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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: Sundays 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 10am to 12noon
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Close Encounters

Artists: Ken + Julia Yonetani with children at ArtPlay

View over 240 lanterns lighting up the ArtPlay space in a beautiful display, drawn from the Japanese obon festival tradition, where the lanterns (toro) guide the spirits of the dead to their worldly home, and then back to their resting place.

In the month of May, children at ArtPlay have constructed hundreds of Japanese lanterns from shoji paper and wood; each with the name and drawing of a species of plant or animal that has become extinct in Australia since colonisation (1788); according to the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and other state-based legislation.

This breath-taking installation will pay respect to the extinct species of Australia, in a timely reminder of the extinction crisis that we currently face on a global scale.

Ken + Julia Yonetani are collaborative installation artists who have exhibited large-scale works across the world, including a major solo exhibition in Paris (until August 2015); the Singapore Biennale (2013) and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Age: 5+ and Family
Special event dates and times: Saturday 6 June, 5pm to 8pm
Installation also open: Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June, 10am to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Big Family Sing (group singing & show)

This event is part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Artist: All Day Fritz

Everyone’s invited to join All Day Fritz for the Big Family Sing!

Explore the basics of group and harmony singing in a playful and inclusive atmosphere where you will learn some easy songs. Then (if you choose) perform one or two songs live with the band, as part of the Fritz Family Sing Choir.

All Day Fritz’s eclectic repertoire includes extremely groovy music (for humans of all ages) that is swingy, jazzy, rocky and funky!

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

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 7 June, Workshop 2pm to 2.45pm; Show 3pm to 3.30pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.