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Too Hot for Spots (interactive exhibition)

Artist: Mini Goss and children at ArtPlay

'Scene from Too Hot for SpotsWhat’s wrong, Barry?' said Stella.

'I'm really hot... my head hurts, and I just feel yucky,' said Barry.

'Don't worry! I'm going to make you all better … and it won't hurt a bit.'

Who are Barry and Stella? Find out about Mini’s creations in this playful exhibition. See both working drawings and final images from her book Too Hot for Spots.

See characters and scenes made by children at ArtPlay as part of Mini’s workshops and be inspired to create your own. There’ll be card, wool, and fabric for making your protagonist, then have fun placing them in scenes from the books. Bring an ipad to take pictures of your artwork and find out how to make them into your own book. What adventures are in store for your characters?

Mini Goss is a Melbourne-based award winning author and illustrator, with more than 30 books published in many countries around the world. Mini draws readers into a world of imagination and humour, which appeals to children and parents alike. The Barry and Stella series features her own dog Barry and his real-life aunt Stella as knitted toys.

Exhibition launch: Sunday 13 July, 3pm to 4pm (Drinks and nibbles provided)
Age: Family
Dates and times: Wednesday 9 July to Saturday 16 August (open Wednesday to Sunday) *Note: At times exhibition may be closed during events, please contact ArtPlay for more information.
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Big Family Sing (group singing and show)

Artist: All Day Fritz

All Day Fritz bandSinging together is fun and very, very good for you! And All Day Fritz invites you – kids, parents and people of all ages and abilities – to join in.

All Day Fritz will lead you in this singing experience to explore the basics of group and harmony singing in a playful, social and inclusive atmosphere. You will learn some easy songs and simple harmony parts. Then you’ll be invited (if you choose) to perform one or two songs live for family and friends with the full All Day Fritz band as part of the Fritz Family Sing Choir in the show at 3pm.

All Day Fritz have an eclectic repertoire of non-patronizing and extremely groovy music for humans of all ages. Four part harmony, swingy, jazzy, rocky, funny, soul-y, calypso-y, plus very funky originals.

All Day Fritz are Karen Davitt (Madcows), John Fleming (Scared Weird Little Guys), Boris Conley (Spaghetti Western Orchestra/Play Me I'm Yours) and Jane Bayly (Crying in Public Places).

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 10 August, Workshop: 2pm to 2.45pm; Show 3pm to 3.30pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bark! Bark! Bark!

A Treehouse exhibition: Terry Denton’s illustrations, prints and plans from the series created with Andy Griffiths

drawing of dog with 'Bark' speech bubblePresented in partnership by the Melbourne Writers Festival and ArtPlay.

See original illustrations, prints and preliminary works by Terry Denton from the famous Treehouse series created with Andy Griffiths.

But that’s not all! Terry has painted a mammoth and magnificent mural on the ArtPlay gallery wall and you can add your own mark! Yes, you can draw your own Treehouse-inspired character, contraption or crazy critter – you really can – and watch as the mural grows and changes over the exhibition.

There will also be DIY activities such as making your own cartoons and flip books.

Supported by Pan Macmillan

Age: 6 to 12 years
Dates and times: Thursday 21 August to Sunday 14 September (open Wednesday to Sunday) *NB At times exhibition may be closed during events, please contact ArtPlay for more info
Free, no bookings required

Shelter (construction)

Artist: Avis Gardner and Liz Walker

Child with cat sitting in tepeeShelters come in all shapes and sizes. Tree-house, skyscraper, caravan, tepee or igloo – what kind of shelter does your family live in? What kind of shelter can you imagine and what kind of shelter would you like to build?

Come and be inspired: by environmental artists Avis Gardner and Liz Walker; by the many types of dwellings from all around the world; and by your imagination.

Construct a ‘shelter’ using a collection of found and recycled materials. Then create a picture that reflects what you think are the most important things you have in your home.

Age: 5 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 7 September, noon to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.