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JULY

GLOVER TO LEAD MAAS TRUST

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Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University Professor Barney Glover has been appointed President of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Trust and will play a pivotal role in the Powerhouse Museum’s relocation to Parramatta.

Robotics and intelligence systems research and development expert Professor Salah Sukkarieh is also a new member of the trust, and has been involved with MAAS through the successful Mars Lab project.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the appointments come as the museum undergoes a once-in-a-generation renewal and relocation to Western Sydney.

“Professor Glover knows and works in Western Sydney and has a long record of success in management and leadership in research and major capital development projects,” Mr Grant said.

Professor Glover said he looks forward to leading the board after being a trust member since January 2015.

“I’m particularly excited about working with the Museum team as we plan one of the most significant cultural infrastructure projects of recent times in the heart of Western Sydney,” Professor Glover said.

MAAS Director Dolla Merrillees welcomed Professor Glover’s Presidency as well as Professor Sukkarieh’s appointment to the Trust and said she looks forward to building the Museum’s relationship with them both.

Deputy Premier Grant thanked outgoing President Professor John Shine AO for his dedicated service to the trust.

“Professor Shine has been an exceptional president and since taking the post more than four years ago, has taken the Museum in an exciting new direction and a period of growth,’’ Mr Grant said.

Professor Shine said it was a privilege to serve as the President of the MAAS Board of Trustees throughout a period of immense change and growth for MAAS.

“I congratulate Professor Glover and with the newly appointed Director Dolla Merrillees at the helm I look forward to following the success of this team as they continue to build audiences, ongoing programs and a new museum in Parramatta,” Professor Shine said.

MEDIA: Jarrad Schwark (Deputy Premier) 0429 234 308


MAASive Lates: Science
Sydney Science Festival launch at Powerhouse Museum

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Expand your mind with a free evening of science and discovery at MAASive Lates: Science on Thursday 11 August at the Powerhouse Museum. MAASive Lates: Science will launch the Sydney Science Festival, running at venues across Sydney from 11 – 21 August, as part of National Science Week.

Journey into the world’s greatest science experiment in Collider, from the Science Museum, London. Through this exhibition, be amongst the first to take a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) particle physics laboratory in Geneva. This facility houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which proved the existence of the Higgs boson, otherwise referred to as the ‘God Particle’.

MAASive Lates: Science will be hosted by CSIRO astronomer Lisa Harvey-Smith. Joining Harvey-Smith on stage for two in-conversation sessions will be special guest, astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy. Hear from Australian CERN researchers who will give an insider’s perspective on what it is like to work on the world’s greatest science experiment. Speed Meet a Geek is a chance to have your science questions answered by an impressive line-up of astronomers, physicists, biologists, mathematicians, engineers and environmental scientists.

Play periodic table scrabble, drive a Mars Rover at the Mars Lab, participate in a virtual reality game of Panic Room at Thinkspace and make some furry friends at the Taronga Zoomobile.

MAASive Lates: Science is a free, adults-only event that will inspire and entertain. Held four times a year, each MAASive Lates event expands upon themes that underpin current exhibitions at the Powerhouse Museum and embody the MAAS commitment to being a catalyst for creative expression and curious minds.

Tickets to MAASive Lates events are free but limited:
To register for tickets visit https://sydneyscience.com.au/event/maasive-lates-science-2/
Entry to Collider is discounted for one night only on 11 August: Adult $14 / Concession $10
The Junction Café and licenced bar will be open

About the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences
Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

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JUNE

OUT OF HAND: MATERIALISING THE DIGITAL POWERHOUSE MUSEUM EXCLUSIVE

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Experience the future of design and manufacturing technology at Out of Hand, an exhibition exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, curated by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (MAD).

Opening on 3 September 2016, this cutting-edge exhibition will showcase over 90 artworks and objects materialised using new digital technologies and the world’s best design practices. Exhibition highlights include designs created by 3D printing, digital knitting and CNC machining, technologies disrupting traditional manufacturing practices.

MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees, says this is an exhibition with resonance across many industries.

“As the first generation of digital natives enter adulthood, this exhibition offers a look into technologies and techniques which once appeared futuristic and are now becoming available for you to employ yourself at home,” said Ms Merrillees.

“Working with the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, we’ve had the opportunity to explore the boundaries of design and manufacturing practice, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region. This exhibition ranges from pieces that are spectacular to those which are unassuming, but all with fascinating stories.”

MAAS curator, Matthew Connell, says the exhibition gives visitors a glimpse into the future.

“Technology and design on display in Out of Hand will shape tomorrow’s world. Visitors can experience new technologies and discover how their applications will impact our future lives,” said Mr Connell.

Pushing the application of 3D printing to new heights, see the world’s first 3D printed jet engine, created in Australia by Monash Advanced Manufacturing and demonstrating the capacity for a vastly superior performance to weight ratio compared to existing jet engines. Bringing 3D printing into the everyday, examples of 3D printed clothing will be on display including a Michael Schmidt design originally modelled by Dita Von Teese.

Other works showcase how digital technology can record and reinterpret ancient artworks, unrealised designs and fossils without tampering with them, used to dramatic effect in the reimagining of Umberto Boccioni’s 1913 Futurist work Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by American artist Barry X Ball’s Perfect Forms. Also on display for the first time will be the most recent MAAS acquisition; the Iris van Herpen Bubble Dress from the AW2016 collection which uses wearable mirrors to create the illusion of moving bubbles.

Out of Hand opens during the annual Sydney Design Festival, which celebrates the best of design and runs at venues across Sydney from 2 – 11 September. This year’s festival theme is Make or Break and will examine the role of commercial success for designers and the trend for deconstructed production methods.

Exhibition details:
What: Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital
https://maas.museum/event/out-of-hand-materialising-the-digital/
When: 3 September 2016 – June 2017
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Images available for download from Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vd1reibcz5p2b6y/AADiXQlNmr93_6E2xY5ktGbea?dl=0

Sydney Design Festival
2 – 11 September 2016
http://www.sydneydesign.com.au

About the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences
Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

For media enquiries, contact:
Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist | eli.wallis@maas.museum | 9217 0564 / 0402 359 016


EGYPTIAN MUMMIES: EXPLORING ANCIENT LIVES, POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) will host the Australian premiere of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, an acclaimed exhibition from the British Museum, opening on 10 December at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

In a rare close-up look, Egyptian Mummies will use the latest CT scanning technology and 3D visualisation to take visitors beyond the coffin to uncover what lies beneath layers of history buried for thousands of years. Six mummies who lived and died in Egypt between 1800 and 3000 years ago will be on display alongside almost 200 objects associated with funerary practices and daily life.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the exhibition was a new way to explore a topic of interest to all ages.

“These mummies from the British Museum collection have remained wrapped for thousands of years but using cutting edge technology we can reveal for the first time their burial secrets while maintaining their integrity and ensuring their preservation,” said Minister Grant.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the exhibition will be a major drawcard for visitors to Sydney and is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the lives of ancient Egyptians.

“This summer, visitors to Sydney can journey back in time to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Mummies will travel to Australia for the first time, making Sydney the inaugural destination for visitors to meet these individuals and discover more about their stories,” Mr Ayres said.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the exhibition provided a personal insight into these ancient lives.

“The new techniques used to virtually unwrap the mummies offers unprecedented details about their age, diet and health. Being able to see an individual from the remote past, how tall they were, their skin, their face and hair is a powerful and moving experience.”

“Following the huge success of our most recent summer exhibition, Art of the Brick , which attracted crowds of over 165,000 people, we look forward to Egyptian Mummies being the must-see blockbuster exhibition this summer,” said Ms Merrillees.

Mummies selected from the British Museum collection can be viewed in the exhibition alongside the 3D visualisations, which peel back the layers of history to reveal the age, gender, nutrition, lifestyle and final mummification of each body.

In-depth research also reveals details as significant as the individual’s last meal to mistakes made by the embalmer during the mummification process. From a temple singer from Thebes to a 2-year old Roman child and a priest of Akhmim, these six well-preserved mummies reveal the stories of their lives.

Exhibition details:
What: Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
When: 10 December 2016 – 30 April 2017
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

Tickets on sale from August. For more information see
maas.museum/event/egyptian-mummies

Images available for download from DropBox
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tteuxoeurlj4mjw/AAAV9zaGFjT16g9k4b7NMgz4a?dl=0

About the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences
Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

About the British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the outset it was a museum of the world, for the world, and this idea still lies at the heart of the Museum’s mission today. The collection tells the stories of cultures across the world, from the dawn of human history, over two million years ago, to the present. Objects range from the earliest tools made by humans and treasures from the ancient world to more recent acquisitions from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, as well as the national collections of prints and drawings, and coins and medals. In addition to work in London, the Museum takes part in an extensive programme of loans and tours, both across the UK and throughout the world.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

For media enquiries, contact:
Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist | eli.wallis@maas.museum | 9217 0564 / 0402 359 016

 


SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2016 PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

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The Sydney Science Festival 2016 program has been released, boasting a stellar line up of science superstars in events for all ages, staged in venues across Sydney from Thursday 11 to Sunday 21 August, 2016.

The spectacular program features talks from some of the world’s leading names in science including Australia’s hottest scientist and festival ambassador, Dr Alan Duffy, British physicist Brian Cox, expert panels with Genspace co-founder and director, New York’s Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, and a special appearance from Australia’s favourite, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki.

Now in its second year, the Sydney Science Festival is led by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), in collaboration with museums, galleries, universities, businesses, scientists, engineers and community organisations across greater Sydney, to deliver a vibrant 11-day program as part of National Science Week.

“Last year’s festival saw more than 39,000 science fans attend over 130 events, and we are looking forward to this year being event bigger. The program presents the opportunity to engage with the science of the everyday through to cutting-edge research and scientific discoveries” said MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees.

The Powerhouse Museum will be open after dark on Thursday 11 August for MAASive Lates: Science to launch the Sydney Science Festival and celebrate National Science Week . This free, adults-only event will be hosted by special guest Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith featuring festival ambassador, Dr. Alan Duffy, and includes an entertaining and practical night of science-inspired activities, presentations, performances and music.

