Darling Square Library

Our brand new Darling Square Library is now open, in the vibrant neighbourhood next to Haymarket and Darling Harbour. This exciting hub for learning, innovation and creativity is spread over 2 floors of The Exchange. Wrapped in over 20km of timber ribbons, the unique spiral-like building was designed by Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Inside and on the outdoor terrace there’s plenty of space to read, work and study, with free wifi throughout and public computers. Meeting rooms, including a large seminar and workshop space are available for hire.

The Ideas Lab on level 1 is a dedicated makerspace and multipurpose room to create, invent or tinker. The program of hands-on workshops features 3D design and printing, robotics and electronics to help startups and curious makers upskill, share knowledge and network.

There’s also a colourful children’s area and weekly bilingual rhymetime and storytime sessions.

Open 7 days a week, members can borrow from over 30,000 items in the library, including a large Asian language collection.

Discover 8 reasons to love Darling Square Library.

The Exchange, levels 1 and 2
1 Little Pier Street
Haymarket

02 8019 6477

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10am–7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11am–4pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

Accessibility

Loans, renewals and returns

  • You can borrow as many as 30 items for as long as 3 weeks.
  • You can renew items online (with your library card number) or you can send an email to library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
  • You can also call us or visit the branch.

Community languages

  • Chinese books
  • Indonesian books
  • Thai books
  • Vietnamese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Vietnamese newspapers
  • Chinese magazines
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs
  • Indonesian DVDs and CDs
  • Thai DVDs and CDs
  • Vietnamese DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Rapid stress reduction with Chloe Pillans
    Sunday 19 January 2020
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    Chloe Pillans, respected NLP trainer and Hypnotherapist presents her 2 hour RSR workshop, valued at $299, will be available for only $50 in holiday celebration.

    Designed for hard workers, who desire mental and emotional balance. To be able to not just ‘keep it together’ but be in control of your mind and behaviour. Chloe will discuss the power of suggestion and the imagination. How the body is a robot controlled by the mind and how to use self suggestion to program your robot to produce the results you want!

    Following the lecture there will be gentle stretching exercises and conscious breath-work to activate physical relaxation. Ending with rapid stress reduction that uses guided verbal suggestion to move your awareness to a deep level of physical and mental relaxation. You will take home valuable information on exercises to concretise the benefits.

    RSR benefits:

    • Increased energy and motivation
    • More confidence
    • Improved relationships
    • Improved sleep
    • Increased clarity and focus
    • Productivity
    • Relaxation
    • Physical and emotional balance

    Seats are limited. Booking is essential.

    Please note: Central, Museum and Town Hall train stations are within walking distance and many bus routes stop nearby. Wheelchair access via lift and accessible toilet.

    Darling Square Library
    Sunday 19 January 2020 from 12pm to 2pm

    Central, Museum and Town Hall train stations are within walking distance and many bus routes stop nearby.
    Wheelchair access via lift and accessible toilet.

  • School Holidays: Cycloid drawing machines
    Monday 20 January 2020
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    Create cool geometric patterns and mathematical art with your very own cycloid drawing machine.

    In this 3-hour school holiday workshop, you’ll get to build a gear-driven drawing machine for you to take home and continue creating. With facilitator Laura Jade, you’ll learn how to create a DC motor circuit and switch that lets you control the drawing machine.

    What you’ll learn:

    • How to build a DC motor circuit to move a gear-based drawing machine with 2 gears, a switch and a battery
    • Using a soldering iron to complete the circuit
    • Observation and creative problem-solving
    • How electricity, voltage and currents work.

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • Your very own working cycloid drawing machine.

    Monday 20 January 2020: 10am – 1pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 12–15
    Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. For young makers interested in DIY projects, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering and learning
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: A bottle of water and a snack. All work materials are provided.

    Parents/guardians are required to remain in the library during the workshop.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please call us.

