PRESENTER
Sydney Opera House

PARTNERS
Art Museum and Library, Ota (Japan)
Spiral (Wacoal Art Centre), Tokyo
Sydney Festival
Australia-Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation, Sydney

ARTISTS
Nobumasa Takahashi
Yuriko Suzuki
Jacqui Stockdale
Alison Bennett
Toby K

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Audrey Journal
NZ Herald
Little Day Out
Time Out Sydney

CREDITS
Photography: Anna Kucera, courtesy Sydney Opera House

NUMBERS
Sydney & Ōta: 2500+ (sold out)
Over 5 days of the Sydney Festival

THE CONCEPT
A cross-cultural art exchange project where children in Sydney and Japan make digital art together in this real-time creative project. Join the Dots connects kids in both countries via live video link to turn the walls of the Sydney Opera House and the Art Museum and Library, Ōta, into one giant projected canvas for drawing, making friends and having fun.

Join the Dots brings together artists Nobumasa Takahashi and Jacqui Stockdale in a playful project that sees artists, performers and children collaborating on freehand illustrations that unfold simultaneously on walls 8000km apart.

THE ARTISTS
Inspired by manga and traditional Japanese iconography, Tokyo-based Nobumasa Takahashi’s practice spans fine art and performative live illustration events. A quick-draw specialist, he’s also a highly entertaining artist to watch at work.

Jacqui Stockdale is a Melbourne-based painter, drawer and photographer whose exuberant work has been recognised with several major awards, including the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

THE PROJECT
A Japanese – Australian cross-cultural art exchange project based on an existing Sydney Opera House Creative Learning program for Sydney Festival 2018. During a 45 minute session, children in Japan and Australia make collaborative digital art together via video link, brought to life in collaboration with theatre performers and illustrators, connecting the fun between the two countries through colour, shape and pattern.

OUR APPROACH
ArtsPeople collaborated with the Sydney Opera House on the conception, development and production of Join the Dots. We secured a Japanese presenting partner, funding supporters and managed key stakeholder relationships. Our role included bilingual delivery of:
Partnership Brokering
Stakeholder & Relationship Management
Strategic & Cultural Advice
Artist Liaison & Creative Development
Workshop Hosting & Staff Management

 

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