Sunnyside Up! Studio - Art Gallery of SA - Adelaide - Review

Pop into The Studio for Sunnyside Up! by local artist Lauren Simeoni and discover that yellow really isn’t very mellow. It’s shiny, full of energy, light and positivity. Discarded pieces of various materials can be reborn as wonderful wearables.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can choose their preferred materials and make their own wearable, a piece of art, a sculpture or anything they like really. Their work can then be exhibited in the collaborative display cabinet or they can take their piece home.  

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss and Little Mister really enjoyed Sunnyside Up! at the Studio, we were there for closer to two hours and created an array of things and even little Miss' grandmother made a few creatives too!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Sunnyside Up! is open at the Art Gallery of SA daily 10am to 5pm from now until Sunday 2nd of September 2018.
  • Admission to the Studio is FREE.
  • Admission to the Art Gallery of SA is FREE except for ticketed exhibitions and events.
  • The gallery is kid and pram friendly with toilets located around the gallery.
 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information and up-to-date news about Sunnyside Up! or Lauren Simeoni, head to the Art Gallery of SA website. 

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

New York! New York! for Kids at the NGV - Melbourne - Review

When New York comes to town, you come to town! Head to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) with the kids from now until October and experience New York! New York! The kids installation coincides with this year's Winter Masterpiece exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art (our review here) and showcases New York City – home of MoMA - Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Kate and her little fun seekers headed to the media preview yesterday and loved wha the Big Apple had to offer! Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics xo Catherine. Follow Kate on Instagram at @kateflatman.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

New York! New York! invites children of all ages (and adults) to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple - New York! This modern installation comprises of four activity zones and a digital area where kids can take part in a quiz to test their knowledge and teach them about New York City landmarks.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Two of the activity zones - City Blocks invite young children to discover Manhattan’s Uptown and Downtown and build their own miniature 3D versions of the districts using custom-designed wooden toy blocks that feature façades of New York buildings.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

One of the other activity zones is the Marble Run where kids can make a marble speed across the busy city and experience the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The last activity zone which kids will also love is the City Lights photo booth where you can pose in front of the iconic backdrop of New York’s city skyline.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids can also test their knowledge about New York City landmarks in the digital installation Let’s Go to New York City! 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The exhibition also includes an immersive large-scale panoramic video projection of the New York City skyline with breakaway moments that highlight urban street life, underground subway networks, and the excitement of Broadway that kids will love watching.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids will love New York! New York! - a great kids installation perfect for when you pop into the Melbourne CBD and perfect for the cold and rainy days this winter. 

Our tips:

  • New York! New York! is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) located at 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.
  • The NGV is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entry is free to New York! New York!
  • New York! New York! is now showing at the NGV until Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
  • The gallery is pram friendly however due to restricted space in the kids installation, you can park your pram in the pram parking bay and coats and drop any bulky belongings at the Cloak Room. 
  • Free city trams are available across the Melbourne CBD however make sure the stops you take are covered by the free program. 
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on New York! New York for Kids, head to the New York! website. For more information on MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, head to the MoMA specific website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the media preview of New York! New York! for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art - Melbourne - Review

Why go to MoMA when MoMA comes to us! Every year, the National Gallery of Victoria unveils their Winter Masterpieces exhibition and every year the bar is raised higher. This year's Winter Masterpieces exhibition: MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is one impressive exhibition and with such collection, I do understand why people would travel to New York to visit MoMA. 

Our dear friends and master photographers Tina and Sebastien over at Tina Giorgio Photography covered the exhibition for us yesterday. Being massive art fans, they thoroughly enjoyed pieces from the great Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to name a few.

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

MoMA at NGV comprises of 200 key pieces arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections and traces the development of art and design from late 19th century urban and industrial transformation through to the digital and global present.

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Paintings are displayed alongside MoMA’s Architecture and Design collection which comprises of objects, furniture and sculptures and together create a strong visual for the modern era.

