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  • Workshops April 4-8  / Exhibition April 12-May 20 ArtPlay Gallery  / Commission through City of Melbourne NEW IDEAS LAB

I will be exploring the idea of a ‘Wild City’ with children at ArtPlay. The project will involve a series of workshops that will culminate in an exhibition in the gallery. The project will explore how we can share territory with animals in urban spaces.
I have consulted with Melbourne urban ecologists in the creation of this project, to get ideas on what challenges wild animals encounter in ever expanding human landscapes, and how these issues are currently being tackled. Recently I was able to explore some of the eco-corridors in the Netherlands, where animals are able to safely cross busy freeways, on bridges made into an extention of the forest. These green bridges link pocket habitats that are dotted throughout the densely populated country, and provide a great way of tackling the obsticles animals face in movement through urban spaces. I also came across bat homes where additions to roof structures are made for microbats to live in, they are built using the same tiles as the roof itself and became part of the house design. City councils are building possum tightropes, frog tunnels and bird nest boxes as part of urban design.

 

In a series of workshops I will introduce children to ideas of animal architecture, wildlife corridors and possibilities for co-habitation. I will ask them to create an alternative urban utopia, where humans and animals share the landscape, and even buildings. We will think through these ideas using drawing, sculpture and discussion. Workshops will be open to children ages ranging from 5-12. The small model ‘Wild City’ made in collaboration with children will be open for all to see during the exhibition

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ALSO – SAVE THE DATE

I have an exhibition opening on May 4 at 6pm. The National Wool Museum will have all its lights turned off for the night and electro beats playing, as part of Geelong After Dark. You can make your way through the museum and up to the 3rd floor where I will launch SPIDERGOAT and THE INSECT ELECTRO. I have teamed up with Pierre Proske from Sensory Empire who has brought his sound and lighting magic to this installation, he will also be DJ for the evening. The exhibition tells an unusual story of animal fibre. Light filled cocoons and gentle electro sounds lead you through the installation where you unravel a strange and thought provoking story about insect silk. It is hard to believe it is based on a true story.

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  • FREE ENTRY  May 4, 2018 at 6pm – part of Geelong After Dark  /  National Wool Museum / Exhibition continues until July 25, 2018

“The quest continues … to unravel the mystery of the elusive fibre that is stronger than any know substance on earth. It is the tiniest of creatures that produces a thread so fine, elastic and robust that it is stronger than steel. This is the story of Spidergoat and the Insect Electro”.