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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published January 16th 2012
Cultural Centre

Gallery of Modern Art

We paid our first visit to the South Bank Cultural Centre during school holidays. My eight year old exclaimed that it was "the best day ever".

We caught a bus into South Bank and got off at the Cultural Centre Busway station, conveniently located in front of the Queensland Art Gallery.

Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre are all within walking distance of each other.

Gallery of Modern Art

obliteration room

We started our outing at GoMA and their Children's Art Centre. First we had a spot of fun in Yayoi Kusama's 'obliteration room' where the kids got to place brightly coloured dots on the all-white walls, ceiling, floor, and furniture.

Next, we visited Pip & Pop's popular art installation 'we miss you magic land!', created especially for GoMA's fifth birthday celebrations.

we miss you magic land!

Besides it's wonderful Children's Art Centre, GoMA's other claim to fame is that it is Australia's largest gallery of modern art. It has an incredible collection of Australian, Indigenous Australian, Asian and Pacific, and international contemporary art works.

The Australian Cinémathèque, which screens significant Australian and international films, is also located at GoMA.

State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland

After GoMA, we headed to the State Library of Queensland. 'Look! the art of Australian picture books today' is currently on exhibit until March 4, 2012. This free exhibition features artworks, sketches, and drawings by some of Australia's most gifted illustrators including Graeme Base, Leigh Hobbs, and Terry Denton.

The State Library offers fantastic, free activities during school holidays. On our visit, the kids made mobiles and badges. Also worth a visit, The Corner is an imaginative, fun, play area for under eights. It is open daily from 10am until 3pm. Free films are frequently featured at the library; for both children and adults.

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Queensland Museum

Unfortunately, The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre was closed for renovations on our trip but will be re-opening for it's 150th birthday on January 20, 2012. Read Ranyhyn Akui's review for more information on the three day celebration.

The $14 million refurbishment includes four floors of galleries highlighting Queensland's natural and cultural history. The flood affected Energex Playasaurus Place, an interactive and educational play area, has also been restored.

The Sciencentre, offering one hundred percent hands-on fun, claims that " there are no 'visitors' at the Sciencentre - everyone is a 'participant'."

And More

Watermall fountains, QAG

Afterwards, we bought some vanilla cones with chocolate flakes from an ice-cream van and strolled along the Brisbane River towards the South Bank Parklands. Alternatively, there are plenty of places within the Cultural Centre to grab a coffee and a sweet treat: The Library Café, Watermall Café (QAG), or River Café (GoMA).

Queensland Art Gallery, with it's extensive Australian, Asian, and international collections, is also worth a look. As is the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, a world-class venue currently showing the hit musical Mary Poppins.

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Why? Get cultured
When: Seven days a week
Where: Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost: Free, except for special exhibitions
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