, or song cycle (or whatever it is your soul desires to bring to life) find a good place in the world to live and breath and commune. This is a way to say ‘Yes’ to the creative energy you have sensed in your old dusty bellows for too many years.
The Master of Wild Arts is an initiation into bold healthy making.
It’s the rigor and the ritual that together create conditions for creative living and the completion of deep artistic works. MoWA is an intimate activation through art that cannot be undone easily.
What you’ll receive in our time together:
⚬ Monthly 90 minute themed group workshop sessions (13 lectures).
⚬ Three x 1 hour tutorials per month (36 tutorials).
⚬ A one-on-one mentoring session with Alice each term (four total).
⚬ Monthly written chapters by Alice to assist your process.
⚬ Prompts for creative quests throughout the year.
⚬ Art itself is delivered as inspiration and guidance.
⚬ A private online space to share your process and creations.
⚬ A potent and supportive artistic MoWA community.
⚬ Accountability through regular contact with the group.
⚬ Video footage of a series by Alice called Artists in Conversation.
⚬ Complementary spiritual and physical practices documented and shared.
The MoWA Education
Preparing for creation. Unhinging ourselves from old patterns. Developing trust in self.
In this month we will create the space both externally and internally that will allow wild art to come through. We will name and call in the full vision we can see ourselves living out as artists in the world. We will begin healing our relationships with creativity through first creating and experiencing fertile time.
CONCEPTION - (RHYTHM & RESOURCES)
Calling in your new body of work. Communing with the unknown.
Saying yes and meaning it.
Here we will enter into the ritual space that our art is asking of us. This way it is not simply a mental decision to create but rather a spirited conversation with the mysterious through creativity.
We explore different rhythms to create within and the inner and outer resources required to make this possible.
UNTAMED - (EDGE ART & WILDNESS)
Ritual and imaginative health. Shameless experimentation. Making sacrifices for art.
During this month you will open to places you’ve never been before in your art, the ones that have been calling to you for a long time. Here you’ll explore your true creative nature. You will meet your dream spaces, your wild imagination, the unsayable, underworld realms, spirited narrative and the golden flickers of creative ideas.
You will welcome them all home to your studio space, to the canvas, to the empty page, to the dance floor or to all of the above and share them with the MoWA community as you feel.
THRESHOLDS - (SHOWING UP)
The art of discipline, the discipline of art. Releasing blame.
Doing the work.
During Month four we will be focussed on embodying the day to day study, devotion, rigor, practice and selflessness that is necessary to create anything of great girth and worth.
This is the harder part of being an artist, not just having ideas but actually committing to them, choosing one thing and sticking with it, being chosen by a project and meeting the call.
This thing ain’t gonna write itself, and yet, in some ways it just might, when we get into the slip-stream words flow, paint moves, songs arrive - but first we have to show up, again and again and again.
HONESTY & HEALING - (HONING YOUR PRACTICE)
Courage in art. Creating in the unknown. Creative commitment in the face of challenge.
In any great project there will be monsters that we attempt to avoid. Whether that is a technical skill we have been refusing to learn, a character we are afraid to write, or something so beautiful we can barely fathom its form. In month five you are asked to embody the courage and heart required to love all that is revealed in you as you create.
Artists must embody elements of the warrior if they are to walk in the strange dark forests, the critical responses from others, and the total spectrum of being human. Here we practice being steadfast and staying.
ALCHEMY - (INVITING TRANSFORMATION)
Welcoming invisible support. The beauty realm. Wholeheartedness. Fidelity to your project.
In month six we look at (and intentionally experience) the art of transformation in your story or creative work. Artistic alchemy requires a moment or stage of transformation both in the creator and in the characters they depict in their art.
When we work in this way we are willing to arrive in a place that is different from where we began. We experience a mythological realm both in art and in our own lives as we create. We allow ourselves to be truly vulnerable, for our hearts to open, and for our lives to change alongside a genuine investment in this creative process.
CATHARSIS - (ALL OF ME)
Dancing the weird. Working with your allies. Embracing your whole wild creative self.
Now we ask the question again, what parts of me have I left behind? What have I still been refusing to include or engage with?
We step out again into the mystery and welcome all forbidden parts to join in the art party. We open to the strange new world that has been calling to us through our creation time and say ‘Welcome.’