A festival highlight, the Collider exhibition will open during the festival, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) particle physics laboratory in Geneva that houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is most famous for proving the existence of the Higgs boson, otherwise referred to as the ‘God Particle’.

Professor Brian Cox explores of some of the universe’s great unanswered questions in A Journey into Deep Space. Are we alone in the universe? Will we ever know what happened before the Big Bang? What was the origin of Life on Earth?

A welcome new event in the program is BAHFest, an evening of wit and horrendous inaccuracies, as brave speakers face a panel of real experts, who will judge their BAH-D scientific theories for the BAHFest trophy and nonsensical glory. Hosted by Alex Lee, best known for The Chaser’s Election Desk and The Checkout, with a special appearance from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Genspace co-founder and director, Dr. Ellen Jorgensen joins a panel of experts for a free public discussion in Biohacking: Why should we care?

The Winning Sky Photos exhibition showcases top entries from the David Malin Awards, an annual photo competition for amateur astronomers and photographers.

The Sydney Mini Maker Faire returns for a fourth year of all things invention, creativity and community. The two-day faire provides an opportunity for Sydney’s best Makers, from a wide range of disciplines, to showcase their creations to the public. From metal casting to Arduino coders and 3D printing designers, share in the wonder of invention with passionate Makers from across NSW.

The Australian Museum opens its doors and brings science to life for the entire family for Super Science Saturday. Discover the science behind the museum with live animal shows, hands-on experiments and lectures. Get set for some outdoor fun with Science in the Swamp at Centennial Park. Pat a carp, play with some science toys in the outdoors or learn about venomous snakes, Science in the Swamp is a Festival favourite with little ones relishing in a range of fun activities.

Parramatta Park gets slimy when The Secret Life of Eels kicks off a day of eel exploration. Family fun continues with The Indigenous Science Experience at Redfern Community Centre, a day centered on demonstrating the value of traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge in science and technology.

NASA’s New Horizons journalist Amy Shira Teitel makes science relatable and encourages people to think about science and the universe in an accessible way. Join her in Amy Shira Teitel Talks Science, on Thursday 18 August 6pm, Powerhouse Museum.

The full Sydney Science Festival program is available online at www.sydneyscience.com.au. For more information about National Science Week events visit www.scienceweek.net.au.

The Sydney Science Festival is produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences as part of National Science Week, with support from Principal Partner, Microsoft.

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Event:            Sydney Science Festival
Dates:            11 – 21 August, 2016
Website:        www.sydneyscience.com.au


RECORD NUMBERS VISIT SYDNEY’S FAVOURITE MUSEUMS

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SUNDAY 26 JUNE. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Thousands of families have enjoyed Sydney’s two leading museums for free this weekend – the Australian Museum (AM) and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), in celebration of the NSW Government’s free kids policy at both museums.

Attracting nearly 70,000 visitors across the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory, the second annual Free Museum Weekend has been a huge hit with fans

“The Free Museum Weekend is to make science and culture accessible to everyone, and to remind Sydney-siders of the incredible world-class museums they have available to them.” Kim McKay AO, Australian Museum Director and CEO, said.

“We are thrilled to have welcomed so many visitors through our doors marking the first year of Kids Free at both Museums.”

The Australian Museum welcomed 30,279 people through its doors to experience its award-winning exhibition Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 greatest explorers as well as the new Wild Planet gallery.

Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory saw over 38,800 visitors across the weekend, who were among the first to participate in Tanabata: Star Village, a collaborative community art installation celebrating the Japanese fable of the night sky.

“Museums are places where life-long memories are created, and by working in collaboration with the Australian Museum we can facilitate discovery and inspire generations of Australians to dream, to imagine the possibilities and realise their ambitions,” Dolla Merrillees, Director of MAAS, said.

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Australian Museum (AM)
Australian Museum (AM), founded in 1827, is the nation’s first museum, and is an internationally recognised natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. As custodian of more than 18 million objects, the AM is uniquely positioned to provide a greater understanding of the region through its scientific research, exhibitions and public and education programs. Through the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM also has a leading role in conserving Australia’s biodiversity through understanding the environmental impacts of climate change, potential biosecurity threats and invasive species.

Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS)
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
AM: Claire Vince, Media Advisor | claire.vince@austmus.gov.au | 9320 6181 / 0468 726 910
MAAS: Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist | eli.wallis@maas.museum | 9217 0564 / 0402 359 016


ANNETTE KELLERMAN AUSTRALIA’S MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID

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“I insist that swimming is not only a splendid sport for women but that it is the sport for women — the one sport … in which she can fully compete with men.” Annette Kellerman, Physical Beauty (1918)

Annette Kellerman pioneered competitive swimming for women, starred in American silent films, published books and inspired generations of women. Her life and achievements will now be honoured in a new exhibition, Million Dollar Mermaid: Annette Kellerman, at the Powerhouse Museum from 10 August 2016.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the exhibition shines a light on an important local personality.

“Annette Kellerman’s story has become legendary. She achieved an astonishing level of success, both at home and abroad, becoming an international celebrity as a swimmer, vaudeville entertainer, film star and a pioneer of women’s health and fitness. Her fame earned her the titles ‘The Australian Mermaid’, ‘The Diving Venus’ and ‘The Perfect Woman.’ This exhibition invites visitors to dive into the inspiring and entertaining story of this incredible Australian.”

Drawing extensively from the Museum’s performing arts collections and curated by Peter Cox the Million Dollar Mermaid exhibition will showcase Kellerman’s personal collection of costumes, photos, memorabilia and film footage. Highlights include various styles of her one-piece swimsuits, stage outfits and a spectacular costume from the Hollywood biopic Million Dollar Mermaid, in which Esther Williams portrayed Kellerman. The exhibition will include footage from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s collection, showing Annette Kellerman performing an underwater adagio ballet in 1939. Multimedia artist collective 66b/cell has developed a visual installation with projection mapping where visitors will experience the beauty and artistry of Kellerman’s underwater performances in an immersive, sensory environment.

Born in Sydney in 1886, Kellerman took up swimming as a young child. She became a teenage champion, excelled at diving and set world records in swimming. Having outgrown the pools of Sydney and Melbourne, Kellerman relocated to London aged 18.

She made headlines for her marathon swims in the Thames, Seine and Danube rivers and was the first woman to attempt to swim the English Channel. At a time when female swimmers were expected to wear cumbersome garments, she defied convention with her practical self-styled one-piece swimsuits, one of which she created by sewing stockings onto a men’s bathing suit.

As her star rose, Kellerman developed a vaudeville act which she performed in England and the United States. It combined diving, swimming and graceful underwater ballet with the elaborate staging of tanks, waterfalls and slides, supported by a large cast of water nymphs performing routines that foreshadowed synchronised swimming.

Kellerman starred as a mermaid character in a series of feature films and performed her own dangerous stunts. She wrote self-help books titled How to Swim and Physical Beauty: How to Keep It, and began a health food business after retiring from performing.

An unmissable exhibition paying homage to an extraordinary Australian, Million Dollar Mermaid will be on display at the Powerhouse Museum until 2017.

Million Dollar Mermaid: Annette Kellerman
10 August 2016 – 2017
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Bookings: (02) 9217 0111 www.maas.museum
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free with general admission: $15 adult, $8 concession, kids under 16 years free

FOR FURTHER MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Bruce Pollack, Pollack Consulting T: (02) 9331 5276 or E: bruce@pollackconsulting.com
Amanda Buckworth, AB Publicity M: 0413 949 140 or E: amanda@abpublicity.com.au


Gravity (and Wonder)
Where art and science make waves

3 September – 27 November
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest | Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences|
Western Sydney University

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Gravity invisibly governs the movement of the world, the shape of space and the flow of time. Gravity (and Wonder) explores human fascination with these fundamental aspects of the universe through scientific investigations and artistic explorations.

Marking the beginning of a long-term partnership between Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Gravity (and Wonder) is a vibrant three month program with a range of events, workshops and programs extending the themes of a central exhibition. The project collaborators are joined by education partner Western Sydney University, bringing its Penrith Observatory and academic expertise into the project alongside citizen science events to intrigue the community. Eminent astronomer and science communicator Professor Fred Watson AM is the patron of this multi-faceted project.

The Gravity (and Wonder) exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery, curated by Dr Lee-Anne and Katie Dyer, will bring together rare scientific instruments and inventions, specialist objects and archival material from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences alongside the work of contemporary artists who examine gravity as phenomena and effect, mass and attraction, motion and acceleration, time and space and ultimately transcendence.

Director of the Penrith Regional Art Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Dr Lee-Anne Hall, said the program was not to be missed.

“In Gravity (and Wonder) Western Sydney audiences can look forward to a three month journey of discovery, where art, science and creativity are brought together in a stunning program including exhibition, education, artist and scientist residencies, performance, public symposium and star gazing.”

MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees said the project was a true collaboration between the partners.

“Partnerships play a significant role in bringing communities together and creating understanding of the world around us through collaboration. In beginning this long term partnership with Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest we are excited to explore how contemporary art practices can bring new understanding to objects in our collection.”

The exhibition will include sculpture by Richard Serra (USA), installations by Sandra Selig (Australia) and Amy Joy Watson (Australia), paintings by Mabel Juli and Rusty Peters (Warmun, Western Australia) kinetic sculptures by Marley Dawson (Australia), and video work by Hiraki Sawa (Japan). Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding will drop a sound from the edge of space and document its fall back to earth in a world-first commission which will also be documented through an online project.

The Gallery’s Lewers House will be transformed into a House of Wonder, hosting artists-in-residence working with scientists-in-residence, while the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre will play host to a Gravity Geeks Symposium, exploring the work of artists working with scientists to illuminate scientific concepts and related research concerning gravity. A gravity-defying performance element will also be part of the one-day event, which will be held on 5 November.