    Facilitator: Laura Jade

    Laura is an illumination artist and interaction designer. For over 10 years, Laura has created and delivered workshops for events, festivals, schools and museums. She is the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    Darling Square Library
    Monday 20 January 2020 from 10am to 1pm
  • Lunar Block Party: Bushfire fundraising jam
    Saturday 25 January 2020
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    Dancing into the Lunar New Years with a Block Party. 

    All proceeds from this event will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service to help support them against the bushfires.

    This Block Party will transform the area under Pier St. bridge into an exciting dance floor celebrating both the Lunar New Year and the Hiphop and Street Dance Culture in a family friendly event. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend and get down as our DJs spin all afternoon into the night. So prepare your dancing shoes, learn some new moves and grooves, and get ready for a full day of dance and performances.

    Workshops: Learn some new moves and grooves with our experienced instructors from Dancekool. They will be teaching some basic foundational Hip Hop moves that you’ll be able to use wherever you are!

    Showcases: Be entertained with our lineup of amazing dance showcase, featuring some of Sydney’s best dance crews!

    Music: Live DJs throughout the day, playing the dopest tracks. You’ll be able to get down with your favourite breakbeat, or party with your latest Hip Hop tracks.

    Street dance battle: Check out the very best Street Dancers that Sydney has to offer. Competing in various categories and styles, these dancers will freestyle to music randomly selected by the DJ and will have to wow both the audience and judges to make their way to the top and with the trophy.

    Presented by Property NSW, Dancekool, Dance4RFS, Da Block Party Crew, Destructive Steps, DSDA Inc., Jam Republic Sydney, Freedom Sessions, Mighty Madman Media, Buggy Bumpers, Furious Five, Oh Sheila, Sarine + Friends, Indigidance, Humanity Crew, and Ryugi Wear.

     

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 25 January 2020 from 2pm to 8pm
  • Maker Time: Pepakura masks
    Wednesday 29 January 2020
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    Want to gain practical skills in Sydney’s newest makerspace?

    This 2-hour weekly session is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with our equipment and guidance from expert makers.

    In our regular Wednesday Maker time sessions, we’re celebrating the Sydney Lunar Festival.

    We’ll have fantastic pepakura templates to create your own zodiac animal mask. Pepakura is a fun new papercraft technique that combines origami and scale modelling to create sculptural shapes. The 3D masks cover your entire head and looks amazing when complete.

    You can also bring your own simple idea or project you’d like to explore to this session. We can also set you up with a starter project.

    You’ll get access to 3D printers, a laser and dye cutter, electronic kits and hand tools including soldering irons. Each week, 2 experienced facilitators will be on hand to show you the ropes and discuss your ideas.

    These sessions will help you better understand maker projects and processes and the potential use of makerspace equipment.

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    Wednesday 29 January, 4.30pm-6.30pm
    Wednesday 5 February, 4.30pm-6.30pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people.
    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: A desire to expand technical design and knowledge, physical making skills and hands-on experience of makerspace equipment is beneficial
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewelry
    Bring: Your projects. Pepakura templates and some materials like LEDs, electronic sensors, cardboard and craft materials will be available.

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Wednesday 5 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Rhymetime @ Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 29 January 2020
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    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets. The sessions aim to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place. Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

     

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11am

    Wednesday 29 January to Wednesday 16 December 2020

    Except Wednesday 15 April, Wednesday 22 April, Wednesday 8 July, Wednesday 15 July, Wednesday 30 September and Wednesday 7 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Data for Good Showcase
    Wednesday 29 January 2020
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    To start off 2020 on the right foot, Civita organises its first D4G showcase of the year at the Darling Square Library!

    What is Civita?

    Civita connects data experts with socially driven organisations to increase their data maturity and their social impact. Data scientists and data analysts work on a challenge faced by a not-for-profit or a community in order to leverage the impact of this organisation.

    Talented volunteers will present you their data projects and answer your questions. Our goal? Showing how skills and time can make a difference for charities (RACP, Blackdog Institute and Variety) and creating more bridges between innovative sectors and the social impact space.

    This is also the occasion to connect with the data for good space of Sydney and have a drink or a bite with the community.

