It was an absolute pleasure to undertake my second artist in residence project with the Imaginary Theatre team and one of my previous places of employment, Kurilpa Community Kindergarten. Both are two not for profit organisations who are committed to best practice when working with young children in their given fields.
In The Play Museum, children are experts in play. Adults are their support staff. Together we construct, explore, imagine, curate, shape and enjoy play.
This carefully curated multi-artform arts project was created by our artistic team, who worked within the kindergarten community over a ten week residence to develop this enriching arts experience with the children and staff, responding directly to their interests, priorities and ideas.
The project provoked, extended upon and celebrated play, equipped children with skills in group collaboration, deep thinking and reflection, creative problem solving, and introduced them to diverse creative processes and techniques across a range of art forms.
‘The Play Museum’ culminated in an interactive installation event held at Kurilpa. This was an opportunity for carers, family and friends to experience the outcomes of the project, and to see the art works that the children had created over the course of the residency. Visitors to The Play Museum were able to intereact with various artistic and play based experiences, including sharing conversations and ideas with children and engaging with performances, video and visual art installations.
Originally created with Kurilpa Community Kindergarten in collaboration with children, teachers, and centre staff.
Artists: Verena Curr, Nathan Stoneham
Producer: Fiona MacDonald
Interested in engaging Imaginary Theatre to conduct an artist in residence project like 'The Play Museum' in your community? For more information please visit the Imaginary Theatre website http://www.imaginarytheatre.org/#!the-play-museum/c10yw
The following video was screened in the cinema space at The Play Museum event. It captures parts of our process in creating the project.
Filmed/ Edited: Nathan Stoneham
This above video filmed/edited: Blocmedia documents parts of The Play Museum event which was the final outcome of the residency and our way of sharing the project with the community. Enjoy!