The public will also have the opportunity to experience the wonder of the night skies with Western Sydney University’s Penrith Observatory (8 October) and in the Gallery Garden (22 October) and via a Planetarium being installed onsite during the Symposium.

On show 3 September – 27 November 2016
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
86 River Road, Emu Plains 2750

FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS / IMAGES
Krissie Scudds: Marketing Manager, PP&VA E: kscudds@bigpond.net.au | 0412 331 604
Rebekah Waite, Communications Manager, MAAS E: rebekah.waite@maas.museum | 0466 331 483

Project support
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is the inaugural recipient of the Dobell Exhibition Grant, a $40,000 gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, administered by Museums and Galleries NSW, with the purpose of developing exhibitions such as Gravity (and Wonder) that provide opportunities for development, engagement and enrichment of audiences, institutions and artists.

Additional support from key Penrith Performing & Visual Arts sponsors Celestino and Penrith Lakes Development Corporation will contribute to the successful delivery of Gravity public programs.

About Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is set on the western bank of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains at Emu Plains, and was established in 1981 at the former home and property of sculptor Gerald Lewers and painter Margo Lewers.

Within our beautiful heritage setting we aim to develop and maintain a visual arts centre of excellence and diversity for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of Penrith, the surrounding region and beyond. The Gallery is open daily from 9am – 5pm and admission is free.

About the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects. It incorporates the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre at Castle Hill. It is Australia’s foremost museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences.


MAY

Free admission for all to Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Australian Museum – one weekend only.

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(Thursday 9 June, 2016, Sydney): Two of Sydney’s most loved museums will open their doors for free on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.

Now in its second year, the Free Museum Weekend invites visitors of all ages to explore Australia’s first museum, the Australian Museum, and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory.

In 2015, the inaugural Free Museum Weekend attracted crowds of more than 50,000 visitors across both museums, marking the introduction of Kids Free, a commitment by the NSW Government to provide free general admission for school students and children 16 years and under visiting both museums.

Since Kids Free began, the Powerhouse Museum has experienced over 60% growth in children’s visits with over 195,000 children visiting the Museum in FY2015-16 to date. The Australian Museum saw more than 150,000 children visit over the same period – a significant increase despite not hosting a blockbuster exhibition during the period

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the Free Museum Weekend would build on the popularity of the Kids Free initiative.

“Arts, science and natural history are integral to every child’s education and museum visits bring this education to life in exciting and tangible ways. The success of Kids Free is testament to the importance of a rich cultural life. With kids flocking to these fascinating museums in the past year we encourage them to bring the adults in their lives along to the Free Museum Weekend to share in their new discoveries,” Mr Grant said.

MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the Free Museum Weekend provided an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a special day together and to explore two of Sydney’s most iconic institutions free of charge.

“With the events and programs on offer at all three sites, there will be plenty of opportunities for the whole family to be hands-on throughout the free weekend. As we welcome more children through our venues, we are particularly delighted to see how young people explore the ideas around them, make connections to their own experiences and share their curiosity with others around them.” Ms Merrillees said.

Australian Museum Director Kim McKay AO said experiencing museums from an early age played a pivotal role in developing our understanding of the world.

“Museums are places of learning, wonder and discovery for curious minds to explore. It’s those early museum experiences that are seared into our memories and foster our interest in arts, culture and science,” Ms McKay said.

“There should be no barrier for young people to learn and be inspired, and we are thrilled to be able to open our doors to all visitors on this Free Museum Weekend in June, and celebrate the success of the Kids Free initiative over the past year.”

Visitors to the Australian Museum can experience the award-winning exhibition Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 greatest explorers, a celebration of the pioneers and adventurers who shaped the history of our nation and our understanding of the world around us, while those visiting the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory will be the first to participate in Tanabata: Star Village, a collaborative community art installation celebrating the Japanese fable of the night sky.

Free Museum Weekend: 25 – 26 June 2016

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
9.30am – 5pm daily, 1 William Street, Sydney, www.australianmuseum.net.au. 9320 6000

MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES
Powerhouse Museum
10am – 5pm daily, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, www.maas.museum/powerhouse-museum

Sydney Observatory
10am – 5pm daily, Watson Rd, Millers Point, maas.museum/sydney-observatory

Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS)
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

Australian Museum (AM)
Australian Museum (AM), founded in 1827, is the nation’s first museum, and is an internationally recognised natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. As custodian of more than 18 million objects, the AM is uniquely positioned to provide a greater understanding of the region through its scientific research, exhibitions and public and education programs. Through the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM also has a leading role in conserving Australia’s biodiversity through understanding the environmental impacts of climate change, potential biosecurity threats and invasive species.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
AM: Claire Vince, Media Advisor | claire.vince@austmus.gov.au | 9320 6181 / 0468 726 910
MAAS: Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist | eli.wallis@maas.museum | 9217 0564 / 0402 359 016


TANABATA: STAR VILLAGE AT MAAS FOR THE JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

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Weave, fold, write, listen, play, imagine and create a colourful paper world at Tanabata: Star Village at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory during the July School Holidays.

From 2–17 July, families are invited to enjoy this free, immersive art experience created by Slow Art Collective that will build over the course of the holidays through the collective contributions of visitors of all ages. Add to the growing installation and take part in storytelling sessions, origami, wishing cards, musical galaxies and colourful weaving.

MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the programs on offer at the Powerhouse and the Observatory were a great way to spend the holidays.

“Tanabata is a Japanese fable which tells the story of two stars, Orihime the cloud weaver and Hikoboshi the cow-herder, who came to fall in love and live in the night sky. Families this holidays can weave their own story at the Powerhouse Museum, or visit the Sydney Observatory where this fable comes to life as these two stars meet on 7 July,” said Ms Merrillees.

Japanese origami artist Midori Furze will visit the Powerhouse Museum for origami workshops each weekend. Join Furze to learn how to fold impressive origami creations at home. Storytelling sessions at the Powerhouse Museum will introduce children to the Japanese fable of Orihime and Hikoboshi and Sydney Observatory will host daily Indigenous astronomy storytelling sessions.

The ever-popular Thinkspace school holiday program expands in July with four new, full day, digital workshops for budding programmers and gamers taking place across both the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory.

Focusing on creatively engaging kids, these workshops will teach you to master Minecraft, make your own arcade controller, design your on virtual reality game or make your own professional videos.

For the full Thinkspace program visit www.maas.museum/thinkspace
For the full school holiday program visit maas.museum/school-holidays

Thinkspace

Let’s Play YouTube Video Crash Course, 12-13 July at the Powerhouse Museum
Ages 10–12 $180
Create a Let’s Play video to share with fellow Minecraft and Terraria fans on You Tube. Learn how to produce professional videos with Adobe Premiere and promote them to other Let’s Play gamers.

Virtual Reality Game Design, 14 July at the Powerhouse Museum
Ages 9–12 $100
Design your own VR spaceship simulator using game design elements such as 3D pixel art artwork, music, story development and professional game production engine Unity 5.

Make an Arcade Controller, 4 July at the Powerhouse Museum
(Ages 9–12) $180
Design and build your very own USB arcade-style controller. Adapt joystick components to a specially designed circuit board to create a working controller that will connect with any computer.

Minecraft Minigame Masters, 13 July at the Powerhouse Museum
(Ages 8–12) $100
The ideal introduction to Minecraft for children, in a safe and fun environment. Discover new worlds and share Minecraft adventures playing in teams with fellow online explorers.

For the full Thinkspace program visit www.maas.museum/thinkspace

Tanabata: Star Village
Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory
2 – 17 July 10am – 4.30pm daily
Tanabata: Star Village is an ArtsPeople Production in partnership with the Japan Foundation, Sydney

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THE WORLDS GREATEST SCIENCE EXPERIMENT HEADS TO THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) ‘transports’ the world’s greatest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), to the Powerhouse Museum in an Australian first exhibition from 11 August to 30 October as a part of the 2016 Sydney Science Festival.

An exhibition from the Science Museum, London, Collider provides a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva that houses the LHC. The LHC is most famous for proving the existence of the Higgs boson, otherwise referred to as the ‘God Particle’. The Higgs boson was theorised in the 1950s to be a subatomic particle responsible for giving other elementary particles mass.

“MAAS has a long history of championing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Australia and is committed to continuing to showcase work at the forefront of these disciplines. The LHC is heralding a new frontier in science with immeasurable possibilities for future discoveries and scientific advancements in technology.” said MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees.

“This one-of-a-kind exhibition offers visitors an insider’s look at what it’s like to visit the famous site, to take a walk through the CERN control room, talk to virtual scientists and engineers, and snoop around a researcher’s workbench,” said Ms Merrillees.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said this exhibition would expand the minds of all who experienced it. “The work undertaken at CERN has far-reaching impacts on the world. This immersive exhibition places visitors in the heart of CERN and is the closest most Australians will get to the inside of the LHC. It is an experience that is at once educational and inspirational.”

Blending theatre, video and sound with real artefacts from CERN, the exhibition puts visitors at the heart of an experiment that recreates the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang occurred 13.8 million years ago. Visitors are invited to follow the journey of particle beams as they are injected into the accelerator chain, ramped up to speed and steered around the 27km LHC tunnel. Moving along the tunnel, a wrap-around projection engulfs audiences to simulate one of the LHC’s enormous experimental caverns, as particles smash together around them.

Australian researchers and students are involved in the LHC project through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP), a collaborative research venture between the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Monash. The exhibition explores Australia’s contribution to experiments that have been and are currently being performed at CERN. Two staff members at the Powerhouse Museum have also worked on the project first hand.

Collider is a highlight of the Sydney Science Festival. The Festival, now in its second year, is produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with museums, galleries, universities, businesses, scientists, engineers and community organisations across greater Sydney, to deliver a vibrant 11-day program for National Science Week.