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 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Key pieces from the collection include Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with cropped hair, Salvador Dalí's The persistence of memory, Giorgio de Chirico's Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure) from the 1910's to 1940's. Other pieces from post-Impressionist painters are included from Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Georges Seurat's Evening, Honfleur and a still life by Paul Cézanne's Apples and oranges (Pommes et oranges) and Henri Matisse's La Japonaise: Woman beside the Water.

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

The variety provided in this collection will keep you discovering and learning about modern and contemporary art for hours and is perfect for school tours as well as primary school children to see these key pieces.

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

If you have children or want to explore too, pop into the New York! New York! installation after MoMA at the NGV. Kids will enjoy visual displays, interactive displays, build their own big apple with customised blocks and more. Checkout our review here.

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

There you have it, your winter art fix is sorted - don't miss MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art which will be showing at the National Gallery of Victoria from today until Sunday 7th of October 2018. Thank you again to Tina Giorgio Photography for these stunning shots.

 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) located at 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.
  • The NGV is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entry to MoMA at NGV is $28 per adult, Children 5 to 15 years are $10, $65 per family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) and kids under 5 are free.
  • Entry to the New York! New York! kids installation is free.
  • MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is now showing at the NGV until Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
  • The gallery is pram friendly however due to restricted space, you can park your pram in the pram parking bay near the kids installation and drop any bulky belongings and coats at the Cloak Room. 
  • Free city trams are available across the Melbourne CBD however make sure the stops you take are covered by the free program. 
 Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

For more information on MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, head to the MoMA specific website. For more information on New York! New York for Kids, head to the New York! website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the media preview of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Archibald, Wynne, Sulman Prizes and Young Archies 2018 - Sydney - Review

Last Friday, I was invited to attend the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize winners announcement at the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday 11th May. While there has been a great deal of controversy around the Archibald prize in the past, I find the Archibald a refreshing event where Australian artists showcase their best work to win the best portrait award and the grand prize money of $100,000. I really enjoyed looking at the different portraits varying from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

 Joanna Braithwaite: Hall of fame - portrait of Pat Corrigan. Dee Smart: Lunch in the Outback. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Joanna Braithwaite: Hall of fame - portrait of Pat Corrigan. Dee Smart: Lunch in the Outback. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Bringing kids to art galleries is always a gamble (I have done the hard yards and still do!) but done right when kids are not grumpy or hungry, it can be a worthy experience for them to see inspiring works. For this exhibition, the Art Gallery of NSW has taken extra care to include kid specific write-ups that explain the artwork and they question kids on their interest in the piece but also questions them about art in general. For example in the piece below by Noel Thurgate, the little note for kids had the following writing 'What is your favourite way of making art?' 'Noel Thurgate likes to use collage and assemblage to make art. In this portrait of artist Elizabeth Cummings, he uses a combination of paint, found objects, cut wood and even real bottles to depict Elizabeth's art studio. ..' It invites children to find things in paintings which they could possibly miss.

 Noel Thurgate: Elisabeth Cummings in her studio at Wedderburn, 1974 and 2018. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Noel Thurgate: Elisabeth Cummings in her studio at Wedderburn, 1974 and 2018. Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Archibald prize brings so much variety it makes this exhibition very interesting and varied which is perfect to keep the kids keen throughout the whole visit. Here's some of our favourites.

 Salvatore Zofrea: Sally Dowling SC. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Salvatore Zofrea: Sally Dowling SC. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Julian Meagher: Herb and Flan. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Julian Meagher: Herb and Flan. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Amber Boardman: Self-care exhaustion. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Amber Boardman: Self-care exhaustion. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Anne Middleton: Guy. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Anne Middleton: Guy. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Del Kathryn Barton: Self-portrait with studio wife. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Del Kathryn Barton: Self-portrait with studio wife. Photo credit: @busycitykids

And of course, we were all looking forward to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes winners' announcements on the day with Yvette Coppersmith taking the grand prize for the Archibald for her painting titled Self-portrait, after George Lambert.

