Objects in the Round

Arts Learning Festival - Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattingly combines her visual art practice with the environment and education, working with everyday objects we consume, producing large scale public art projects.

Objects in the Round involves the creation of a collaborative artwork. Using personal objects as well as materials collected in Melbourne, participants will make an expansive landscape in miniature, and combine it with storytelling about each object, through techniques based on theatre in the round.

Objects in the Round will provide students in years 9-12 with an opportunity to examine questions about daily rhythms dependent on objects, and habits of purchase, use and discard. What is more permanent, what endures, and for how long, and then what happens? The workshop will also explore how the concept of theatre in the round can be relevant to our viewing of the landscape through this lens, and how we are actors in it.

Mary Mattingly’s work has been featured in prestigious art festivals, galleries and museums around the world, and she has also collaborated with New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Teen program.

Her recent works have explored the questions about food production and sustainability, Swale, a floating food forest providing fresh produce to the public, and the Waterpod project, which created a self-sufficient habitat on a barge in New York attracting 200,000 visitors.

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Visual Arts



Visual Arts, Workshop


Two hours


$25 per student


National Gallery of Victoria, Education Studio (Melbourne, VIC)

School Term:
Term 2


Thu 2 May 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri 3 May 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am - Standby: currently no tickets available
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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