Object Space is a window gallery located in the window of the ADC Offices on William Street in Darlinghurst. 

Play Up: Exploring objects through humour therapy in dementia care Tasman Munro and Jean-Paul Bell

This project involved the making of objects to support humour therapy in dementia care and was a collaboration between Tasman Munro, a social designer interested in creating objects that bring life to communities and Jean-Paul Bell, a humourmanitarian with a long history in the arts and health industry. The Play Up program was developed in conjunction with the Art’s Health Institute.  The project began with a multi-generational performance night exploring the themes of ageing and memory where performers ranging from 6 to 92 years old shared music, art, magic and storytelling. This was followed by a two-day making workshop that gathered designers, woodworkers and humour therapists around a pile of broken toys and other bits and bobs. During the workshop they created a range of ‘memory aids’ and ‘mini escapes’ within suitcases that aimed to stimulate memory, provide tactile magic and offer props for playful performance. 

The work was on display 8 February - 24 March 2018.

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Image: Tasman Munro and Jean Paul Bell, Play Up, 2014. Image courtesy of the artists.