 Yvette Coppersmith: Self-portrait, after George Lambert. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Yvette Coppersmith: Self-portrait, after George Lambert. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Winners of the Wynne prize included Wawiriya Burton for her painting titled Ngayuku ngura (my country) which won her the Roberts Family Prize 2018Yukultji Napangati for her painting titled Untitled which won her the Wynne Prize 2018 and Phillip Edwards for his painting titled Glory be, water tree which won him the Trustees' Watercolour Prize 2018

 Winner of Roberts Family Prize 2018 - Wawiriya Burton: Ngayuku ngura (my country) Photo credit: @busycitykids

Winner of Roberts Family Prize 2018 - Wawiriya Burton: Ngayuku ngura (my country) Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Winner: Wynne Prize 2018 - Yukultji Napangati: Untitled. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Winner: Wynne Prize 2018 - Yukultji Napangati: Untitled. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Winner: Trustees' Watercolour Prize 2018 - Phillip Edwards: Glory be, water tree. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Winner: Trustees' Watercolour Prize 2018 - Phillip Edwards: Glory be, water tree. Photo credit: @busycitykids

And last but not least, Kaylene Whiskey took home the Sir John Sulman Prize 2018 for her painting Kaylene TV and Jamie Preisz took home the Packing Room Prize 2018 for his piece of Jimmy Barnes titled Jimmy (title fight).

 Winner: Sir John Sulman Prize 2018 - Kaylene Whiskey: Kaylene TV. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Winner: Sir John Sulman Prize 2018 - Kaylene Whiskey: Kaylene TV. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Winner: Packing Room Prize 2018 - Jamie Preisz: Jimmy (title fight). Photo credit: @busycitykids

Winner: Packing Room Prize 2018 - Jamie Preisz: Jimmy (title fight). Photo credit: @busycitykids

Other paintings which caught my eye was Yurpiya Lionel's Anumara, Paul Ryan's Kembla, Mount Kembla and Hiromi Tango's Red moon (which I must say is very selfie friendly ha!)

 Todd Robinson: Wringing core (we are letting go completely) with Yurpiya Lionel: Anumara. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Todd Robinson: Wringing core (we are letting go completely) with Yurpiya Lionel: Anumara. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Paul Ryan: Kembla, Mount Kembla. Highly Commended in Wynne Prize 2018. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Paul Ryan: Kembla, Mount Kembla. Highly Commended in Wynne Prize 2018. Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Hiromi Tango: Red moon. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Hiromi Tango: Red moon. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Sally Ross and The Huxleys were quite intriguing on the day of the announcement showing their piece Sally Ross: The Huxleys.

 Sally Ross: The Huxleys. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Sally Ross: The Huxleys. Photo credit: @busycitykids

What impressed me the most was the artwork of the Young Archie finalists which can be found on the outside wall of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibition.

The sixth Young Archie competition attracted more than 1400 entries: 34% in the 5-8 year category, 38% in 9-12 year, 20% in 13-15 year and 8% in 16-18 year. Of the total, 72% were from girls. The five finalists from each age category are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW and the honourable mentions at the SH Ervin Gallery. Here's some of our favourite pieces. Young Archie winners will be announced in July this year

From the Category 5-8 years old, Daniel Brough: My daddy when he was 17 years old and Maya Butler de Castro: Self-portrait with animals - both 7 years old. 

 Daniel Brough and Maya Butler de Castro. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Daniel Brough and Maya Butler de Castro. Photo credit: @busycitykids

And Esther Kim: My little sister Rachel - aged 8.

 Esther Kim. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Esther Kim. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Other artworks which were quite inspiring where from the 13-15 year olds category and featured artwork from Oliver Freeman: The legendary Tina Bursill at the age of 13 years which I found so detailed as well as artwork from Violet Watts: Immersed, aged 15.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

And my favourite of the Young Archie by far is by Hayley Steel: Sempre in the 16-18 year olds category - just stunning! Hayley is 17 years old.

 Hayley Steel: Sempre. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Hayley Steel: Sempre. Photo credit: @busycitykids

Attending the media preview of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW this year was a great experience and I highly recommend the exhibition whether you would like to take the kids or wonder solo or make it a dinner date with your partner or a friend.

