March into creativity

Here at Big Wild Imagination we love to learn new things, get inspired or improve our skills as often as possible. It also means we can bring these insights to our workshops to share with the children.  In Sydney, the month of March is the perfect time to do this with both the Sydney Design Festival taking place from March 1-10 and Art Month Sydney happening 7-30th March.

The 2019 Sydney Design Festival provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes and functions and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

Art Month Sydney is a not-for-profit festival of contemporary art produced by the Australian Art Events Foundation. Galleries and creative spaces across Sydney will throw open their doors for the 10th yearly Art Month Sydney, a massive city-wide celebration of contemporary art and artists.

There is so much happening that’s it’s hard to choose! However we’ve listed a few family friendly events that are worth checking out with your little ones as well as highlighting some of the workshops, talks and exhibitions that we’ll be attending over the next few weeks. Click each title below for a link to more information. March is shaping up to be an inspiring month and we can’t wait to bring some of this knowledge and inspiration back to our workshops.

Our recommendations for families:

North Sydney Art Prize – The Coal Loader  - 2- 17th March (Free)

115 finalists have been selected to exhibit paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, installation and new media based works across the Coal Loader site and surrounding parklands.

Image: Diana_Shypula@Prema_Photo

Image: Diana_Shypula@Prema_Photo

Picnic on the Platform  - The Coal Loader – 30th  March (Free)

Bring your friends, relax on the lawn and enjoy a fabulous free evening out on the Coal Loader Platform. There will be live music, food trucks, kids activities, a pop-up bar, and Earth Hour celebrations.

Design Family Day – Powerhouse Museum – 3rd March

Families of all ages are invited to come to the museum to engage in hands on making exploring all aspects of design. Designers will be able to engage in activities related to Fashion, Architecture, Illustration, Engineering and more!

Flash Book Workshop -  Lost in Books, Fairfield   - 9th March (5-12 yrs)

The Lost in Books Flash Book workshop brings together an artist skilled at improvisation and devising of story; an illustrator; and the imagination of children to create an original picture book.

Fabric Stamping – Pine Street Creative Arts Centre – 23rd March (6+ yrs)

This fun 2 hour workshop for kids & parents looks at creating unique foam stamps as a technique for printing onto paper and textiles.

Ceramics: Bee Hotels  – Pine Street Creative Arts Centre – 23rd March (6+ yrs)

Learn exciting new clay sculpting skills and make an inviting home to bring precious native bees to your garden.

What we’re up to:

Janet Laurence exhibition at MCA (free) plus a special Elixir Lab (sold out)

Janet Laurence: After Nature is a new exhibition at the MCA from 1 March – 10 June 2019. It includes key works from one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and features sculpture, installation, photography and video. Laurence’s works reflect on the fragility of the natural world, and includes a major new MCA commission, entitled Theatre of Trees, which features  Laurence’s research into plants and trees and their medicinal and healing powers.

We’re also attending Elixir Lab as part of the exhibition - an experiential botanical laboratory space for the tasting of medicinal plants in the form of liquid elixirs.

Unlocking the Structure of Colour – March 6th

In this talk we’ll be diving into colour theory with Dr David Briggs and Annamaria di Cara. Dr David Briggs will survey the historical development of “colour theory” and explore the current standard scientific anatomy of perceived colour. Annamaria di Cara will then take a close look at a very important alternative conceptual framework of colour, the Scandinavian Natural Colour System (NCS).  

The Long Table: Weaving Stories – March 9th

We’ll be joining the women of The Finishing School Writers Collective and WeAve Parramatta over lunch to weave together stories and textiles that cross cultural boundaries.

The Other Art Fair -  14-17th March

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases a variety of works from 120 contemporary artists. Held at the Australian Technology Park, it is Australia's leading artist fair to discover and buy art directly from the very best emerging artistic talent.