    Program:

    5.30pm: Doors open

    6pm: Kick-Off – teams present their project

    7.15pm: Winners announcement and our next projects

    7.30pm: Networking

    Darling Square Library
    Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Intro to 3D design and electronics
    Thursday 30 January 2020
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    Turn up the volume on your very own FM radio in this 3D design and electronics workshop.

    You’ll assemble an FM radio circuit and research, design, 3D print and laser-cut a bespoke outer case. You’ll use sketches and computer-aided design tools to help you create your case, and you can customise it whichever way you please. The only limitation is your imagination.

    You’ll need to attend every session to complete the course and your radio.

    What you’ll learn

    • Basic skills in computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing, laser cutting and electronics
    • Designing products using Autodesk Fusion and exporting them to a 3D printer
    • Soldering and assembling electronic products
    • Creating a bespoke casing around electronic products

    What you’ll get to take home

    Your very own FM radio, personalised with your bespoke outer-case design.

    Important info

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required

    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over

    Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in bespoke small design manufacturing is beneficial

    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery

    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us.

    About the facilitator: Ben Roberts
    Ben is an experienced broadcast engineer and trainer for Modfab in rapid-prototyping technology. Modfab is a leader in 3D printing workshops and provides education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to all ages.

    Darling Square Library
    Thursday 30 January 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 6 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 13 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Storytime @ Darling Square Library
    Friday 31 January 2020
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    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The session fosters an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

     

    Darling Square Library
    Fridays, 11.30am to 12.15pm

    Friday 31 January to Friday 11 December 2020

    Except Friday 10 April, Friday 17 April, Friday 24 April, Friday 10 July, Friday 17 July, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

  • Rhymetime in Mandarin @ Darling Square Library
    Friday 31 January 2020
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    Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers.

    Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0 to 2 year olds. Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

    Darling Square Library
    Fridays, 10.30am to 11am

    Friday 31 January to Friday 11 December 2020

    Except Friday 10 April, Friday 17 April, Friday 24 April, Friday 10 July, Friday 17 July, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October

  • Bilingual storytime @ Darling Square Library
    Friday 31 January 2020
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    Come along to our bilingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for preschoolers.

    Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds. Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

     

    Darling Square Library
    Fridays, 11.30am to 12.15pm

    Friday 31 January to Friday 11 December 2020

    Except Friday 10 April, Friday 17 April, Friday 24 April, Friday 10 July, Friday 17 July, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

  • Maker Time: Weekly makerspace sessions
    Saturday 1 February 2020
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    Do you want to come and try-out Sydney’s newest makerspace? Join our weekly sessions to get hands-on experience with 3D printers, laser and dye cutters, electronic kits and soldering irons.

    Maker time is designed to encourage a do-it-yourself or collaborative approach to making and give you a better understanding of maker projects and processes. We have a range of starter projects and makerspace kits to try.

    There’ll be 2 experienced facilitators at each session to introduce you to the tools and equipment as well as methods to support you in your making journey.
    Bookings and class size: Maximum 10 people. You don’t need to come every week, just book in for the sessions you’re keen to join.

    Saturday, 1 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Saturday, 1 February, 2020, 2pm – 4pm
    Tuesday, 4 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 12 February, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, 18 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 19 February, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, 25 February, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Tuesday, 3 March, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Tuesday, 10 March, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 11 March, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, 17 March, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 11am – 1pm
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: No experience required
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Resources provided: Materials like LEDs, electronic sensors, cardboard and craft materials and 3mm plywood (limited sizes) are available. Each participant can use the 3D printers for 30 minutes each session.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact Annette Webb on the phone number provided.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 1 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Sunday 2 February 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
    Tuesday 4 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 12 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 18 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 19 February 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 25 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 11 March 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 17 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 18 March 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Tuesday 24 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Wednesday 25 March 2020 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Prototyping: Rethinking existing products
    Saturday 8 February 2020
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    In this workshop guided by expert facilitator Albert Ong, you’ll collaborate with other design enthusiasts to improve a product from everyday life.

    Learn the design ethos “build quick, test quick, learn quick” and employ it in the creative process for your newly perfected product.