Busy City Kids were invited to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes media announcements for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded. 

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is on now until the 9th of September 2018, for more information head to the Art Gallery of NSW website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Biennale of Sydney - SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement - Sydney - Review

During the school holidays, little Miss and I visited Cockatoo Island for the first time to coincide with the Biennale of Sydney SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement exhibition. A few ferries later and we arrived on the island and first impression - we need to come back! I didn't even step into the beautiful old buildings and warehouses, I knew that it was going to be a place full of history and with the Biennale of Sydney and some kids art activities - even better!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We made our way inside the main warehouse where most of the exhibits were installed and walked through the shipping containers by Yukinori Yanagi and explored the notion of human existence and looked at our reflection in the mirrors and looked down into our endless mirror reflection at the last space of the exhibit.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We then walked towards Martin Walde's time piece where every six minutes a printed sheet of paper with a date on it flies down from an elevated printer giving visitors a concept of time and the passing of years. There are quite a few other exhibits on the island however we have chosen to highlight a few of our favourites.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Of course, the pièce de résistance at the Biennale of Sydney for Cockatoo Island would have to be Ai Weiwei's piece on the refugee crisis in the world. I have personally loved Ai Weiwei's work since 2015 when he launched the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition and the Studio Cats installation for kids exhibitions at the NGV Melbourne. I was very inspired by his talk during the media preview as he has always been an artist and activist but only since 2014-2015 has he been allowed to leave China to continue his work because of the Chinese government and freedom of speech restrictions. 

Ai’s Law of the Journey creates an imposing statement. Featuring a 60-metre-long boat crowded with hundreds of anonymous refugee figures, the work brings the monumental scale of the humanitarian crisis sharply into focus and lets us reflect on human rights.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Throughout our visit, I couldn't help but snap photos of the old buildings on Cockatoo Island. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cockatoo Island was once home to prisoners and convicts who were put to work there to build prison barracks, a military guardhouse, hand-carved granary silos, Fitzroy Dock and hundreds of boats before World War I. Learning about the history of this island would take another visit in my opinion as there is so much to learn however we did explore as we could on this visit.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We took a break from wondering the exhibits to attend one of the school holiday art workshops run by Samantha Relihan where we added our many creations to the love message board setup while other children were taking part in building a Collaborative sculpture made from reusable products.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Join in the fun this Sunday 20th May from 11am to 4pm for Family Day at the Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island. There will be talks, workshops, activities and performances. Head to this link for more info.
 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

After some time creating our own masterpieces, we headed back to the old warehouses to continue our art journey where we saw Mit Jai Inn's work which defies conventional boundaries both physically and conceptually. Mit’s artworks often appear as hybrid objects – paintings that could be sculptures, or sculptures that incorporate painted methods. This was by far little Miss' favourite installation as she loves paint and painting.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Pieces from Tawatchai Puntusawasd fitted one of the old warehouse's space nicely. A Dim Night, a smaller companion piece (shown below) made from brass and nickel alloy allows the viewer to examine the sculpture in its entirety, manifesting the human striving towards knowledge. The sculpture is displayed alongside a new series of engravings on copper sheet documenting Puntusawasdi’s process.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss was quite intrigued by Abraham Cruzvillegas' pieces and told me that she 'made some of these at preschool' - kids are so funny sometimes ha! I don't think her preschool work would compare to Cruzvillegas' pieces but it's cute! Cruzvillegas uses objects and repurposed materials and ensures he recognises the life and history inherent in each article.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

While exploring other Biennale of Sydney installations throughout Cockatoo Island, we stopped to admire some of the old buildings on the island including guards, prisoners quarters as well as the convict punishment cells. Cockatoo Island is a place rich in history and one which is great for families to visit throughout the year. We look forward to heading there during the warmer months and enjoy a wonder around the island and a picnic with friends. We really enjoyed our visit on the island for the Biennale of Sydney and highly recommend it.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information on Cockatoo Island, head to their website.
Biennale of Sydney - SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement is on now until the 11th June 2018. For more information, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Indieguerillas at NGA Play - Review - Canberra

At the end of December last year, we headed to Canberra for a few days. We love a Canberra visit as it's always relaxing, we can drive there, it's never too crowded and there is lots to do with kids and most of it is free!

