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Mud Fun - Youth Leadership and Community Art
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MUD FUN is an event that take place around a large central clay-mud-pit filled with pure clay and sand that acts as a community playground and stage of sorts. Events are designed for attendees to be able to participate in one or more of several activities: mixing, building and sculpting the mud mixtures into artistic, durable, functional bricks, walls and structures, playing music, drumming, incorporating theatrics, preparing and serving food, and watching the spectacle as an audience member.  The interactive show arrives in the comfort of your school/company or organisation and allows you and those involved to be part of the ancient recipe of unfired earthen masonry demonstrating how to make bricks, walls and structures either in miniature architectural scale models of life sized. This can be a whole of school project - for example building and sculpting a garden wall, a pizza oven or a bench, or an outdoor kitchen.

With words like gathering, cooperating, working together, playing together, keeping up with the rhythm and the beat and the melody, preparing and sharing, building, sculpting, planning, designing, hosting, organising, dancing, working, passing the blobs, stomping on the mud, mixing and churning the mud, testing, presenting, mentoring, volunteering, learning, teaching, singing, chanting, squishing, sloshing, slopping, patting, smoothing, polishing, lifting, moving, displaying, calculating, communicating, welcoming, meeting, greeting, inviting, promoting, marketing, advertising, making, swirling, plastering, decorating, painting, enjoying, wetting, drying, splashing, soaking, bathing, lolling, eating, drinking, merry-making, recording, editing, writing, drumming, performing, acting, role playing, experimenting, creating, expowering, remembering, discovering, engineering, joking, face-painting, body painting, story telling, cooking, smelling, blobbing, forming, team building, shaping. You are guaranteed an excellent unique interactive event and show.

MUD FUN is so successful and works because of the unique formula with a unique appeal.

  1. The mud blurs the lines between work and play, art and science, education and community service, and the weird and wonderful.

  2. An all inclusive, "more-the-merrier" approach- ideal for bringing together the whole school. - youth leadership and empowerment.

  3. Based upon sound community organising strategies and principles.

  4. A leadership team of youth and mentors is trained to host ​a series of ​warm weather festive events and gatherings around a large, outdoor, clay-mud pit ​which simultaneously serves as a playground, stage and a project- based learning building site.

  5. Once a site is chosen a clay-mud pit is built and filled with soft and squishy and mushy and mooshy and ooey and gooey and gloopy and gloppy and sloppy mud made from sand and clay. ​

  6. The mud pit area becomes the site for festive earthen building events with an audience, music food and unfired-earthen-masonry building and sculpting activities.

  7. Performing the​​​​​​​​​​ barefoot mud-stomping dance mixes and churns ​the clay-mud into a suitable mixture for ​building and sculpting with​​​​, which transforms the labor intensive aspect into a fun, interesting activity​​​​​​. -

  8. A durable, a​rtistic, functional structure is completed by the end of the project and becomes a permanent asset of the community, ​managed by the site hosts who own or manage the land.

  9. ​The finshed structure and everything that has been learned along the way ​belongs to the community and becomes the seed for future aspirations.

  10. During the colder weather participants design and build small scale models of structures which are showcased to promote the spring and summer program.

MUD FUN offers 3 different programs.

  1. Mini-Mud Fun, Indoor Programming during the colder months: Engage your class, or whole school around designing, building, & showcasing a hand sculpted small scale model structure made with locally sourced clay subsoil ingredients. Culminate with a festive event to showcase your work and share what you have learned with your community.

  2. Year round programming for large projects: Engage your whole school and community around designing, building and showcasing a life sized, artistic, functional structure made with locally sourced clay subsoil ingredients. Create festive events around a large mud pit, with live music and drums and audiences and food. Build a life-sized, functional artistic structure such as an oven, bench, kitchen, cubby house or other small dwelling type structure.

  3. One day experience: When the weather is warm, bring a festive mud stomp to your community or school. Engage your whole school or community in a festive mud stomp where participants work together as a team and play drums, serve each other food, and of course interact with the mud - mixing it with hands and feet and making mud blobs and mud bricks. This can be organised as a fundraiser where students ask their family members to sponsor their brickmaking efforts and successes.

MUD FUN  Experience the Wow, the Fun, the Hands On approach.


  1. Wet clay mud helps blur the lines between: work and play, art and science, education and community service, dirty and clean, weird and wonderful. Wet clay and skin have a unique relationship and when combined with parental approval, warm weather, drums, music, choreography, audiences, food and building activities for the whole family, it becomes magical.

