This is by far the most colourful exhibition ever to take over GOMA's Children's Art Centre. As you walk down the steps to Park Level, you enter artist, Jemima Wyman's world, full of bright rainbows in all shapes and sizes. It felt a bit like walking into a giant quilt. We soon discovered this was also the place to learn about tessellations, keffiyet designs, kaleidoscopes and harlequins.
The kids were directed straight to a craft table fully equipped with paper, glue and scissors for creating a collage mandala to add to the giant spinning wallpaper installation. The idea is to create your own optical illusion, watch it spin and then admire it as part of the wallpaper decorating the Pattern Bandits Exhibition.
The next interactive table was part of the exhibition's Pattern Action Zone. This table was equipped with Jemima Wyman's stencils, bright textas and blank white bandanas ready to have their designs added by the eager children. After they tied these onto their heads, we entered the film zone to follow the lead of the eleven minute interactive film, Pattern Power Moves (2014).
Yet another interactive station is set up with several large puzzles and corresponding mirrors. This hands on installation gets children creating their own patterns using beautiful block tessellations on a flat work bench which is reflected off the roof and walls.
Just when we thought we'd had enough colour, it was time to exit via the Harlequin Hallway. There were tiny cameras installed into the walls which captured the colour of our clothes, and responded to our movements, transforming us into crazy looking eight headed monsters and wild kaleidoscopic characters. It was certainly a memorable way to leave the gallery.
We easily spent several hours enjoying this free exhibition and then headed to GOMA's River Cafe for Jemima Wyman's favourite childhood meal, Hunza Pie Balls (very delicious rice balls). Sitting quietly by the river was the perfect way to end our visit to the Pattern Bandits Exhibition, which I highly recommend as a weekend or school holiday activity for children both young and old.