Summer 2016/17 Exhibitions for Families at GOMA

This summer GOMA Turns 10! Official celebrations kick off on 3rd December, with a huge selection of exhibitions running through to April 2017. There will be plenty to see and do at the gallery, with an exciting range of free exhibitions, interactive projects, workshops and talks. So, if you are looking for something different to do with the kids and want to escape the summer heat, head to the Gallery of Modern Art at South Bank. Home to not only some of the best modern art and exhibitions, it also houses the Children’s Art Centre – a place dedicated to encouraging hands-on artistic fun for little ones. These are our top recommendations for must-do exhibitions for families at GOMA this summer.

The Gabori Sisters - exhibitions for families at GOMA

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The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea

Date: 25th June – 12th February 2017. FREE

The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea is a fascinating and inspiring exhibition for families at GOMA, located in the Children’s Art Centre. The bright and engaging exhibition was developed by the Gabori sisters, Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda, and takes visitors on a journey to their homeland of Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. The Island is an important source of inspiration for the sisters and through interactive and multimedia activities, visitors can learn about the unique relationship they share with the sea and the creatures that live there.

Positioned around the exhibition are three boat workstations named Elise, Dorothy and Amanda where children can complete several creative activities. Children are encouraged to reflect upon what the ocean means to them and write down their thoughts, draw pictures, and create a collage sea creature. “What’s your Totem?” is an activity where children can discover their own totem animal and its name in Kayardild (the Kaiadilt language). There’s also an interactive game children can play where they create their own humpy, small shelters made from natural and man-made materials. The wonderful under-the-sea installation featuring beautiful sea creatures created by the Gabori sisters is a high light of the exhibition.

Brisbane Kids visited this wonderful exhibition for families at GOMA. Check out our review to see what we thought!

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exhibitions for families at GOMA

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Pip & Pop: Rainbow Bridge

Date: 19th November 2016 – 17th April 2017. FREE

As you walk through the GOMA foyer, stop to admire the four glittering, imaginary worlds by Pip and Pop. Crystals, plastic trinkets, artificial flowers, and sequins have been used to create intricate dioramas of luminescent little worlds that will capture your imagination.

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exhibitions for families at GOMA

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Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoppy): Mirror Mirror

Date: 19th November 2016 – 17th April 2017. FREE

The Children’s Art Centre is celebrating GOMA Turns 10 with Mirror Mirror, an interactive exhibition for families at GOMA by New York-based, Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoppy). Shoppy’s belief that hair inspires personal creativity and can be used for self-expression is reflected in the spectacular artwork she creates using synthetic hair.

Mirror Mirror is an immersive installation where children can explore the artist’s ideas and working methods through craft activities. Brisbane kids will have fun creating their own marvelous paper hairstyles using the specially designed templates. There is also a wall of artificial hair-like material to style and experiment with.

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exhibitions for families at GOMA

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Nusra Latif Qureshi: Enchanted Spaces

Date: 3rd December 2016 – 17th April 2017. FREE

First displayed in 2006 as part of The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Enchanted Spaces is returning to the Children’s Art Centre for GOMA Turns 10. Enchanted spaces is an interactive exhibition by artist Nusra Latif Qureshi. Nusra creates spectacular artworks using the traditional techniques of Mughal miniature paintings. Originally these paintings were made for the royal court but currently Nusra and other artists are reviving the tradition in their own artwork.

Nusra re-imagines the old art form by carefully tracing people, animals, and plants from traditional miniatures and including them in her paintings. Through her work, Nusra explores both Pakistan’s history and current culture. Brisbane Kids will be inspired to create their own Mughal miniature paintings using shapes and patterns chosen by Nusra at this inspiring exhibition for families at GOMA.

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exhibitions for families at GOMA

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Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything

Date: 3rd December 2016 – 17th April 2017. FREE

Headlining the GOMA turning 10 celebrations is Sugar Spin: You, Me Art and Everything. This exciting exhibition features over 250 contemporary artworks from Australian and international artists. There will be brand-new immersive works as well as large-scale visitor favourites from the past 10 years. The exhibition reflects the complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.

Sugar Spin: You, Me Art and Everything features artwork exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. There is new work from Nick Cave and Icelandic-born artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoppy). While returning for the exhibition are Ron Mueck’s oversized In bed; Olafur Eliasson’s interactive installation of thousands of white Lego pieces The cubic structural evolution project; Carsten Höller’s much-loved Left/Right Slide, which visitors can ride from the top floor to the bottom of GOMA, plus much more.

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Gallery of Modern Art is located at Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, and is open 10.00am – 5.00pm daily. For more information about exhibitions for families at GOMA, please visit the QAGOMA website, or call 07 3840 7303.

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