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With Louise O'Brien

Design Workshop

Inspired by the unique design genius of architect Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House, get creative through a series of fun and playful design exercises for beginners or design lovers, whilst learning about the architectural history of the Sydney Opera House.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Design Workshop

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Recommended for adults aged 16+ years

This workshop is for artists, architects and design enthusiasts beginners to experts alike!

Event runs...

Saturday, 28 May at 2pm - Architecture in Movement

Saturday, 25 June at 2pm - Utzon and Sustainable House Design

Standard tickets from $49 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Description & price
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  $49
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  $40 each ($160 total)

The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

The duration of this event is 3 hours

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

In English | Wheelchair accessible

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support.

Find out more about accessibility at Sydney Opera House.

What to bring on the day

All materials will be provided at the workshop.

"I like to be on the edge of the possible."
 
Jørn Utzon

Passionate about buildings, architecture or applying your creativity and imagination to fun design projects?

Join Architect & Educator Louise O’Brien in these 4 monthly Saturday afternoon workshops for budding creatives.

Workshop series:

1/ UTZON FOR A DAY- BE LIKE UTZON

Saturday 26 February at 2pm

It could be said that Utzon created a new form of civic building and inspired a whole generation of architects and is still inspiring today. In this workshop be introduced to Utzon’s work and create an Iconic Opera House design using paper and curves and lines.

 2/ THINK LIKE UTZON

Saturday 26 March at 2pm

Part of the enduring appeal of Utzon’s work is the inspiration he took from nature. In this workshop explore this process, and design a Pavillion inspired by nature for the forecourt. Participants will do a site analysis, sketch and create models.

3/ ARCHITECTURE IN MOVEMENT

Saturday 28 May at 2pm

Some of the most dynamic architecture captures movement in a single moment. Explore Utzon’s designs and other examples of stage design to create your own installation for a set design at the Opera House for a dance or ballet performance.

 4/ HOUSING UTZON

Saturday 25 June at 2pm

Need some inspiration for a home build or renovation? Create a Sustainable Home inspired by Utzon’s house in Copenhagen, Mallorca and his time in Pittwater, channeling Utzon’s affinity with nature, materials and his design aesthetic. We will create a moodboard,sketch and draw in this session and create a house plan worthy of Utzon's genius.

Meet the Artist...

Louise O’Brien

Louise O’Brien is a registered Architect in NSW with qualifications in Installation Art & Interior Design. She is the founder of Apsara Collective – a residential, hospitality and interior architecture studio. She has more than twenty years’ experience locally and internationally. Louise’s passion for design and the opportunities it provides to inspire and empower young people has led her to education and she now lectures at a tertiary level and runs the Architecture for Kids School based in Sydney. 

Louise O'Brien headshot

Venue Information

The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order. 

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Installations/Workshops

Who is this workshop suited to?

 

This workshop is recommended for beginners aged 15+

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

What should I bring on the day?

All materials are provided on the day. Wear something you're happy to get a bit creatively messy in.

Where is the installation/workshop located? 

The workshop is in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre.

What if I am late for the installation/ workshop?

We will start promptly at the workshop time, however as this is a drop-in session, so don't worry too much if you are late, just make your way to the Centre for Creativity and someone will bring you up to speed.

Frequently Asked Questions - Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

 

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the event. Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts.

I have access needs. How can the Opera House support me?

 

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support

Are there change tables in the Centre for Creativity?

Change tables and Nappy bins are available in the Centre for Creativity, as well as the accessible public toilets in the below locations.

Western Foyers
Lower level of the Concourse
Main Box Office accessible toilets
Concert Hall Northern Foyer (both Male and Female)

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Where does this event/workshop/installation happen?

The workshop happens in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre

What if I can't come to the event?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will my experience be impacted by the Opera House's Renewal works?

In February 2020, the Opera House began major Concert Hall renewal works to transform the world-famous venue for 21st century performances. You can find out more here.

While the Concert Hall is closed, the rest of Opera House will remain open and vibrant, with unmissable performances and experiences across all other venues and the wider precinct.

Guests may experience some noise in foyers and theatres but we are working hard to minimise disruption associated with these important works.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

If you'd like to bring your baby to one of our activities that is not baby focused, your baby may sit on your lap during the activity. Please note unless this is a baby-specific activity there is minimum pram parking onsite. Your baby will require a babes-in-arms ticket as they contribute to our venue capacities.

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases to enable contactless payment.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

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