One of our favourite spots to visit when we do is the NGA (National Gallery of Australia) and we always make some time to explore the kids space - NGA Play.

   Photo credit: @busycitykids

  Photo credit: @busycitykids

The latest kids installation at the NGA Play is from Indonesian duo Indieguerillas. This free installation takes visitors on a cultural journey through the stories of their home in Yogyakarta.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Family and friends will be surrounded by colour and joy. Visitors can ride bikes to create sound and movement.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can colour in Indieguerillas' every so cool prints, take them home or put them up in the YEAH ROOM!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

They can also create their own digital avatar on provided iPads, our avatars looked quite interesting - ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can also play a fun bedroom tidying up game. Not surprising, little Miss wasn't interested, so as usual mummy had to tidy up!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Indieguerillas' art is bright, colourful and kids love it!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Mine loved the slide in the YEAH ROOM! A slide in a gallery - sure why not! The NGA Play is our favourite place to explore, learn and create in Canberra - always something fun to do!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can pin their colouring masterpieces, create their own shadow puppets and leave them as part of the display in the YEAH GALLERY.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can also colour the walls - yes you heard me write on walls! 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Or do a quite colouring in the YEAH ROOM, might be safer ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Indieguerillas is on now until Sunday 13 May 2018 from 10.00am – 5.00pm daily - entry is free - enjoy!

Our Tips:

  • The NGA is located in the heart of Canberra, near Parliament House, the High Court of Australia and next door to the National Portrait Gallery. You can also get to the NGA from the path around Lake Burley Griffin if you walk through the Sculpture Garden.
  • NGA Play is located near the main entrance as soon as you arrive at the NGA Gallery.
  • The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day.
  • Entry to the NGA gallery, NGA Sculpture Park and the NGA Play is free except for special ticketed exhibitions.
  • There is underground paid parking is available via Parkes Place off King Edward Terrace. 
  • There are toilets inside including parents rooms
  • There are café spots onsite. 
  • The center is pram friendly with a walking ramp and lifts.
For more information, head to the NGA website.

To read our other Canberra reviews including our review of the NGA Sculpture Park, head to this link.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Canberra, head to our blog or our Canberra daily spots lists.

Me, Myselfie and I - Qagoma - Brisbane - Review

A few weekends ago, I visited the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (Qagoma) and visited the current kids installation Me, Myselfie and I.

Me, Myselfie and I is a collection of works which explores representation of self and features video works by Takahiko Iimura, Phil Dadson, Miloš Tomić and a series of digital prints by Gordon Bennett. This great kids exhibition explores what a self-portrait is and how it can express our emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

In the first space of the exhibition, artist Wit Pimkanchanapong's I, you, we piece invites children to consider different ways of creating their own self portraits, that of a friend or family member by interacting with touch screens and watch the facial features of each portrait get fragmented and recombined to form a new portrait often with surprising results. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The second space by Angela Tiatia - Catch Sight invites children to observe and reflect what they can see in a series of distorted mirrors using a different template that matches the mirror design they see in front of them. They are then encouraged to draw themselves in an abstract way using the specially designed templates.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Another space of the exhibition by Ayaz Jokhio - 99 Self-Portraits was by far the most popular space amongst little ones. Children are invited to celebrate diversity by mixing and matching magnets of clothes from different cultures, uniforms and fashions and the artist's self portrait. This interactive activity lets children create new identities through the process and adults found it fun too.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Artist Miloš Tomić's work - My Pocket Orchestra encourages children to record, manipulate and mix different sounds to create a unique soundtrack that is expressive of their mood. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Angela Tiatia's last space Looking Back invites children and families to explore ideas of representation and perception. Children will see images of their body that they can interact with and will be surprised by what they see.  

