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Granville Barbershop (2018)

Funded by Impact 100 Sydney North and Dooley’s Lidcombe, Granville Barbershop is a multi-streamed project running currently at Granville Boys High School throughout Terms 2 and 3.

Resulting in the school buzzing with excitement and pride, the Term 2 program encompassed barbering in The Groom Room under the mentorship of Charles Lomu; and music making and production in The Groove Room with mentor Chris Hamer-Smith. Producer Leo Tanoi oversaw the daily operations of both.

Read about Granville Barbershop Term 2 here!

Granville Barbershop will continue through Term 3; and will focus on four program streams:

  • The Groom Room: Graduates from the Term 2 program will be returning to further extend their barbering skills in a more advanced barbering program; and will be joined by a new cohort of ‘beginner’ barbers;
  • The Renaissance Scholars: Members of the Granville Boys High School Renaissance Scholars program will undertake an immersive enrichment program that includes excursions to museums, galleries and institutes of scientific research;
  • Groom Room Screen Productions: Screen-based training and production for students to explore, experiment with and create screen and video works;
  • User X: Students will explore the rapid, DIY digital art content creation and storytelling through the platform of Instagram.


The Renaissance Scholars
The Renaissance Scholars have covered quite a variety of subjects so far:
Week 1: Curator, John Murphy showed the group around the city, including St Mary’s Cathedral, Art Gallery of NSW and the NSW State Library.
Week 2: Visited the astronomy team at Macquarie University to view their planetarium and telescopes plus see a fire dance from Samoan dancer Tito Schmidt. This week the group also worked with artist Keg De Souza to build domes at Artspace in Woolloomooloo from recycled materials.
Week 3: Combined trigonometry and astronomy to look at how the sun can be used to measure distances.
Week 4: Used VR and drawing to explore perspective with artists Josh Harle and Catherine O’donnell at Artspace.
Week 5: Professor David Ryugo and musician Tom Ellard presented their findings on hearing, the brain and memory at the Garvin Institute.
Keep your eyes and ears tuned for a special Renaissance Scholars event coming very soon with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences…


Groom Room Screen Productions & User X