The premiere season of our new work Light Pickers flickered and glowed during the final week of June. Presented at Abbotsford Convent as part of Convent Kids, it was a season of discovery for the artists and our audiences. We welcomed over 500 people into the installation, including children from a local early learning centre, and we’re delighted to share some Light Pickers photographs, taken by Theresa Harrison – you can see these here.
Throughout May and June we ran Polyglot’s 2019 fundraising appeal and we are so grateful for the generosity of our incredible community of supporters. The funds raised will be used to build the pipeline of new works for children, develop the next generation of artistic leaders in the theatre for young audiences sector, and increase children’s access to our internationally renowned, child-led model of collaboration and participation. A big thank you from all the team at Polyglot!
July began with Sound of Drawing presented at the inaugural MLIVE Family Fiesta event. The new Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts at Monash University was opened up to families with a weekend jam-packed with performances, experiences and activities. Free sessions of Sound of Drawing ran over both days, and children and their adults enjoyed listening to their scribbles and swirls.
Our First On The Ladder team has been busy in both NSW and Victoria. In Shepparton, the children are building their ‘Dream Houses’ with a range of craft materials, and running Rumba Radio together with local facilitator Jaimie-Lee Hindmarsh. In Moree, the children are working on a weaving project using the fence of the Moree Boomerangs’ oval, and having a great time spinning tunes on the Boomerangs Broadcast Corporation (BBC) radio station. First On The Ladder Project Producer Simone Ruggiero and photographer Raquel Clarke have captured some of the fun and energy of the project – see their photographs here.
Last week, the extended version of 5678 – the documentary about 5678 Film Club – screened at the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) National Conference. This was followed by a Q&A panel discussion with Polyglot’s Artistic Director Sue Giles, 5678 Film Club Project Director Priya Namana and Arts Education Consultant Dr Meg Upton. The final version of 5678 will premiere later this year – we look forward to sharing it with you.
And later this month, you’ll be able to visit Polyglot’s office as part of Open House Melbourne – an incredible weekend of access to buildings and sites across Melbourne that sees tens of thousands of people come out to celebrate architecture and engage in conversations about the future of cities. Polyglot’s office is open from 11am-3pm on Sunday 28 July – pop in and have a chat with architects Kate McMahon and Rob Nerlich from mcmahon and nerlich who were responsible for our fabulous office fit-out. Find out more here.
The premiere season of our new work Light Pickers flickered and glowed during the final week of June. Presented at Abbotsford Convent as part of Convent Kids, it was a season of discovery for the artists and our audiences. We welcomed over 500 people into the installation, including children from a local early learning centre. Our friends at Mamma Knows East wrote about their experience: “The little ones are drawn to the glowing, and at times, humming and musical objects. The performers – who are glowing as well – roam and engage with the children, passing things around or helping play a musical sea shell. The sounds in the room are pretty mystical and you get a feeling you are in the deepest depths of the sea.” We’re delighted to share some Light Pickers photographs, taken by Theresa Harrison.
The 2018 creative development of Light Pickers at ArtPlay was supported by the City of Melbourne, and the 2019 season at Abbotsford Convent was supported by the City of Yarra. Light Pickers is one of the first projects to be nurtured from the first glimmer of the idea through to presentation through Polyglot’s Generator program.
Our First On The Ladder teams in both towns have been busy since the season started! In Shepparton, the children are building their ‘Dream Houses’ with a range of craft materials, and perfecting their presenting and commentating skills running Rumba Radio together with local facilitator Jaimie-Lee Hindmarsh. In Moree, the children are working on a weaving project using the Moree Boomerangs oval fence – creating a range of vibrant designs and then bringing them to life on the fence in large-scale. They also have a great time spinning tunes on the Boomerangs Broadcast Corporation (BBC) radio station. First On The Ladder Project Producer Simone Ruggiero and photographer Raquel Clarke have captured some of the fun and energy of the project – we hope that you enjoy their photographs.
“Being able to help these kids express their pride of culture through arts and sports, watching them as they feel heard and acknowledged is the part I’ve enjoyed the most.” Jaimie-Lee Hindmarsh, Community Liaison Coordinator, First On The Ladder.
7-14 July marked NAIDOC Week in Australia, and the theme was ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’ Polyglot acknowledges the vital importance of including Indigenous voices in all decision-making conversations in Australia. We are proud to collaborate with young Indigenous Australians to have their voices heard in their communities through First On The Ladder, and we believe that it is only through listening to their truth that all Australians can move forward together. For more information about NAIDOC Week, visit naidoc.org.au.
Earlier this year, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) toured to China with Art Space for Kids (ASK). We featured a story in our April-May e-news – see this here. Recently, ASK shared some of the audience feedback from the season with us. We’ve included translations below, together with images from the Beijing shows, taken by photographer Ham.
“When the boat encountered the storm and sank into the sea, my boy reached out his hand to protect his little sister by his side. When my daughter forgot her fear and started exploring the undersea world, I was touched by the light in her eyes and cried. When we finally saw the land, my son told me that it was wonderful to be back in Beijing, and said, ‘I love you, Mommy’. I was so touched I shed tears again. That must be what he learned after experiencing the adventure with me. May you learn to respect life.”
“We were both crew and actors, sailing up and chasing waves, fishing and playing, experiencing storms, sinking, being rescued and then embracing each other… I thought I was strong enough to distinguish drama from reality, but I was still moved to tears several times. May you have the courage to not fear the storm, and embrace the sky and sea in your life.”
“You can’t be sure that the boat will return from the sea smoothly every time. We have no idea what is going to happen, but I can assure you that I will hug you tightly and love you more when you come back.”
Polyglot’s tour to China was supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program.