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Me, Myselfie and I is on at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)'s Childrens Art Centre until the 22nd April 2018. Entry is free. Weekends are popular so best go during the week or first thing in the morning. The exhibition is pram and wheelchair friendly.

Don't forget to download a copy of Little Book of Me online via the QAGOMA website. Kids will find lots of fun activities where they can explore different ways of creating their own portrait.

For more information about the Me, Myselfie and I exhibition at QAGOMA, head to their website.

Yayoi Kusama - Life is the heart of a rainbow - Qagoma - Brisbane - Review

A few weekends ago, I visited the beautiful art galleries of Brisbane - the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). I hadn't visited the gallery since Yayoi Kusama's obliteration room was at GOMA back in 2015. 

When I headed to the Queensland Art Gallery, I experienced Yayoi Kusama's iconic work Narcissus Garden which felt so serene and so peaceful.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

I then headed to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and experienced Kusama's latest exhibition Life is the heart of a rainbow before it finished on Sunday 11th February 2018. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kusama's work since the 1950's was surveyed extensively for this exhibition to include her early paintings, her celebrated 'net' paintings and why they came about, the meaning of her dot obsession, her soft-sculptures, her iconic 'infinity rooms' and large-scale installations of her later career.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Turns out that her paintings of loops and dots are a physical representation of the idea of infinity and were a result of Kusama's hallucinations as a child.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kusama is well known for her obliteration of art like the Statue of Venus (shown below) obliterated by Infinity Nets. She is also known for her obliteration rooms that many children and carers LOVE.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kusama's love of pumpkins and dots was shown in The spirit of the pumpkins descended to the heavens' infinity room she created in 2017. This piece was shown at QAGOMA during this exhibition. It was represented in a small cube that people could pop their head into and visualise the infinity. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Children I saw visiting the exhibition loved the 'flashing frames' as they call them which is a mix between inflatables and flashing lights with Kusama's dot obsession.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

But most importantly, the exhibition presented Kusama's most recent paintings from her latest series My Eternal Soul which she has been working on since 2009.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

I especially loved the other cubic infinity room titled I want to Love on the Festival Night. Looking through the peepholes in this infinity room which has four different peephole spots was particularly funny and a cute experience thanks to the little boy pictured below!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

I especially loved the My Eternal Soul room which had the most impressive and colourful large-scale polka-dotted inflatables and paintings. What's even more impressive is that Kusama has been working on these works since 2009.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

I am still coming to terms with having waited one hour for a 30 second session to visit the Soul Under the Moon infinity room. Was it worth waiting that long for such a short session - yes absolutely, because I will probably never see anything like this again. See our video on Instagram to see what the fuss is about.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The most interactive spaces of the Life is the heart of a rainbow exhibition and especially designed for children was the Obliteration Room. Children were invited to add colourful dot stickers to a blank common domestic room - so much fun for people young and old! This was a true hit for little ones and their parents!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

I am so glad I visited this exhibition. It was a true experience and I hope Yayoi Kusama's work comes to Australia again in the near future!

For more information on Yayoi Kusama - Life is the heart of a rainbow at GOMA, head to their website.

The Lady and the Unicorn - Art Gallery of NSW - Sydney - Review

The Lady and the Unicorn opened this Saturday 10th of February at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is a must see for lovers of tapestries and French art. School aged kids and their carers will enjoy this exhibition along with the cute children's trail, the making space and the discovery space.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

At the center of the exhibition is the tapestry room where The Lady and the Unicorn's six tapestries are located. The tapestries were thought to have been created around the 1500's however little is known of their early years. They were rediscovered in the Château de Boussac, a small castle in Creuse in central France. In 1841, Prosper Mérimée, inspector general of historic monuments recognised the tapestries as exceptional in both original and quality and recommended they be purchased for the state. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