    Explore your radical redesign idea with the rest of the team. Together, you’ll collaboratively prototype your products, simulate the experience and refine the interaction using open source electronics, mobile devices and digital services. Then it’s time to share everyone’s contributions and boost the collective knowledge.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Lean prototyping principles, which helps you quickly develop and iterate a prototype for your product
    • Collaborative learning and collective knowledge
    • How to use makerspace tools such as craft and power tools, including hand tools, glue guns and blades to build prototypes

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • A simple and functional prototype of your reimagined product

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required.
    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: A basic level of assumed knowledge – a general interest in design, game play (digital and board) and general computer familiarity.
    Wear: No loose-fitting clothing or jewellery and enclosed shoes.
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please call us.

    Facilitator: Albert Ong

    Albert is the founder of Tinkery, an educational electronics supplier and electronics design consultancy. He has taught at UTS across multiple disciplines, including engineering, science, design, and transdisciplinary innovation. He is currently working across projects like wireless sensor networks, urban AI systems, brain machine interfaces and seamless human-robot immersion technologies.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 8 February 2020 from 11am to 4pm
  • 3D Design: TinkerCAD
    Tuesday 11 February 2020
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    Join this series of workshops to learn how to create digital designs for 3D printing and laser cutting using the free online application TinkerCAD.

    TinkerCAD level 1
    Get an introduction to the 3D design process and the basics of TinkerCAD. This 2-hour beginner’s class is suitable for people with little or no experience.

    Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 6pm-8pm
    Saturday 15 February, 2020, 11am-1pm

    By the end of the class you’ll be able to:

    • navigate the interface
    • make shapes using linear and rotating patterns, grouping, aligning and flipping
    • create a custom 3D printed name tag.

    TinkerCAD level 2
    If you’ve completed level 1 or have some TinkerCAD experience, this 2 hour intermediate class is for you.

    Saturday, 15 February, 2pm-4pm
    Tuesday, 18 Feburary, 6pm-8pm

    By the end of the class you’ll be able to:

    • navigate the 3D galleries and templates and websites such as Thingiverse.
    • augment designs and hack objects together using the Scribble tool and share generators to create new objects

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: Yourself – all materials and laptops provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact Annette Webb on 02 9265 9333.

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 15 February 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Saturday 15 February 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
    Tuesday 18 February 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Blockchain explained
    Tuesday 11 February 2020
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    Still in the dark about blockchain? Join local experts Adriana Belotti and James Zaki to find out what blockchain actually is and learn about its potential and risks.

    Blockchain was first used for the cyptocurrency bitcoin in 2009 – but that’s not its only use. The blockchain platform can efficiently and transparently carry out other types of transactions, creating a completely new way of using the internet. It has the potential to transform finance, governance, supply chain management and much more, creating a fairer world for everyone.

    In just 1 hour, you’ll get a better understanding of what blockchain is and explore important issues including:

    • Why and how blockchain is already being used.
    • How this technology could disrupt the way we all do business.
    • Blockchain’s radical potential to usher in a new, fairer world for everyone.
    • How cryptocurrencies could revolutionise money and finance as we know it.

    This free event is for curious people from all backgrounds and you won’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy it. There will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Adriana Belotti
    Adriana is a blockchain enthusiast and community builder. She is former vice-president of blockchain Australia and co-organiser of the two oldest crypto MeetUps in Australia: Bitcoin Sydney and Blockchain Professionals. Currently, Adriana works as a marketing consultant, helping local and international blockchain start-ups launch their marketing efforts, with emphasis on digital strategies and community development.

    James Zaki
    James has worked as a software engineer in industrial automation to local tech companies and start-ups. He has spent the past 7 years in app development, product management, and tech advisor roles. James has been fully immersed in the blockchain scene for almost 3 years, both attending and presenting at various events.
    Speakers provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Smart Cities Explained
    Quantum computing explained

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Robotics: Soft and inflatable sculptures
    Thursday 20 February 2020
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    This workshop is inspired by ‘plantoid’ or ‘soft’ robotics, a fascinating field of robotics developed for geological and space exploration. Soft robotics draws inspiration from the movement of living organisms, principles that will help you create your moving robot sculpture.

