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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.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 6 September; 10.30am to 12.30pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

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 (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wayside Rocks (artful play)

Artist: 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: Saturday 19 September and Sunday 20 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

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 September school holidays (except Sunday 20 September) plus more dates below.

Age: Family

Dates and times: Wednesday 23 September, Friday 25 September, Sunday 27 September, Wednesday 30 September, Friday 2 October, Sunday 4 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Dates and times: Sunday 15 November and Sunday 22 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Archi–Loom (weaving)

Artists: Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell, Slow Art Collective

Archi Loom is a large 3-dimensional installation made from bamboo poles and woven materials constructed by Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell with children at ArtPlay.

See what has been created, explore and discover… then add your part to the structure by weaving colourful patterns with rope, wool and other materials.
It’s all about being playful and making it up as you go along!

This is a collaborative artwork evolving over one week in the ArtPlay space.

Age: 5 to 12 years

Dates and times: Friday 2 October and Sunday 4 October, 11am to 4pm

Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

Booked workshops also available;  see 5+ years and 9 to 12 years.

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 Wednesday and Thursday from 7 October to 19 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

International Day of the Girl (celebration)

Artists: Born in a Taxi, Chaco Kato and Hayley Rivers

Join us to celebrate International Day of the Girl with fun visual art workshops and an interactive performance The Curious Game by Born in A Taxi.

In the world’s poorest regions, growing up as a girl is different to growing up as a boy. Find out about Plan International Australia’s Because I am a Girl Campaign that strives to unleash the incredible potential of girls by promoting their rights, transforming their futures and creating a better world for all.

Visual Art Workshops: 1pm to 3pm

Be inspired by the work of famous female sculptors, to make your own spinning, swirling mobile using wire, card and foam. While older kids – you can make your own pigments with natural materials such as beetroot, spinach and turmeric – then have a go at creating your own masterpiece.

The Curious Game (Interactive Performance): 3pm to 3.40pm

With the pomp and ceremony of ridiculous rituals and eccentric dance, odd characters from an oversized chess board come to life to conduct an interactive board game, where no one knows what the rules are, and everyone’s a winner.

A bossy Queen, a stupid knight and a pawn with a touch of cunning, conduct an absurd and humorous game for all ages. Where the aim of the game is to find out… What is the game?

Age: 4 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 11 October, 1pm to 3.40pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Grow (construction)

Artists: Ben Landau and Lucille Sciallano

Have you ever noticed how a tree grows? It starts out with the trunk, and branches off until it reaches the leaves!

Grow explores the scientific principles of this type of splitting, called bifurcation. Armed with our scientific knowledge, we’ll don our lab coats and use colourful drinking straws to mimic twigs that split in different ways. You can help to create giant collaborative organisms by following our young botanists’ bifurcation rules (or make up your own).

Playing together or alone, it’s easy to invent and make new botanical discoveries!

This project is part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab program, where artists are supported to create new work for children and families.

Age: 5 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 1 November, 11am to 4pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)
Booked workshops also available;  see 5+ years and 9 to 12 years

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lost (exhibition)

Artists: Children at ArtPlay with Sue Davis and Heidi Weatherald

A creature

Who is scared of the dark

Who is lost!

Who finds a place where 'what's missing' can be found…

The ArtPlay Performance and Art Clubbers have joined forces to produce this intriguing installation. Can you find the lost things?

Age: 6 to 12 years

Special event: Sunday 22 November, 2pm sharp

Exhibition dates and times: Wednesday 25 November to Sunday 13 December, (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm)

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

Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Soil Crayons (drawing)

Artists: Cass Smith and Eleanor Butt

What is your soil story?

Join artists Eleanor and Cass to make crayons from Victorian soil and draw the ways in which soil is an important part of your life!

Soil supports us all through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our furniture and our houses. Soil is not all one colour and it has a rich range of tones we can use for drawing.

In this drop-in workshop, you will learn about the different properties of soil and join in on an expressive mural exploring what soil does for us. The mural will be a partner piece to the one being created in Federation Square and at the completion of the workshop they will be displayed side by side.

This workshop celebrates the International Year of Soils and World Soil Day on 5th December 2015; and is running in conjunction with events at Federation Square.

Age: Family
Date and times: Sunday 6 December, 1pm to 4pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.