Located inside the Gallery of Modern Art is the Children's Art Centre, the perfect place to introduce young ones to fun and colourful contemporary art works. I took my three children this week and they can't wait to return.
This summer the Art Centre has two major art installations on exhibit: Yayoi Kusama - Look Now, See Forever and Pip & Pop - we miss you magic land!
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been creating paintings, sculptures, and other art works for forty years, using polka dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms. She calls this 'obliteration', meaning to destroy or obscure something completely, leaving no trace.
The obliteration room invites children and their carers to 'obliterate' all white rooms filled with all white furniture, with brightly coloured polka dots. Visitors are given a sticker sheet of spots at the entrance to the exhibit and are encouraged to display the dots where ever they want. This was immensely fun. But do not try this at home.
Perth-based artists Pip & Pop were invited by GoMA to create a family-friendly art installation for GoMA's fifth birthday. The result is a sweet delight; art made out of sugar and glitter and all things nice, created with cake decorating tools. At the end of the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to relax on plump, purple pillows and look up; where they will find strange and alien-like confectionary creations floating above them.
From February to November, Toddler Tuesday's run every week at 10 am and 11 am. Each session runs for forty-five minutes. This program introduces toddlers to art with fun activities including games, movement, making, and looking. It is suitable for children aged 18 months to 4 years old.
The program runs on an eight week cycle. Bookings are essential. To allow as many children and their carers as possible to take part in Toddler Tuesday, you may only book once during the eight week period. For more information on how to book, click here.
I'm quite jealous Debra! They all look like so much fun. I actually saw a link to the 'obliteration room' a few weeks ago, and it looked amazing.
I wish we could have it come to Adelaide.
We do have an exhibition by Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho at the SA Art Gallery at the moment, there kids can get involved by making their own badges, comics, and adding to a felt paste-up, but it is nowhere near this scale. My nieces absolutely loved it though, I can only imagine letting them loose here.
What I wouldn't give for a Modern Art Gallery in Adelaide.
It really is the best seeing kids interact with art, and loving it!