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Behold! The Great & Grand Rumpus 2021 has begun!

By Thom Browning | 31 March 2021

This extraordinary project is a celebration of creativity, community, and is happening throughout 2021. In workshops happening at State Library and in schools throughout the year, project participants will work away to imagine, design and build an extraordinary public exhibition of large-scale sculptures and immersive installations. 

In the Great & Grand Rumpus, children are the creative visionaries tasked with imagining the world that is to be created, a dream-like work full of fantastical creatures, spaces, sounds and sensations.  

Over the coming weeks and months, children in primary schools across the city will dream big and imagine this imaginary world, creating drawings, sculptures, stories and more. These ideas will be documented by the children themselves, and catalogued in a growing online collection of inspiration, available for others' view and use. 

This is where a team of student and community designers come in. Their task: to take the incredible ideas children have created and use them as the starting point for a creative process leading to the development of ready to build designs, for The Great and Grand Rumpus Exhibit.  

Finally, utilising State Library’s very own makerspace The Edge, a team of student and community fabricators will bring these ideas to life, building them in large scale, ready to exhibit, and eventually for the public to enjoy! 

Throughout the year a whole range of Great & Grand Rumpus workshops and events will be taking place as part of The Great and Grand Rumpus. 

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