Pom Pom is a contemporary art space dedicated to engaging children (up to 12 years) and their families.
Located in Davoren Park in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, Pom Pom offers hands-on creative workshops delivered by leading artists, many with an international profile, over the school term and during school holidays.
Pom Pom supports an art making process between children and their families and carers, while offering children enchanting contemporary arts experiences.
Pom Pom is open from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays during school terms (excluding the last Saturday of each term) and 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday during the Autumn, Winter and Spring School holidays (excluding public holidays).
Visit, play, create and be inspired.
Davoren Park Shopping Centre
45 Peachey Road, Davoren Park
11am - 3pm
All activities at Pom Pom are FREE.
All children MUST be accompanied by a parent, guardian or carer while visiting Pom Pom.
Bookings are not required.
Spring School Holidays
11am – 3pm | Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 October | Monday 9 – Friday 13 October
Celebration & unveiling of the finished installation 2:30pm Friday 13 October... ALL INVITED!
For the 2017 Spring School Holiday period, Sydney-based artist Rosie Deacon will take up residence at Pom Pom to revitalise the space with her wonderful Australiana characters, bright colours and tonnes of fun! Young artists and their families will collaborate with Rosie to make sculptures, costumes and performances, creating a new installation at Pom Pom which will remain in the space for the following 12 months.
In her arts practice Rosie explores the spectacle of obsession and realms of the absurd. Her work is produced through intuitive combination of many materials and processes which related to kitsch, craft and folk-art traditions. Rosie has held solo exhibitions at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney and 107 projects, Redfern and been included in group shows across Sydney, Newcastle, Townsville and Sheffield, UK. She participated in the 2015 Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island; exhibited at abandoned theme park 'Adventureland' for Campbelltown Arts Centre's Winter Wonderland 2016; curated the 'Koala Nutbush' ART BAR, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts; and has recently exhibited new work as part of the 2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.
You can download a media release here.
IMAGE: Rosie Deacon, Party Bag Bonanza Wrap Room, Photo: Jacquie Manning
11am – 3pm | Saturdays, 21 October - 9 December
See below for the artists who will run PomPom in term 4 and find out a little bit more about the activities.
Romi will focus on teaching various painting techniques on canvas off cuts using acrylic paint, posca textas and markers. The abstract paintings that are developed will then be cut, stitched, skewed and sewn into wearable canvas art and body adornments. The painting techniques that are learnt will also be applied to terracotta pots to rejuvenate the pompom hanging garden wall.
Pompom participants will create a large collaborative mural drawing on Perspex inspired by Hall’s bold abstract artworks. Using posca markers, the participants will draw their surrounding environment and their peers onto the large sheet of Perspex through a series of layers and contour line drawings. An interactive approach to art making will be explored where gesture is recorded onto the surface through a teamwork approach. Participants will then have the opportunity to create backgrounds for their line drawings using pattern, colour and shape.
For Hall’s second PomPom workshop, participants will create a series of paintings/drawings on coloured paint sample cards. They will generate imagery relating to a chosen theme and will use line to represent their ideas in an abstract manner. The sample cards will function as building blocks and components of a construction drawing game to explore ideas of colour theory and composition.
For Heidi’s workshops at PomPom she will demonstrate ways to re-purpose leftover materials including scraps of wool into sculptural objects.
During Josh’s time at PomPom he will be utilising his background in Graffiti / Street Art to teach the students about letterform and the structure and application of this outdoor typography at a domestic scale.
Tarryn will be working with foam and fabrics to help participants create their very own Guardian creatures. This activity will include brainstorming and planning with drawings, carving foam and covering it with sparkling or faux fur fabrics, decorating with stitches and trimmings and then creating a special plinth to display the Guardian on.
Georgina will be creating pixel-art-style character brooches with the kids using Perler beads. The activity will include character design and planning using a limited colour palette (in the style of 8-bit video games). The kids will create and draw their own characters on gridded paper then transfer their ideas from paper to Perler beads (which melt together when ironed). They will then turn these pixel characters into brooches.
Join the Conversation
Pom Pom is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Halpin, Manager, Arts Programs
08 8267 5111