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Lockdown Community Arts Projects

Promisetown Spoonville

Located in front of Thomastown Library, 52 Main St, Thomastown


How to Play:

- Place your spoon during your daily exercise

- Make sure things don't blow off in the wind

- Look at the Spoonies but please don't touch

Make your own character and grow our village!


Promisetown Spoonville sits on the lands of the Wurrundjeri People and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.

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Introducing Bec James

Thomastown Neighbourhood House Artist in Residence 

Bec James is a local Melbourne artist who has exhibited both internationally and locally.

'Bec’s Treehouse Art School’ has been running for 15 years and has brought joy to thousands of children across Australia at festivals, shopping centres and artist residencies. Her many large scale festival workshops include Moomba, Fed Square’s Viva Festival, and WOMADelaide.

She was the Artistic Director of Richmond’s iconic lantern festival, “Under One Moon”, and has previously worked for the City of Whittlesea within the community at several primary schools in the lead up to the Whittlesea Community Show.

She currently creates mural commissions and teaches art classes for children from her studio in Reservoir. She continues to create private and corporate mural commissions in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Becky will be creating art projects for our Little Diggers and Promisetown Playgroup to carry out during Lockdown 7 such as 'How to make a puppet' - to see the clip visit this link.

If you would like to get involved, please email or phone Thomastown Neighbourhood House.



An International Initiative to help mental health during the Pandemic

The very first Spoonville was started in Winnersh, Berkshire, England by a very creative lady Karen who came up with the idea of making Spoony characters from wooden spoons as a way of cheering up her local community during Covid-19 lockdown.

Helen from Mull (who used to live in Berkshire many moons ago) spotted a photo of the Winnersh Spoonville on her friend Lucy’s Facebook page after Lucy and her daughter Sydney had been to check out the Spoony people.

Thinking this was a fab idea ‘because spoons don’t have to social distance’ Helen and her daughter Ella got busy creating a Spoonville in Craignure, Isle of Mull. Helen posted on Facebook that their Spoonville was looking to increase its population and encouraged others to add to the Spoony people.

Junelle, Helen’s friend from Longwarry, Australia (who used to live in Mull) saw Helen’s Facebook post, loved the idea, created their Spoonville in Australia with her boys, Jude, Van and Nyah and Spoonvilles were global!

And so, it went on.

There are now Spoonvilles all over the world with new Spoony characters popping up across the every day!

To see more Spoonvilles all around the world, visit the Spoonville International Website here.

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