Open Spaces: Kids
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Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces festival is a celebration of the Convent’s people, spaces and places.
Kids will love exploring the creative activities at Open Spaces. Check out these hands-on activities designed to delight the youngest members of our community.
Kids’ Own Publishing studio visit and book making
Saturday 2 – 5pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm | SHG.06, Sacred Heart building
Convent community member, Kids’ Own Publishing celebrate the creation of books by kids for kids, which strengthens and connects communities. Visit their studio to read some of the 150+ books they have published with families in communities Australia-wide. Children are invited to write, illustrate and publish their very own 8-page book to take home.
Minna Gilligan's 'A Room of My Own'
Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 6pm | C2.17, Convent building
Artist-in-residence Minna Gilligan has covered her studio in collage! The result is an intimate 'bedroom' like experience, celebrating female energy with warmth and nostalgia. Minna invites children to visit and play 'I Spy,' an activity to encourage younger participants to look twice at the hundreds of images visible on the walls.
'Sound of Drawing' by Polyglot Theatre
Sunday 12 – 3pm | SH1.05, Sacred Heart building
New Convent community members Polyglot Theatre present 'Sound Of Drawing,' bringing together textures and technology in a soundscape of kids’ own making. Children wear headphones and hear their scratches, swirls, tapping and scribbles as they create their own artistic masterpieces and make their collective mark. Read more about Polyglot Theatre and 'Sound of Drawing' on our blog.
The Rhythm Tree Family Music Classes
Sunday 12.30 – 1.30pm | Infirmary lawn
Join The Rhythm Tree in an open class family music session for children 0 – 5 years old and the grownups who love them. Experience the joy of making music together as a community and learn a few tips on how you can bring music into your everyday lives.
'Watch OUT! Flag Making Workshop' with Katie Lee
Saturday 2 – 4pm | Rosina courtyard
Join artist Katie Lee at the flag making station where children can create their own special flags to send messages across the Abbotsford Convent. The flag making station will include materials and are designed for children aged 3 and up. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Want more fun for the young ones? Decorate your face with ochre, the traditional paint used by Wurundjeri people, as part of the Ngulu-nganjin program.