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ArtPlay Backyard

Two children playing in yardArtist: ArtPlay staff

Come and play in the ArtPlay Backyard.

We’ll have all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork. Draw in the sand, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible! And don’t forget to bring a hat!

Age: Family
Dates and times: Wednesday 9 April, Friday 11 April and Sunday 13 April, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Antarctica (interactive exhibition)

Two penguins with world globe with circle of flagsArtist: Ben Landau and children at ArtPlay

Can you imagine what living in Antarctica will be like in 20 years time?

Through a mix of speculative storytelling, hands on constructing and museum reverse engineering – Ben and children at ArtPlay have literally `made the future`.

Just like scientists and historians can tell stories about the past from objects; here objects describe what could happen to this frozen continent in the future. From peculiar stories of fictional explorers to imagined evolutions of real creatures, discover how children have visualised the future in models and 1:1 objects, to ask: what will happen to Antarctica?

Exhibition Opening: Sunday 13 April, 2pm to 3pm

Age: Family
Dates and times: Wednesday 16 April to Sunday 1 June (open Wednesday to Sunday) 
(*NB At times exhibition may be closed during performances, please contact ArtPlay for more info)
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wayside Rocks

Rock with eyes painted on itArtist: Sarah crowEST

Come and decorate the rocks around ArtPlay. Experiment with colours, shiny foils, stick-on eyes and natural materials.

Basic forms and shapes such as special rocks and trees have been admired, respected and sometimes worshipped in many cultures via traditions stretching back to antiquity. Use creative expression to bring these rocks to life and honour their natural beauty and mystery.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Wednesday 16 April and Thursday 17 April, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

NOCTURNAL launch (light and sound installation)

Red cube on concrete floorArtists: Michael O'Dwyer, Emah Fox, Nilgun Guven with children at ArtPlay

Over 50 hand-crafted boxes have been made by children using native Australian timbers. Each child has explored their connection to place by creating their own soundscape which has been housed in his or her box.

This installation will see the boxes lit from within and scattered across the green hill outside ArtPlay, creating an enticing scene which glows in the dark. You are invited to wander through the installation, drawing near and picking up individual boxes as they reveal to you their own intimate soundscape.

Drinks and nibbles provided.

Age: Family
Launch: Saturday 7 June, 5pm start
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.