We animate that wild spirited energy that is available in deep creative flow when we invite our whole selves to the table, to the forest or to the room.
FORMATION & CREATION
Spirited editing and intuitive curation. The hard yards. Bringing in the art we need.
Here we comb through the work and intuitively edit or curate what has come through. This is not the final draft necessarily, but it is your final draft. It is all that you can do before working collaboratively towards final formation. Editing is possibly harder than creating. It requires choice, letting go, seeing the gaps and attending to them. This is the nitty-gritty stuff, the final marks, the willingness to admit when something is not at its full potential and going in again to creation when needed.
At this point you will be welcomed to do a work in progress showing or similar of that nature.
Depending on the nature of your final work, you will need to use the next couple of months to work with an editor, dramaturg or director to hone your work and bring it to the next level. This will likely be an extra cost to you but is a very powerful experience and worth paying for. Alice can link you to editors and dramaturges and also we can share contacts within the MoWA community.
During this time we will open to where your art wants to land and live in the world. We will share avenues and possibilities for further production, performance, publishing etc and discuss and explore experimental approaches to releasing your art also.
EMERGENCE - INTO THE WORLD (BIRTH)
Arriving in the world as an artist. A new way.
Here we deliver our new work into the world. This could be a public reading of your play, it could be an initial exhibition of visual art or a novella manuscript that is printed and ready to be shared with an editor or a trusted friend. It could be the final mixes of an album or a suite of poems with chapters and a title.
We cannot use money as an excuse as to why something is not ready, we are prompted to find a way; to be innovative and birth this art into the world. We breathe a sigh of deep relief and hold the new work with loving arms. We show ourselves and the world that we are devoted to creation and we have evidence to back that claim. We embrace the wildness and the discipline that made this possible.
ALIVENESS - INITIATION
Here we ask a very intimate question, how is your art landing in culture? Is it feeding and nourishing the village? Is it feeding and nourishing you? Is it healthy? Is there catharsis?
Does it give life? This reflective approach is a great way to stay honest and create art that is not only wild and raw but also life-giving and connected to a larger human story and a story beyond our species.
MONTH TWELVE - Wild Findings.
Here you are asked to express the journey you embarked on to arrive at this next level in your relationship with art and with yourself. Honouring the alchemy and transformational nature of art and specifically the art that you created over this year.
This will be a document, film or audio recording for you to share with your wider community and also to remind yourself of the creative energy available to you in years to come. You are invited to weave in poetry, imagery, documentation of process from across the year, whatever brings this Wild Finding to life in it’s expression.
All the artworks featured have been created by our MoWA students
Deep gratitude for 'Homecoming' Collage by Kayla Kirkpatrick. Sally Guildford.
SOVEREIGNTY - (THE RITUAL)
This month will be different for each participant. It could be a celebration. It could be an extended time you spend solo in nature. It could be an intimate exhibition or ceremony shared with friends and family. Here you are asked to curate your own ritual experience of naming and claiming your devotion to your arts practice. This is a kind of wild marriage. You then share photographs or your vows with the Master of Wild Arts group.
What you see in the world no-one else sees quite like you.
Why MoWA exists
I have a deep faith in the role of art for personal and cultural reconciliation and deep healing. Artists can be visionaries, can be the one willing voice in a sea of silence. I see finished artworks like dandelion seeds that we make a wish with to send out into the world. This course is for personal catharsis and reclaiming our rights as wild creative beings. It is also a form of artistic activism in a time of shifting needs. MoWA acknowledges diversity in artistic intention. Whether you want to share your work with thousands of people or sing to whales, MoWA will hold space for your vision. This is a place to re-establish your own trust in your creative nature.
What's the next step?
If you feel this course is resonant, then you may apply directly with Alice and arrange an interview. A love of art, a love of learning and a sincere willingness for your life to change through this creative initiation process will serve you well as a student in the MoWA course. It is a boundary pushing course that is woven with love. We are open to the ridiculous, to the profound, to the simple, to the never before seen, to the things you most want to say.
MoWA creates an intimate container and is open to only twelve people in 2021. This online program commences on September 5th, 2021 and runs for a year and a day. The Master of Wild Arts investment is $4,200 AUD or $3,900 early bird (before August 8th.) There are two scholarship positions available at a discounted rate of $2,700 each. Payment plans are available upon request.
Are you ready for your art to give life?
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