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Object Space is a window gallery located in the window of the Australian Design Centre HQ on William Street in Darlinghurst. The exhibition space has direct street frontage, is accessible to view 24 hours a day and is lit for viewing at night.

8 February - 24 March 2018

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. 

Explore more about Tasman Munro and social design here

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