QAGOMA Children's Art Centre

Art to look at and art you can make!

I recently took my four year old to the [Link https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/ Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)] and we had such a great time. It is not just art for adults, there is a specific area for kids, called the [Link https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/kids QAGOMA Children's Art Centre].

The QAGOMA Children's Art Centre works with artists to create interactive installations, artist projects and activities for kids and families.

On our visit to the art centre, we enjoyed two excellent temporary exhibitions.







[Link https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/kids/ross-manning-idling-engines Idling Engines]

This exhibition is by the artist Ross Manning, who has created art through sound. His exhibition responds to movement, so kids can walk through to experience art in a sensory way.

This installation includes a number of small motors that have been attached to cables hanging from the ceiling. They have been positioned so the motors are triggered when you walk past and start moving and making sounds.

This exhibition is on until end of April 2021.

[Link https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/kids/now-is-the-time Now Is The Time]

This was a really special exhibit that my four year old loved. It gave him a chance to think, get creative and participate in a bigger movement. The exhibition invites children to speak up about climate change and the environment.

The exhibit has an open range of activities as part of this exhibition. Children can design a protest t-shirt, create a poster, cast a vote for what they care about, and share their climate message with other visitors on a message-board. My son loved to cut and colour the signs and pictures and sticking his project on the wall.

This exhibition is on until 1st August 2021.





Other Exhibits

There is also a kids art trail that is a permanent exhibition. This features art, from the earliest rock paintings to contemporary works with animals as the theme. In this trail activity, you can discover a wild and wonderful menagerie of animals hiding in the Australian Art Collection.

There are an ever changing range of programs available online and at the gallery, especially for children under five years as well.

Entry to the Children's Art Centre is free, so it makes for the perfect day out if you are on a budget. You just need to check in for COVID and also check your bags in. The Children's Art Centre is close to the cafe and toilets with facilities for families.

Location: Stanley Place Cultural Precinct, Southbank

Getting there: Located right next to the Cultural Centre Busway station and a short walk from the South Brisbane train station and the South Bank CityCat and Ferry terminal. Visit the website for more details.

Parking: Paid parking available at the cultural precinct. Street parking around Southbank if you are very lucky.

Hours and Admission: Open 7 days 10am to 5pm

Facilities: free wifi, public toilets, free tours

Does anyone have any other suggestions for free days out in Brisbane? Please let us know!

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