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Multiversical (exhibition)

Artist: Leonie Rhodes and children at ArtPlay

View this colourful community of over 70 figures created by children with artist Leonie Rhodes.

In the July school holidays, children learnt traditional figurative sculpting techniques (as well as clever tricks) to produce their own fantastic sculpture of a person.  Each child built their own character starting with a wood and wire armature and added brightly coloured modern materials.

Here the work is presented as part of a collaborative, integrated installation, with the figures placed in a pattern on top of a five-pronged Fibonacci spiral.

Multiversical draws from Leonie’s studies at London’s Chelsea School of Art and the New York Studio School.

Age: 5 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 5 July to Sunday 16 August
(Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm)
Free, no bookings required

Please note, exhibition may be closed during certain events. Please contact ArtPlay for more information.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

ArtPlay Backyard (artful play)

Artist: 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!

Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing - the program will run whatever the weather.

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in the July school holidays plus more dates below.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Wednesday 1 July, Friday 3 July, Sunday 5 July, Wednesday 8 July, Friday 10 July, Sunday 12 July, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Dates and times: Sunday 2 August and Sunday 6 September; 10.30am to 12.30pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mad Hatters Tea Party (craft)

Artist: Hayley Rivers

You are invited to the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Bring your family, bring your friends and of course bring your imagination!

From craft materials, together we will make a table of tantalising, tasty treats such as stringy spaghetti, tissue paper tortillas, paper pizzas and cardboard cupcakes!

You can also create your own crazy hat before sitting down and enjoying our un-birthday party (paper party) of our own!

Age: 4+ years
Dates and times: Saturday 11 July, 12noon to 3pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shelters (construction)

Artist: Avis Gardner and Liz Walker

Shelter is a fundamental need for all living things and as humans we have developed an ingenious range of designs from all over the globe.

What kind of shelter can you imagine and what materials would you like to use to build your shelter? “What makes a house a home?”

Come and be inspired by environmental artists Avis Gardner and Liz Walker; by the diversity of dwellings from all around the world and by your imagination. Construct a ‘shelter’ using a collection of found and recycled materials or create a model shelter of your own design.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 12 July, 11am to 3pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

ArtPlay Inside Out (artful play)

Artist: ArtPlay staff

Join us for some artful play at ArtPlay!

Inside Out is a place for imagination and collaboration. There will be all sorts of inspiring materials on hand for you to create an artwork or build a play space with your little one.

Make a sculpture together out of cushions or felt; then turn it into a cubby house. Wrap and weave using ribbon and rope. Muck about with blankets and bubbles. Listen to music and cast shadows as you play. Anything is possible!

Age: 2 to 5 years (younger siblings welcome)
Dates and times: every Thursday from 16 July to 20 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Block Factory (3D printing)

Artist: Cake Industries

Presented as part of Open House Melbourne

See 3D printing in action as hundreds of blocks are printed before your very eyes… Create an amazing sculpture using multi-coloured blocks and long wooden pieces and watch as the structure evolves throughout the day.

Age: 3 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 26 July, 10am to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Imaginary Architecture (construction)

For Father’s Day

Artist: Lara Tumak and Collaborators

Seeking town planners, master builders and architects extraordinaire!

We’re building a mega mini city and we need your help! How creative can you be with cardboard, sticky tape, coloured pencils and found objects? Bring your imaginary floor plans and creative minds and come build with us.

You will be contributing to an exhibition in the ArtPlay gallery where the dream world meets real life.

Age: 5 to 12 years
Workshop dates and times: Sunday 6 September, 12noon to 4pm
Exhibition dates and times: Wednesday 9 September to Sunday 4 October (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm)
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.