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Light Pickers @ Abbotsford Convent

June 25, 2019 @ 10:30 am - June 29, 2019 @ 12:30 pm


Light Pickers is currently booked out. A limited number of tickets may be released for weekday sessions should we receive any cancellations (check the TryBooking page).

Small children are irresistibly drawn to sources of light. Young ones can explore this natural fascination in the ever-changing, glowing scenery of Light Pickers, an immersive and interactive installation for children aged 5 and under.

Babies and toddlers are gently invited to enter a dark space, following a path of light. Abstract, organic shapes fill this space above and below, infusing the darkness with light and sound. Participants can touch, move and interact with the objects, transforming the dark space into a light picture that shifts and changes throughout the session with the children’s currents of creativity. Their exploration and play with the evolving tide of light and sound inspires fascination, wonder and fun.

This work evokes images of the depths below the surface of the sea, where darkness is profound and the creatures must illuminate their world. Light Pickers sees the very young making choices that transform the space, giving meaning to an abstract scene. We see them navigate their way through the darkness as they play and connect with the light – a metaphor for hope and the power of creative minds.

This is a space where adults and children can play and sculpt with light side by side, where children can lead safely and with authority, and the adult can follow, spellbound at the shapes that are created.

Designed, created and performed by: Mischa Long, Stefanie Robinson and Glen Walton
Production manager and costume maker: Hannah Murphy


Tuesday 25 June | 10.30am: 2 -5 year old session (60 min)
Wednesday 26 June | 10.30am: 0 – 2 year old session (45 min), 1.30pm: 2- 5 year old session (60 min)
Thursday 27 June | 10.30am: 0 – 2 year old session (45 min), 1.30pm: 0 – 2 year olds session (45 min)
Friday 28 June | 10.30am: 2 – 5 year olds workshop (60 min), 1.30pm: 0-5 year olds session (60 min)
Saturday 29 June | 10.30am: 2 hour drop in session, ages 0 – 5 years

Light Pickers will take place in the Oratory, in the Sacred Heart Building, at Abbotsford Convent. For an Abbotsford Convent precinct map, click here. 

Convent Kids

Convent Kids is a year-round program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) for children and families to explore and create art together. Delivered in collaboration with leading artists and educators, Convent Kids is designed to foster lifelong engagement with the arts and improve educational outcomes by firmly placing children at the centre of arts and cultural activity.


Light Pickers at Abbotsford Convent is supported by the City of Yarra. The creative development of Light Pickers at ArtPlay was supported by the City of Melbourne. 



June 25, 2019 @ 10:30 am
June 29, 2019 @ 12:30 pm


Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Australia
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