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Story time

Possum Magic with Mem Fox

Friday 8 October 2021
Live online
Mem Fox
Mem Fox, 2021 Peter Brew-Bevan. © Peter Brew-Bevan

Looking to go on an adventure across Australia? Tune in for a reading of  the treasured classic, ‘Possum Magic’ read by Mem Fox. Go on a quest with Grandma Poss and Hush to find some magic food (have your lamingtons and vegemite sandwiches ready, you might get hungry!). Our crafty Gallery team will then guide you through some creative activities. You might decide to do one or all!  

How to make something invisible be visible again  – just like Hush!

You will need:

  • A white wax candle
  • White paper
  • Food colouring or watercolour paints (you can add water to any paints you have at home!)
  • A plate or container to pour your paint on
  • Paint brushes or a pastry brush

Make a possum friend!

You will need:

  • Wooden peg
  • Paper plate 
  • Cardboard (a recycled cereal box works well)
  • Something to draw with, like markers or pencils
  • Something sticky! Double sided tape, sticky tape or Blu Tack
  • Scissors (remember to ask for help with these if you need it!)
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)

Go on a journey around Australia

You will need:

  • A sheet of paper, A4 or A3 is best OR print off our map template and have it ready to go
  • Something to draw with, like markers or pencils

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Access information

Make a booking and the Gallery will email you details on how to connect with us using Zoom.

Other ways to book: Phone 02 6102 7070 or email bookings@npg.gov.au

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from Saturday 31 July 2021

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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