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Mark Friday October 20 in your diary for a brilliant community event headlined by a roving T-Rex from Erth’s Dinosaurs!

For one night each year, the public is invited to the Block Party; a trail through the TWT Creative Precinct studios through which they can discover the creative ideas that are transforming the Lower North Shore, and experience a free program of exhibitions, performance, music and workshops.

The TWT Creative Precinct has facilitated over 800 artists and creative businesses from the visual, performing, music and film disciplines. Since opening in 2014, the precinct has provided over 4,000m2 of subsidised space to the local creative community.

On the night, guests can choose their own adventure as they wind through the streets of the Creative Precinct, stopping to take in a live workshop by a resident artist, sample food from a variety of food trucks, take a drawing class or enjoy the musical stylings of a local musician. They will also be treated to art exhibitions, live performances, cinema and the unveiling of a brand-new public mural painted by Australian artist Helen Proctor.

Don’t Miss These Highlights at the Block Party

Roving Performances by Erth Visual & Physical Inc.

block partyFor over thirty years Erth’s puppetry-based theatrical productions and innovative community projects have challenged and inspired audiences around the world, driven by a special interest in natural history, first nation stories, sociology, and urban mythology. Experience a full-size T-Rex hero dinosaur and for a unique night-time experience, self-illuminated mysterious Deep Sea Divers (see main image).

New Mural Launch

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A Helen Proctor mural in Rotterdam

Local artist Helen Proctor is an Australian abstract landscape painter and a large-scale muralist born and raised in Sydney, now in living and working in Amsterdam. Helen’s vibrant paintings explore the relationship between time and place, with sharp picturesque scenery often evoking a strong emotional nostalgia. The mural will be on Atchison Lane.

Immersive Installations

Michaela Gleave is a contemporary Australian artist whose multidisciplinary works explore the phenomena and structures that shape our world. Known for her large-scale installations and performances, Gleave often incorporates elements like astronomical data and scientific principles to challenge our perceptions of time and space. Think coloured foam, shimmering glitter, silvery balloons, ethereal lighting and otherworldly music!

Tunes With Taste

Located out front of St Leonards most loved bicycle workshop, Cicli Spirito, DJ’s Norm de Plume & Ben Laden (NYC) will play a wide soundscape of esoteric beats and tunes from all corners of the globe, all analog and 100% vinyl played through a hi fidelity sound system.

HEXAD by Bradfield Senior College

Bradfield will create an immersive experience in one of the underground car parks with a multi-screen presentation of a 24-minute film – HEXAD: Where nature and humanity connect and collide. HEXAD was produced by 150 year 11 students earlier this year and comprises six short installation films including 2D and 3D animation, live action, digital and 2D artwork, sculpture, dance, and original music soundtracks.

Artist Studio at Working Dog Gallery

Working Dog Gallery was established in November 2022 by Sydney artist, educator and curator, Paul McDonald, based on his furry sidekick Cassie, an Australian Cattle Dog. The exhibition will highlight the importance and why artists benefit from their studios or creative spaces. A collection of working sketches, pages from artist’s notebook or sketchbook will be on display as well as a test print or mood board which gives an insight into artists’ studio time in developing work.

Ceramic ornament painting at Pinta Crafts

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PINTA CRAFTS is a Paint Your Own Pottery studio where adults and kids of all ages and abilities can experience the fun of painting functional ceramics. All materials, tools and instructions will be provided.

Unleash your hidden creativity and join Pinta Crafts at their FREE ceramic ornament painting workshops. All materials, tools, and instructions will be provided. Each ornament you paint will be glazed and fired in a kiln after, ensuring a high-quality ceramic piece that’s not only beautiful but also durable, designed to stand the test of time. Your fired ceramic ornaments will be available for pickup at the studio approximately 2-3 weeks following the event. (bookings required – click here)

Other highlights include:

  • Five different open studios for you to visit and meet the artists
  • Jazz performances
  • Free Chinese calligraphy gifts for visitors
  • Drawing workshops with artist-in-residence Cheolyu Kim
  • Bradfield Senior College Art Market
  • Live Painting with emerging artist Luke Abdallah

In addition to the above there’ll be food trucks, more music and art to enjoy, plus a wonderful community vibe and spirit for all to enjoy. Plus there’ll be an iPad and other prizes to win… and the whole event is free.

Admission is free but you’re invited to reserve your place via this link.

Block Party at the TWT Creative Precinct
Friday October 20, 2023
5.30 – 9.30pm
Atchison Lane, St Leonards