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Gordon Hookey: Kangaroo Crew

1 June 2013 - 27 January 2014
Children’s Art Centre ǀ Park Level ǀ GOMA
Free admission

Celebrating 15 Years of Programming for Kids

The Children’s Art Centre presented ‘Kangaroo Crew’, an interactive artist project created especially for children and families by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people. The ‘Kangaroo Crew’ exhibition was based on ‘The Sacred Hill’, an insightful narrative developed by Gordon Hookey. Children were able to engage with the story through hands-on and multimedia interactives, and a story book published by the Children’s Art Centre, illustrated with more than 20 paintings by the artist. The art works produced for the publication were also on display in the exhibition.

Junction Park State School students performed their own version of Gordon Hookey’s story The Sacred Hill as part of their NAIDOC week celebrations in 2013. Click here to view the video footage of the play.

Gordon Hookey is the fifth Australian artist to develop a major interactive exhibition for children since 2009, joining Australian artists Fiona Hall, Pip & Pop, Callum Morton and Anne Wallace, and the first Indigenous artist presented in the series.

The Kangaroo Crew opened to coincide with ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’.


  • The Sacred Hill story
    The Sacred Hill story

    Find out more about Blue, the Plains Kangaroo; Potsy, the Potoroo; Treez, the Tree-kangaroo; and Rocko the Rock-wallaby – who once lived together on the sacred hill until the arrival of the myna birds....Find out more
  • Make A Roo
    Make A Roo

    Kangaroo mask-making

    Children were invited to personalise their own kangaroo mask and explore the different habitats featured in ‘Kangaroo Crew’.
  • You Roo
    You Roo

    Make your own poster

    Discover more about the Kangaroo Crew by choosing your own character and designing a poster personalised with your own image. Add your poster to the virtual album or send it to friends or family....Find out more
  • Kangarcade

    Arcade game

    Help the members of the Kangaroo Crew reach the top of the sacred hill though this fun multimedia arcade game....Find out more
  • The Sacred Hill
    The Sacred Hill

    Book for kids

    An inspiring narrative featuring illustrations by Gordon Hookey, this story book follows the four kangaroos on their journey to the sacred hill. The book includes interactive activities to complete in the home or the classroom. Take a look inside the publication...Find out more

    The Sacred Hill is available for purchase at the QAGOMA Store, or online at australianartbooks.com.au.