They have lived at the Musée de Cluny - Musée national du moyen Âge in Paris since and they continue to reveal a poetic medieval world of the senses, the spirit, romance, chivalry and morality still today.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Each tapestry includes medieval symbols such as the dog, fox, heron and falcon fighting, lion, magpie, monkey, rabbit, unicorn and more. Each symbol has a meaning. The precise meaning of these tapestries has been debated for years. The most widely accepted meaning today is that of an allegory of the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

A gorgeous making space is located at the left of the tapestry room which invites visitors to reflect and experiment with fabric. Kids can pickup a loom and some wool and try out traditional weaving processes and read books about tapestries and the medieval world in the space.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

A tranquil discovery space located at the right side of the tapestry room invites visitors to find out more about tapestries and how they are created. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

A cute children's trail activity book is available for free as you enter the exhibition or at the information desk. Children are invited to look closely at the tapestries, find animals and flowers, meet the majestic lion and unicorn and learn a little French along the way. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Numerous events, programs and hands-on workshops will take place at various times during the course of the exhibition so be sure to check dates before you head to the exhibition.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Lady and the Unicorn is on now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday 24th of June 2018. For more information about this exhibition, head to the Art Gallery of NSW's website.

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NGV Triennial - Review - Melbourne

The NGV Triennial has arrived at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture is now on and it's epic! It showcases major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Thank you Kel from Melbourne Minor for these epic photos!
 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Artist Xu Zhen explores Buddhist aspects of his own cultural heritage and various traditional depictions of the Buddha with a 15.8m long replica of a reclining Buddha sculpture on which he places 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures in order to break down cultural boundaries and promote cross-cultural understanding.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Your little ones will love We Make Carpets from The Netherlands. In an Australian premiere, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has created a spectacular exhibition for children and families in which the floors and walls of the children’s gallery will be covered in vividly colourful murals created with household objects, including kitchen sponges, Velcro squares, pegs, pool noodles and coloured rope.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Visitors are also encouraged to add to the kaleidoscopic patterns by adding objects directly to the walls and floors of the gallery. Something tells me the kids will spend hours there!

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Yayoi Kusama's NEW participatory work invites visitors to completely cover a purpose-built apartment with 3D flowers and flower stickers! We love Yayoi Kusama's obliteration concept and this exhibit is so much fun!

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Shift your perception of space in Pae White’s boundary-pushing installation. Love this colourful installation!

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

teamLab's interactive and immersive installation from this famous Japanese ‘ultratechnologist’ design collective has created a ‘vortex’ using a digital floor which responds as water would to the audience’s presence and movement.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Ron Mueck’s world-premiere installation, Mass, 2016-17 is one of twenty large-scale new artworks that have been especially commissioned by the NGV for this exhibition. Reminiscent of the catacombs in Paris, the awe-inspiring work by one of Australia’s leading sculptors has been generously supported by the Felton Bequest. The 100 hand-cast skulls, each measure 1.5m and collectively weigh approximately 5 tonnes!

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Alexandra Kehayoglou's monumental 46m2 carpet landscape titled Santa Cruz River impressively documents one of Argentina’s most contested landscapes. Take your shoes off and walk on Alexandra's beautiful landscape and don't forget to look up.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Don't forget to pop in the NGV Garden and checkout the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission: Entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects. The elegantly-designed structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden. How cute is this pic from Melbourne Minor, love it!

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.

For more information regarding the NGV Triennial, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

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NGV Triennial - December 2017 - Info - Melbourne

OUR REVIEW ON THE BLOG NOW

The inaugural NGV Triennial is coming this December at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture will open on Friday 15th December 2017. It will showcase major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Yep it's going to be BIG!!

  Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

Traversing established, mid-career and emerging practitioners at the forefront of their fields, the NGV Triennial artists and designers have been selected for their diversity and dynamism of practice, including those embracing cutting edge technologies, from 3D printing to robotics, as well as performance, film, painting, drawing, installation and fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

Highlights from the NGV Triennial will be a number of world-premiere NGV-led commissions, including a major new participatory work by Yayoi Kusama (Japan), in which kids and adults will ‘obliterate’ a room with flowers (oh my god yes!). A 15.8m long reclining Buddha sculpture adorned with 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman sculptures by Xu Zhen (China), creating a meeting of Eastern and Western art traditions; an installation of elaborate, Marie Antoinette-inspired haute couture gowns from Chinese couturier Guo Pei; and a project by ‘smell designer’ Sissel Tolaas (Norway), in which she will recreate the scents of Melbourne. Wow!

