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Arty Farty

A Podcast for Kids

Our brand new podcast Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids has been created especially for Kid Creatives. We’re excited to share special moments, insights, tips, tricks and more from kids themselves, and creative types who appear here at the House.

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Season 3: House Call

Curious kids phoned us with your questions and we've answered them in this brand new season of Arty Farty! Each episode is jam-packed full of interesting stories from the people who make magic happen behind-the-scenes and on the stage at the Opera House.

Latest episodes


Episode 1: Before the House with Rhoda Roberts



What was there, before the Sydney Opera House was there?

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful building with a funny-looking roof that existed in Sydney Harbour. Wait, that can’t be right. Tune into this episode to hear all about the rich Indigenous history that existed in Sydney long before the Opera House was built. 


Episode 2: House of the Rising Sun with Jacqui Dark



How big is Earth?

Earth is just one of the planets that exist in our galaxy. We know there are eight planets in our solar system, but does that tell us how big our planet is? In this episode, an opera singer and a physicist tells us more!


Episode 3: Moving House with John Lavery

Have you ever had to make huge robot animals and were those huge robot animals ever too big to fit on stage?

The question we all want answered. In this episode, we meet John Lavery who built sets at The Sydney Opera House for many years to learn about set design, imagination and the creative solutions that set designers come up with to help us enter the make-believe worlds of our favourite performances.


Season 2: Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations features well-known artists sharing their creative process and inspiration. These conversations will spark the imaginations of children and adults alike. 


Episode 8: Mick Elliott

Join the hilarious children's author and illustrator of The Turners trilogy and Squidge Dibley series, Mick Elliott as he talks about creativity and his passion for reading, drawing and developing unique characters.

Episode 7: Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor is an British comedy writer, producer, director, performer, and playwright. More recently, he has written plays that deal with difficult global and political issues.  Find out what inspires Henry to write plays and why he thinks it’s important to tell the stories that he does.

Episode 6: Alan Brough

Alan Brough is a writer, comedian, broadcaster, musician and star of ABC music trivia show Spicks and Specks. In this episode, Alan discusses his broad career with a focus on the two children’s books he’s written as well as the process of turning one of them – Charlie and the War Against the Grannies – into a stage show! 

Episode 5: Tim Sharp and Judy Sharp

Tim Sharp is an Australian artist who has had his colourful and unique art exhibited all over the world and across Australia. Join Tim and his mum Judy as they discuss Tim's early years being diagnosed with autism, his life as an artist and creator and where this dream has taken him. Tim and Judy are wonderful ambassadors for autism and remind us that beauty can be found in diversity, inclusion and looking at the world through the eyes of different people.


Episode 4: Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton has so many books across many genres it would be impossible to count them all! Listen to how Matt starts getting words onto a page and how important reading is to creating stories. "Books inspire the imagination, imagination burst creativity and creativity changes the world."

Episode 3: Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend's series of books - The Trials of Morrigan Crow have been released to record break sales and lots of awards. Find out about Jess's tricks to creating characters, the weird places she gets her ideas from her absolute love of daydreaming. Plus a sneaky read of some of her words by the author herself!

Episode 2: David Walliams

A global phenomenon in the world of film, TV and comedy, David Walliams first made the foray into writing children’s books in 2008. The rest has been history and his hilarious books are a modern staple in every kid’s bookshelf. David talks about his 2010 book Billionaire Boy and delves into the unlikely places that he’s found inspiration.


Episode 1: Shaun Tan

A renowned Australian writer and artist, Shaun Tan’s books have been translated into 25 different languages and his 2000 book The Lost Thing was adapted into an Academy Award-winning animated short film. Shaun dives into what it means to be an artist and shares some insightful advice: “Pay attention to things that you like. Draw, paint, and then write first and ask questions later. Don’t be afraid of failure.”

Season 1: This Kid Life

We unpack big ideas by little thinkers. Join our host Jennifer Macey to find out what kids think about science, resilience, diversity and accessibility. 

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