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Patricia Piccinini: Once Upon a Time

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Enter a strange, and sometimes disturbing world, or wonder when you visit the Art Gallery of South Australia for the Patricia Piccinini exhibition: Once Upon a Time. Piccinini's strange creatures fill the depths of the Art Gallery, creating a parallel world once you descend the steps to the exhibition.

You'll have to hurry if you want to catch a look at the Piccinini exhibition. It closes on the 26th of June after a very successful time in the Art Gallery. It is an exhibition that will stir the imaginations of adults and children. Some adults may feel that it is not appropriate for their children, so do a bit of research first, but I thoroughly recommend it for all age groups.

Walking through the exhibition almost feels like you have stepped onto the set of Doctor Who or Star Trek. Strangely deformed figures fill what seem to be natural scenarios. The strangely like-like creatures test your threshold of acceptance as you are torn between disgust and delight.

The exhibition touches on some very interesting issues, of what we view as normal and acceptable. It also looks into the minds of children, as we see children accepting these seemingly horrific creatures while adults react in horror. Exploring the psyche of the child, and its predisposition to being far more open and accepting about the world.

While Piccinini must be applauded for her imagination and creativity in conceiving these creatures and the space they occupy, a round of congratulations must also go to the talented artists who brought her ideas to life. The exhibition features some of Piccinini's sketches and concepts, but the lifelike figures that haunt the space are the work of a very talented and much larger team.

Activities are available for adults and children, where you can create your own unique creature using a range of different textiles. This can be a fun way to involve children in the exhibition, and allow them to express their own creativity. For a full list of available activities and event details check out the Art Gallery of South Australia's website.

Prices for the exhibition are:
Adults $15
Consession $10
Members $10
Families $25
Children 16 $10
Children <16 FREE

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Why? Escape to another world
When: April 16th till June 26th
Where: The Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Prices Vary
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