During the 2014 winter school holidays artist Hiromi Tango guided the development of a new artwork inside Pom Pom. Hiromi worked closely with children, families and carers from Davoren Park to create the magical installation, Cracken Fling.
What is Cracken Fling?
The title Cracken Fling was conceived by a child from Davoren Park as his preferred name for dragon fruit. The artwork explored all the impossible and possible things that happen in nature. Cracken Fling grew throughout the space over the course of the two weeks creating a wonderland that children now continue to work in and be inspired from.
The Artist | Hiromi Tango
Hiromi Tango’s practice is often collaborative and site-specific. She weaves together vibrantly coloured materials and emotions to create participatory art projects. Responding gently to her environment, Hiromi's intricate public installations are made from familiar, everyday materials, and a willingness to engage in an art making process informed by the generosity of many hands.
Hiromi’s work has been exhibited for Contemporary Australia: Women at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery Of Modern Art; Primavera 2011, the 2013 Jackson Bella Room Artist Commission at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Monster Hotel for the Out of the Box Festival 2014. With her husband, artist Craig Walsh, she has created community-specific works for Traces - Blue, Setouchi Triennale, Japan 2013; Home - Gwangju, Gwangju Beinnale, South Korea 2012; and Digital Odyssey, a Museum of Contemporary Art Regional Touring Project in regional communities across Australia from 2010-12.
Cracken Fling has been funded by the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation. The Peace Foundations’ namesake Graham F. Smith, was a lifelong activist and educator. Graham believed that people who are taught to think and to challenge, and who are encouraged to expand their imagination can create a better world.
A Pocket Full of Rainbows
During the 2013 spring school holidays, Australian artist Pip & Pop (Tanya Schultz) created a new artwork with the community of Davoren Park titled A Pocket Full of Rainbows.
This artwork is now the space the children access workshops from each Saturday – a super-colourful art installation made from glitter, sugar, sweets, toy animals, plastic flowers and everyday craft materials.
Throughout history there has been a long tradition of depicting journeys through and in search of imaginary lands and utopian worlds. Pip & Pop’s installations and sculptural works explore joyful wonderlands filled with exquisite detail and fantastical surprises. Tanya is fascinated with the idea of paradise and wish-fulfillment as told through folk-tales, children’s stories, ancient cosmologies, video games and cinema.
Tanya has exhibited her work throughout Australia, Japan and Europe. Recent exhibitions include We miss you magic land! at the Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Seeing forever at the Kuandu Biennale, Taipei; If you find me in a dream for Hermes Japon, Tokyo; and for Australian Fashion Week Mushroom magic, a collaboration with Romance was Born.
A Carclew project supported by Playford Communities for Children Plus, the City of Playford and the Government of South Australia through Arts SA, Community Benefit SA and Renewal SA. Communities for Children is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.