South Perth Fiesta began with a flourish for McDougall Park Community Kindergarten on March 7th, when over 100 community members gathered to collaborate on an art installation for the kindy’s fence. Fremantle artist Tessa Joy, of World’s End Studio, applied the Fiesta’s theme of ‘transformation’ by assisting participants to turn recycled materials and old toys into a series of scenes and stories.

Billed as ‘Come-Play-Create’, the event opened the kindy for a family play day while the artwork was being created. From craft projects to climbing adventures, face painting to live music, there was something for everyone throughout the day. Families intending to pop in for a quick visit found themselves staying for hours, their children happily absorbed in the range of activities on offer.

‘We have been thrilled to have our beautiful premises so well used by the community today’, said event-organised Clare Menck. ‘Our lovely kindy is a bit of a hidden gem, so it’s great to see it getting wider use’.
Tessa Joy’s experience teaching adult and children’s art classes at her Fremantle studio was evident in her ability to involve all ages in the creative process. One family group added a ‘Bunnings’ to the streetscape, another worked at placing creatures into a park, while children were nearby ensuring that the moon was included – well populated with small figurines found in the toy pile.

‘This has been a fantastic day’, reflected Kate Moore, president of the kindergarten’s 2015 parent management committee. ‘Everyone is so relaxed and the friendly spirit of our kindy is really evident’.
The artwork will remain on the kindergarten fence until early April, at the corner of Bruce and Henley Streets in Como, so be sure to drop past and see what your community has created together.