Curator Talk with Dr Annette Shiell
Join the exhibition curator, Dr Annette Shiell, as she takes you through the exhibition. Hear the hidden stories behind the houses, objects and concepts that combine to create this experience, and learn more about the conservation of our real-life Doll Houses. This unique opportunity allowing a glimpse into the making of the exhibition are on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays at Como House and Gardens. Please note that a minimum of 5 people must register in order for this event to go ahead.
Select Tuesdays & Thursdays
Miniature Hat & Umbrella Workshop
Join miniaturists Prue and Lisa in the Como House Ballroom as they guide you in this 2 hour workshop. You'll enjoy making two accessories for the lady of the house - a closed umbrella and a Melbourne Cup hat. Workshop pricing includes entry to the exhibition . We recommend that you allow at least one hour to visit the exhibition before the workshop commences at 12:30pm. Suitable for beginner level and/or aged 12 years plus. Please note that a minimum of 5 people must register in order for this workshop to go ahead.
Saturday 13 November, Wednesday 17 November, Saturday 15 January from 12.30 to 3pm
Doll House: Make your own Mini Door Workshop
Our fun miniature door workshop will be led by Andrea Currie, a Victorian Miniaturist with over 20 years of experience, in the Como House ballroom. Create your own fairy door to invite magical folk into your home. Suitable for ages 10 years & over. Workshop pricing includes entry to the exhibition and will run for approximately 2.5 hours. A minimum of 10 people must register in order for this workshop to go ahead.
Sunday 21 November & Monday 10 January from 10am to 12.30pm
Miniature Indoor Plant Workshop
Join Miniaturist Andrea Currie as she expertly guides you in this 2 hour workshop in the Como House Ballroom. You will enjoy learning about scale and create an adorable miniature indoor plant in a scotty planter box. Workshop pricing includes entry to the exhibition . Please note that a minimum of 10 people must register in order for this workshop to go ahead.
Sunday 21 November & Monday 10 January from 1pm to 3pm
You won't want to miss our Mini Market, with 10 local miniaturist suppliers selling all sorts of little things, whether you're a collector or are looking for your first ever mini treasure. Peruse a selection of miniature creations, crafting supplies and talk all things miniature with those in the know. Gold coin donation at the door.This event coincides with Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder Exhibition. Tickets for entry to the exhibition are sold separately.
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 December from 10am to 4pm
Doll House: Stories of Fashion in Miniature
With a scarcity of autobiographical documentation available detailing the experiences of those who designed for, or owned, historical Australian fashion labels, the Miniature fashion garments offer a unique way to combat this absence. From a series of interviews with Australian designers and those who worked at once famous fashion houses dating back to the 1930s, you will be guided by their memories through digital scrapbooks accessible through miniature mannequins.
The experience, created by Tom McEvoy, seeks to re-enliven the inspirations, intentions and emotional appeal of the garments they produced to celebrate their artistry and achievements.
The session will commence in the Como Ballroom where there will be a short introductory talk by Tom McEvoy at the beginning of each session at 10.00am and 1.00pm. You will then be free to browse the digital stories via miniature mannequins and then visit the Miniatures exhibition.
Your ticket includes entry into the Como Ballroom for the talk and access to the Stories of Fashion in Miniature stories as well as entry into the Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder Exhibition.
The digital component can be viewed on all devices that are able to scan QR. Please bring headphones to enjoy the optimum experience.
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 January from 10am to 3pm