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Googi's Place

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Googi's Place featured activities for children as part of 'Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest'.

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Artist Craig Koomeeta created a magnetic bone puzzle activity for Googi's Place.

Googis Place activity area

Googi's Place featured activities for children as part of 'Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest'.

Craig Koomeeta's magnetic bone puzzle activity

Artist Craig Koomeeta created a magnetic bone puzzle activity for Googi's Place.

Googi's Place

25 July - 9 November 2003
Watermall, Queensland Art Gallery

Googi's Place was an integral part of the Gallery's groundbreaking exhibition, 'Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest'. Googi is an Indigenous (Jirrbal) word for flying fox; the flying fox is an important part of Indigenous art and performance from Cape York Peninsula. As the mascot for the 'Story Place' children's program, Googi was integral to the graphic branding, design concept and activities developed by the Gallery's Indigenous trainees and other staff.

Some of the popular interactives included: a process-based activity in which children created rubbings of textures from Cape York's natural environment ― from crocodile skin and fish scales, to rainforest leaves and milkwood grain; a spinning game conceived by artist Michael Boiyool Anning where children learnt Indigenous words and their meanings; a magnetic bone puzzle that encouraged children to construct a crocodile or dingo like the sculptures of Aurukun artist, Craig Koomeeta; and weaving where children created patterns with natural and man-made fibres on a specially designed wall.

Googi's Place also encouraged children to discover rock art stories of the Quinkan spirits from far north Queensland, and view original illustrations of these stories by artists Goobalathaldin (Dick Roughsey) and Percy Tresize.

For more information, visit 'Story Place'.