Tanabata: Wish upon a Star

Date: Wednesday 3 July / Thursday 4 July 2013
Object Gallery,
417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Venue enquiries: 02 9361 4511
Event and booking enquiries: 02 8239 0055
All sessions are now full
Cost: $10 includes booking fee
Ages: 3-12
(All sessions cater for ages 3-12, but families with younger children are encouraged to attend the morning sessions. Maximum 25 children per session.)
Session times: 9:30am, 11:00am, 2:30pm
Duration: Approx 1hr
  About Chaco Kato>>
Japan Foundation, Sydney
Presented by: Presenting Partner: Creative Producer:
Kathryn Hunyor
Get creative these July school holidays and celebrate Tanabata, the Japanese star festival, with a hands-on art party!
Tanabata is the Japanese star festival, a story of two stars Orihime and Hikoboshi, lovers separated by the Milky Way and are only able to meet once a year on 7 July (Tanabata, literally means the evening of the seventh).

Just like in Japan, these workshops will see children and families prepare for the festival by making traditional paper-art decorations - origami and kirigami. They will also write their heart-felt wishes on pieces of paper called tanzaku and hang them on a bamboo wishing tree.

Join renowned artist Chaco Kato as she blends Japanese traditions with contemporary art to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination. Come and create a beautiful art installation that brings the story of Tanabata to life!

Don’t delay – be sure to reserve your spot now as places are limited to a max of 25 per session.
Object is located in the St Margaret’s complex very close to Taylor Square, on the border of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst in Sydney’s inner east. Right in the heart of Sydney’s design community, the surrounding streets are filled with design stores, cafes and other creative spaces. Why not make a day of it? You can walk around to some of Australia’s best design stores and eat in a local café.
See http://www.urbanwalkabout.com/surryhills for some ideas.
  Travel by train: 20-30 minute walk from Central Station (up quite a steep hill) or slightly shorter from Museum Station.
Travel by bus: There are a number of bus routes that go up Oxford Street with stops at Taylor Square - see www.131500.com.au for routes and timetables.
Travel by car: There is limited street parking available (mostly metered), so allow plenty of time to find a park. There is also a parking station at the St Margaret’s complex – head down the driveway next to Woolworths. The first hour is free.
Other parking options are Secure Parking at either 70 Riley Street Darlinghurst (approx 20 minutes walk) or 55 Holt Street Surry Hills (approx 25 mins walk).
Venue facilities
  Toilets: Toilets and baby change facilities are located on level 1.
Strollers: If you are using a stroller, enter the gallery via the lift (to the right as you face the gallery). There will also be a designated area inside the gallery for parking your stroller.
Bringing siblings? The workshops are designed for children aged 3-12, but for those parents with older or younger siblings, there will be fun areas for them to play or do self-directed activities. These areas will be unsupervised, so parents or carers will need stay with them at all times. All staff and volunteers working on the day have passed a ‘Working with Children Check’.
Food: There are many cafes within walking distance for parents/ carers to take a break and relax during the workshop. We do ask that children and carers don’t eat within the gallery space.
On the day
  Ticketing: Each session is limited to 25 children per session. Book now to secure your spot! Once you have confirmed and paid for the workshop, you will receive a pdf ticket via email. Please print the ticket and bring it with you on the day. Don’t worry if you forget – we will also have a list of registered participants for each workshop.
Arriving on time: As there are a few sessions running throughout the day, please try to arrive on time to ensure your children get the most out of the workshop.
Do I need to bring anything? All materials are supplied.
Is there a dress code? We recommend children wear comfortable clothing with enclosed shoes.
Filming and photography: Please note that there will be some filming and photography during the day. If you do not want your child to be photographed/ filmed, please inform one of our staff members on the day.
Refunds/ lost tickets: Unfortunately this is a non-refundable event; however you can transfer the ticket to another child. If you have lost/ forgotten your ticket, we will have a list of registered participants for each workshop on the day.