  2. Youth of all ages are engaged in the processes and each project draws upon the unique flavor that local youth bring to the table.

  3. Building a permanent, functional, artistic structure from scratch builds momentum with excuses for celebration along the way. Participation can range from one-time experiences to long-term commitments in the beginning, middle or end or over the life of the project. The leadership team is trained to replicate the program for continuity.

  4. A range of topics can be explored through the lenses of community, shelter and sustainability. Topics include: history, world cultures, geography, geology, architecture, natural resources, fossil fuels, pollution, music, art, health, documentation, writing, drama and communication. Teachers notes are available upon request.

  5. Math measuring proportions and ratios - sand to clay - scale models - estimating square foot area- number of bricks needed - multiplication calculations - division - circumference - architecture - design - shelter - finance, mortgage, interest, rent payments, estimated costs of materials for life-size project

  6. English Constructing clear and concise sentences for the public presentation at festive event - Public speaking -Writing in a journal - Writing Poetry

  7. Science Soil types -subsoil - clay -the creation of clay-geology

  8. And many many more.

MUD FUN is available for the following school levels:

  • Pre-School, Primary, Tertiary, High School including ...

  • Kindergarten, Year 1 (Primary Stage 1), Year 2 (Primary Stage 1),

  • Year 3 (Primary Stage 2) , Year 4 (Primary Stage 2) ,

  • Year 5 (Primary Stage 3), Year 6 (Primary Stage 3),

  • Year 7 (Primary Stage 4), Year 8 (Primary Stage 4),

  • Year 9 (Primary Stage 5), Year 10 (Primary Stage 5),

  • Year 11 (Primary Stage 6), Year 12 (Primary Stage 6)

MUD FUN is available in most areas of Australia, including but not limited to:

  • New South Wales (NSW) Area/Regions :
    Illawarra Shoalhaven, South Coast Region, South Western Sydney, Sydney, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Sydney Outer Suburbs, Wollongong

Price Information:

  • Mud Fun Show is priced on a per item charge.

Travel Charges:

  • There are no travel charges charged, regardless of the location.

Teacher/Customer Resources Available:

  • We have teacher notes to give teachers ideas on how to use the activities to lead into topics.

Staff Qualifications:

  • Offered upon request

Other Details
:Show Commences
From 9:00am to 9:00pm
:Show Duration
1 hour and ongoing depending on program chosen
:Product Availability
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, All School Terms, School Holidays, Public Holidays
:Available upon request
Post-activities, Risk Assessment
:Minimum Setup & Set Down Time required
1 - 2 hours Setup and Set Down
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          Posted on 14/06/2018 by Barnes Tony , St Joan of Arc , Brighton , VIC , Australia

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    Management Reply to Review Hi Tony, As the event supervisor I am happy to hear that the show and the quality and professionalism of the show. We always try to maintain a high standard of our shows as a large production company. Our Show prices for schools is heavily reduced to allow many schools to be able to afford the shows. I will definitely forward your suggestion to our accounts department. I would like to note that according to our records on your booking, the Tax Invoice was emailed quite a few times to your schools accounts person who informed us that they did not receive the email and this is why the Invoice was Faxed. However even after faxing the Invoice and the reminders, I see the account was not paid in full until the 4th reminder which included the admin fees. This is an unfortunate situation, however, we did try to remind your accounts team of the due date and balance multiple times and payment was not made or a request for a payment extension. I am sorry to hear that you experienced this, but I can see that we did try to help by adjusting a portion of the late fees.

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    Contacting Iconic Performances and being advised of what type of show we would require and booking it was excellent The show was brilliant and very informative. The students loved the interactive nature and were able to learn in a fun and engaging way. Unfortunately there was some confusion regarding payment. This was mainly centered on us needing a tax invoice but only receiving a booking invoice initially. There were a number of queries from SJA and Iconic Performances that lasted for a few weeks. In addition there was quite a number of admin fees added onto the initial price which totaled just over $200. Deposit was paid on time. We received the tax invoice for the remaining amount via fax. This was then paid. A suggestion would be to email the tax invoice instead of fax. The show you put together is a very professional and very well thought out production which captivated the audience and meant they learnt quite a-lot. I would recommend Iconic Performances to anyone, just need to ensure accounts department runs smoothly. Cheers, Tony Barnes

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