Come to the Convent this summer and discover new sights and sounds as you create hands-on art in our Sensory Art Lab – all for free!

From discovering new things to see, hear and touch in the Glow in the Dark Sensory Space, to creating a giant woven installation full of vibrant colours, children are invited to enjoy new experiences in a stimulating and fun ‘DIY’ atmosphere.

The free Sensory Art Lab will be held each day from 10am – 2pm, 8 – 21 January 2018 – no bookings required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Archoloom Weaving Room
Creating a large-scale woven installation on bamboo scaffolding, made from mixed materials including recycled wool

Corridor of Audible Touch
Creating new sounds as they wander through this creative sensory-enabled space

Sonic Archery Room
Using soft archery arrows to target drum sets, creating great sounds and beats

Slam Dunk Space
Creating soft balls for slam dunking

Glow in the Dark Sensory Space
Hearing and touching as they wander through a space specially designed for younger children aged 1 – 2 years.

This program is delivered in partnership with the expert team at Slow Art Collective, whose creative practices focus on environmental sustainability and collaboration.

Sensory Art Lab Closing Party

Families are also invited to attend the very special Sensory Art Lab closing party on Saturday 20 January from 3 – 5pm as the Slow Art Collective’s Dylan Martorell and friends bring the space to life with live music and song.


Prams, front packs and slings welcome
Changing facilities are located on the first floor, main Convent building
Pram parking is available in front of the gallery
Car parking is available in the Convent car park, conveniently located opposite the Convent’s main entry on St Heliers Street.

About Convent Kids

Convent Kids is an exciting new program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) for children and families to explore and create art together. Developed in collaboration with leading artists, Convent Kids offers a range of fun hands-on activities that will inspire children and their families to experiment, learn and make art together.

Sensory Art Lab was commissioned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and is supported by the City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Community Grants program.

Find out more about upcoming events

Sign up to the Convent’s monthly e-news, The Humbug, to keep abreast of what’s on at the Convent, including upcoming Convent Kids events scheduled for February 2018.


Sensory Art Lab:
Monday 8 – Sunday 21 January, 10am – 2pm
Closing Party:
Saturday 20 January, 2 – 4pm
c3 Contemporary Art Space
Convent building
Free – no bookings required
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