Sanctum Studio is a dynamic new arts space in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It’s a factory in a castle…yes, a castle, with turrets and towers covered in vines. Sanctum Studio creates public art, street art, giant puppets and special props. It facilitates collaborative arts projects alongside community groups and schools. It is also the headquarters of Sanctum Theatre, a visual performance company presenting live art in every day spaces since 2006. Sanctum Studio is home to a small group of resident artists, including painters, photographers and jewelers
Lachlan Plain – Since childhood Lachlan has lived in other worlds, on different plains, navigating them via several mediums – performance, painting and the written word. As artistic director of Sanctum Theatre (sanctumtheatre.org) since 2006, Lachlan has written, designed, directed, performed in and produced various productions. In 2012 he won the Impress Prize for The Lost Journals of Pedro Piscator and other tales, an eclectic illustrated collection of tall tales published by Impress Books. lachlanplain.com
Jasmine Powell – Jasmine is a writer, artist, mentor and facilitator inspired by Permaculture (care for people, the earth and future). She is the creator of Silent Revolution. She uses her journey from catatonia to creative empowerment to help others find their voice. She guides individuals, groups, families and communities to unearth healthy insights about their wellbeing and empower themselves to take meaningful action.
Katie Banakh is an award winning artist. Her recent work reflects the Covid-19 pandemic through realist oil paintings, one of which earned her the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist prize (2020). Katie has exhibited locally and internationally and hold a BA in Fine Art, with Honours in Photography from Deakin University. katiebanakh.com
Tori Swedosh is a mixed media artist working in Melbourne. After graduating as a printmaker from the VCA in 1989 she started to explore painting. Enjoying the immediacy of acrylic paint and the bold richness of oil pastels she explored dream landscapes and personal motifs relating to balance and self destruction. Ideas which still haunt her curiosity.