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The Colourists


Mon 15 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 16 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 17 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 18 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 19 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 20 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Pop Up Venue, 108 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Workshops 10-11am, ages 4-7: $15.00
  • Workshop 2-4pm, ages 8-12: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: sophia43

Building a world with colour, in six days
The Colourists: a six day series of sensory colour workshops for kids in Wellington CBD.

What are these workshops?
‘The Colourists’ is a pop-up series of colour driven workshops for kids with local artists, running Dec 15-20. We will explore one colour a day through sensory rather than purely visual means, pushing the scope of each colour with all its associations. The workshops give children the opportunity to meet and converse with active local artists, learning about what they do and why, and transforming a space into one complete artwork through collaboration during the workshops. With support from Wellington's 'Urban Dream Brokerage' platform, this process will be visible to the public – who can visit at designated times and have their own opportunities to participate in the pre-Christmas metamorphosis. Look out for 'People's Colour Roulette', where you can spin and play in a game of colour vs. sense.

We welcome children of different abilities to participate, including those with sight or hearing impairments, as well as learning difficulties. We will introduce the role of the 'maker' or 'creator' as well as different sensory ways to read and interpret colour, including texture, sound and smell. Using colour as the springboard, we will fill the space with colour using graphic, organic patterns and textures, handmade creatures and flora, and cityscape sculptural elements.

Our goal is to create a temporary community of creators, children and artists alike in a neutral space, and have Wellington itself follow along.

Workshops will take place twice a day, each day, for two different age groups: 10-11am for ages 4-7, and 2-4pm for ages 8-12. Parents and carers are welcome to stay and participate also.

Who is running it?
A wonderful crew of leading local artists, including Kerry Ann Lee, Vanessa Crowe, and Stephen Mushin, who is now based in Melbourne. More on each of these artists on our website.
They will be co-leading with Sophia McKinnon, a Wellingtonian and arts educator who has lived and worked in China for eight years. She has run a wide variety of cross-cultural workshops for museums and government organisations which link artists, children, creativity and experimentation. Previously she managed public programs at a museum in Beijing, as well as workshops for expat teenagers in the city. She has identified a format of workshops not yet seen before in Wellington and is very excited to see them come to fruition.