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Past Exhibitions

Since 1998 the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre, which operates across the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), has become a leader in providing unique interactive opportunities for children and families as part of their art museum experience, with an emphasis on working directly with contemporary artists to develop interactive installations, artist projects and art works 

The Children’s Art Centre archive of selected projects is available for researchers to view by appointment only through the Gallery’s Research Library.

Celebrating 15 years of programming 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'. Read more.

15 YEARS OF EXHIBITIONS FOR KIDS TIMELINE

 
Gordon Hookey Kangaroo Crew
Gordon Hookey Kangaroo Crew

1 June 2013 – 27 January 2014 | QAG
The Children’s Art Centre presented ‘Kangaroo Crew’, an interactive artist project created especially for children and families by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey. Read more

Kids' APT7
Kids' APT7

8 December 2012 – 14 April 2013 | QAGOMA
In conjunction with ‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT7), 13 engaging artist projects and artworks were developed for Kids’ APT7. APT7 marked the twentieth anniversary of APT. Read more

Portrait of Spain for kids
Portrait of Spain for kids

21 July – 4 November 2012 | QAG
In conjunction with ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces of the Prado’ , the La Sala del Prado interactive space invited children of all ages to take part in multimedia interactives and drawing activities specially developed to complement the exhibition.. Read more

Fiona Hall: Fly Away Home
Fiona Hall: Fly Away Home

7 Apr – 7 Oct 2012 | GOMA
As part of ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’, leading Australian artist Fiona Hall developed a large-scale art work for children and families. ‘Fly Away Home’ encouraged visitors to explore the world from a bird’s perspective as they made a bird and nest using paper money. Read more

Pip & Pop: we miss you magic land!
we miss you magic land!

26 Nov 2011 – 4 Mar 2012 | GOMA
For the Gallery of Modern Art’s fifth birthday celebrations, the Children's Art Centre invited Perth-based artist duo Pip & Pop (Tanya Schultz and Nicole Andrijevic) to transform the Park Level into a large-scale installation especially for children and families. Read more

Surrealism for Kids
Surrealism for Kids

11 Jun – 2 Oct 2011 | GOMA
Open your mind and step into the world of the surreal! ‘Surrealism for Kids’, presented an exciting range of interactive activities inspired by games played by the surrealists. Read more

21st Century Kids
21st Century 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. Read more

Contemporary Art for Contemporary Kids
Contemporary Art for Contemporary Kids

7 Oct – 18 Dec 2010 | Sydney
The Gallery partnered with the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, to present ‘Contemporary Art for Contemporary Kids’ – an interactive multimedia exhibition featuring five artists projects developed by the Children’s Art Centre. Read more

Callum Morton 'Ghost World'
Ghost World

26 Jun – 17 Oct 2010 | GOMA
Australian artist Callum Morton was inspired by his ongoing interest in architecture and art to transform the Park Level of the Children Art Centre into an unexpected street scene, featuring a series of building facades similar to sets built for movies and television shows. Read more

The Next Big Thing: New Zealand Film and Animation for Kids
The Next Big Thing

1 May – 4 Jul 2010 | GOMA
In conjunction with ‘Unnerved: The New Zealand Project’, the Children's Art Centre presented the work of three contemporary New Zealand artists who each have a unique view of the world around them. Read more

Top Hats
Top Hats

27 Mar – 27 Jun 2010 | QAG
Children and adults were invited to discover the art of designing hats in 'Top Hats', an interactive section of the 'Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones' exhibition. Read more

Kids' APT6
Kids' APT6

5 Dec 2009 – 5 Apr 2010 | QAGOMA
Celebrating a decade of ‘Kids’ APT’, the Children’s Art Centre presented 17 engaging artist projects, offering children and families insights into contemporary art across the Asia Pacific region. Read more

Easton Pearson Workroom
Easton Pearson Workroom

22 Aug – 8 Nov 2009 | GOMA
As part of the 'Easton Pearson' exhibition, the Children's Art Centre presented a hands-on activity for young visitors to discover the creativity of fashion and design. Read more

The Met for kids
The Met for kids

30 May – 4 Oct 2009 | QAG
As part of the ‘American Impressionism and Realism’ exhibition, ‘The Met for Kids’ invited young visitors to explore the exhibition themes of leisure and entertainment by taking part in hands-on activities and watch screenings of popular animations and films of the era. Read more

Anne Wallace: Release the Bats
Release the Bats

11 Apr – 11 Oct 2009 | GOMA
Celebrating Queensland’s 150th year, the Children’s Art Centre presented a large-scale installation by Queensland artist Anne Wallace. Inspired by the artist’s fascination for the curious and the mysterious, children were encouraged to see the Queensland in a different light. Read more

The China Project for Kids
The China Project for Kids

28 Mar – 28 Jun 2009 | GOMA
For ‘The China Project’, the Children’s Art Centre presented interactive projects by exhibiting artists Song Dong and William Yang. Both artist projects engaged children with the artists’ ideas about the written word. Read more

Kids: Contemporary Australia
Kids: Contemporary Australia

15 Nov 2008 – 22 Feb 2009 | GOMA
During 'Contemporary Australia: Optimism', the Children's Art Centre presented interactive art works and projects created by exhibiting contemporary Australian artists especially for children and families. Read more