Collider exhibition                                                                           Sydney Science Festival         

6 August – 30 October 2016                                                              11−21 August 2016

Powerhouse Museum                                                                        Powerhouse Museum and venues across Sydney

Adult $20, Concession $13, Child $5, Family $45                              https://sydneyscience.com.au/

On sale 24 June

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Free for MAAS Members and children under 4 years


EDITORS NOTES

The Large Hadron Collider: facts and figures

  • The Large Hadron Collider is the largest, most sophisticated and most powerful scientific device ever made. It is being used by thousands of scientists and engineers around the world to learn more about the tiny building blocks that make up our Universe and the laws that govern their behaviour.
  • The precise circumference of the LHC accelerator is 26,659m (almost the same length as London Underground’s Circle Line), containing thousands of the world’s most powerful magnets.
  • Not only is the LHC the world’s largest particle accelerator, just one-eighth of its cryogenic distribution system would qualify as the world’s largest fridge.
  • When in operation, trillions of protons race around the LHC accelerator ring 11,245 times a second, travelling at 99.9999991% the speed of light. Altogether some 600 million collisions take place every second.
  • When two beams of lead ions collide, they generate temperatures more than 100,000 times hotter than the heart of the Sun
  • By contrast, the ‘cryogenic distribution system’, which circulates superfluid helium around the accelerator ring, keeps the LHC at a super cool temperature of -271.3°C (1.9 K) – even colder than outer space!

About the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Museum Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

About the Science Museum, London

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

About CERN

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a candidate for accession. Serbia is an associate members in the pre-stage to membership. Pakistan and Turkey are associate members. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, the European Commission, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and UNESCO have observer status.

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RECOLLECT: CERAMICS GRAND CERAMIC STATEMENTS

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A collection of Australia’s most striking ceramic objects will be on display in Recollect: Ceramics curated by Eva Czernis Ryl opening at the Powerhouse Museum on 21 May.

Recollect: Ceramics celebrates milestones from the 1600s to today, showcasing the myriad ways clay has been used in creating both functional and artistic objects. The exhibition spans themes such as art and industry, Indigenous ceramics, glazes and contemporary sculpture, and features rare historic pieces alongside contemporary acquisitions.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Dolla Merrillees said the exhibition coincides with a renewed widespread interest in ceramics.

“Recollect: Ceramics celebrates the depth and diversity of the Museum’s extensive historical and contemporary ceramics collection drawn from across the world. Generations of artists have combined creative ideas and technical skills to transform raw clay into an infinite variety of ceramic works and juxtaposing ceramics from different cultures allows us to explore their innate influence on each other,” said Ms Merrillees.

Recollect: Ceramics is the latest in the MAAS Recollect series, an exhibition program that draws upon key MAAS curatorial disciplines to display the museum’s vast and rich object collection. Recollect: Ceramics opens 21 May 2016 and runs until 12 February 2017. To date, this exhibition series has seen a 20% increase in the amount of the vast MAAS collection on public display.

Recollect: Ceramics highlights

Satirical bust of Baron Schmiedel, Meissen, Germany
1739, hard-paste porcelain
This satirical portrait bust of the court jester known as Baron Schmiedel, was ordered by Frederick Augustus II (ruled 1733-63), son of Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony who established Europe’s first true or hard-paste porcelain factory in 1710. Acquired by the Museum in 1950, the intriguing bust is one of only three examples of this design known to exist, and is among the most important objects in the Museum’s decorative arts collection.

Wanampi Muni Ngintaka, Ernabella Arts, Australia/China
1995, stoneware
This monumental vessel was decorated by Derek Jungarrayi Thompson during the first Indigenous artist residency in China; it was fired in Wu Workshop in Jingdezhen. Indigenous motifs of the large snake and lizard are featured against traditional Chinese clouds.

The Swan Vase, Wedgwood, England
1875, earthenware
This Wedgwood vase was modeled and painted by some of the best ceramic artists available at the time of its production and displayed at three international exhibitions: in Paris in 1878, in Sydney in 1879 and in Melbourne in 1880. The complex design and scale of the vase highlights the importance of Australian markets to leading English manufacturers at the time.

Forms in Succession #5, Japan
2011, slip-cast porcelain
Shigekazu Nagae is one of Japan’s leading porcelain artists, who innovatively adapts the industrial process of slip-casting to create unique works that evoke origami, the traditional Japanese technique of paper folding.

Royal wine coolers, Sèvres, France
1770, soft-paste porcelain
These wine coolers are part of a dinner service ordered by Madame du Barry, mistress of the French king Louis XV, to celebrate the marriage of his grandson and heir to the 16-year old Marie Antoinette of Austria.

Recollect: Ceramics
21 May 2016 –  14 August 2016
The Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
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Admission: Free with general admission $15 adult, $8 concession, children 16 years and under free

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ISABELLA BLOW: A FASHIONABLE LIFE EXCLUSIVE TO POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

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Showcasing looks from Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy OBE, Julien Macdonald, Hussein Chalayan and more, an exhibition of the wardrobe of celebrated English fashion editor and stylist Isabella Blow opens in Australia on 14 May exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life provides a rare chance to see garments, hats and shoes by iconic British designers such as McQueen and Treacy in addition to the designs of Manolo Blahnik, John Galliano, Jeremy Scott and Viktor & Rolf. The bespoke exhibition features approximately 100 objects from Isabella Blow’s collection and will be on display to 28 August 2016.

Isabella Blow nurtured the careers of many designers, photographers and models from the 1980s until her tragic death in 2007. The muse of milliner Philip Treacy, she is credited with discovering the models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl as well as the fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Her editorial work, the images she created and her personal collection of clothes, photographs and illustrations leave behind a legacy of one of fashion’s most talented mavericks.

In 2010, fashion muse, patron and artist, The Honourable Daphne Guinness purchased Isabella’s wardrobe and established the Isabella Blow Foundation. Guinness will visit Australia to open the exhibition and appear at a number of public events at the Powerhouse Museum and Westfield Sydney.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said the Powerhouse continues to attract world-class exhibitions that will draw visitors from across the state and internationally.

“Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life takes visitors on a journey of twentieth century British fashion through the lens of a fashion editor. Blow’s influence on local Australian and global trends is both immediately evident and fascinating,” Mr Grant said.

“With Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced also on show until the end of August, there is the chance for visitors to get a double dose of fashion at the Powerhouse this winter,” Mr Grant said.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said this exhibition continued to build Sydney’s reputation as the Australian home of fashion.

“This winter, visitors to Sydney have the opportunity to get a close up look at famous works by seminal British designers. With this exhibition exclusive to Sydney, this is the only place in Australia to see original, early works by designers who are now household names.”

“Against the backdrop of Wool Week, Vivid Sydney and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, this exhibition provides yet another reason to head to Sydney this May,” Mr Ayres said.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the exhibition continued the work of the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

“Through the MAAS Centre for Fashion we offer unique ways to explore the world of fashion, whether through the collections of fashion icons as with the Centre’s inaugural exhibition Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced, or by hearing first hand from esteemed fashion critics like Suzy Menkes.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs, including a week-long pop up at Westfield Sydney, which will feature intimate talks from Australia’s leading designers, and an event with Daphne Guinness in conversation with Harper’s Bazaar editor Kellie Hush at the Powerhouse Museum on 12 May.

Exhibition details:
What: Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life
When: 14 May – 28 August 2016
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Details: maas.museum/isabella-blow

Admission (includes general entry to Powerhouse Museum)
• Adult $20
• Concession $13
• Children $5
• Groups of 10 or more $20

Book online at maas.museum/event/isabella-blow via Ticketmaster

About the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences
Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

About The Centre for Fashion
The MAAS Centre for Fashion is Australia’s first public centre for fashion excellence, giving unrivalled access to arguably the largest public fashion collection in Australia.

Working closely with local, national and international designers, and industry and tertiary partners the initiative will foster creative excellence, scholarly inquiry and public curiosity through exhibitions, interactive events, fellowships, designer residences, publications, acquisitions, programs and research.

Collette Dinnigan joins the Centre for Fashion as an ambassador, alongside Linda Jackson, Alistair Trung, Akira Isogawa, Kym Ellery, and Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born. The Centre also welcomes inaugural patron, Dr Gene Sherman.

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MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES APPOINTS A NEW SENIOR CURATOR

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Keinton Butler, a London-based curator with over 15 year’s experience, has been appointed as a new Senior Curator with a focus on design and architecture at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

Throughout her career in Australia and the UK, Ms Butler has worked with Tate Modern, British Council and the London Design Festival, and on Damien Hirst’s publishing project, Other Criteria. She joins MAAS most recently from Precinct, a project space she established in London for cultural exchange between artists, designers and local communities.

MAAS Head of Curatorial, Jacqui Strecker, said Keinton brought strong curatorial experience to the role.

“Keinton brings to MAAS expertise honed not only through research, but through the delivery of a broad range of public programs, exhibitions and collaborations. We are very pleased to welcome Keinton to our team.” said Ms Strecker.

Keinton said she was excited to begin work with the MAAS collection.

“Design and architecture are key strengths of the MAAS collection, and I look forward to drawing on the collection to create more opportunities for our visitors with these fascinating areas of practice,” said Ms Butler.

Keinton graduated from Furniture Technology at RMIT University in Melbourne, after studying key developments in furniture production through computer-integrated manufacturing, numerical control and materials technology.

She holds a Master of Arts in Curating Contemporary Design from the Design Museum in London and Kingston University, and her research areas focus on new directions for online curating, mobile technology in museums and curating art and design within historic sites.

Keinton co-founded the award winning British furniture startup, Beynon and collaborating with her extensive professional network, and most recently with Turner Prize-winning architectural collective Assemble.

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NEW DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED TO LEAD MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES IN PREPARATION FOR PARRAMATTA

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On the riverbank in Parramatta today, the Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, made two major announcements for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), confirming the preferred site for the new museum and the appointment of a new Director.

The Riverbank site, also known as the old David Jones carpark, is the preferred site for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Parramatta, positioning the new museum in the heart of Parramatta’s central business district.

Premier Baird said this was an ideal site for an iconic museum.

“Locating the Powerhouse at Parramatta will ensure Western Sydney has a new, world-class cultural institution that will be a major drawcard for local and international visitors,” Mr Baird said.

