Behind the Seams


The Conversation Series
'The Story Begins at Home...'

We all live busy lives; career, family, to-do lists…and once we do break from everyday life, why do we feel the need to flee the very place we call home? Our first instinct is to ‘escape’, jump on a plane and fly to the furthest or most exotic place. What if you spent your next holiday discovering and exploring everything that your city has to offer? You may just be amazed!


The Ark is delighted to host Jenny Herbert, author of the best-selling book ‘The Intelligent Traveller’ with art historian and writer Nancy Langham-Hooper and talented pianist Maggie Pang from the Australian National Academy of Music in our next Conversation series event as they share with us the unlimited potential that we can uncover with a curious mind.


Jenny Herbert has over 20 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry as well as publishing numerous magazine articles and is in the process of writing her second book ‘The Story Begins at Home’ launching in 2021. Once an avid and regular traveller, Jenny realised just how much we can achieve by staying local and her second book reveals the ways you can experience theatre, art, different cultures and so much more in your own backyard.


Nancy Langham-Hooper has a goal to make culture and art more accessible to the general public and writes about the hidden contexts behind art and culture, exploring everything from selfies to street art. Nancy was associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and St Clare’s College in the UK and lectured at the National Gallery of Victoria on their re-discovered J.R. Herbert painting (the largest painting the gallery owns).


Maggie Pang is in her 3rd year at the Australian National Academy of Music and completed her Bachelor of Music Performance and Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. Maggie loves collaborating with Australian composers and has a strong passion for her culture and a desire to introduce more composers from China to the Australian stage in the near future. You can experience Maggie’s incredible talent at performances and recitals all over Victoria.


Collectively, you will be inspired by three women and their love for the creativity on our doorstep.



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