Picasso for kids and young people
Picasso for kids

9 Jun – 14 Sep 2008 | GOMA
As part of the ‘Picasso & his collection’ exhibition, the Children’s Art Centre presented three projects: ‘Yo Picasso Kids’, the ‘Contemporary Media Lounge’, and ‘I ♥ Art History’, designed especially for children and young people. Read more

The Silver Factory: Andy Warhol for Kids
The Silver Factory

8 Dec 2007 – 13 Apr 2008 | GOMA
As part of the ‘Andy Warhol’ exhibition, the Children’s Art Centre spaces at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) were transformed into ‘The Silver Factory for Kids’. ‘The Silver Factory’ included some of Warhol’s art works, as well as specially designed activities relating to themes in Warhol’s art. Read more

Katharina Grosse: Picture Lab
Katharina Grosse: Picture Lab

30 Jun – 14 Oct2007 | GOMA
Held in conjunction with her spectacular installation 'Picture Park', Katharina Grosse’s project for the Children’s Art Centre encouraged young visitors to engage with some of the artist’s ideas in an environment appealing to their sense of play. Read more

Kids APT5
Kids' APT5

2 Dec 2006 – May 2007 | QAGOMA
Expanding on themes and ideas presented in 'The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT5), 13 interactive art works were developed for ‘Kids' APT’. It was the first Children's Art Centre exhibition following the opening of GOMA, and was presented across both Gallery sites. Read more

Made for this World: Contemporary Art and the Places We Build
Made for this World

26 Nov 2005 – 19 Feb 2006 | QAG
Children and families discovered new ways of looking at the places that make up our world, from our homes to cities and beyond. With lots of hands-on interactives, children were able to turn their creative ideas into reality. Read more

The Nature Machine: Contemporary Art, Nature and Technology
The Nature Machine

4 Dec 2004 – 13 Feb 2005 | QAG
A selection of contemporary art works from the Gallery’s Collection encouraged children to discover landscapes of sand, forest and sea, and encounter the wonders of the natural world and the animal kingdom. Read more

Blak Insights for Kids
Blak Insights for Kids

3 Jul – 3 Oct 2004 | QAG
During the ‘Blak Insights’ exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art from the Gallery's Collection, children and families found there was lots to discover with help from special exhibition mascot Kuril, a water rat with attitude. Read more

Lost and Found
Lost and Found

8 Nov 2003 – 26 Jan 2004 | QAG
‘Lost and Found’ focused on everyday objects and how artists have used them to create extraordinary art works. The exhibition encouraged an exploration of why artists choose particular objects and how they are transformed into art works. Read more

Googi's Place
Googi's Place

25 Jul – 9 Nov 2003 | QAG
‘Googi's Place’ was an integral component of the Gallery's major exhibition, 'Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest' and included a range of hands-on activities exploring Indigenous language and approaches to making art. Read more

Colour
Colour

15 Mar – 9 Jun 2003 | QAG
More than 30 works by leading contemporary Australian, Indigenous and international artists from the Gallery's Collection encouraged children to explore how artists use colour as a subject in itself, to create fascinating optical effects, or to express emotions and moods. Read more

Kids' APT 2002
Kids' APT 2002

11 Sep 2002 – 26 Jan 2003 | QAG
Continuing the success of the inaugural ‘Kids' APT’ in 1999, ‘Kids' APT 2002’ featured an activity area where children enjoyed hands-on interaction with art works specially created by selected artists. ‘Kids’ APT 2002’ also included a 15-day Summer Spectacular festival. Read more

Animals Who Think They are People
Animals Who Think They are People

29 Aug – 29 Oct 2000 | QAG
The ‘Animals Who Think They are People’ exhibition depicted animals in human situations. A live colony of mice lived in the exhibition space throughout the duration of the display. Read more

Kids' APT 1999
Kids' APT 1999

9 Sep1999 – 26 Jan 2000 | QAG
The inaugural ‘Kids' APT’ provided innovative programs and art-making activities as part of 'The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art', encouraging an understanding of Asian, Pacific and Indigenous cultures by children, their families and the wider community. Read more

Scary Monsters
Scary Monsters

28 Nov 1998 – 7 Feb 1999 | QAG
Breaking the traditional exhibition mould, ‘Scary Monsters’ was designed and installed like a carnival ghost-train ride, complete with scary sound effects. The exhibition explored the themes 'creepy creatures', 'nightmares', and 'demons, devils and dark places'. Read more

Play
Play

8 Nov 2001 – 28 Jan 2001 | QAG
One of the most successful elements of ‘Play’ was its innovative exhibition design which was modelled on a construction site. A welcoming and fun exhibition, ‘Play’ provided enjoyable and educational experiences for children. Read more

A Day at the Beach
A Day at the Beach

Dec 2000 – 28 Jan 2001 | QAG
‘A Day at the Beach’ presented art on the theme of seaside recreation. Children were encouraged to discover the Australian tradition of a day at the beach through art works, interactive displays and art-making activities. Read more

Portraits are People Pictures
Portraits are People Pictures

26 Jul – 4 Oct 1998 | QAG
'Portraits are People Pictures' was the first of the Gallery's exhibitions designed specifically for children. It explored the history, styles and techniques of portrait painting. Read more