“The site on the banks of the Parramatta River is the ideal location for the new Powerhouse Museum, which will serve as an anchor for a new arts and cultural precinct.”

The preferred site will now be subject to a detailed business case, which will provide further detail on the project timeline and budget. There is a 5-7 year timeline for completing the build on the new museum.

Leading the planning for the Museum’s next chapter will be Dolla Merrillees, as the new Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

President of the MAAS Board of Trustees, John Shine, said Ms Merrillees was an outstanding choice for Museum Director.

“Dolla brings a strong track record of curatorial leadership to the role, as well as a highly respected reputation for rethinking and representing collections and delivering innovative exhibitions,” said Mr Shine.

“As an experienced administrator, she has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent successes, which have seen a 14% increase in visitation to the Powerhouse Museum and over 17 new exhibitions presented.

“We look forward to working with Dolla to build an iconic museum in Parramatta.”

Ms Merrillees said she was honoured and delighted to be leading MAAS at a time of such great opportunity.

“The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is a remarkable Australian institution with an exceptional collection. It sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and reflects the growth, changing shape and future of Sydney,” said Ms Merrillees.

“Deepening audience engagement, bringing the collections to life through hands on experiences and offering a variety of pathways through ideas and information is key.
We are a contemporary Museum for a smart and creative city and I look forward to working with Parramatta City Council and the community during the design process.”

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MARCH

ICONIC BRITISH DESIGNERS EXCLUSIVE TO POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

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Showcasing looks from Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy OBE, Julien Macdonald, Hussein Chalayan and more, the wardrobe of the celebrated English fashion editor and stylist Isabella Blow (1958–2007), will travel to Australia in May for an exhibition exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life will provide a rare chance to see garments, hats and shoes by iconic British designers such as McQueen and Treacy in addition to the designs of Manolo Blahnik, John Galliano, Jeremy Scott and Viktor & Rolf. The bespoke exhibition will feature approximately 100 objects from Isabella Blow’s collection. It will open at the Powerhouse Museum during Wool Week on 14 May and be on display to 17 July 2016.

Isabella Blow nurtured the careers of many designers, photographers and models from the 1980s until her tragic death in 2007. The muse of hat designer Philip Treacy, she is credited with discovering the models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl as well as the fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Her editorial work, the images she created and her personal collection of clothes, photographs and illustrations leave behind a legacy of one of fashion’s most talented mavericks.

In 2010, fashion muse, patron and artist, The Honourable Daphne Guinness purchased Isabella’s wardrobe and established the Isabella Blow Foundation. Guinness will visit Australia to open the exhibition and appear at a number of public events at the Powerhouse Museum and Westfield Sydney.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said the Powerhouse continues to attract world-class exhibitions that will draw visitors from across the state and internationally.

Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life will take you on a journey through Isabella’s extraordinary career that influenced worldwide fashion trends for decades,” Mr Grant said.

“With Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced also on show until the end of August, there is the chance for visitors to get a double dose of fashion at the Powerhouse this winter.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said this exhibition continued to build Sydney’s reputation as the Australian home of fashion.

“Visitors to Sydney will discover an incredible fashion collection featuring some of Britain’s most acclaimed designers that can’t be seen anywhere else in Australia or our region,” Mr Ayres said.

“Against the backdrop of Wool Week, Vivid Sydney and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, this exhibition provides yet another reason to head to Sydney this May.”

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Acting Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the exhibition continued the work of the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

“Through the MAAS Centre for Fashion we offer unique ways to explore the world of fashion, whether through the collections of fashion icons as with the Centre’s inaugural exhibition Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced, or by hearing first hand from esteemed fashion critics like Suzy Menkes.”

The Isabella Blow Foundation Director, Isobel Gorst, said they were looking forward to sharing Blow’s collection with Australians.

“The Isabella Blow Foundation, in partnership with Sydney’s MAAS Centre for Fashion, is delighted to embark upon a new, innovative exhibition. One of the charity’s objectives was to allow the world to view Isabella’s iconic wardrobe and we are thrilled to give Australia this opportunity.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs, including a week-long pop up at Westfield Sydney, which will feature intimate talks from Australia’s leading designers and an in-conversation event with Daphne Guinness on 14 May.

Exhibition details:
What: Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life
When: 14 May – 17 July 2016
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Details: maas.museum/isabella-blow

Admission (includes general entry to Powerhouse Museum)
• Adult $20
• Concession $13
• Children $5
• Groups of 10 or more $20

Book online at maas.museum/event/isabella-blow

About the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences
Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

About The Centre for Fashion
The MAAS Centre for Fashion is Australia’s first public centre for fashion excellence, giving unrivalled access to arguably the largest public fashion collection in Australia.

Working closely with local, national and international designers, and industry and tertiary partners the initiative will foster creative excellence, scholarly inquiry and public curiosity through exhibitions, interactive events, fellowships, designer residences, publications, acquisitions, programs and research.

Collette Dinnigan joins the Centre for Fashion as an ambassador, alongside Linda Jackson, Alistair Trung, Akira Isogawa, Kym Ellery, and Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born. The Centre also welcomes inaugural patron, Dr Gene Sherman.

Exhibition highlights include:

Alexander McQueen lace dress and Philip Treacy antler horn, Autumn/ Winter 1996, United Kingdom

Alexander McQueen lace dress, Spring/ Summer 1999, United Kingdom

Alexander McQueen frock coat, Philip Treacy hat, Autumn/ Winter 1996, United Kingdom

Philip Treacy, Disc hat, 2001, United Kingdom

Philip Treacy, Castle hat, 1999, United Kingdom

Philip Treacy, Lace Wing hat, Autumn/ Winter 2001, United Kingdom

Mario Testino photo of Isabella Blow at the Jeremy Scott show wearing the Roswell hat designed by Philip Treacy, 1998, United Kingdom

Vanity Fair, Steven Meisel photo of Isabella Blow wearing the Paradise Headdress designed by Philip Treacy, 1993, United States

Vanity Fair, ‘Burning Down the House’ photo by David LaChapelle, Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow at Hedingham Castle, Essex, 1996

American Vogue, Richard Burbridge photo of Isabella Blow wearing Queen Mary Toque designed by Philip Treacy, 1996, United States

Lord Snowdon photo of Isabella Blow, 1995, United Kingdom

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS AT THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, SYDNEY

New Batman v Superman sculpture revealed
Over 95,000 tickets sold to date
Closing 1 May 2016

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – (March 2016) – Australian audiences have been the first in the world to experience THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS exhibition. To further entice audiences to visit before the exhibition closes on 1 May, a new sculpture will be unveiled called ‘Showdown’ and features an epic confrontation between Batman and Superman. This release coincides with the Australian launch of Warner Bros. Pictures film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This new, large-scale work is made from over 30,000 LEGO bricks.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya has entertained and wowed Australian audiences both young and old. The exhibition, exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum in Australia, will close on 1 May and continue on its worldwide tour.

THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS features more than 120 original works of art, created using over 1 million LEGO bricks, including a life-size Batmobile, spanning 5.5 metres (18 feet) and constructed from 500,000 bricks. Inspired by legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and others, Sawaya has imagined large-scale sculptures featuring some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from the pages of DC Comics.

Artist Nathan Sawaya said, “This new piece of artwork captures the question comic fans have been asking for decades, if Batman and Superman were to battle, who would win? It is an epic showdown of super-heroic proportions. It’s big. It’s dark. It’s fierce. Like with so many of my sculptures, I leave it to the viewer to finish the story.”

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said “This Australian exclusive for the Powerhouse Museum has been incredibly popular with families and fans of LEGO and DC Comics. It’s a must-see and I encourage you all to visit before the exhibition leaves Australia.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said “It was a real coup for Sydney to secure the world premiere of THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS exhibition through support from the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The exhibition is a major drawcard for visitors to Sydney and I encourage everyone to see this world class exhibition before it closes.”

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Dolla Merrillees said it was an honour for the Powerhouse Museum to be the exclusive Australian venue for this global exhibition. “This exhibition has been immensely popular since it opened and continues to attract strong crowds. Its popularity supports our fascination with heroes and villains and the battle between right and wrong as well as our affiliation and love of LEGO,” said Ms Merrillees.

The exhibition holds true to the creative disciplines of Sawaya’s original touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, which encourages inspiration, education and participation and has been seen by millions of people in more than 75 cities across five continents. Award-winning and record-breaking, CNN rated it as one of the world’s ‘must see exhibitions.’

The exhibition, supported in Australia by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, brings together contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, to create the world’s largest collection of DC Comics-inspired LEGO® artwork.

Exhibition details
What:     THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS
Where:   Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW
When:    Closing 1 May 2016
Details:   maas.museum/aotb
Tickets:   To avoid the queues pre-book your tickets at www.ticketek.com.au
Pricing:   Adult: $26
Concession: $22
Child: $16.60
Family: $64

Future cities and venues will be posted at www.brickartist.com

About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded THE ART OF THE BRICK as one of the top “must-see exhibits in the world!” Originally a lawyer, Sawaya walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.

About the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

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LAHRA CAREY MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS
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Katie Kotchka
WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Katie.Kotchka@warnerbros.com
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Link to images of sculptures being showcased at the upcoming exhibition below

THE ART OF THE BRICK DC COMICS IMAGES

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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LEGO, its logo, the brick and knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group. Used with permission.

SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL 2016 MAKE OR BREAK

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Sydney Design Festival will celebrate the best of design at venues across Sydney from 2 – 11 September 2016. Presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the Festival this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Festival theme, Make or Break, will examine the role of commercial success for designers and the trend for deconstructed production methods.

MAAS Acting Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the festival was unique in its origins and offerings.

“Sydney Design Festival is unusual as one of the only Museum-presented design festivals in the world. Throughout its 20-year history the Festival has championed local and new designers and provided forums to explore the impacts of design on everyday life and culture.”

“Design is a cornerstone of MAAS, The Museum commands a unique place at the intersection of science and technology, design and innovation, aesthetics and industry We look forward to once again gathering a range of leading creatives under the umbrella of innovative design,” said Ms Merrillees.

