PRESS PLAY: Ocean Garden

inflatable turtle from Ocean Garden art installation

Ocean Garden

From 14-21 January, the lawns of the Multi-Arts Pavilion,mima in Speers Point Park will be transformed into a dreamy underwater garden with giant starfish, turtles and technicolour sea creatures that beckon you to come out and play. These larger-than-life inflatable sculptures will greet you with an exciting splash of colour by day and fill the park with their welcoming glow by night. 

Visitors can freely wander around this delightful outdoor art installation created by Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS) in partnership with Studio A, a supported studio tackling barriers for artists with intellectual disability. 

Vibrant, unforgettable designs by Studio A artists have been transformed by GAS into digitally printed ‘art fabrics’ and hand sewn to create giant inflatable sculptures that radically reimagine the underwater environment. The forms are inspired by coral reefs and their amazing ability to regenerate despite the ongoing human impact on the environment. They remind us that nature is still the best architect, and we only need to look to our natural environments to imagine what is possible in the future.

Ocean Garden is a celebration of the unparalleled beauty, complexity and resilience of our natural world. It is also a reminder to care for these precious and beautiful environments as they are continuously threatened by human interventions.

This free outdoor event is happening as part of Press Play: a week of fun

Dine in the park

On Friday 14 and 21 January, you can grab some dinner or a tasty snack while you visit Ocean Garden. We will have food vans on site from 4pm until 8pm. 

MAP mima is open every Friday evening until 8pm. Enjoy local wine and beer in our outdoor licensed area with a different food vendor each week.

Friday 14 January - The Vegan Van

The Vegan Van offers pies, wraps, nachos, spinach and feta rolls, Moroccan salad, pizzas and more! Featuring Belinda’s sauces, vegan cheeses, pies and beautiful salads and Lloyd’s fresh pizzas using homemade dough and sauce.

Friday 21 January - Yen's Yumm Bahns and Glen's Soft Serve Icecream

What more could you hope for?!


  • Friday, 14 January 2022 | 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Saturday, 15 January 2022 | 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Sunday, 16 January 2022 | 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
  • Monday, 17 January 2022 | 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022 | 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022 | 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM


Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima) Lake Macquarie, 96 Creek Reserve Road, Speers Point   View in Google Maps

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