Talking Art Part 2 – Harriet Mitchell


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Harriet Mitchell Age: 20   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Harriet: When I was little my mum signed me up to art classes at Lavender Art Studios, and it became my favourite two hours of the week. It was a supportive and exciting space that I was encouraged to appreciate looking and observing.   L:… Continue Reading

Talking Art Part 1 – Divya Melaluca


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Divya Melaluca Age: 22   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Divya: I have always felt that my strongest and heightened sense was my eyesight. So I’ve always been drawn to really looking and observing my surroundings. Things have felt very ‘alive’ and ‘appear’ at me or ‘into’ me shall we say. I only started… Continue Reading

Chatting with KLP


  You could say that Kristy Lee Peters (aka KLP) is a renaissance woman. She is a producer, radio host, songwriter, DJ and vocalist, creating and performing her own music as well as collaborating with Australian and international talent. KLP has had a #1 single in Japan and as a child sung in the classic 90’s commercial for Lube Mobile (you know the one). We managed to catch KLP after she released her latest single ‘Changes’ and in the middle of her current Mix Match tour. Here’s what she’s been up to:   Leiden: You’ve been a song-writer and a singer… Continue Reading

An Interview with Photographer Lori Cicchini


  You would be forgiven for mistaking Lori Cicchini’s photographic work for a painting. Such is the otherworldly subject matter and rich texture of each image she crafts. While her work has reached an international audience, Lori is still very much connected to Canberra, the city she calls home, working with local designers, models, makeup artists and hair stylist to create her signature images. Lori’s career continues to go from strength to strength. Not only has her work been published in countless publications including Vogue Italia, Lori was recently invited to present as part of the Venice Biennale. She has… Continue Reading

An Interview with Kult Kyss


  If you have ever spent any time trawling through triple j unearthed, you will know it is home to many a musical gem. One such gem that we have discovered is Kult Kyss, an electronic duo from Melbourne. Never mind their killer production, moody beats and piercing vocals, we have also discovered that Kult Kyss love cats and that gives them an extra big tick of approval in our books. We caught up with the pair behind the act, haxx and rromarin, to find out more about this duo who one fan on unearthed described as ‘one of the… Continue Reading

Contact with Jack Riley


  We are lovers of dance here at Leiden and are always on the look out for interesting new artists and engaging new performance works to go and see. Contact is a new contemporary dance work made by Jack Riley in collaboration with a number of other artists working across multiple disciplines. Jack grew up here in Canberra before moving to Melbourne to study dance further at the Victorian College of the Arts. He recently returned to showcase his new work at the Gorman House Arts Centre before it goes on to be performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. We… Continue Reading

An Interview with Ayla – Songstress and Devoted Op Shopper


  After a killer 2016 packed with a slew of hit singles, a memorable Triple J Like a Version performance and an almost sold out EP tour, Brisbane singer-songwriter Ayla is back. The self-proclaimed op-shop lover has been busy with a new single released in May, a new EP in the pipeline and an East-coast tour on the way. Ayla’s latest single Shallow End has seen her mature as a songwriter and collaborate with a few big names; the song is co-written by Glenn Sarangapany (Birds of Tokyo) produced by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) and mixed by Ian Pritchett (Boo… Continue Reading

A Chat with Sam Young-Wright of Sydney Dance Company


  Having grown up dancing in Canberra as part of the city’s own youth dance company Quantum Leap, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of each contemporary dance performance that comes to town. I find these performances even more enjoyable when they feature a familiar face. Such is the case for Sydney Dance Company’s latest offering Orb, a double bill comprising Ocho (meaning eight in Spanish) to mark artistic director Raphael Bonachela’s eighth year with the Company, and Full Moon, a piece choreographed by Taiwanese choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung. Amongst the beautiful dancers who will perform in Orb is Canberran Sam Young-Wright.… Continue Reading