It felt instantly magical as we entered into this wonderfully child friendly space through a miniature archway. This multimedia interactive exhibition at South Bank's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), invites children and their carers on a journey into the lands of their imagination. Entry into the exhibition is free and I highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon there with your family sometime over the school holidays, or maybe the weekend.
A medieval French poem, "The Land of Cockaigne" inspired this section of the exhibition, which some of you may remember as "we miss you magic land" in 2011. Perth based artist duo, Pip and Pop, have again created four mythical scenes, filled with layers of fluorescent fairy floss, streets paved with pastry and houses made of glittery cake. Children of all ages will spend ages looking at all the tiny, tiny creatures, trees, lollipops and rainbows through each of the windows. Children are also encouraged to visit the exhibition at home and at the exhibition via Queensland Art Gallery's interactive activity page. You are guaranteed to have plenty of fun creating your very own psychedelic rainbows, exploding mushrooms and golden clouds.
Artist, Tom Moore's animation and accompanying sculptures will take your imagination in a completely different direction as a fleet of alien "space burgers" take over his cardboard city. It's great to see the animation and then see the actual sculptures.
Along the back wall of the exhibition, I really appreciated Rosemary Laing's large photographs of eucalyptus forests growing out of actual carpet. These tranquil images made us think about what "outside" really means and what "inside" really means in a quiet and subtle way.
The kids spent a good amount of time making the character wake up and find her way through the jungle in "You were in my dream last night" by Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine. There are small stools and headphones set up at this site specific exhibit where children move a computer mouse to move the character on the screen through her fantastic land, meeting all kinds of animals along the way. This animation was developed especially for the exhibition and is well worth checking out.
The Fairy of Kumgang Mountains:
These huge watercolor paintings illustrate the traditional Korean folk story of Hwang In Jae. You can read the mythical story and see the beautiful paintings as the child flies to heaven and eventually returns to earth. There is plenty of color and fun to be had with each of the artworks on display, so if your children are in need of some fantasy escapism, this exhibition might be the perfect place to come and enjoy.