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Contemporary Art for Contemporary Kids

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Do you consider your kids artwork to be worthy of a gallery exhibition? At Contemporary art for Contemporary kids they can create their own art to become part of the exhibition and learn about contemporary art.

The collaborative exhibition introduces young audiences to the often-mystifying world of contemporary art by encouraging them to create some.

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and the Queensland Art Gallery Children's Art Centre injects fun and adventure into contemporary art for children by encouraging them to touch, draw and construct.

In what is a first for Sydney, the multimedia exhibition features five projects that allow children of all ages to interact, collaborate – and create a bit of a mess.

The artist projects include - according to the website: "Yang, a photographer and storyteller, encourages children to look in a mirror, draw a portrait and write about their background and discover which animal sign they are on the Chinese zodiac."

Artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan's project, In-flight, (first picture) asks participants to make aeroplanes out of found materials. Using the recycled objects as well as off-cuts and twine, participants are invited to construct aircraft within a dynamic activity space. Touching on themes of migration, family and memory, the recycled planes form a giant flock suspended from the ceiling."

Arlene TextaQueen (pictured above right) complete in superhero like outfit works with felt-tip markers to create tongue-in-cheek portraits of the fabulous characters that inhabit her world. Young visitors are invited to create their very own mini-deck of snap cards, adding bright colours using felt-tip pens.

According to Sherman Art Fundation, Executive Director, Gene Sherman: "The idea is to introduce 21st century children to the art of our time."
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Why? A fun and arty day for the whole family.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm until December 18
Where: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16–20 Goodhope Street Paddington
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