O-Day at Space YZ

Image courtesy the artist

Saturday 16 January 2021, 11am – 2pm   

Toddlers, kids and their families are invited to O-DAY: three hours of wonder-filled creative experimentation. C-A-C will be transformed into a mini art school campus where kids will get hands on with sound, art,and technology, inspired by our 2021 exhibition, Space YZ.

Featuring work by 88 Western Sydney University art school graduates, Space YZ celebrates the role of arts education in Western Sydney and Australia. O-DAY will see several of these artists returning to their Western Sydney roots as our hosts for this unique event, running a series of workshops and activities.

O-DAY campus activities include: Shadow Tune, an interactive sound installation and Crinkle, Pop, Pow Wow! soundscape workshops by experimental multidisciplinary artist Kate Brown. Families can also join a (dis)Orientation Tour with curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham and the anti-socialite Motel Sisters. Plus, sign up for Karen Coull’s Cool Collage Club and Play Society with Savanhdary Vongpoothorn.

For ages 5+ unless stated.


Shadow Tune – Theremin installation
Drop-In 11.00am – 2.00pm 

Shadow Tune invites you to experience sound in a surprising way, highlighting the in-between spaces of objects and bodies, making them interactive and audible.

A theremin is an electronic instrument that is played without physical contact. A novel instrument for the times! It is activated by a person coming in close contact with it, by hovering hands near 2 antennas on the top and side of the instrument. One antennae controls pitch and the other controls volume. Sound interactions will occur between players with a number of theremins installed in the main thoroughfare of the C-A-C space.

Cost: Free

Crinkle, Pop, Pow Wow! Soundscape workshops
11.00am – 11.45am, 12.00pm – 12.45pm, 1.00pm – 1.45pm 

Come along and make a racket using everyday materials. Find new, fun ways to work, listen and perform with sound, collaborating as a group to make a sound FX track. Think organised orchestra meets punk rock!

These workshops will be led by sound and performance artist Kate Brown, who will create a graphic instructional score, and encourage improvisation and playfulness.

In each workshop young people will be provided with a collection of noisy materials in their very own sound pack. They will be given instruction for making sounds, learn to read a graphic score and create a soundscape that will be recorded and uploaded to Soundcloud. Suitable for children aged 7+. Bookings are essential.

Cost: $15

(Dis)orientation Tours
11.00am – 11.30am, 12.00pm – 12.30pm

Unlearn everything you thought you knew about art in this performative, child-friendly art trail with curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham and the Motel Sisters. Bookings are essential.

Cost: Free

Play Society
11.00am – 12.30pm, 12.30pm-2.00pm 

When art bugs you there’s only one thing left to do… make yourself into a bug. Inspired by the playful gathering process of Lao-Australian artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, this workshop invites kids to string, wire, paint and glue together a buggie puppet using Banksia fronds, casuarina seeds and a variety of tactile bush materials. Following the workshop, kids can then use their creations to stage a shadow play in the miniature plinth city. Bookings are essential.

Cost: Free

Karen Coull’s Cool Collage Club
Drop-In 11.00am – 2.00pm 

Purchase a Collage Like A Girl pack from the Artist Exchange then drop in to the Collage Club or take the pack home to cut and arrange a trove of patterns, flowers and dress inspired by the works of Space YZ artist Karen Coull. Reimagine these images into personal symbols of strength and self-love then paste them down to transform your pack into a treasure box night light. (Please note: seats at the collage-making table are limited due to COVID restrictions. Packs contain instructions for self-assembly at home.

Cost: $15