This summer, the Convent is once again proud to present Sensory Art Lab, Slow Art Collective’s smash-hit school holiday program. We’re transforming the Convent’s c3 Contemporary Art Space into a DIY wonderland where families can imagine new worlds and make art together. As we enter a new and exciting decade, Sensory Art Lab: Vision 2020 encourages children to lead the conversation about the state of our planet and think about our shared future.

Discover unique games and art making in six different spaces including:

Ultraviolet Tennis Ball Run – a glow-in-the-dark reimagining of the traditional marble run, with the balls running along the gallery walls!
‘Minecraft’ inspired Cubbyhouses – build your own utopian castle using repurposed and recycled materials.
2020 Visions Wall – write and draw on the gallery walls and share your ideas and hopes for the future.
Music Tents – make some special beats using quirky purpose-build acoustic instruments.
Take Aim – an action-packed game inspired by ‘Shateki’ (Japanese target practice).
Room for Making – a space to get creative and let your imagination run wild.

Sensory Art Lab: 2020 Visions is delivered by the Convent in partnership with the expert Slow Art Collective team, whose creative practices focus on environmental sustainability, material ethics, DIY culture, activism and collaboration. Come along as a family and have a creative adventure at the Convent alongside a team of wildly talented and friendly artists.

This free program will be held each day from 10am – 2pm, 6 – 19 January 2019. No bookings required. Sensory Art Lab is best suited to children aged 2 – 10. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

About Slow Art Collective

Slow Art Collective is an artistic collective that focuses on creative practices and ethics relating to environmental sustainability, material ethics, DIY culture and collaboration. As an interdisciplinary group of artists, Slow Art Collective is interested in process-driven practices where the focus is on the act of making.

‘Slow art’ is about slow exchanges of value rather than the fast, monetary exchange of value. It is about the slow absorption of culture through community links by creating something together and blurring the boundary between the artists and viewer. It is a sustainable arts practice, not an extreme solution; a reasonable alternative to deal with real problems in contemporary art practice.

Collaboration is intrinsic to all facets of their work. Since 2009 Slow Art Collective have undertaken a range of projects that use the process of collecting to address the crossovers between artistic practice, creative sustainability and individual responsibility. Recent commissioned projects include Powerhouse museum, Mpavillion, MelbourneNow @NGV, Castlemaine state festival, Gertrude Contemporary and Esplanade Singapore.

With collaboration being intrinsic to all facets of their work, Slow Art Collective is currently helmed by Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell who invite collaborators to join them for individual projects.

About Convent Kids

Convent Kids is a year-round program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) for children and families to explore and create art together. Delivered in collaboration with leading artists and educators, Convent Kids is designed to foster lifelong engagement with the arts and improve educational outcomes by firmly placing children at the centre of arts and cultural activity.

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