Design Institute of Australia NSW President, Karinna Gobbo, said the festival has a lot to offer designers across numerous fields.

“The Design Institute of Australia members are experts in design thinking, creative problem solving and innovation. Collectively, our professional members represent a broad gamut of disciplines in both established and emerging design fields of design. Aligning and supporting Sydney Design Week 2016 across multiple design disciplines is of considerable value to our members and the design community,” said Ms Gobbo.

Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Strategy Director, Catriona Burgess, said the festival had a key role to play in bringing the design community together.

“There has never been a more exciting time for design, especially for Australia. Creativity can solve old problems in new ways, and is being increasingly understood as critical to successful businesses and communities. Sydney Design Festival allows us to highlight the value of design and to celebrate the vibrancy of our industry,” said Ms Burgess.

Expressions of interest are now open for program contributions across formats as varied as lectures, studio tours, exhibitions, events and networking opportunities. Design streams range from architecture, landscape, industrial and interiors to fashion, jewellery and graphic design.

Highlights of last year’s festival included a four-day showcase of research-led architecture innovation; talks by leading Australian designers; jewellery workshops adapting basketry techniques to silver smithing and a collaborative community crochet project throughout the festival.

Past festival speakers have included Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, Droog co-founder Renny Ramakers, industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, French designer Matali Crasset and fashion historian Valerie Steele.

Expressions of interest close on 4 April. A full festival program will be announced on 22 July 2016.

Sydney Design Festival
2 – 11 September 2016
Expressions of Interest close 4 April 2016
www.sydneydesign.com.au

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Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist T: 0402 359 016 or E: eli.wallis@maas.museum

About the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and the Museum Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.


UNLEASH YOUR IMAGINATION WITH THE MAAS APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

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Create your own video game, sleep over at the Powerhouse Museum and build rockets at Sydney Observatory these school holidays. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is the home of creative children from 9 to 24 April. In addition to popular workshops in LEGO® stop motion animation, Minecraft, computer game design and music video creation, four new workshops have been added to the Museum’s THINKSPACE program.

THINKSPACE programs are designed to get kids excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) using fun and engaging formats. MAAS Digital Learning Manager James Oliver believes the workshops empower children to find their voice through technology. “THINKSPACE workshops allow learners to create and produce videos using inspiration from around the museum and professional filming and editing techniques,” said Mr Oliver.

Back by popular demand, the Powerhouse Museum Sleepover will bring the museum to life after dark for kids big and small on 15 April. Dress up as your favourite Super Hero for THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS and take a torchlight tour to explore the Museum in a whole new light. Join fellow Museum enthusiasts for dinner in the Museum and a screening of the LEGO® movie before sleeping amongst historical objects, under suspended planes.

Star gaze in the daylight with impressive telescopes at Observatory Kids Extravaganza: Space Exploration at Sydney Observatory on 20 April. Launch rockets, build your own rocket to take home and learn about Mars exploration from the Mars Lab team.

The school holidays are also the perfect time to see THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS before it closes on 1 May. A new sculpture will be added to the exhibition to coincide with the film release of Batman v Superman on 24 March. See this and over 120 artworks inspired by the most enduring Super Heroes and Super-Villains: from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to The Joker and Harley Quinn.

THINKSPACE

YouTube Creator Crash Course, 21 April at the Powerhouse Museum
Ages 10 – 12 $180
Learn how to create original YouTube content and promote your videos using creative thumbnails and channel art.

Next Big Music Hit, 19 April at the Powerhouse Museum
Ages 9 – 12 $100
This is a great chance to meet like-minded people who can collaborate on your project. If you are passionate about song writing come and join us to write the next big hit!

Unity Multiplayer Game with C#13-15, 21 April at the Powerhouse Museum
Ages 13 – 15 $180
Create your own multiplayer game using Unity 5 then play it on your device at home.

Physical Computing and Rockets, 11 and 22 April at Sydney Observatory
Ages 9 – 12 $100
Learn how to manoeuvre electronic components with code. Control lights, make music and use sensors to read the environment in this exciting workshop that encourages children to explore the maker space.

THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS at the Powerhouse Museum
$26 Adult, $16.60 Child, $64 Family

Free activities at the Powerhouse Museum
Giant Comic Strip, 9-25 April, 9.30am-4.30pm
Draw your favourite super heroes to life as you contribute to the Museum’s giant comic strip.
Green Screen Super Hero Photos, 9-25 April, 9.30am-4.30pm
Dress up as your favourite Super Hero, take a photo, and send a copy home to astound your friends!

Powerhouse Museum Sleepover
15 April 5.30pm – 16 April 8.00am
$160 Adult, $140 Child, additional children (within same booking) $70
MAAS Members $125 Adult, $100 Child, additional children (within same booking) $50
Ages 5-10 (with children to be accompanied by an adult)

Observatory Kids Extravaganza: Space Exploration
20 April, 10.00am-1.30pm
$15 child 3 years and over / $13 Members child, free entry for parents and carers (max 2 per child)
Ages 3-8

Enquiries and bookings: www.ticketek.com.au Info: www.maas.museum

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About the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and the Museum Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.


FEBRUARY

COLLIDER EXCLUSIVE TO SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL

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The 2016 Sydney Science Festival will take visitors deep into CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Experience the world’s largest science experiment, as part of a compelling program of exhibitions, talks and workshops right across the city.

Now in its second year, the Sydney Science Festival is led by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with museums, galleries, universities, businesses, scientists, engineers and community organisations across greater Sydney, to deliver a vibrant 11-day program for National Science Week.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Acting Director, Dolla Merrillees, said festival audiences had a lot to look forward to.

“In 2015 the inaugural Sydney Science Festival attracted over 39,000 participants across 132 events, and we are looking forward to working with even more partners this year for an even bigger program,” said Ms Merrillees.

Organisations interested in being a part of the 2016 festival program are invited to submit an expression of interest by the 7 March.

A highlight of this year’s Sydney Science Festival program will be Collider, an exhibition direct from the London Science Museum, which takes visitors on an immersive journey through the Large Hadron Collider in CERN’s Geneva laboratories.

“This immersive exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s ground-breaking scientific facilities,” said Ms Merrillees.

“With its recreated tunnels and work spaces this is the place where the very hot meets the intensely cold, where the big sits alongside the extremely small and where art and science intersect. It is the perfect representation of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to showcasing human innovation and the intersection of art, science and technology,

Blending theatre, video and sound with real artefacts from CERN, this exhibition puts visitors at the heart of an experiment that recreates the conditions that existed just after the Bing Bang occurred 13.8 million years ago,” said Ms Merrillees.

Australian researchers and students are involved in the LHC project through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP), a collaborative research venture between the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Monash.

Sydney Mini Maker Faire will also return to the Powerhouse Museum as a highlight of the Sydney Science Festival. Now in its fourth year, the two-day faire provides an opportunity for Sydney’s best Makers, from a wide range of disciplines, to showcase their creations to the public. From wine makers to Arduino coders and 3D printing designers, share in the wonder of invention with passionate Makers from across NSW.

Sydney Science Festival
11−21 August 2016
Powerhouse Museum
Expressions of Interest close 7 March 2016
www.sydneyscience.com.au/eoi/

Collider exhibition
11 August – 30 October 2016
Powerhouse Museum
Tickets free with general admission
Adult $15, Concessions $8
Children 16 years and under FREE

About the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Museum Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

About the London Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

Notes to Editors:

Collider
The Collider exhibition transports visitors into the heart of one of the greatest scientific experiments of our time: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Collider provides a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva in the first exhibition of its kind, offering visitors the closest experience possible to visiting the famous site itself.

The immersive exhibition blends theatre, video and sound art, to take visitors to the site of the LHC where they can explore areas including CERN’s Control Room and a huge underground detector cavern. Visitors can meet ‘virtual’ scientists and engineers from CERN, snoop around a researcher’s workbench, and examine objects up-close.

Visitors will follow the journey of particle beams as they are injected into the accelerator chain, ramped up to speed and steered around the 27km LHC tunnel. Moving along the tunnel, visitors are then immersed in the highlight of the exhibition – a wrap-around projection taking in both extremes of the scale of the LHC: from an enormous experiment cavern, to the very heart of a particle collision.

The Large Hadron Collider: facts and figures
• The Large Hadron Collider is the largest, most sophisticated and most powerful scientific device ever made. It is being used by thousands of scientists and engineers around the world to learn more about the tiny building blocks that make up our Universe and the laws that govern their behaviour.
• The precise circumference of the LHC accelerator is 42,903 km, containing thousands of the world’s most powerful magnets.
• Not only is the LHC the world’s largest particle accelerator, just one-eighth of its cryogenic distribution system would qualify as the world’s largest fridge.
• When in operation, trillions of protons race around the LHC accelerator ring 11,245 times a second, travelling at 99.9999991% the speed of light. Altogether some 600 million collisions take place every second.
• When two beams of lead ions collide, they generate temperatures more than 100,000 times hotter than the heart of the Sun
• By contrast, the ‘cryogenic distribution system’, which circulates superfluid helium around the accelerator ring, keeps the LHC at a super cool temperature of -271.3°C (1.9 K) – even colder than outer space!

About CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a candidate for accession. Serbia is an associate member in the pre-stage to membership. Pakistan and Turkey are associate members. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, the European Commission, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and UNESCO have observer status.

About Winton Capital Management
Winton Capital Management is a leading global alternative investment company and a world leader in financial mathematics and empirical scientific research into financial markets. The company, founded in 1997, now employs some 280 people, including 120 scientists, at research campuses in London, Oxford, Zurich and Hong Kong. Winton Capital also has office in New York and Sydney.

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Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist T: 0402 359 016 or E: eli.wallis@maas.museum


MAASive LATES FREE ADULTS ONLY NIGHTS AT POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

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The 2016 MAASive Lates program has been announced with four, free after-hours events for adults curated by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and co-produced with partner organisations, artists and festivals.

