Skywhales: Every Heart Sings


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Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhalepapa is a monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon and a new companion piece to Skywhale—together they form a Skywhale family. Following flight events in Canberra, Adelaide & Albury, the sculptures are heading to Melbourne for the first time as part of a National Gallery touring event throughout 2021 and 2022.

Join us for the inaugural Melbourne flight—right here at MPavilion—as we watch the Skywhale family fly over the heart of Melbourne.

The story of the Skywhale family is told in Patricia Piccinini’s new children’s book ‘Every Heart Sings’, while an exhibition in the Tim Fairfax Learning Gallery at the National Gallery of Australia brought together studio drawings, 3D models and an interview with the artist to look at the development the Skywhales. An accompanying online learning resource for primary students look at concepts of love, care and responsibility in relation to ourselves, families, and other living beings. Musician Jess Green (AKA Pheno) has created a song, ‘We are the Skywhales’, and keen knitters can make their own Skywhales from a pattern developed by a local Canberra knitter.

This tour is thanks to the Principal Patronage of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by Visions of Australia.

Please note: the date and time of this event are yet to be announced.

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