Image Credit: Jolyon James

Flock is about community. A celebration of those tiny voices and individual stories that, when combined, become so powerful they take off!

Over Term 3 and 4 Arena artists were in residence at St Anthony's of Padua Primary School in Melton South. Arena artists worked with students, staff and community to respond to ideas of 'Flock'.

Together artists and students undertook a series of workshops in which they designed flying machines, suites, puppets, uncovered hidden 'feathers' around the school, reflected on what makes them feel like they're flying and much much more.

Flock culminated with both a whole school parade, filmed by drone, and a large scale interactive installation for the whole school community. The installation included a flight simulator, cloud walk, listening nests filled with original student content and flying shadow puppetry.

Arena was thrilled with the response from students and teachers alike and would like to thank St Anthony's of Padua for hosting us throughout Flock. Flock is Arena's second partnership with St Anthony's. In 2015 Arena created Point of View with the school community.

Flock will continue in 2018 with a further creative schools residency in Melton South.



Lead Artist Jolyon James

Workshop Artist Jacob Williams

Workshop Artist Yvette Turnbull

Workshop Artist Ego

Project Coordinator & Workshop Artist Alexandra Macalister-Bills

Dramaturg Christian Leavesley

Additional Artists: Phillip McInnes and Theresa O'Connor

Intern: Grace Ulrich

As part of the final outcome for Flock Arena artists hosted an entire school parade featuring 6 large parade birds, puppetted by Grade 6 students. The whole event was filmed by drone and a film created using original student stories.

Video Production: Phil McInnes

Text Editing: Alexandra Macalister-Bills

Graphic Design: Jolyon James

Parade Coordination: Jacob Williams

Project Partners

Arena gratefully acknowledges the support of Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation towards our schools residency program Flock.