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OktoLab19 : a gallery of octopus aesthetics - Free Summer School Holiday workshops


Free Summer School Holiday Workshops

Start Date

Dec 13, 2019 12:00 pm

End Date

Jan 25, 2020 5:00 pm


Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts and Media

OktoLab19 : a gallery of octopus aesthetics 

mOwson&M0wson   feeler  Latex, string, hangers, LED light strips, electronics.  3m x 3m  2019  Image courtesy mOwson&M0wson

Free Summer School Holiday Workshops

This April holiday program offers young people the opportunity to explore ideas in a series of collaborative, multi-art form workshops responding to the exhibition, OktoLab19.

OktoLab19 workshop series is a creative studio aimed at providing young artists (8 - 12 years) with two different workshops that lead participants through creative exercises that interpret different responses to the theme of OktoLab.

focus activity 1: make experimental art pieces

Inspired by the OktoLab artists’ works, participants are invited to explore their creativity to make their own experimental art pieces, making and working with a colour palette derived from scavenged and foraged inks.

* Friday 24th January: 12 noon – 2pm
* Saturday 25th January: 3pm – 5pm


focus activity 2: colour, camouflage and adaptability

In this workshop we will think through colour, camouflage and adaptability as forms of communication, recognising the distinction between human and octopuses, between blending in and being seen.

* Friday 24th January:  3pm – 5pm
* Saturday 25th January: 12 noon  – 2pm


Free – all materials will be provided, but come dressed for making and play

  • Parents must sign a consent to participate form upon arrival.
  • Public programs suitable for ages 8-12
  • Please bring a sense of curiosity and wear clothes to get messy in.
  • Participants are to bring a drink bottle and snacks.
  • Bookings essential due to limited numbers.

Art educator: Selena de Carvalho is an award winning experimental artist, whose practice responds to notions of personal ecology and human interaction with the environment. She is based in Longley Village where she actively engages in many different aspects of creative life, from building kinetic artworks to growing a garden.

Exhibition dates: Sat 14 Dec 2019 – Sat 25 Jan 2020

Summer opening hours
closed between: 23 Dec 2019 – 1 Jan 2020
Wed - Sun 12pm - 5pm (during exhibitions)
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Public holidays.


11 January: All day symposium of artist talks, readings, and presentations, plus a special live performance by Madison Bycroft.


Image credits (L-R): mOwson&M0wson, feeler, Latex, string, hangers, LED light strips, electronics, 3m x 3m, 2019, Image courtesy mOwson&M0wson

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