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Kids’ Home Publishing

When

Six-week digital series, access now through until mid-September.

Where

Take part from wherever you are—all you need is access to the internet, paper, glue, scissors and your grand imagination!

Cost

Free!

When

Six-week digital series, access now through until mid-September.

Where

Take part from wherever you are—all you need is access to the internet, paper, glue, scissors and your grand imagination!

Cost

Free!

Presented by Kids’ Own Publishing and Convent Kids

Kids’ Own Publishing and Convent Kids have teamed up to bring you the first series of Kids’ Home Publishing, where you and your family and friends will be inspired make your very own books wherever you are—with your own hands! All you will need is access to the internet, paper, glue and scissors—and your grand imagination!

You’ll be guided in book making by the Grand Imaginator alongside a brilliant bunch of local artists sharing their own ideas and stories about ‘The Art of the Book’ to get you started on your book making journey. And artist Brigid May will read aloud some of your newly-created books in ‘Brigid in the Book Cubby’.

The art of book making celebrates creativity, collaboration and storytelling—and through Kids’ Home Publishing you’ll be able to connect and share with a global community of book makers, readers and collectors.

Suitable for ages 2 – 102.

Watch!

Kids’ Home Publishing videos will be posted here weekly. The six-week program kicks off Monday 15 June and once videos are posted you’ll have access to them through until mid-September.

Get started!

Learn how to fold your eight-page book with the Grand Imaginator!

Week 1

‘The Art of the Book’ with Somali spoken word artist Idil Ali.


“I hope children who look like me find aspects of themselves reflected in my book and where they don’t see themselves they are reminded that there are people who might not look like them and who might not like the same things, but they may learn something or enjoy their story all the same.” – Idil Ali

‘Brigid in the Book Cubby’ with Brigid May

Week 2

‘The Art of the Book’ with author and illustrator Anna Walker



‘Brigid in the Book Cubby’ with
Brigid May

Week 3

‘The Art of the Book’ with sound artist and disco queen Hayley Tanzer

‘Brigid in the Book Cubby’ with Brigid May

Week 4

‘The Art of the Book’k with Wurundjeri educator Mathew Gardiner

Week 5

‘The Art of the Book’ with artist Bern Emmerichs



‘Brigid in the Book Cubby’ with
Brigid May

Week 6

‘The Art of the Book’ with painter, printmaker and installation artist John Wolseley



‘Brigid in the Book Cubby’ with
Brigid May

Share!

Post pictures and readings of your book making creations on Facebook or Instagram using #kidshomepublishing and #conventkids. Or email a scanned copy of your book and/or readings of the book to readmybook@kidsownpublishing.com.

Parents and guardians: please ask for the author’s permission to share their book online.

Filming tip: film over the child’s shoulder, pointing the camera at their hands reading their story aloud. That way, the viewer can read along as well.

Photography tip:  photograph hands making art, writing worlds and holding pages open.

The Artists

Idil Ali
Idil Ali is a proud Somali spoken word artist living on unceded Wurundjeri Land. Through language, pace and sometimes dramatic movements, Idil weaves stories of displacement, identity, community and resistance. Her performances intend to explore, experiment and pay homage to her people and herself. Idil has featured and performed at Arts Centre Melbourne, Black Dot Gallery, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and Yirramboi Festival.

Anna Walker
Anna Walker writes and illustrates children’s books from her studio at Abbotsford Convent. Crafted with pencil, ink and collage, Anna’s illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Anna’s picture book, Mr Huff, which she wrote and illustrated, won the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood and was shortlisted in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Hayley Tanzer
Hayley Tanzer is a musical diva with an unmistakable voice. Known for her cinematic, high-glamour, escapist works that are at once intensely powerful, deeply fragile and darkly humorous, her work spans stages, clubs, galleries and festivals and fuses musical forms to a multitude of performative and artistic outcomes. Her musical compositions move fluidly from opera to disco and from the experimental to pure pop—exploring self-image, gender, romance and the power of the alter ego. Hayley is a 2020 Studio Resident at Abbotsford Convent.

Mathew Gardiner
Mathew Gardiner is a proud Wurundjeri educator. Mathew has taught Woi wurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people, to students in primary schools on the traditional lands of his people, and also ran Koorie Club for Aboriginal students incorporating language, stories, discussions and art. In 2017, Mathew worked with Kids’ Own Publishing and the Playgroup Mob at Casey Gathering Place to incorporate language into a book called Fun in the Water. In 2018, Fun in the Water was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards in the Indigenous Children category.

Bern Emmerichs
Bern Emmerichs is a Melbourne based studio artist whose diverse practice includes painting, mosaic, design and public art; though she mainly works with ceramics, often painting on tiles. Her successful career has spanned 40 years and she has shown both nationally and internationally. Bern is best known to young readers for her stunning illustration of a series of five historical picture books including M is for Mutiny: History by Alphabet and The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip.

John Wolseley
Painter, printmaker and installation artist John Wolseley was born in Somerset, England. He lived and worked throughout Europe before relocating to Australia in 1976, where he travelled extensively through the outback. He has been artist in residence at studios at Deakin University, Bendigo, the Joye Art Foundation, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and George Cottage Launceston, and has taught painting in Northern Territory Communities since 1978. His work is represented by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; most state galleries, Parliament House, Canberra; several regional and tertiary collections and internationally in collections in England and Yugoslavia. John Wolseley says of his childhood: “I was a passionate keeper of grass snakes and field mice… endlessly wandering… I’m still wandering around now.”

Grand Imaginator, Michael Camilleri
Michael Camilleri is a Melbourne artist who works at the crossroads of fine art, theatre, education, popular arts like animation, illustration and comics, and fun stuff for kids. In his own words, Michael’s work with Kids’ Own Publishing as the Grand Imaginator has been ‘by far the funnest’. In this character, Michael generates a lively atmosphere in the space, inspires connections, creates moments of spontaneity, draws out the imagination, creates level playing field for the guest artist and the child artist and leads celebrations of the publication of new books. Michael also provided artistic direction for Series One Kids’ Home Publishing.

Brigid May
Brigid is a teaching artist and storyteller who has worked with Kids’ Own Publishing on their public book making programs over the past three years including I Spy, The Grand Imaginarium and most recently the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair. In Perth, Western Australia Brigid worked as a storyteller for Paper Bird Books and ran art workshops for children at Inkling Artspace, Fremantle.

 

Supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Community Grants program.