Welcome to Wonderplace :: The Arty Party Lismore

Before moving to Lismore in 2009, I read in the paper that Lismore had the highest number of professional artists per capita in Australia.

If you were at the first Arty Party, held at Spinks Park behind the Lismore Regional Gallery yesterday, you’d believe it.

At about 10.45, the Arty Party was declared open, and hoards of children and their families milled through the arched gateway, into the Arty Party wonderland. And what a wonderland it was.

arty party

We wandered along the pathway, which was lined with creative activity fodder. Piles of bamboo and fluoro lycra for tee-pee building…


little book nooks for reading and dreaming…

book nook arty party

artyparty7_book nook

a giant loom and hoola hoops set up for weaving…

arty party yarn guerrillas



colour piles on a stage for performance…

arty party colour show

artyparty9-colour show

a paper caper tent for creating…

paper caper tent arty party



and an area for making music and dancing…



Clever percussionist Greg Sheehan {who I have seen on Playschool} lead the children in body percussion. Gorgeous Marissa from The Cassettes showed the children some funky dance moves to 80s dance classics. I was so impressed how quickly the children picked up the choreography!

Just about every child I know from the area was there. The sun smiled down on the festivity. Maybe the sun thinks celebrating creativity is a particularly good thing to do.

I am so proud Lismore pulled this off. I hope – I know – it will be the first of many Arty Parties to come.

What fun school holiday activities have you had in your area?

  • What a gorgeous idea, Zanni! Looks like it was a beautiful day.

    We’ve been to the zoo which was ace. It was Harlow’s first time and apart from having to carry her everywhere, it was a joy to witness her little face lighting up at all the animals.

  • Valley Lipcer

    Thanks for the lovely article! The Arty Party was produced by 100 Wonder Place, a new company consisting of Claudie Frock, Gabrielle Griffin and Valley Lipcer. The Colours Show was performed by Roundabout Theatre and The Paper Caper was presented by The Houndstooths. If you want to find out more about what we are developing please visit our website 100wonderplace.com.au or like us on facebook.