The Kangaroo Crew Exhibition, marks fifteen years of children's programming at QAGOMA. Join the celebration with a visit to this colorful corner, based on Gordon Hookey's own book, The Sacred Hill. It features larger than life displays for the children to "hop" all over, re-enacting the tale of four kangaroos, Blue, Potsy, Treez and Rocko, as they battle the Mynah birds to take back possession of their territory. Twenty five original paintings from the book are also on display, including some interesting footage of the artist (and his son, Joshua) creating a piece in his studio and a live reading of the story as you walk into the exhibition. I enjoyed seeing the real paintings which appear in the book, The Sacred Hill. It is also available for purchase from the QAGOMA store for $14.95.
As always, there are lots of hands on activities for the children to immerse themselves in and don't be surprised if you end up spending an entire afternoon at this GOMA exhibition. The Make a Roo activity involves choosing a mask to color in, so children of any age can turn themselves into an instant kangaroo. They can choose their mask from the four main kangaroo characters in the story, Blue, Potsy, Treez and Rocko.
There are plenty of desktop computers available for children to create their own Yoo Roo posters, which can be sent to family or friends. The webcam takes a picture of your face and then you choose a kangaroo personality to be the body, add your name and you're ready to join the exhibition's virtual display album. Seeing yourself as a kangaroo is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face.
This activity is bound to be extremely popular, with time limits enforced if it gets a bit too busy. Sit at one of ten games in this video arcade, as the four kangaroos help each other get back to the sacred hill. With four different levels of difficulty, any child will enjoy making the kangaroo weave through the maze, trying to escape the nasty Mynah Birds. You can also play Kangarcade anytime you like, online right here. Thanks QAGOMA.
A visit to the Kangaroo Crew Exhibition makes for a great family school holiday activity, or weekend adventure, and be sure to visit the main galleries upstairs to see all the other artworks on display. You might need to visit GOMA's River Cafe for some light refreshments after all that jumping and hopping creativity. Have fun.