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Celebrating 15 years of exhibitions for kids

In 2013 QAGOMA celebrates 15 years since the Gallery's first exhibition for children in 1998, 'Portraits are People Pictures'. The Gallery has since become a leader in developing interactive exhibitions, projects, activities and publications for children and their families. To celebrate this milestone, the Children's Art Centre presents Gordon Hookey 'Kangaroo Crew'.

Explore some of the fun facts below and share your favourite memories on Facebook or view a timeline which outlines the 15 year history of exhibitions for kids at QAGOMA!

15 YEARS OF EXHIBITIONS FOR KIDS TIMELINE

SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN’S EXHIBITIONS AT QAGOMA

FUN FACTS

Have you heard some of the fun facts behind the last 15 years of children’s programming at the Gallery?

  • 21st Century for Kids
    2 million bricks (that is nearly 600 kgs) of Lego were used to construct skyscrapers for Olafur Eliasson’s The cubic structural evolution project 2004, during 21st Centry for Kids.
  • Kids’ APT6
    Visitors created 6,500 planes at Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s In-flight (Project: Another Country) 2009 project during Kids’ APT6.
  • Surrealism for Kids
    Surrealism for Kids, the Gallery’s children’s publication launched to coincide with 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams', has been translated into French and Chinese.
  • Kusama’s obliteration room
    As part of ‘Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever’ it took only 115 days for Kusama’s obliteration room to be completely covered in stickers! Read more.
  • Tony Albert’s Alien nation embassy
    Close to 40,000 children became citizens of Tony Albert’s Alien nation embassy 2008, during 21st Century for Kids.
  • Erbossyn Meldibekov’s Family Album From Queensland to Kazakhstan
    Almost 65,000 visitors became virtual tourists as part of Erbossyn Meldibekov’s Family Album From Queensland to Kazakhstan 2012, as part of Kids’ APT7.
  • Pip & Pop’s ‘we miss you magic land!’
    Did you know Pip & Pop’s ‘we miss you magic land!’ in 2011 was made using sugar? Want to view it again, click here!
  • Animals Who Think They are People
    During Animals Who Think They are People in 2000, a live colony of mice lived in the exhibition space!
  • Decalcomania Activity
    Over 46,000 ink-blot drawings were produced as part of the Decalcomania Activity during Surrealism for Kids in 2011.
  • Kids' APT
    During the first Kids’ APT in 1999, children were invited to construct their own bridges just like the work Blue dragon & bridge crossing 1999 that Cai Guo-Qiang constructed across the Watermall at QAG.
  • Andy Warhol Summer Festival
    More than 71,000 people attended the 11-day Andy Warhol Summer Festival in January 2008, which included live performances, workshops and other activities – just for kids!
  • Multimedia Games
    The Children’s Art Centre has developed over 15 free and award-winning multimedia games for kids to play online. You can play them here!

VIEW THE CHILDREN’S ART CENTRE EXHIBITION ARCHIVE