    Find out how to harness electronics and inflation to give your robot life. Guided by expert facilitator Tully Arnot, you’ll learn how to build an electronic circuit, code a microcontroller and create a prototype. You’ll make your moving sculpture with everyday items like paper, cardboard and cloth.

    This workshop comprises 2-hour weekly sessions for 3 weeks. You’ll need to attend every session to complete the course and your sculpture.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Basic electronic circuit-building using littleBits. littleBits include components like DC motors, dimmers and light sensors that can add movement and interactivity to your sculpture.
    • Coding an interactive or kinetic electronic circuit with the open-source prototyping platform Arduino.
    • Soldering an electronic circuit.

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • Your very own kinetic soft robotic sculpture.

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in electronics, robotics and prototyping would be beneficial
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us.

    Facilitator: Tully Arnot
    Tully is a visual artist and educator with a strong interest in DIY electronics and kinetic sculpture. He completed a Bachelor of Design and Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design and is also an artist-educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Darling Square Library
    Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm

    Thursday 20 February to Thursday 5 March 2020

  • Introduction to life casting and mould making
    Saturday 29 February 2020
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    Make an impression and discover the detail of the human body in this lifecasting and mould-making workshop.

    Guided by film and theatre prop-maker Alexi Creecy, you will learn how to cast small sections of your hand and face and create a silicone mould for different artistic purposes such as jewelry, craft projects, and unique hand-made chocolates. You will have an opportunity to paint your casting and learn about different colouring techniques. This workshop is an introduction to skills often used in special effects for film, theatre and photography as well as design.

    What you’ll learn:

    • How to create a cast of a feature of your face or hand
    • Choosing the right materials and relevant processes for casting the body and releasing a mould
    • Different design effects, including using multiple colours, materials and scenic effects

    What you’ll get to take home:

    • Castings of part of your face or hand, made for alginate, silicone and plaster
    • A fridget magnet made from your casting
    • A silicone mould made from your casting that can be used for anything from sculpture to food products

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
    Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. An interest in sculpture, mould-making and gaining skills in the makeup effects industry is beneficial.
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery.
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    This workshop is not suitable for people will allergies or sensitivities to the following materials: alginate, silicone, plaster, plaster bandages, resin and, Vaseline.

    Facilitator: Alexi Creecy
    Alexi is an effects and prop maker. He studied design and properties production at Enmore TAFE and NIDA. He has worked on movies like Aquaman, Ghost in the Shell and has made animatronics for Belvoir St Theatre.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 29 February 2020 from 11am to 4pm
  • Smart cities explained
    Tuesday 3 March 2020
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    Discover the technologies that are changing your city in this free talk for curious people.

    What is a smart city and what does it look like? Waste bins that empty themselves? Street lighting that only comes on when needed? Apps that let us know where we’ll find a park for our car? Or better, public transport that is more in tune with demand?

    Join Johanna Pitman, who led the smart cities accelerator program CityConnect, to explore these world-changing technologies.

    In just 1 hour you’ll get a better understanding of the opportunities and risks of emerging technology in city life, including:

    • how it’s already improving people’s lives in thousands of cities worldwide by reducing energy consumption, improving water management and cutting traffic congestion and pollution.
    • how we can continue to create liveable environments in growing urban centres where people and businesses can both thrive.
    • streamlining communications between you and the people who run your city.
    • risks of surveillance, diminished privacy and cyber-crime.

    Also find out where and how you can experience smart cities technology right here in the City of Sydney area.

    You don’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy this free event and there will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Johanna Pitman
    Johanna led BlueChilli’s CityConnect smart cities accelerator program. The program co-created solutions to address challenges faced by the world’s urban communities. Before that she was Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making.

    Johanna has a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development. She is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.

    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Blockchain explained
    Quantum computing explained

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
  • 3D design: Fusion 360
    Tuesday 10 March 2020
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    Learn computer aided drawing and how to model 3D objects using Fusion 360.

