Exhibition tells story of growing up in the City of Melton

Published on 25 November 2021

Residents are invited to immerse themselves in pictures, sound and stories at a vibrant new CS Gallery exhibition inspired by children in the City of Melton.

Launching this Saturday, Skylines and Storylines is an exhibition commissioned by Melton City Council and created by Melbourne-based artist collective Playable Streets.

Playable Streets has spent a year working with children from across the city to create art, audio stories and installations that tell their stories.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Goran Kesic said it was a fun exploration of what it’s like to grow up in the City of Melton.

“This exhibition is a celebration of local children’s voices, and a chance for all to play inside an immersive world of pictures, sound and stories,” Cr Kesic said.

“It’s a wonderful insight into children’s perception of their city as it grows and changes.

“The exhibition is suitable for people of all ages, and I’d encourage everyone to take the time to enjoy it this summer.”

Playable Streets artists, Glen Walton and Emily Tomlins spent the last year working with local children to create art that uncovers their diverse experiences of growing up in a rapidly changing community.

“In the workshops, children are asked questions like, ‘what is it like to live in the City of Melton?,’ and, ‘why is it your home?’,” Mr Walton said.

“Children have been exploring what they treasure most about where they live, and have been learning about each other’s experience.

“Playable Streets then used the artwork created in the workshops to form an exhibition that explores and celebrates both the common experiences, and the uniqueness of children who call this fast growing and dynamic region their home.”

Children can continue to add to the exhibition by participating in one of the upcoming workshops running this summer.

For more details on the exhibition and the workshops, visit melton.vic.gov.au/skylines

Skylines and Storylines will run from 27 November until 10 February 2022

at CS Gallery in Caroline Springs.