GREEN SQUARE, SYDNEY, MIRVAC, LANDCOM, 2018/19 SUMMER FESTIVAL PROGRAM
Art Pharmacy Consulting was contacted by longtime clients, Mirvac and Landcom, to assist in organising artists workshops for their 2018/19 Summer Festival Program as part of an ongoing site activation. We had previously worked with Mirvac on several projects, including their 2017/18 Summer Festival program at Green Square.
The client wanted fun and exciting workshops to bring the local community together and help stimulate business growth in the area. The client was after a Christmas wrapping workshop, as well as a lantern making workshop in celebration of Chinese New Year. Art Pharmacy Consulting was to supply the client with artists to facilitate these workshops. They were predominantly aimed at children, but as they would be accompanied by parents and carers, they had to appeal to all ages.
Over the period of a month, Art Pharmacy Consulting came forward with Lotte Smith for the Christmas wrapping workshop, and Gabby Malpas for the lantern making workshop.
The Christmas wrapping workshop took place on December 15th. Participants could bring their Christmas presents for loved ones ready to be wrapped, and create their very own personalised wrapping paper to match the gift. Lotte lead the group in making their wrapping paper with stamps and paints, as well as markers and stencils to add a little more decoration.
The lantern making workshop took place on February 9th. Gabby Malpas illustrated her own image for participants to add colour and decorate. Her drawings playfully celebrated the Year of the Pig, by including images of traditional food, such as noodles for longevity and dumplings for prosperity, as well as Chinese New Year related symbols such as peach blossoms, firecrackers, and lanterns. Participants used markers and textas to colour the illustrations, and then wrapped their designs over LED tea light candles.
Each workshop was documented by Art Pharmacy Consulting over the course of the day by a photographer and over social media. The workshops ended with many happy children (and their parents) having created their own one of a kind Christmas wrapping paper and/or Chinese New Year lanterns to take home and enjoy.