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ArtPlay Backyard (artful play)

Artist: ArtPlay staff

A boy and girl sit in the gardenCome and play in the ArtPlay Backyard on Sundays from 9 to 30 November.

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!

Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothes and bring a rain coat. The program will run whatever the weather.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sundays 9,16, 23, 30 November, 10am to noon.
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tape It (Expanded drawing and un-drawing)

Artist: Briony Barr colourful tape stuck on ground to make pictures including one of a child

Back by popular demand!

Imagine a drawing that has become bored of paper and wandered off the page in search of new adventure. If this sounds appealing, drop into ArtPlay for Tape It, a collaborative, room-size, expanded drawing made of lines of colourful electrical tape.

Everyone of all ages can contribute to the artwork which may expand in many creative directions and dimensions. There will also be some very simple rules to guide those who would like to learn about generative art.

All materials will be provided. The drawing will run most of the day, that is, until the un-drawing stage begins. Sometimes deconstruction is just another stage of creation.

Find out how when you come along to Tape It.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 2 November, 10am to 3pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tracking with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz (exhibition)

Artist: The Pitcha Makin Fellaz with ArtPlay Kids

Come and see the twelve giant animal designs created by kids at ArtPlay with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz. The Fellaz are a group of 7 Aboriginal men from Ballarat who create art together and have developed their own unique style. The kids explored aboriginal stories of the Yarra and worked with the Fellaz to learn their techniques. Using stamps, paint and patterns they created 2-metre high animals.

Everyone is invited to the launch party at 3pm on Sunday 2 November at ArtPlay (drinks & nibbles provided).

The Pitcha Makin Fellaz are: Myles Walsh, Peter-Shane Rotumah, Adrian Rigney, Ted Laxton, Thomas Marks, Billy Blackall and Joe Lee. Assisted by Peter Widmer

Age: Family
Launch: Sunday 2 November, 3pm
Exhibition open: Wednesday 29 October to Sunday 23 November (Wed to Sun only)
Free, no bookings required

All children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.

MASSIVE Hip Hop Choir in residenceMassive Hip Hop Choir

This Melbourne Music Week, MASSIVE Hip Hop Choir are our artists in residence.
We will be singing and rapping our way through Melbourne Music Week with workshops for Under 5 years and 9 to 12 year olds plus a free performance on Sunday 23 November at 3pm.

MASSIVE is Australia’s first hip hop choir. MASSIVE draws its power from the rich cultural diversity of young urban artists from Melbourne’s West. Bringing together original rap lyrics, lush three part harmonies and body percussion, MASSIVE has created a new genre of hip hop that is flavoured with old skool hip hop, gospel, traditional cultural tunes and protest music. MASSIVE is a group of 12 young urban artists aged 19– 26yrs who identify as Cook Islander/ Niuean, Samoan, Lebanese/Tongan, Caribbean/North African, Filipino, Comoros islander/Tanzanian, English/Spanish and Ugandan.

MASSIVE is produced by Cohealth arts generator a division of cohealth in the heart of Melbourne’s west.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 23 November, 3pm to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

Tricky Traps (installation and craft)

Artist: Kathy HolowkoA woman constructs a large web made of paper

The incredible design and engineering feat of the spiders’ web will become an object of wonder and inspiration. ArtPlay will be transformed by a delicate tangle of webs with the installation of Tricky Traps.

Visitors will be encouraged to reconsider the workings of these tiniest of creatures that help make the amazing world that we live in. Carefully wander through this tricky environment and find a space to create your own artwork. Make an insect pod from string, do a drawing or craft a spider sculpture.

Age: 4 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 6 December and Sunday 7 December, noon to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.