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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.

Font Factory (design and construction)

Artist: Annasophia Larsen, Naasicaa Larsen,
Geoff Riding

Come and join graphic design studio Copy Boy in their fun Font Factory.

Workers are needed to create a font out of nothing but rubbish. Use recycled materials to make an R out of bottle caps or an M out of sticks, put it on the factory line, and watch it be turned into a font that you can type with. What crazy letters can be made?

We need your help to make every letter in the alphabet. Make a letter or simply have fun typing messages to your friends and family using the Font Factory font.

Age: 4 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 4 October and Sunday 5 October, 10am to 4pm
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.

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.