Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab by Sydney Living Museum

Let your imagination run wild in a creative laboratory full of the sights and sounds of Sydney. Sydney Living Museums presents Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab an interactive exhibition that celebrates Sydney in all its diversity, from A to Z. The exhibition has been produced in collaboration...
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Let your imagination run wild in a creative laboratory full of the sights and sounds of Sydney. Sydney Living Museums presents Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab an interactive exhibition that celebrates Sydney in all its diversity, from A to Z.

The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with illustrator Antonia Pesenti and author Hilary Bell, creators of the best-selling book Alphabetical Sydney. Sydney is brought to life with a series of creative activities designed to capture your imagination and encourage you to think about the magic of the city, from the icons to the suburbs, from the mundane to the wondrous.

A souvenir Lab Kit, specially created for this exhibition, leads visitors through the show using playful illustrations and rhyming verse. Visitors can investigate the clues in the mini museum, write their own verse in the poetry factory, experience the magic of Sydney at dusk or relax with a book under the canopy of a Moreton Bay fig tree. The sounds of the city in all their intensity and diversity are hidden throughout – deafening cicadas, clanging construction, an elephant’s trumpet from the zoo.

Budding artists and authors and anyone with a sense of fun and a capacity to dream will all enjoy. Take the opportunity to write and draw your way through the city you love.

Now on at Museum of Sydney and is free with museum entry.

WHEN & WHERE

  • Until Sunday 12 August 2018 
  • Daily, 10am-5pm
  • Closed Good Friday

Museum of Sydney | Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets | Sydney | NSW 2000

“My husband and I had as much fun as our 5 and 2 year old, spending a couple of hours investigating, collaborating and indulging in all the exhibit had to offer.” Review by Alphabet Street

"...our two young ones, aged 5 and 6, (were) fully engaged" Review by South Coast Register

“The Creative Lab is a special place which allows you to step into the book Alphabetical Sydney… an amazing space for all children to practice learning in a fun and exciting way.” Review by Kidsize Living

ANTONIA PESENTI AND HILARY BELL

Five years in the making, the book Alphabetical Sydney, published in 2013, was a passion project of architect and illustrator Antonia Pesenti and playwright Hilary Bell.

The pair first met more than 20 years ago, and their friendship flourished despite living in separate cities – Paris and New York.

Their creative collaboration formed in 2008 after they had both returned to Sydney with their families in tow. Pesenti and Bell began to rediscover their home city through the curious eyes of their young children. Pesenti had been working on an idea for a picture book about Sydney, using the alphabet as its frame and structure. The concept struck a chord with Bell who responded, illustration by illustration, with rhyming couplets.

The alphabet provided a structure that allowed them to roam freely around the city, highlighting its features both mundane and wondrous, to evoke a Sydney that was personal, somewhat nostalgic, and a far cry from the tourist-guide version. 

Antonia And Hilary, Alphabetical Sydney. Photo by James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Let your imagination run wild in a creative laboratory full of the sights and sounds of Sydney. Sydney Living Museums presents Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab an interactive exhibition that celebrates Sydney in all its diversity, from A to Z.

The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with illustrator Antonia Pesenti and author Hilary Bell, creators of the best-selling book Alphabetical Sydney. Sydney is brought to life with a series of creative activities designed to capture your imagination and encourage you to think about the magic of the city, from the icons to the suburbs, from the mundane to the wondrous.

A souvenir Lab Kit, specially created for this exhibition, leads visitors through the show using playful illustrations and rhyming verse. Visitors can investigate the clues in the mini museum, write their own verse in the poetry factory, experience the magic of Sydney at dusk or relax with a book under the canopy of a Moreton Bay fig tree. The sounds of the city in all their intensity and diversity are hidden throughout – deafening cicadas, clanging construction, an elephant’s trumpet from the zoo.

Budding artists and authors and anyone with a sense of fun and a capacity to dream will all enjoy. Take the opportunity to write and draw your way through the city you love.

Now on at Museum of Sydney and is free with museum entry.

WHEN & WHERE

  • Until Sunday 12 August 2018 
  • Daily, 10am-5pm
  • Closed Good Friday

Museum of Sydney | Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets | Sydney | NSW 2000

“My husband and I had as much fun as our 5 and 2 year old, spending a couple of hours investigating, collaborating and indulging in all the exhibit had to offer.” Review by Alphabet Street

"...our two young ones, aged 5 and 6, (were) fully engaged" Review by South Coast Register

“The Creative Lab is a special place which allows you to step into the book Alphabetical Sydney… an amazing space for all children to practice learning in a fun and exciting way.” Review by Kidsize Living

ANTONIA PESENTI AND HILARY BELL

Five years in the making, the book Alphabetical Sydney, published in 2013, was a passion project of architect and illustrator Antonia Pesenti and playwright Hilary Bell.

The pair first met more than 20 years ago, and their friendship flourished despite living in separate cities – Paris and New York.

Their creative collaboration formed in 2008 after they had both returned to Sydney with their families in tow. Pesenti and Bell began to rediscover their home city through the curious eyes of their young children. Pesenti had been working on an idea for a picture book about Sydney, using the alphabet as its frame and structure. The concept struck a chord with Bell who responded, illustration by illustration, with rhyming couplets.

The alphabet provided a structure that allowed them to roam freely around the city, highlighting its features both mundane and wondrous, to evoke a Sydney that was personal, somewhat nostalgic, and a far cry from the tourist-guide version. 

Antonia And Hilary, Alphabetical Sydney. Photo by James Horan for Sydney Living Museums