Children voice vision for Hobart City

ART WORK from more than 200 young children and their parents from across Hobart was on show last month at an exhibiton held at Mawson Place Waterside Pavilion.

The exhibition, “Celebrating Children’s Voices for the City,” was the final stage of the City of Hobart’s creative consultation project Imagine.Build.Play, which is supported by the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation (TEYF).

Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas said the Imagine.Build.Play project engaged community artists to work with young children and their parents in schools, childcare and playgroups to talk about what a child-friendly Hobart would look like to them.

“More than 200 young children were involved in the creative conversations that involved drawing and the building of an interactive art work,” he said.

The Imagine.Build.Play project provided valuable information for a wide range of ongoing developments within the city.

“The project also promotes the importance of involving young children in decision-making, particularly about the issues that affect them,” Ald Thomas said.

TEYF chief executive officer Mark Green said the project promoted creative learning in young children and their families.

“This project offers an excellent opportunity for children to explore their creativity through art, while at the same time talking about their ideas and views about the community in which they live,” he said.

“This is a good way to engage with children as they express and explore ideas and concepts through art.”

The exhibition included fun and interactive workshops for children and families and free professional development seminars for early childhood professionals and landscape architects.

Also included in the five-day exhibition was a presentation by children’s play consultant, writer and researcher Marc Armitage, who has been a source of inspiration for child-friendly city activations in the United Kingdom.

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