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Midland 'What a Tool' Open Day

  • Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Highway Midland (map)

To celebrate the cross-community project What A Tool, come and be a part of an action-packed Open Day full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

Midland Junction Arts Centre will be abuzz with live music, food, demonstrations and workshops for people of all ages to ‘drop in’, have a go and soak up the community atmosphere.

Exploring the many uses and applications of various ‘tools’, book in for a formal workshop or simply come along on the day and have a go. Watch artists transform the mundane to the magical using industry specific tools and explore how far technology has taken us with new tools you (may have) never seen before!

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ROBOT INVASION WOODWORKING

Let your imagination run wild in this educational and easy-to-follow woodworking workshop with Tracey Laird. Participants will use hammers, screwdrivers, drills and saws to create robot beings from wood scraps and various other materials.

10.30am - 12pm
6 - 10 yrs
$20 | $18 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Metal forgery Demonstration

Watch as Reg transforms commonplace metal into unique items of beauty (and perhaps be lucky enough to take one home!)

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Virtual Reality 3D Painting

Technology has become an essential tool for modern living and advances have re-defined how we live our lives. Virtual reality seemed like a pipedream for many years, but in recent years it has completely transformed.

Avoid all pre-conceived ideas and create without limitations in this state of the art VR set up curtesy of the Ballajura Library. Paint with fire, sculpt with light, create under the stars or under the sea – the possibilities are endless! Exceptional advances in VR technology can only be experienced to be understood.

Be warned, 5 minutes is just a taster of this amazingly addictive and fascinating technology. Courtesy of the City of Swan Libraries.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Freestyle creations using WOod

This workshop has no set project and is completely participant directed - a perfect opportunity for creative thinkers to try their hand at new skills. Tracey Laird will demonstrate woodworking techniques and assist in the use of drills, hammers, saws, screw drivers and a variety of other tools for participants to make their own take home sculptural creation.

12.30pm - 2.30pm
10 - 13 yrs
$20 | $18 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Painted abstract sculpture

Have a go using everyday tools such as pliers, ties, nails and hammers to construct your own small wood and wire sculpture. Renowned sculptor Jen Cochrane will assist you in your design as your adorn and paint your finished piece.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Stop Motion Animation

Join master of animation Steven Aiton to create a collaborative stop motion animation, using the latest technology and old tools from the Midland Railyards.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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paper, scissors, rock printmaking

Using rock, paper and scissors as both the inspiration and instrument, join artist Monique Bosshard-Curby in this experimental printmaking workshop and leave with a small series of unique prints.

11am - 2pm
15+ yrs
$30 | $27 MAC Members
Materials supplied

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Large scale ceramics demonstration

Lee Woodcock is working in residence at MJAC all week in the lead up to Open Day. Learn about the process of construction as he demonstrates the use of unique tools building a pot over 2 metres in size.

11am - 2pm
FREE

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Large-scale cane Zodiac Boat

Over 200 participants started the life-size zodiac boat structure at this year’s Avon Descent and we need your help to complete it! Join the Studio Payoka team and use cane, ties, tape and other tools to finish the colossal sculpture depicting a “tool” of transport.

11am - 2pm
FREE