The Children's Sensorium

National Exhibition Register

  • Hiromi Hotel INHABITANT
    Hiromi Tango Hiromi Hotel INHABITANT, 2022
    Image Credit
    Courtesy the artist and Sullivan and Strumpf. Archives of Feeling, 2022, Design Hub Gallery. Photo Tobias Titz.

About the exhibition

The Children’s Sensorium is an interactive exhibition featuring light, colour, touch, sound, smell and taste to activate children’s  curiosity, connect them to local Country, and introduce strategies and techniques that support emotional resilience and wellbeing. The exhibition is designed for children aged 4-11 and includes sense-based installations that draw on touch, sound, vision, smell and taste to create an environment that is fun, engaging and activates children’s curiosity while connecting them to strategies and techniques that support resilience and wellbeing. It will include a variety of materials for play, and will be a space in which children can spend time to explore their senses, feelings, thoughts, worries and hopes.

This project responds to the significant impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s wellbeing and resilience. The exhibition aims to improve mental health and wellbeing for young children (ages 4-11) experiencing distress, building on evidence of preventative strategies to support children’s resilience and wellbeing (eg mindfulness/embodiment, play and emotional intelligence). The Sensorium provides practical strategies for children and their families to bring into their daily lives in order to increase mental health literacy and children’s emotional intelligence. Using a strengthbased approach (shifting focus away from pathology), the Sensorium enables  children to explore their senses, feelings, thoughts, worries and hopes and to cultivate emotional intelligence and resilience.

Artists and Curator

Curated by Grace McQuilten with leading artistic direction from Boonwurrung Elder N’arweet Carolyn Briggs

Larissa Hjorth (play and games), Hiromi Tango (colour and textile installation), Fiona Hillary (light), Philip Samartzis (sound), Heather Hesterman (planting and cultivation of plants), Anna Schwann (scent installation) with designer Anthony Clarke (Bloxas) and  embodiment specialists Tamara Borovica, Angela Clarke and Camilla Maling.

Strategies around emotional resilience and wellbeing have been developed with the guidance of critical mental health researcher  Renata Kokanović and industry collaborator, Live Particle.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/08/2023 - 31/07/2025
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
RMIT Design Gallery
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops, Signage
Other materials
All furniture/technology/equipment also provided.
Primary contact
Jessica Row
Exhibitions Coordinator
NETS Victoria
The original exhibition at RMIT Design Gallery was presented by RMIT’s Contemporary Art & Social Transformation (CAST) Research Group.