THINGS TO DO: Make, connect and play at Fort Awesome

11 January 2019

Kids love cubby houses?

Find out what happens when an artist and an architect work together to create a cubby at Fort Awesome – a Creative Spaces residency collaboration between architect Samantha Taylor and artist Miles Allen.

The project, currently taking place in the Arts and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, is the first Creative Spaces residency for 2019.

Samantha and Miles have developed a series of cubby house prototypes that are designed to be simply built in a DIY format, with the aim of creating greater urban social and family connection through the act of play and the process of making.

Samantha said Fort Awesome aimed to give parents and kids a meaningful experience that helped to re-enforce connections, creativity, trust and build skills and confidence.

“The idea for the project came from research telling us that making friends within close proximity to where we live has a significant impact on increasing our happiness, and also that play is critical to children’s cognitive, social and physical development,” Samantha said.

“By showing people how to make a simple cubby house, Fort Awesome aims to connect people and place in active and inspiring ways and to encourage outside play and creative art making.

“Through the workshops we will explore a range of natural, found, recycled and interesting materials that can be used in innovative ways to help people think outside the box when it comes to cubby building.”

The exhibition includes the three finished prototypes, progress images of the process and idea generation and original sketches.

Workshops and exhibition dates

Open studio making: during open studio making times you can ask questions, help build, and kids are invited to play inside the cubbies.

January 12, 15, 16, 19, 21-23: 9am-3pm

Artisan Workshops: get a step-by-step guide and learn how you can make a cubby at home with your kids, neighbours or friends. There will be materials available to experiment with.

January 16, 22, 23: 10am – 12pm

Exhibition and artist talk: see the prototypes and hear from the creators.

January 19: 10am – studio project talk, 3-5pm – official exhibition.

Launched by council in September 2018, Creative Spaces Sunshine Coast develops and promotes artist in residence opportunities and is also a place where artists can find affordable space and hosts can list space for free. To find out more about Creative Spaces visit


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