On Thursday 24 March the first MAASive Lates for 2016 will celebrate super heroes with The Art of the Brick: DC Comics open after hours and a new artwork by international LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya unveiled to coincide with the release of highly anticipated blockbuster movie Batman v Superman. Local acrobatic super heroes Legs on the Wall will perform a new work devised specially for MAASive Lates: Super Heroes. Create your own super hero moments against a birds-eye perspective photo wall. For one night only, The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibition will be open until late and discounted to $18 (usually $26) for MAASive Lates audiences

MAASive Lates is a series of one-off events curated by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, opening the Powerhouse Museum at night for adults-only parties, performances and interactive experiences. Each MAASive Lates event expands upon themes that underpin current exhibitions at the Powerhouse Museum and embody the MAAS commitment to being a catalyst for creative expression and curious minds.

MAASive LATES 2016

MAASive Lates: Super Heroes, Thursday 24 March
Don a cape and let your inner super hero fly to the Powerhouse Museum for a night of super powers and LEGO for adults.

MAASive Lates: Fashion, Thursday 19 May
Celebrate Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a night of fashion-inspired programs at the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

MAASive Lates: Science, Thursday 11 August
Spark your curiosity with an evening of cutting-edge science during the Sydney Science Festival and experience the world’s greatest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider.

MAASive Lates: Design, Thursday 27 October
Explore design principals, history and future trends as part of an exciting new design exhibition soon to be announced.

Tickets to MAASive Lates events are free but limited
To register for tickets visit www.maas.museum
Entry to The Art of the Brick: DC Comics is discounted for one night only on 24 March
Adult $18 / Concession $15
The Junction Café and licenced bar will be open

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About the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and the Museum Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.


JANUARY  

NEW TALENT JOINS MAAS IN 2016

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The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) has welcomed new team members in 2016 with the appointment of Andrew Elliott as Director, Corporate Resources and CFO, Marnie Ogg as Sydney Observatory Manager and Julie Banks as Registration Manager.

Andrew Elliott joins MAAS from the private sector. An experienced Director and Chief Financial Officer he has delivered large scale planning and infrastructure projects, working closely with governments throughout Indo-China and the Asia Pacific region. Andrew took up the Director role on 18 January.

Marnie Ogg brings over 20 years tourism industry experience to the role of Sydney Observatory Manager. Prior to her appointment at MAAS she was the Director of Fred Watson Tours & Events, a tourism company specialising in science and astronomy. Marnie took over management of the Sydney Observatory in November 2015.

Julie Banks has extensive experience in museum registration. In a career spanning over 15 years she has worked in collections management at Museum Victoria, National Portrait Gallery, Australian Racing Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Julie commences as Registration Manager at MAAS from May 2016.

A number of existing staff have also moved into acting roles on the executive in 2016, joining Leann Meiers as Director, Development and External Affairs, and Michael Parry as Director of Programs and Engagement.

Dolla Merrillees began as MAAS Acting Director this month and says this is an exciting chapter for the Museum “We have started the year with strong visitation, particularly to Art of the Brick at the Powerhouse Museum. The holiday period is on track to be one of our most successful in recent years. Planning continues for the Museum’s longer term future in Parramatta. This represents a once in a generation opportunity to develop a twenty first century museum that responds to growth and the changing shape of Sydney.” said Ms Merrillees.

Rebecca Bushby has taken up the position of Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions. Previously MAAS Head of Production, Rebecca brings to the role considerable experience in project and exhibitions management, alongside extensive skills in interpretation of collections. Rebecca’s role will a role that will oversee the opening of new exhibitions in 2016 including two major international exhibitions and the reopening of the Museum’s collection storage facility at Castle Hill.

FOR FURTHER MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Eli Wallis, Senior Publicist T: 0402 359 016 or E: eli.wallis@maas.museum


 

DECEMBER

THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS and SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

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The world premiere of THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS will open at Powerhouse Museum on 21 November 2015. The world’s largest collection of DC Comics-inspired LEGO® artwork includes the most enduring Super Heroes and Super-Villains: from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to The Joker and Harley Quinn. A brand-new, life-size, Batmobile, built entirely out of LEGO® bricks, will be unveiled in Sydney alongside more than 100 other works of art by Sawaya.

Powerhouse Museum has an action packed line-up of summer SCHOOL HOLIDAY activities for all ages including:

Collaborative Comic Strip: Make your favourite Super Heroes come to life as you contribute to the Museum’s giant comic strip.

19 December – 26 January, 9.30am-5pm, Ages 4+

Birds-eye Super Hero Photos: Don a cape and choose some props to have your photo taken from a bird’s eye perspective.

19 December – 26 January, 9.30am-5pm

Sleep over at the Powerhouse Museum: Experience the Museum in a whole new way as you sleep over for the night in the Transport gallery, visit The Art of the Brick exhibition and enjoy dinner and breakfast inside the museum.

15-16 Jan, 5.30pm-8.00am, Ages 5-10

MAASive Hip-Hop Bootcamp: A five-day workshop program for 13-16 year olds built around hip-hop culture and youth activism.

11–15 January 10.00am – 3.00pm, Ages 12-16

Stop Motion Extravaganza: Get busy with clay! In this two-part workshop create clay characters to star in your very own LEGO® stop animation short film.

January 2016, 10am-4pm

LEGO® Stop Motion Family Day: Bring Lego to life! Animate characters and blocks using stop animation. Create a short LEGO® stop motion film, add sound and upload it to YouTube!

January 2016, 10am-4pm


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NOVEMBER

ACTIVISTS AND ARTISTS UNITE FOR A NIGHT OF CREATIVITY AND COLLECTIVE ACTION

MAASive LATES: CIVIL DISCOBEDIENCE

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Paul Capsis and Mark Trevorrow join a host of provocative performers for a night of Civil Discobedience as part of MAASive Lates at Powerhouse Museum on Thursday 26 November.

Actor and arts commentator Nell Schofield will host an entertaining evening of art and ideas as the Powerhouse Museum opens its doors after dark. Award-winning cabaret chameleon Paul Capsis will delight with his mesmerising voice. Mark Trevorrow, best known to Australian audiences as his alter ego Bob Downe, has charmed audiences across the world with his quick wit and particularly Australian twist on self-deprecating humour.

MAAS Director, Rose Hiscock, said this is a unique opportunity for people to experience the Powerhouse Museum at night. “MAASive Lates opens the Museum up as a meeting place for the community to explore and discuss ideas, all in an entertaining forum. Civil Discobedience promises to be particularly raucous with some of Sydney’s best contemporary artists bringing their particular brand of humour to the theme of disobedience,” said Ms Hiscock.

Taking its cue from the exhibition Disobedient Objects, Civil Discobedience invites visitors to tour this newly opened Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition as well as Evidence: Brook Andrew. Disobedient Objects showcases objects that represent collective action for change, spanning 30 years of political activism across the world. In Evidence: Brook Andrew Australian artist Brook Andrew draws from the extensive MAAS collection to create installations that examine ideas of people and place through the theme of evidence.

Get out your hard hat and steel cap boots and hit the dance floor for a night of grinding disco, creativity and collective action. DJ Simon Caldwell will rock your underworld with tunes from the frontline while activists and artists weld their direct-action tool belts together under a shimmering mirror ball. Experience performances by the amazing Martenitsa Choir – the voice of Bulgarian women in the fields – artist Michael Cutrupi from Fat Boy Dancing, poet Samuel Wagan Watson and some surprise flash flamenco.

Become part of the solution by weaving a star for the One Million Stars to End Violence project; plant Seeds of Hope for a healthy future and witness the beginning of a new social movement – 100 Moving Men against domestic violence. If you feel like a yarn about conservation, the Knitting Nannas Against Gas have you covered.

There’s something for everyone at Civil Discobedience. But be warned, sparks will fly!

MAASive Lates is a series of one-off events curated by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, opening the Powerhouse Museum at night for adults-only parties, performances and debate. Each MAASive Lates event expands upon themes that underpin current exhibitions at the Powerhouse Museum and embody the MAAS commitment to being a catalyst for creative expression and curious minds.


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NEW INTERNATIONAL ROLE FOR MAAS DIRECTOR ROSE HISCOCK
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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences today announced that its Director, Rose Hiscock will step down at the end of this year to take up a new international science leadership role in 2016.

The President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Professor John Shine AO today thanked Ms Hiscock for her significant contribution as Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), which includes the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory.

Ms Hiscock has been appointed as the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne.

Professor Shine said Ms Hiscock has transformed MAAS during her time as Director and will be missed by the Museum’s staff and volunteers.

“Rose Hiscock has done an outstanding job steering the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences through a period of significant change,” said Professor Shine.

“She has achieved major reforms that have helped turn the Museum into a dynamic and contemporary venue, resulting in greater visitor numbers and sponsorship over the last two years.”

“Rose has energised the Museum, which has delivered 18 great new exhibitions, launched a new Centre for Fashion and witnessed a five-fold increase in objects put on display during her time.”

The Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant also congratulated Ms Hiscock today on her accomplishments at MAAS.

“Rose has done an outstanding job creating a new vision and growth platform for the Museum as Director,” said Mr Grant.

“As well as bringing great international exhibitions to NSW she has ensured more of the State’s extraordinary collection is on display.”

“She has laid strong foundations to support the Government’s vision for a new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta, which will become a remarkable cultural institution for Sydney’s west.”

“As we move towards a final decision on the location for the Powerhouse, Rose’s departure will provide her successor with a great opportunity to shape and build an iconic museum for the future.”

“I wish Rose the best of luck in her new role.”

Ms Hiscock today thanked the NSW Government, MAAS President and Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, MAAS partners and stakeholders for their strong support during her time as Director.

“The last two and a half years have been immensely rewarding for me and I’m very proud of MAAS’ achievements,” said Ms Hiscock.

“It will be sad to go, however I will leave at the end of the year knowing the Museum is in great shape to embrace an exciting phase in its future.”

“I pay particular tribute to the highly skilled and creative MAAS staff and volunteers who have made the Museum what it is today.”

