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Making Activities with Artist Rosie Deacon

Finished 27 May 2020

Powerhouse Creative Industries Resident, Rosie Deacon, has created activities for you to do at home inspired by her Koala Train installation. Like many of us over summer Rosie was gripped by the unfolding bushfire tragedy and the plight of our koalas. Her hope is for us all to make smarter environmental choices, such as taking more public transport to help provide all of Australia’s koalas a safe place to live.

Make your own mini Koala Train version at home! Don’t have a printer? Why not draw your very own train, or carefully trace the template on your screen. Decorate your train using lots of colour! Toot-Toot!

Let’s Pom-Pom! Rosie makes thousands of brightly coloured pom-poms to decorate her large animal sculptures. If you’ve ever wondered how to make multi-coloured pom-poms like Rosie, watch this demonstration video. Don’t have a pom-pom maker? Use our template.

Rosie’s installations often feature Paperchains and garlands. Make your own colourful chains and create your own mini art installation at home. Don’t have coloured paper? You could also use magazines, newspapers or wrapping paper.

Don’t forget to share your creations @PowerhouseMuseum @RosieDeacon #koalatrain

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Rosie Deacon Biography  

Rosie Deacon (b. 1985) is a Sydney-based artist working in sculpture and installation. She engages with the spectacle of obsession and realms of the absurd. In 2010, Deacon graduated from UNSW COFA with first class honours and was the recipient of both the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for Emerging Artists and the Dinosaur Designs Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at Varbergs Konsthall (Sweden), Townsville Regional Gallery, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, The Egg & Dart, The Cube Mosman Art Gallery, Firstdraft, Gaffa, and has been included in group shows across Sydney, Newcastle, Bathurst, MONA FOMA in Launceston, Townsville and Sheffield, UK.   

In 2014, Deacon was selected as the inaugural Runway Annual Artist Commission. In 2015, Deacon was invited as the Guest Artist for Studio A’s project for Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island. Deacon exhibited at abandoned theme park ‘Adventureland’ for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s Winter Wonderland and was included in Performance Contemporary for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks. In 2016, Deacon curated ‘Koala Nutbush’ ART BAR, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, and was awarded Viewer’s Choice in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School, Darlinghurst. In 2018, Deacon was the winner of the Sculpture Prize in the Fishers Ghost Art Award.

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