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9+ years

NOTE: Please see Special events and Free stuff to explore for more activities for this age group.  

The Museum of Future Past: Antarctica (design)

Artist: Ben Landau

Two penguins with world globe and flagsCan you imagine what living in Antarctica will be like in 20 years time?

This two-part workshop series is a mix of speculative storytelling, hands on constructing and museum reverse engineering – come along to literally `make the future`.

In the first workshop you will be imagining and making an object from the future; in the second workshop you will create a story about the object you have made and do a media report about it (written or video); then (on Sunday 13 April) help with setting up the exhibition of all the objects made by children at ArtPlay.

Antarctica is undergoing rapid changes including: its fragile environment; how the land is owned and researched, and new interest in resources below the icy surface. How can we imagine Antarctica altered by these forces?

Just like scientists and historians can tell stories about the past from objects; you will make objects to describe what could happen to this frozen continent in the future. From peculiar stories of fictional explorers to imagined evolutions of real creatures, you will visualise these futures in models and 1:1 objects, to ask: what will happen to Antarctica?

These objects will form part of an exhibition at ArtPlay which will imagine the future. Exhibition opening Sunday 13 April, 2pm to 3pm; with exhibition running until 1 June (Wednesday to Sunday).

Find out more about what inspired artist Ben Landau to create this fun school holiday workshop.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Thursday 10 April and Friday 11 April, 2pm to 4pm (must attend both sessions) and Sunday 13 April, 1pm to 2pm (optional but encouraged)
Bookings essential:
 book online
Cost: $25 per child

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

Sculpture of man walking dogArtClub continues with a new series of art workshops at ArtPlay. Each week explore the work & ideas of an artist and use this as inspiration to experiment with materials & techniques, while developing skills and confidence in your own self-expression.

We encourage you to stay with the program for the duration of 2014 so you can be part of a group exhibition at the end of the year.

This season explore a range of art practices including sculpture, landscape painting, ground art and collage.

Featured artists are: Alberto Giacometti, Fred Williams, Ranbir Kaur and Deborah Kelly

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 3, 17, 24 & 31 May, 12.30pm to 2pm

To register your interest email

Cost: $85 per child