TOY is a gender neutral workshop where children build alternative toys of their dreams
This project provides young children with the creative space to explore fluidity and multiplicity, against the backdrop and pressures of traditional gendered roles and responsibilities. Despite young children’s ability to understand flexible concepts around their own gender, there is often pressures from adults to define their children’s experience. Even before children are born, parents have determined their own child’s gender and these traditional ‘roles’ are reinforced by toy, clothing and media conglomerates in strict and limited binaries. TOY challenges these dominant structures and encourages a making space where children can explore their own identity without being limited by pressures that are often determined by adults.
Join artists Lenine Bourke, Sam Routledge, M’ck McKeague, Busty Beats and Tristan Meecham as they share some of their findings from the first creative development of TOY.
We welcome members of the trans and gender diverse community, families and children, young people, artists and social services to this informal community discussion.
We will discuss the social mission of the project, showcase some children’s drawings, road test some play elements and enjoy some drinks and refreshments.
When: Friday 26 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Created by Lenine Bourke, Tristan Meecham and Sam Routledge with M’ck McKeague, Busty Beats and Keira Leike.
TOY is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program, and Regional Arts Development Fund – a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.