Space: Reading Cinemas, Courtenay Place.
Property Partner: Reading Courtenay Central/ CBRE.
Times: 23 August - 6 September. 12-6pm Wednesday - Sunday.
Photography: Gabrielle McKone and Imaginarium
Get creative in the city! Be collaborative! Imaginarium is a free form space for play for all ages: sculpture, craft, painting, music, play, dance, drama… whatever gets your creative juices flowing. Beginning in its first weekend with 100s of people building box forts of many shapes and sizes, you're invited to join in. Exploring your creativity and bring your own ideas and unique personal flair, employing a large, warm open space, and varied resources to hand in the former high profile Whitcoulls site as part of the Reading Cinemas complex on Courtenay Place.
Imaginarium is essentially an interactive and community generated art installation, organically developing over its time in residence. The producers provide a space for undervalued ideas and for the public to play, without the demand to buy anything. The idea was conceived by Amy Church and Hayley Jeffrey after a successful 'Boxfort' fundraiser with the Wellington public in the central city in 2013.
Amy Church is an environment designer and life-long explorer, crafter and painter. She has spent the past year in Uganda designing and building playgrounds and is very invested in building up individuals, communities and finding peoples hidden talents. Hayley Jeffrey is a facilitator, artist, musician, builder, poet and clown. She also has a background in development studies and event management with a passion for building connections between people to allow for community building.