People Make Places Invitation


People Make Places is a collaborative art project which brings people together to consider their own sense of place and celebrate and deepen mutual understanding of diverse rural and urban regions across the globe. To date 4000+ people from Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, Deniliquin, Mosman, Venice, London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Dubai, Adelaide, Cannes, Amsterdam, Paris, Lane Cove Brisbane, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Perth and Nadi are participating. They have created miniature matchbox impressions of what they wish to share with the world about where they live.

We are currently back in our hometown and warmly invite those living/studying and/or working in Sydney to create something responding to your region for one of our Match Box Projects boxes. It can be anything that represents your Sydney, from an image to an object, a piece of writing, something made or something long as it fits inside the box...(and complies with the instructions below to enable us to travel with your creation through international customs).

Due to COVID-19, at present we have put on hold our pop-ups and meeting points. However, please create and contact us when you have finished and we will add you to our list to invite to our future pop-ups.

Contact us via WhatsApp/Mobile Nos + 61 419 388 108 /+ 61 410 331 600 or via

If you live in other regions, we welcome you to join the journey if/when we get to your neighbourhood.

All are welcome to follow the project via our facebook, instagram and/or


Looking forward to seeing you and your region's impression soon.


Leanne Shedlezki and Naomi Shedlezki


Note: Due to COVID-19 We have placed on hold our Sydney meeting points and workshops. Please keep your matchbox in a safe place until we can meet up. In the mean time we welcome you to keep creative and join our online pARTicipate engagement projects


PDF Instructions (2 A4 Pages):






Matchbox Instructions



1. Create something responding to Sydney for inside one of our matchboxes. Works created in line with the below will travel with us to introduce your locality through the eyes and hearts of those in your region.

• Create your work in landscape format - it will be displayed horizontally
• Use materials that are safe to travel internationally through airport customs eg no liquid, sharp objects, food, flora, fauna etc
• Glue/adhere materials inside the box. Do not include small fragments that tend to become unglued eg no glitter and no sand.
• Only create something for inside the box. Please do not colour, create or stick anything on the outside of the box or include anything that needs to be unfolded,
• Your work will presented in public spaces, therefore must be be appropriate for all ages to view.

NOTE: If you have yet to recieve one of our boxes - dimensions of the box are on the photo above. We will be happy to give you a box when we meet. In the meantime feel free to prepare something slightly smaller than the above dimensions - you can adhere it into one of our boxes when you recieve it. (works created can only be placed into our personal original matchboxes)


2. On the back of the box write your:

• Full Name
• Mobile (cell) phone number - if you haven't a mobile write home phone no
• E-mail address
• Title of your work
• Where & when you received your box
• Please leave enough space for us to write the time and date you return your box


NB: please provide us with contact e-mails/mobile numbers you expect to have for at least 5 years. See 7

3. Delivery Points.


When you have finished creating your work, please contact us via e-mail OR text with your name and contact details. We will then invite you to our next Match Box Rendezvous or workshops once COVID-19 conditions lapse. In the mean time, we will be creating other participatory art projects you can create at home, so please do pARTicipate

NOTE: When meeting us please ensure you have ample time for us to photograph your hands with your box and record your voice (see 4 and 5 below).


MOBILE PHONE /WHATSAPP: + 61 410 331 600 / + 61 419 388 108


For those who didn't have the chance to deliver their matchboxes, please keep them in a safe place until we return to your region

4. Photography

When delivering your matchbox we will photograph your matchbox in your hands. (see below NADI image examples). Please allow ample time to drop your matchbox off, as there maybe others waiting to be photographed too.


5. Voice Recording

When you deliver your matchbox we would greatly appreciate it if we could record your voice. This will allow the blind and visually impaired to "see your box" and enable others to gain a further insight into your impression of your city. The recording will include the title of your box, a detailed description of what you have put inside it and why. (There is no minimal time limit - but we prefer your statement to be 30 seconds to 1min30seconds long).

6. Copyright

When delivering your matchbox to us, it becomes a permanent contribution to our portrait series as part of People Make Places and you will be automatically assigning copyright of same onto us (Leanne Shedlezki & Naomi Shedlezki aka Match Box Projects). This will allow us to share it with the world and permit us to exhibit, photograph, video, publish and present it in public/private exhibitions, in press, in print, in video/multimedia works/ catalogues, on our website/blog etc.

7. bARTer/ Exchange Gift

Please keep the cover of the box in a safe place. On completion of our Places Series we will contact you to present you with an exchange/bARTer gift to go inside your original cover.

8. If you have any questions please contact us



NAOMI + 61 410 331 600 (Australian phone/WhatsApp)

LEANNE + 61 419 388 108 (Australian phone/Whats App)


If you have friends/family that would like to take part in our project, please let them know they are welcome to pick up a box when you deliver yours.

We are looking forward to receiving your matchbox and seeing you soon.

Thank you,

Leanne Shedlezki and Naomi Shedlezki



You are welcome to follow the project via our instagram and facebook pages: