Fort Awesome
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Jan 2019

A creative spaces residency collaboration between architect Samantha Taylor and artist Miles Allen. Samantha and Miles developed a series of cubby house prototypes designed to be built in a DIY format. The project is taking place in the Arts and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden.

The aim is to create a greater social and family connection through the act of play and the process of making. Families are now invited to get involved through workshops and an exhibition. The project gives parents and kids an experience that helps to re-enforce connections. It builds creativity, trust, skills and confidence. 

By showing people how to make a simple cubby house, Fort Awesome connects people and place. It also encourages outside play and creative art making.  Through the workshops you can explore a range of natural, recycled and interesting materials.  The exhibition includes the three prototypes, images of the process and idea generation and original sketches.

Workshops and exhibition dates

Open studio making

Ask questions, help build, and kids can play inside the cubbies.

From 9am to 3pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 12 January
  • Tuesday 15 January
  • Wednesday 16 January
  • Saturday 19 January
  • Monday 21 January
  • Tuesday 22 January and
  • Wednesday 23 January.

Artisan workshops

Get a step-by-step guide. Learn how to make a cubby at home with your kids, neighbours or friends. There will be materials available to experiment with.

From 10am to 12pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15 January
  • Wednesday 16 January
  • Tuesday 22 January and
  • Wednesday 23 January.

Exhibition and artist talk

See the prototypes and hear from the creators.

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

Fort Awesome received a Sunshine Coast Council Regional Arts Development Fund grant.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Creative Spaces is an initiative of ArtsCoast, the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038.