McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery


Breathe: A Summer of Bush Walks, Art Encounters and Movement at McClelland

Programs for children and families

Invigorate your summer with a range of outdoor programs drawing inspiration from McClelland’s bushland and our special summer exhibition, Site & Sound: Sonic art as ecological practice. Move, listen, and enjoy the benefits of slowing down for your physical and mental health.

We are pleased to offer these programs at no extra cost to visitors to McClelland unless otherwise stated.

Visitors are required to pre-book their visit to McClelland and a Booking Fee applies to adults ($6 Adults; Children and Members exempt).

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. Photo John Gollings.

Drop-in Workshops: NGV Kids on Tour

Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 10 am to 12 pm; Thursday 14 January 2021, 10 am to 12 pm

With the help of educators at McClelland, enjoy this great opportunity for children and families to engage with these activities commissioned by the NGV and created by contemporary artists such as Alice Oerh, Kenny Pittock and Misaki Kawai. Be inspired by the sculptures in McClelland’s collection and the outdoors and create an artwork to take home.

NGV Kids on Tour is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, and the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations as part of the Your NGV Arts Access Program for Students, Children and Families.

National Gallery of Victoria NGV

Bush walks at McClelland with Living Culture

Date: Thursday 21 January 2021 at 9.30 am and at 11 am
Duration: one hour

McClelland’s bushland is rich with indigenous significance and abundant with native fauna and flora. Your guide will point out the plants and areas of interest in the park along your walk and share details about their use and significance in medicine, bush tucker and Indigenous culture.

This program involves walking on uneven paths. Prams are welcome but please note that there may be some roots, branches or stones on our bush paths. We advise you to wear comfortable and closed footwear as well as clothing suitable to the weather on the day.

Art workshops with Baluk Arts

Date: Friday 22 January 2021
Duration: one hour

Guided by a workshop facilitator from the urban Aboriginal community art centre, Baluk Arts, learn how to make nature impressions with porcelain to create a collective artwork. Take part in a collaborative artwork that will be exhibited from May 2021 at McClelland, before touring Australia! You will also be able to take your clay impressions home.

Sound walks and workshops with Sophie Gleeson

Date: Saturday 23 January 2021, from 11am to 5pm (please see below for specific times)

Sophie Gleeson, a lecturer in Soundscape Studies at RMIT University, will lead a series of workshops in the gallery and grounds of McClelland, in association with McClelland’s summer exhibition, Site & Sound:
Sonic art as ecological practice, 2 December 2020 – 11 April 2021.

1. An introduction to soundwalking: 11am (duration 1 hour)
Learn about what soundwalking is and how to do it, and participate in a walk, reflection and discussion.

2. An exploration of sound mapping: 1pm (duration 1 hour)
Discover how to identify and describe the quality and location of sounds in your sonic environment, and then create your own sound map in the sculpture park.

3. An in-depth look at field recording: 3pm (duration 1.5 hours)
Explore various ways of differentiating sound types, rhythms, patterns and spatial information in sonic ecologies and soundscapes. This will be followed by practical demonstrations with hydrophones and microphones stationed throughout the sculpture park.

Information about these programs and workshops for children, families and carers
These programs are suitable for children (from 3+) and adults of all ages and abilities, unless specified otherwise. Infants and toddlers are welcome to attend and do not need to book a ticket.

Bookings are necessary for all programs, numbers are limited. Children must be supervised by accompanying adults at all times, including during drop-in workshops.

Please note that most of these programs are held outdoors and will go ahead except in extreme weather conditions.

To book any of these programs or for more information, please visit McClelland’s website at

McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin


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