    This cloud-based software gives you the ability to quickly create and iterate your design and make photorealistic renders and animations.

    Fusion 360 level 1
    Explore the fundamentals of Fusion 360 in this 2-hour hands-on workshop and get an understanding of how designs are made and assembled.

    By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to:
    • navigate the user interface, tool bar and workspaces
    • create basic models
    • use the collaboration tools

    No experience is necessary however an interest or background in art and design is beneficial.

    Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 6pm-8pm
    Saturday, 28 March, 2020, 11am-1pm

    Fusion 360 level 2
    Learn the basics of parametric modelling including free form design, assembly creation, rendering, 3D printing, documentation and collaboration.

    By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to:
    • understand the parametric computer aided design (CAD) workflow
    • model, render and document a part

    Level 2 is designed for participants who have completed level 1 or are competent users of TinkerCAD or basic 3D modelling software.

    Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 6pm-8pm
    Saturday, 28 March 2020, 2pm-4pm

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Bring: Yourself – all materials and laptops provided.

    Darling Square Library
    Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Tuesday 17 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm
    Saturday 28 March 2020 from 11am to 1pm
    Sunday 29 March 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Laser cutting: Fashion and textile design
    Saturday 14 March 2020
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    Design and make your own wearable sculpture or fashion accessory in this fun 5-hour workshop celebrating International Women’s Day.

    Laser cutting has exploded in the fashion industry. With expert facilitator Laura Jade, you’ll explore future fashion techniques, combining material design, digital fabrication techniques and laser cutting for textiles.

    This is a great hands-on introduction to fashion design and laser cutting for complete beginners and DIY makers and designers. You’ll first learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator to design your creation such as a decorative neckpiece, collar or cuff. The designs are then laser cut using different coloured felts ready for you to assemble into your final piece.

    What you’ll learn:

    • basic digital design tools using Adobe illustrator to customise your pattern
    • fabricating your wearable design using the laser cutter
    • techniques to construct your final piece
    • understanding of design thinking, concept development and prototyping

    What you’ll get to take home:

    •  your own custom designed wearable sculpture or fashion accessory

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Experience level: This is a beginner workshop with no required knowledge. Basic sewing skills and an interest in design is helpful
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    Facilitator: Laura Jade
    Laura is an illumination artist and interaction designer. For over 10 years, Laura has created and delivered workshops for events, festivals, schools and museums. She is the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 14 March 2020 from 11am to 4pm
  • Electro-fashion: Illuminated decorative neckpieces
    Saturday 21 March 2020
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    Design and make your own neckpiece illuminated with LEDs in this fun workshop celebrating International Women’s Day.

    Laser cutting and wearable electronics has exploded in the fashion industry. With expert facilitator Laura Jade, you’ll explore future fashion techniques, combining illumination design, wearable electronics and digital fabrication.

    This is a great introduction to fashion accessory design and laser cutting for complete beginners, DIY makers and designers. You’ll get hands-on to learn how to laser cut textiles and add soft-circuity to light-up your custom creation.

    Soft circuits are electrical circuits created using conductive textiles with discrete electronics components like lights, batteries, switches and sensors. Discover the endless possibilities for integrating soft circuits into textiles using conductive thread and LEDs to illuminate your design.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Basic digital design tools using Adobe illustrator to customise your pattern
    • Fabricating your wearable design using the laser cutter
    • etextile basics, including how to integrate hidden or exposed electronic components like LEDs and batteries into your design
    • Understanding of design thinking, concept development and prototyping

    What you’ll take home:

    • Your own custom designed illuminated decorative neckpiece

    Bookings and class size: Maximum 8 people – bookings are required
    Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
    Experience level: Beginner workshop with no required knowledge. Basic sewing skills and an interest in electronics and design is helpful
    Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
    Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

    Facilitator: Laura Jade
    Laura is an illumination artist and interaction designer. For over 10 years, Laura has delivered workshops for events, festivals, schools and museums. She is the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    Darling Square Library
    Saturday 21 March 2020 from 11am to 4pm

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