Child Nation launched with five different adventures each accessed via a sign specific to different places around the site. We've seen amazing increase in uptake!
Child Nation was experienced by children and adult artists at the Jeonju Cultural Centre, translated by Jeany Lee.
Child Nation has just received a major new grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to deliver seasons at the State Library Victoria, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Abbotsford Convent.
The ARTGROUND season of Child Nation is launched in Singapore.
24 May 2022
Jessica presented Child Nation as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market’s exclusive Pause Play Perform program with just four other digital art experiences chosen across Australia.
9 March 2022
Jessica presented on art making on the real world as part of the launch of ASSITEJ Singapore.
Child Nation developed further with three library specific experiences via the STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA’s ALCHEMY program!
We are working with Shanghai based translator May Yunmei Gou to translate the whole Child Nation collection into Mandarin.
All 14 of the home journeys are now translated into Spanish by Mexican TYP artist Micaela Gramajo.
CHILD NATION launched at BE BOLD with a set of custom venue journeys.
The explainer is here. After years of cancellations and stalled shoots. Child Nation is hard to explain and this filmic piece captures the internal world of this creative experience.
Jessica travelled to Korea to present a keynote at the Jeonju International Forum of Art Play about the importance of play, and how creative place making beyond playgrounds and kid zones, as part of the international partnership between Melbourne's Artplay and Jeonju Cultural Foundation.
Jessica has been accepted into the Melbourne Universities prestigious paid accelerator MAP and will be based at the Melbourne Connect building for 4 months.
Jessica is collaborating with Odissi dancer SOUMEE DE GIROTRA to create a set of journeys for Singapore’s ARTGROUND.
Child Nation just finished a season as part of the TORONTO CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.
10 March 2022
Jessica trialed the Child Nation journey Party of Ghosts on a group of artists as part of her presentation for SHIFTING AND STIRRING in March.
CHILD NATION was part of IPAY’s SUPERBLOOM profile, speaking to an audience in the theatre for young audiences network.
CHILD NATION has been successful with grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and The City of Melbourne.
The venue journeys are now available in Arabic, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Spanish and Mandarin.
In the USA Child Nation is now represented by HOLDEN AND ARTS ASSOCIATES.
Jess presented Child Nation at Melbourne University's Demo Night at the Entrepreneurial Centre to conclude the MAP program.
27 September 2022
Jessica presented at the 7th International Botanic Garden Congress, on the role that these large pockets of nature can play in helping urban-living kids roam and develop imagination.
3 journeys have been translated into UKRANIAN by Iryna Tsypina in Lviv and are available for free to Ukranian kids seeking refuge in Latvia and Ukraine.
Ten school kits have just arrived in St Alberts in Canada where 250 kids will experience a Child Nation incursion.
Jessica has partnered with Artplay and Jeonju’s PALBOK ART FACTORY in Korea to collaborate with three local artists to develop new journeys in Korean and English for the Jeonju 3rd International Forum of Art Play.
6 journeys have been translated into KOREAN by Jeany Lee and are being offered in a season at City of Melbourne’s Artplay.
Jessica delivered a keynote on art that uses play with the real world for the Jeonju 3rd International Forum of Art Play.
Artist, Jessica Wilson tested and iterated the journeys with 200 children in primary schools across Brimbank with the assistance of Associate Artist Sally Lewry, as part of CREATIVE BRIMBANK's LANDMARKS program.
CHILD NATION presented at MELBOURNE KNOWLEDGE WEEK onsite at the Meat Market.