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Zodiac Flower Charm Workshops with Louise Zhang

For young creatives

Louise Zhang is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation.

With an interest in cinema – specifically, theatrical horror – Louise explores the dichotomies between what is attractive and monstrous. She appreciates ‘otherness’ – the underappreciated and overlooked – and brings new life to kitsch materials through playful and whimsical creative processes.

This workshop series will be drawing from her practice to encourage young creatives to be inspired by the decorative architecture of the Gardens and create their own individualistic, unique charm flower! Get ready for Lunar New Year 2020 this school holidays at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, joining Louise to make lucky charms that feature Chinese zodiac flowers.

In this 2-hour workshop, learn about the (sometimes surprising) meaning and uses of each zodiac sign’s flower and create your own flower as part of a special take-home hanging charm inspired by Louise’s work – the perfect Lunar New Year accessory or gift for family.

After the workshops, come back to Darling Harbour during Lunar New Year festival to see Louise’s work come to life in a series of special Moon Gates to walk through.

For participants aged between 7-17 years, accompanied by a responsible adult.

All materials provided, with bookings online required to ensure all participants get to complete their take-home charm flower.

Places are limited for each workshop, which is free with entry to the Chinese Garden of Friendship.



Monday 13 January 2020 from 11am to 1pm
Tuesday 14 January 2020 from 11am to 1pm
Wednesday 15 January 2020 from 11am to 1pm
Thursday 16 January 2020 from 11am to 1pm
Friday 17 January 2020 from 11am to 1pm


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