All systems go at Maroondah! Recent visit from Shirley Barrett. Upcoming free entertainment. Something for everyone. Which brings me to 'Mind Craft'. Mind craft's an art exhibit with a difference. Yes, there's mystical masterpieces, innovative artworks - commissioned by Larissa Hjorth, Michael Georgetti, Laresa Kosloff and Charlie Sofo. But with games/sculpture-building/animation-making, something extra for the kids. Exposť at REALM, visually enticing but also interactive.
REALM, home of Mind Craft (Image by Chris Carvill)
Mind Craft opened January 27th - unofficially, that is. Whilst worth a squiz, not particularly big - for now anyway. The exhibit currently contains sculptures, audiovisual presentations, kids play corner. So whilst free, not quite polished - in my humble opinion. Intriguing? Yes. Complete? Hope not. Whilst I sound dismissive, don't mean to. I just suggest: make it part of your itinerary. Perhaps part of a visit to the new Eastland. Or freshly brewed Ringwood Town Square. However...
Saturday 13 February, 11am-12pm: Meet the Inventor. Presentation by Peter O'Shannessy, President of the Victorian Branch of the Inventors Association of Australia. Come join the convo about inventing & inventions by Melbournians.
Saturday 20 February, 10am-12.30pm: Lego animation. 'Stop Motion' animation session. All you Lego fanatics (young and older), come learn the craft of stop motion. Then produce your own Lego animation film! Cost: $25 per child (for children 8yo and older). For bookings see below.
Saturday 12 March, 2pm-3.30pm: Artist panel. Come join artists Larissa Hjorth, Michael Georgetti, Laresa Kosloff and Charlie Sofo, as they describe the role of play & invention in art.
REALM's located along Maroondah Highway. If unfamiliar, it's the futuristic, multilevel box-thing opposite Ringwood train station. The premises itself also boasts a spacious library, with a separate kids zone (containing educational computer games, comfy reading corner, books aplenty). Located within Ringwood Town Square, there's an abundance of eateries surrounding. Snazzy, modern restaurants, cafes, bars, you'll be transported to megalopolis.