“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Join Amanda Newall and Megan Dunn in a creative workshop to tempt the inner child. Childhood is often associated with creativity and imaginative play. Adulthood not so much. In this workshop artist Amanda Newall (NZ/ UK) and author Megan Dunn (NZ) will use creative writing prompts and collage to guide participants towards conjuring a version of their ‘inner child’ or ‘artist self.’

The Serious Side of Care Bears is inspired by Newall’s Blue Ted, an art work and oversized replica of the teddy bear given to the artist by her grandmother. Newall and Dunn are cousins—Dunn had a pink bear, also given to her by their grandmother. The relationship between childhood and creativity is a rich source of material for contemporary art. Drawing on loved items and ideas from your childhood, turn your own memories into art and recall your inner child through a series of short writing and art making activities. Participants will need an open mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to imagine and play. Participants are also asked to be willing to discuss their current creative highlights and creative blocks.

Amanda Newall is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is the current recipient of the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Award.

Megan Dunn is the author of Things I Learned at Art School and Tinderbox.

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  • Free / booking essential


  • Sun 05 Mar


  • 10:00 am — 12:00 pm


  • 1-7 Earl Street
  • Queenstown 9300