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Surrealism for Kids on Tour


A young visitor creates a Surrealist collage as part of ‘Surrealism for Kids’ | Photograph: Natasha Harth

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Using an ink-blot template a young visitor creates a new drawing as part of ‘Surrealism for Kids’ | Photograph: Katie Bennett

17 – 25 September 2011

Open your mind and step into the world of the surreal!

Queenslanders were invited to participate in Surrealism for Kids on Tour', a program of activities and interactive animated games inspired by games played by the surrealists. The on tour program was held throughout regional Queensland from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 25 September 2011 as part of the Children Art Centre's, Surrealism for Kids.

Popular parlour games involving chance, word play and picture-making were rediscovered by the surrealists, providing creative and playful ways to make art and unlock the imagination. Children and families will be able to engage with the surrealist artists through multimedia, drawing and making activities, capture their own surrealist vision of the world, and discover how some of the most powerful and imaginative art of the 20th century was created.

Tour venues

Artspace Mackay
Biloela Library Art Space
Blackwater Library
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
Cairns Regional Gallery
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Capella Library
Cardwell Gallery
Charleville Neighbourhood Centre
Childers Art Space
Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery
Dogwood Crossing @ Miles
Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery, Cooktown
Erub Meta Ewer, Darnley Island
Fairway Studios, Goondiwindi
Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Thursday Island
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum
Gold Coast City Art Gallery

Grassland Art Gallery, Tambo
Gympie Regional Gallery
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
Hopevale Arts & Cultural Centre
John Flynn Place Museum & Art Gallery, Cloncurry
Kilcoy Art Society
Kingaroy Art Gallery
Mission Beach Community Arts Centre
Mornington Island PCYC
Mount Isa Civic Centre
Mount Perry Cultural Centre and Gallery
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery
Noosa Regional Gallery
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
Pine Rivers Regional Gallery
Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa
Redcliffe City Art Gallery
Redland Art Gallery
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Rosalie Art Gallery, Goombungee
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
The Centre for Beaudesert Shire Arts & Culture, Beaudesert
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
TYTO Regional Art Gallery, Ingham
Undoonoo (Woorabinda day care centre)
Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville
Wondai Art Gallery
World Theatre Foyer Gallery, Charters Towers

Coen State School
St Stephens School, Pittsworth
Royal Children's Hospital School, Brisbane
Western Cape College, Aurukun

Playscheme, Mackay Base Hospital
Starlight Express Room, Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane
The Wonder Factory, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane

Please contact your local venue for further details


Max Ernst | Surrealist collage
Leading surrealist Max Ernst is well known for his series of novel collages. By taking cut-outs of nineteenth-century engravings and reassembling, Ernst was able to create seamless images of the strange and mysterious. Surrealism for Kids on Tour visitors were invited to make their own surreal scenes using similar illustrations, sourced from nineteenth-century catalogues and advertisements and arranged on specially designed templates.

Oscar Dominguez | Decalcomania
Decalcomania, used by surrealist artist Oscar Domínguez, is a printing technique that employs freely applied ink or paint. In Surrealism for Kids on Tour, children were invited to choose from pre-printed ink blot templates and, using their imaginations, draw what they see.

Jean Arp | Torn paper collage
Frustrated with his drawing, artist Jean Arp tore up one of his pictures and tossed it aside. Later, the shapes of the torn paper on the floor caught his eye — Arp immediately recognised it to be what he was striving for. With the paper provided, everyone could try this innovative method working with the laws of chance. Every torn paper collage was the only one of its kind!

Marcel Duchamp | Surrealist sculpture
In Surrealism for Kids on Tour, young visitors are invited to construct their own surrealist sculptures using everyday items before photographing it and adding it to a collective display. Artists like Marcel Duchamp would often create free-standing sculptures that they believed connected to the subconscious.

The Surrealist Chronicle
Acknowledging the surrealists' interest in the written word, Surrealism for Kids on Tour, presents 'The Surrealist Chronicle' an innovative multimedia interactive that allowed participants to participate in text and language games. Styled as a typical broadsheet newspaper, 'The Surrealist Chronicle' brings to life language games played by key surrealists like Tristan Tzara, André Breton and Jean-Claude Silbermann.
N.B: These activities were also provided to Regional venues as hand-on making activities.