A child-led project that embraces kids creative wackiness and allows them to take over spaces and install their own flavor. Kid's are given the tools to design and create their own amazing creations within public space.
We have a series of projects coming up that really need funding out in Northern Geelong, in Corio to be exact. Corio is an extremely underfunded community with little in the way of creative outlets for kids. Over 12 months we are working at 4 different (2 primary schools and 2 community centers) locations to allow the kids of Corio to add their bit of spice to their community, some color and help them to make their mark.
Based on the original concept of the adventure playground we are collaborating with local kids to create a series of pop up and permanent works. Kids will be the lead artists, we will give them both the skills and the tools to build cubby houses, skateboard ramps, create short films, cook up a storm in the kitchen or just host a community gathering. The kids are taking over.
Our two schools are our permanent sites where kids will design and build structures i.e. they will be creating their very own adventure playgrounds on the school grounds. This may include the building of a cubby house, setting up a kitchen garden or just creating some cool outdoor structures from recycled timbers and whatever else we can get our hands on.
The two community centers will work slightly differently, they will be more pop up projects. We have designated public spaces located at the back and front (respectively) at the two sites. We will host pop up junkyard playgrounds, mini-festivals, performance days the list goes on. The kids will decide on exactly what happens.
This project is an extension of our original Pop Up Junkyard Playground project and is also being run as a research project (which unfortunately apart from my basic scholarship which covers living expenses they don't fund) and with the hope of extending further afield.
Funded by Melbourne (February 2018)