Stampin up (a whale of) a storm!

finished stamps

Whether it’s tusk-duelling narwhals, a barnacle-headed mumma whale or a declaration of love for the majestic giants of the aquatic world…there is something just plain delightful about the instant printmaking produced by the humble stamp.

This month we decided to craft up a few easy foam stamps inspired by our whale season exhibitions. Perfect for making your own stationary, hand-printed fabrics, bespoke scrapbooks and collages, stamps are just as as fun and usable for toddlers as they are for all the grown-up kids!


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5 little krill and the hungry whale: How to make a finger puppet play

5 little Krill just swimming in a swarm

Along came a hungry whale (gulp, gulp, gulp) and then there were 4……


This month’s craft blog takes inspiration from our temporary exhibition’s Beautiful Whale and Amazing Whales as we share one of our resources created for toddlers to enjoy as part of our Mini Mariners Wonderful Whales program- a finger puppet play for 5 little Krill and the hungry whale. Continue reading

Lights, Projection, Action!

'Aquatic Nights' teaser! Come watch the museum's rooftops transform into an underwater wonderland from 23 May - 9 June 2014

‘Aquatic Nights’ teaser! Come watch the museum’s rooftops transform into an underwater wonderland from 23 May – 9 June 2014

Vivid Sydney will be on our doorstep sooner than we can say ‘We love Whales!’ This year, the museum’s Vivid team have been working to create ‘Aquatic Nights’, a celebration of lights and performances to craft an experience people everywhere will remember. Recently, for a brief moment, you might have seen on our lighthouse light up; it was a taste of what’s to come, as our lovely precinct will be transformed into a wonderland of oceanic colours from 23 May to 9 June 2014. Continue reading

Saving whales in the International Court of Justice and on the water

The news that Australia won its case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has been met with jubilation and excitement. The decision handed down by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 31 March 2014 found “… Japan’s whaling programme in the Antarctic is not in accordance with three provisions of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling”, and that whaling activity in the Southern oceans now cease. The purpose of the action was to seek to bring an end to Japan’s “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Minke whale and Yushin Maru 2 15 February 2013

Minke whale and Yushin Maru 2 15 February 2013
Photograph by Marianna Boldo courtesy Sea Shepherd Australia

Australia argued that Japan was in breach of two prohibitions established under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling: the general prohibition on commercial whaling, and a prohibition on such whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. Japan has sought to rely on an exception to the convention concerning whaling ‘for purposes of scientific research’. The Australian government argued the whaling carried out by Japan was commercial, not scientific, and did not fall within that narrow exception.

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