These epic school holiday workshops are about to land on the Gold Coast

We live in a disposable society. But not for long if this Gold Coast pair have anything to say about it.

Relative Creative is a design studio with a difference. Tristan Schultz and Bec Barnett use current research and strong community engagement practices to help people change their behaviour.

They’re madly passionate about ecology and social responsibility and that passion drives their design practice – which sees them work across facilitation, policy planning, strategy and social design.

And these winter school holidays will see them extend some of that passion to a new crop of hands-on change-makers. They’re rolling out four workshops that will help kids care, repair and explore the future.

The Cultures of Repair workshop – the first in the series will teach children that a culture of repair is possible and sensible. Kids will get the chance to repair an item of clothing or other soft good such as a backpack or pencil case, they’ll make a mini-repair kit to take home and they’ll even explore repair as an entrepreneurial activity. The Urban Garden Keeps and East workshop helps kids get creative making their own pot from repurposed objects before planting it with edibles and learning how to make a simple meal from common kitchen garden ingredients.

he e-waste hack workshop sees kids dismantle an item of e-waste, analyse the parts and undertake a design-led process to understand how we can change the way we design and care for our electronics. And the See Change Sand Tracks Workshop will build on Relative Creative’s commissioned work for Festival 2018 and will take kids on a journey to understand our complex futures, think about alternatives and build futures maps in sand, online and with paint.

The workshops take place in the Relative Creative Community Hub – an active design studio located just five minutes walk from the throbbing heart of Burleigh Heads. The workshops are designed for children in grades 5 – 8 and bookings are essential.

The Kids Who Care and Repair series runs through the Queensland winter school holidays. Here’s all the details you need:

  • Cultures of Repair, Wednesday 4 July, 9am – 12 noon (repair an item of clothing and make your own sewing kit to take home)
  • Urban Garden Keeps and Eats, Friday 6 July, 9am – 12 noon (make a pot, plant a seedling and make a tasty, simple meal.)
  • E-waste Hack, Wednesday 11 July, 9am – 12 noon (hack an item of e-waste, analyse it and design different ways to make, care and repair the object.)
  • See Change Sand Tracks, Monday 16 July, 9am – 12 noon (learn about complex future challenges while making your own Futures Map)

One workshop is $55 or all four workshops cost $195. To find out more, or register your kids visit relativecreative.com.au.

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