The most fantastic thing about Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is that not only do they have some of the most amazing exhibitions and collections, but also provide programs developed specially for children in the Children's Art Centre.
Children's Art Centre invites children and families to come and experience contemporary cultures and the various ways artists handle their work via interactive projects, activities and publications developed in collaboration with artists. Having worked with over 170 Australian and international contemporary artists, QAGOMA continues to present sensational exhibitions and programs for the youngsters.
If you're spending a day with the kids at QAGOMA, then make sure you take advantage of their current and ongoing exhibitions and activities on offer. The following pages give a summary of what's on including current and ongoing exhibitions as well as other child friendly happenings and goodies at QAGOMA.
Commissioned in 2011 to celebrates the fifth anniversary since opening of GOMA, The World Turns by Michael Parekowhai is located down by the river outside GOMA.
The ongoing drawing activity for kids was developed in partnership with Michael Parekowhai, an artist from New Zealand. If you head to the river just outside GOMA, you'll see an elephant and a small water rat, which are all part of Parekowhai's big bronze sculpture.
The drawing activity for kids encourages children to examine The World Turns and share their thoughts through writing and drawing in a booklet developed specially for children.
You can collect the booklet from the GOMA Information Desk and Cafe Bistro and there is no cost.
Cai Guo-Qiang Kids: Let's Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai
Accompanying Cai Guo Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, is Cai Guo-Qiang Kids: Let's Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai located in Gallery 1.4 of Children's Art Centre. From Saturday 23 November 2013 to Sunday 11 May 2014, all children are invited to attend this free exhibition by the most extraordinary global artists of our age, Cai Guo-Qiang.
Through Cai's hands-on and multimedia activities, children will be able to connect with his ideas and art works and, at the same time, let their imagination run wild by exploring and utilising his exciting working methods to create their very own exhibition. Young visitors will be captivated and amazed by the short animated movie about Cai's journey around the world and understand how people he meets, objects he sees, and things he learns inspire and influence his artworks. What's more, children can use their creativity to make their very own miniature exhibition using an animal, boat and tree; as well as producing their own stunning multimedia gunpowder drawings and explosion events.
As this exhibition is absolutely free and totally awesome, there's no excuse for missing it.
Created by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people, Kangaroo Crew is an interactive artist project for children and families. Open until Monday 27 January 2014, this exhibition is located on Park Level of Children's Art Centre.
Here, follow the four kangaroos on their journey to Sacred Hill; take part in the hands-on and multimedia games and activities in order to be engaged with the story; see the wonderful art works on display; create your own kangaroo mask and poster; and have fun with Kangarcade, a fun, multimedia arcade game.
What's also wonderful about this exhibition is that Braille is available.
This is another free, fab exhibition for the youngsters so make sure you catch it before it finishes.
Available from the Gallery Store, are various publications for kids which coincide with several past and current exhibitions at Children's Art Centre. They are all superb books, many of which have won multiple awards.
In addition to books, are the interactive multimedia kids games that have been developed with main exhibitions. Take advantage of these games which help children to engage with artists and their ideas.
Of you have a toddler, then Toddler Tuesday is perfect for you. With games, movement, making and looking activities designed especially designed for this program, it's no wonder this program is so popular with toddlers and their parents and carers. Each session will focus on one Collection work and activities are designed for them to engage with the work, learn about art, and most importantly, have the best time.
These sessions are totally free; however require booking due to capacity restrictions.