The Funambulist Fun Workshop

Join author Hilary Bell and illustrator Matthew Martin, the creative duo behind The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, for a historical, hysterical rummage through Sydney's stranger stories.

Following a short tour through the exhibition Demolished Sydney, Hilary will read in verse about some historic Sydney landmarks while Matthew will do some live action cartooning! Then it’s your turn to get drawing as you create your own reinventions of these landmark structures, think Sydney Harbour Bridge as a coat hanger, Centrepoint Tower as a sprinkler or Sydney Opera House as a giant tent … the possibilities are endless! Then, you’ll draw your own fantastical futuristic buildings as we demolish Sydney and create a bizarre and beautiful new skyline.

Includes entry to the Sand in the City exhibition, which can be visited after the workshop.

Ages 7-12


About the book

Through a series of (unexpected) ‘firsts’, Hilary Bell and Matthew Martin trace the events, people and places that have shaped their city, however unintentionally. Where else will you find Sydney’s first traffic light sharing pages with its first tightrope walk across Middle Harbour? (And, just so you know, it was performed by the marvellous funambulist Henri L’Estrange in 1877.)

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About the presenters

Hilary Bell and Matthew Martin have been friends since 2000, when their infant sons introduced them to each other. Hilary is an award-winning playwright and librettist. As well as ‘The Marvellous Funambulist’, she is the author of ‘Numerical Street’ and ‘Alphabetical Sydney’. Matthew Martin is a cartoonist and illustrator whose drawings have been published in books, magazines and newspapers around the world.

Bookings essential

Book online or call the box office: 1300 448 849

General $25

Members $15

When & Where

Tuesday 17 January 2017 10.30AM–12PM
Wednesday 18 January 2017 10.30AM–12PM
Wednesday 18 January 2017 1PM–2.30PM
Thursday 19 January 2017 10.30AM–12PM

Museum of Sydney

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
10AM-5PM
Museum: 02 9251 5988
The Governors Table: 02 9241 1788

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