“I would also like to thank the Museum’s partners, members, local communities and visitors who have supported us so strongly along the way.”

Dolla Merrillees, MAAS’ Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions, will act as Director following Ms Hiscock’s departure, until the appointment of a permanent replacement. The NSW Government will commence the search process immediately.


Media inquiries

Rebekah Waite, Communications Manager, MAAS
rebekah.waite@maas.museum 0466 331 483


SEPTEMBER

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM TO HOST EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION COLLETTE DINNIGAN: UNLACED

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This spring, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences presents an exhibition exploring the work of internationally renowned Australian fashion designer, Collette Dinnigan, opening exclusively at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in September, 2015.

Curated in collaboration with Dinnigan herself, the exhibition covers the designer’s 25 year career, featuring over 100 garments including her signature lingerie, bridalwear, ready-to-wear and resort collections, alongside striking signature lace and embellished designs and never-before-seen objects and accessories from her personal archive.

Presented in a series of strikingly themed sets, the scenes bring into focus Dinnigan’s unique creative perspective and craftsmanship, and highlight the romantic, feminine designs that have seen her work sought after by a star-studded clientele including Taylor Swift, Dita Von Teese and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Also featured is the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ own significant collection of Dinnigan garments, the largest such collection in the world.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Rose Hiscock said the exhibition was a significant part of a new initiative for the Museum.

“Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced is the first exhibition to be developed by the MAAS team as part of the newly created MAAS Centre for Fashion,” said Ms. Hiscock.

“The Centre for Fashion puts creativity and design under the spotlight. It is fitting that the first exhibition under the Centre for Fashion features one of Australia’s most celebrated fashion designers.

“Collette Dinnigan is a creative tour de force and an inspiration for future generations.”

Collette Dinnigan said “Being involved in this exciting project has enabled the dynamic world of fashion and the disciplined curation of museums to fuse together. I am honoured to showcase my collections, collaborating with the best designers and museum curators, bringing audiences “behind the scenes” into the world of Collette Dinnigan.  It also highlights the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney as a key destination for great fashion exhibitions, both local and international.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said the exhibition was world-class and further evidence that Sydney is Australia’s home of fashion.

“From opening her first boutique in Sydney’s Paddington fashion precinct, Collette Dinnigan has gone on to worldwide acclaim and it’s fitting that a retrospective of her stellar career be held here in Sydney where it all began,” Mr Ayres said.

“The NSW Government is proud to have secured this exhibition through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and we look forward to welcoming visitors to Sydney for a rare glimpse behind the scenes of one of Australia’s most influential fashion visionaries.”

As well as a wide array of garments, ranging from lingerie and wedding dresses through to children’s clothing, the exhibition will also immerse visitors in a dramatic catwalk presentation and provide insight into Dinnigan’s creative process through a series of striking mood boards.

MAAS and Dinnigan have collaborated with award-winning stage and costume designer and installation artist Anna Tregloan for production design and styling of the exhibition.

The thematic presentation explores Dinnigan’s romantic sensibility and her inspirations, which include film, music, photography, history, vintage ceramics, jewellery and fabrics as well as her choice of materials including tulle, chiffon and lace, combining in dresses and gowns that are made to accentuate the female form, providing a sense of confidence, sensuality and individuality.

Various celebrity outfits will also be dispersed throughout the exhibition, including stunning outfits worn by high profile women such as Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie and Naomi Watts.

The exhibition will be open to the public until August, 2016, and will accompanied by a range of talks, tours and programs.


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JULY

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, SYDNEY ANNOUNCED AS EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN VENUE FOR THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS

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Internationally renowned LEGO artist, Nathan Sawaya, has joined forces with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create the world’s largest exhibition of DC Comics-inspired artwork, coming first to Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

This never-before-seen international touring exhibition opens in November 2015, and takes on characters and stories from DC Comics’ 80-year history with large-scale sculptures of super heroes and super-villains made from millions of LEGO® bricks.

Sawaya and cult comic book artist and Co-publisher of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee will collaborate on a new Batmobile design to debut alongside more than 100 works of art.

The exhibition will also showcase Sawaya’s interpretations on characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout the DC Comics mythology including transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, as well as good vs. evil.

“This show is an Australian exclusive for Powerhouse Museum and will be a fantastic experience for families and fans of Lego and the DC Comic characters,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant.

“We all know that everything is awesome in a show about Lego.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the exhibition would be a must-see on the Sydney Summer Events calendar.

The Art of The Brick is the most successful LEGO brick exhibition series of all time, and Nathan Sawaya is known world-wide for his awe-inspiring LEGO brick creations. This exhibition will appeal to visitors of all ages with its recreations of heroes and villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker,” said Minister Ayres.

“The exhibition, secured by the NSW Government through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), will attract thousands of visitors to Sydney, and is expected to generate close to $6 million in visitor expenditure for the State.”

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Rose Hiscock, said the exhibition was not to be missed.

“Stories of super heroes and super villains are ever-present in our cultural narrative; they are the stories we re-enact as kids and remember as adults.

The Art of the Brick: DC Comics continues the Powerhouse Museum’s strong tradition of exploring contemporary culture through art and design and we can’t wait for the doors to open,” said Ms Hiscock.

The exhibition will stay true to the creative disciplines of Sawaya’s original touring exhibition, which encourage inspiration, education and participation.

The international tour of The Art of the Brick: DC Comics will begin in November in Sydney, followed by venues in additional major cities around the globe.  Tickets will go on sale in August and pre-sale registration is available now online.

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Rebekah Waite, Communication Manager
0466 331 483 rebekah.waite@maas.museum


JUNE

‘FREE FOR ALL’ WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE ‘FREE KIDS’ INITIATIVE AT POWERHOUSE MUSEUM AND THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
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Powerhouse Museum will open its doors ‘free for all’ on the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June to celebrate the NSW Government’s commitment to ongoing free general admission for children under 16 and high school aged students.

On this special weekend, admission will be free for adults and children alike, with children of all ages unleashing their creativity with contemporary theatre company Polyglot, transforming the Powerhouse Museum with Paper Planet, a world made of paper.

“Kids Free is an exciting initiative of the NSW Government to create more opportunities for children and families to experience arts and culture,” Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Troy Grant said.

“With school holidays starting that weekend, visiting a museum is a great way to get the kids out of the house and into the arts’’ he said.

MAAS Director, Rose Hiscock said both museums provide inspiration for enquiring young minds.

“Encouraging curiosity is our business, which is why we are so excited to be offering free admission for kids,” said Ms Hiscock.

“With a wealth of programming unfolding over the next twelve months there will be every opportunity for kids to build, make, explore and learn more about the way our world works at Powerhouse Museum.”

During the free weekend the curators of the Powerhouse Museum will also reveal the secrets behind treasures in the Museum’s collection. Visitors can marvel at a ‘mystery object’ and guess what it might be as Museum experts showcase an object not usually on display. The iconic Boulton and Watt steam engine will also in action, and visitors can drive a robotic rover in the Mars Yard and go wild in our zero gravity chamber.

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JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

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Theatre and play will merge when children of all ages unleash their creativity with contemporary theatre company Polyglot transforming the Powerhouse Museum into Paper Planet, to create a world made of paper.  You will have the chance to build whole communities of tall cardboard trees in this ongoing installation creating structures, costumes and impossible constructions.

To launch the holiday program on the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, Powerhouse Museum curators will reveal the secrets behind treasures in the Museum’s collection.  You can marvel at our ‘mystery object’ and guess what it might be as Museum experts showcase an object not usually on display. Why not bring along an object that is of value to you and share your stories in our ‘Mini Expert Show and Tell’. Watch the Boulton and Watt steam engine in action, drive a robotic rover in the Mars Yard and go wild in our zero gravity chamber.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

  • PAPER PLANET Polyglot Theatre transform the Museum into a Paper Planet; a spectacular world of tall cardboard trees inviting kids and adults to fill the world with fantastic paper creations.
  • CITYSCAPES Calling all budding architects and engineers! Step into the construction site and collaborate to build massive structures using only interlocking cardboard pieces.
  • PERFORMATIVE STORYTELLING Spark your curiosity through per formative storytelling that explores the creativity needed to create our world and everything in it. 
  • RECOLLECT: TOY TRAINS Explore the wonderful miniature world of toy trains with this fascinating display showcasing more than 200 objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ extensive collection.
  • DIGITAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS From Minecraft to Python, coding to claymation 

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UNCLE EDDIE MABO HONOURED WITH A STAR
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In recognition of Mabo Day, this year Sydney Observatory will name a star from the Sydney Southern Star Catalogue in honour of Uncle Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo. On 3 June members of the Mabo family will attend the Observatory for a dedication ceremony and be given the opportunity to view the star from one of the Observatory’s telescopes.

Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Rose Hiscock, said the dedication was an opportunity for the Observatory to recognise the ongoing legacy of Uncle Eddie.

“The stars have great significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and it is fitting that we honour Uncle Eddie through the dedication of a star in our most iconic constellation, the Southern Cross,” said Ms Hiscock.

“This star is visible not only from the telescopes at Sydney Observatory, but also from Uncle Eddie’s home, Murray Island in the Torres Strait.

“For MAAS this is a genuine demonstration of respect for the Elders of our community and a recognition of the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have made to our culture.”

Members of the public can see the star dedicated in Uncle Eddie’s memory on nightly tours at Sydney Observatory, which include telescope viewing of the night sky. The stars in the Southern Cross are most prominent from Sydney Observatory throughout the winter months.

On 3 June MAAS will also present its inaugural Mabo Day Address with Genevieve Grieves, part of an ongoing commitment to demonstrating reconciliation.

Photo opportunity: Members of the Mabo family onsite at Sydney Observatory
Dates: 2pm, 2 June 2015
Address: Sydney Observatory, 1008 Upper Fort St, Millers Point

Interviews available on request

Media inquiries:
Rebekah Waite, Communications Manager, 0466 331 483 rebekah.waite@maas.museum