Project Overview

The Children’s Map Project, a creative collaboration between Carclew, a team of professional teaching artists and 62 pre-school children and educators from four inner-city preschools, took place between April and September (terms 2 and 3) 2013.

Inspired by Reggio Tutta: A guide to the city by the children and influenced by the principles of Reggio Emilia, The Children’s Map project captured the imaginations and enthusiasm of children as they explored and mapped the city of Adelaide.

Guided by teaching artists, each child learned basic digital photography skills before embarking on journeys to Rundle Mall, North Terrace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Zoo, Bonython Park, Botanic Gardens and everything in between. The children took hundreds of photographs which were used as cues in creating artworks and a visual map of what they have discovered.

At the completion of the first term, the children’s photography, artwork, reflections, experiences and narration were compiled into a digital presentation by artist Luku Kukuku. Click here to view.

In August 2013, an exhibition featuring one hundred of the children’s photographs and a selection of their artwork was launched by Premier Jay Weatherill, at the Department for Education and Child Development Centre Gallery in Flinders Street, Adelaide.

The children

Barker Kindergarten | Charlotte, Eve, Hugo, Isabella, Jet, Julian, Molly, Oliver, Taavi and Tygh 

Halifax Street Children’s Centre | Arlo, Anika, Dila, Ethan, Erin, Evie, Finley, Fraser, Gemma, Georgina, Harry, Helena, Holly, Jalen, Kitty, Livia, Olivia, Maddy, Mia, Noah, Sabra and Stevie 

Lucy Morice Kindergarten | Adele, Aleeza, Elly, Gabriel, Harrison, Lachlan K, Lachlan M, Leopold, Lukas, Samuel, Sammy, Seb, Sophie, Tabitha and Toby

Sturt Street Community Pre-school | Annabel, Carla, Charlize, Dee, Ethan, Henry, Inness, Kahyel, Nikhil, Oliver, Poppy, Reghan, Ruby, Ti Ti and Toby

The artists

James Parker (visual artist) Sarah-Jane Cook (photographer/visual artist) Sally Heinrich (visual artist) Sam Oster (photographer) Luku Kukuku (digital media artist)

Education Consultant

Caterina Pennestri, MEd (Art Education) University of Bologna