Animal Magic

Meaty ideas. Fab food. Top tipples.

The great 20th Century artist Pablo Picasso met Lump the Daschund over lunch in 1957. They were inseparable friends for 17 years until Lump passed away in 1973 – Picasso following him 10 days later.  The real-life tale of Picasso and Lump is but one example of the incredible bond of love, friendship and inspiration that can exist between human and animals.

We turn to meditation, medication and psychotherapy to cure our ills, but the path to healing, wellbeing and creativity may be only a paw-print away. Join us for a cosy evening of delicious food, good wine, and warm conversation about the fascinating links between animals and pets, and human creativity and wellbeing.

Join Artistic Director Lyn Wallis and our HotSpot guests:

Dr Pauleen Bennett, Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. Dr Bennett specialises in the human-animal exchange, and combines her work at La Trobe with a range of community activities designed to improve human-companion animal relationships.

Kat Bennett, Early Years Health Promotion Coordinator at Gateway Health. Whilst working for Wodonga Council Kat co-ordinated the pilot program Paw Pals, which aims to strengthen social connections for older adults, by matching volunteers with elderly pet owners. Kat also combines her major passions of yoga and the human- animal bond, by teaching yoga as a component of a local equine therapy program.

Sarah Kriegler, Lemony S Puppet Theatre and Picasso and His Dog director and writer.  Sarah will talk about the story of Picasso’s real-life relationship with his dog ‘Lump’ which inspired the show, and how the show was made. Bring the kids along to meet the puppet-dog ‘Lump’ in person!

Date & Location

Thursday 23 June 6-8pm

Arts Space Wodonga, 160 Lawrence St, Wodonga


Full $30

Concession $25

HotHouse Subscriber $25

Children aged 14 and under $20

All tickets include supper and a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage.