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Atelier Experience: By Kids, For Kids (Presentation)

Presenter: Steph Urruty

Date: Thursday 29 June 2023

Time: 2.00pm - 2.30pm


Category: Pre-Conference Educational Experience

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Program Description

About the experience:

ArtPlay brings together children (from babies to 13 years of age) and artists to explore and create innovative arts experiences that encourage self-expression and playful exchange.  The creative encounters on offer are by, for and with children and can be experienced at the Birrarung Marr venue or in the home.

In this 30-minute presentation, learn more about how children influence the ArtPlay program and more specifically about the By Kids, For Kids program which is presenting a series of activations over the June-July school holidays.

By Kids, For Kids features thirteen children who have joined forces to create a suite of artistic experiences and programs for other children that authentically reflect the priorities and fascinations of young people.

Since September 2022, the group of budding young curators have come together on a regular basis to form a highly inventive art hub – creating a program that delves into their own world as dreamers, designers and builders of arts projects.

The young artistic cohort have produced and will facilitate a season of arts experiences for the public on behalf of ArtPlay.

Each of the children in the Collective are dynamic and artistic thinkers who are committed to the long-term goal of the group, as well as deep diving into developing and organizing arts experiences.

This program is an initiative of ArtPlay, in partnership with Alexandra Walker, founder of House of Muchness – a centre of artistic practices for the creative wellbeing of young people.

Please note: This is a 30-minute presentation.

About the presenter:

Steph Urruty is currently the Program Manager for the ArtPlay and SIGNAL creative programs – engaging children, families and young people at the City of Melbourne (Australia). She leads the team to provide high quality, accessible and innovative creative programs with, by and for children, families, young people and young and emerging artists. Fostering a cohesive and collaborative team environment, Steph guides the strategic direction of the programs, and oversees planning and implementation. She was formerly the Creative Producer for ArtPlay, the city’s unique children’s arts studio. In this role she supported artists, organisations and festivals to develop arts experiences (including workshops, performances and installations) with children and families. Previously Steph was the Program Manager, then General Manager for Westside Circus (now Circus Nexus), a not for profit community organisation that uses circus to engage young people from diverse backgrounds. At Westside Circus she established the outreach and public programs, growing them into successful business models.


  • Atelier Experiences will be held in a range of locations across the Melbourne CBD between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.
  • Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Atelier Experience venues. There is a range of public transport options available. Further information on public transport options is available from the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website or app.
  • The pre-Conference Atelier Experiences are optional and tickets must be purchased separately to Conference registration.
  • Prices include GST.
  • This experience is limited to a maximum of 38 participants. If minimum numbers are not met the experience maybe cancelled, if this occurs delegates will be refunded in full.
  • Priority is given to registered delegates of the 2023 REAIE Biennial Conference.