  Photo credit: hirshhorn - Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo

Photo credit: hirshhorn - Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo

  Photo credit: @busycitkids - Obliteration Room QAGOMA

Photo credit: @busycitkids - Obliteration Room QAGOMA

We are also very excited that teamLab will premiere a new interactive and fully immersive digital installation inspired by human, digital and spatial relationships and connections, commissioned by the NGV. Expressing these themes through the turbulent lens of the vortex, teamLab will transform a large gallery space into an enveloping environment of swirling illumination that responds as water would to human presence and movement. Sounds amazing!

  Photo credit: NGV - teamLab

Photo credit: NGV - teamLab

Reko Rennie’s commanding works exploring his Aboriginal identity through contemporary interdisciplinary media including painting, aerosol, collage and installation will also be on display at the NGV Triennial. We love him! Rennie will undertake two new large-scale site-specific works that intervene within the urban and architectural landscape of Melbourne; one at the famous flower clock on St Kilda road using his signature patterning expressed as landscape and the other in the interior of the NGV International. Wow!

  Photo credit: City of Sydney - Reko Rennie - Always was always will be

Photo credit: City of Sydney - Reko Rennie - Always was always will be

Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana will exhibit Victoria Amazonica 2017 in collaboration with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich. Drawing upon shared motifs from across cultures and geographies referencing waterways, the collaboration will present a vividly colorful upholstered dome, a meeting point and resting place to welcome visitors to the NGV Triennial. 

  Photo credit: NGV - Estudio Campana - Dome

Photo credit: NGV - Estudio Campana - Dome

Presenting a snapshot of international contemporary art and design, the NGV Triennial will give voice to some of the pressing issues that are being explored by artists and designers today, including the social, cultural, scientific and physiological questions of our contemporary world.

Tony Ellwood, Director from the NGV said, ‘We believe that the ambition, depth and diversity of the artists and designers in the inaugural NGV Triennial will ensure our audience has a truly unforgettable cultural experience. This exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to build the NGV’s collection of contemporary art and design, and we hope the NGV Triennial will become a critical and ongoing asset for Victoria.’

The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.

For more information regarding the NGV Triennial, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

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'Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean' with Kids - Review - Sydney

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean opened on the 1st of November and we were so happy to pop in last week to review the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). We had been looking forward to seeing this exhibition since its announcement last year!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The exhibition presents a wide spectrum of Pipilotti’s career from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale audio-visual installations and recent immersive environments. Her work is an ode to the heart and the intellect, to the big emotions that sustain us as human beings and to the beauty of the world and the universe around us.

 Sip My Ocean 1996 and Ever is Over All 1997 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Sip My Ocean 1996 and Ever is Over All 1997 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Pipilotti’s dazzling environments plunge viewers into colourful projections which explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology and plunge us into her colourful projections we did! 

 Kleines Vorstadthirn (Small Suburb Brain) 1990-2007 and The Innocent Collection 1985-approx 2032 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kleines Vorstadthirn (Small Suburb Brain) 1990-2007 and The Innocent Collection 1985-approx 2032 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Even little Miss was making her own projections standing in front of one of Pipilotti's projections and having a bit of fun!

 Sip My Ocean 1996 and Ever is Over All 1997 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Sip My Ocean 1996 and Ever is Over All 1997 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss and her brother were fascinated with the high fi projections of the different ocean scenes at the beginning and other projections of nature and body throughout the exhibition.

 A La Belle Etoile (Under the Sky) 2007 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

A La Belle Etoile (Under the Sky) 2007 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

They especially loved the projections in the A La Belle Etoile (Under the Sky) 2007 section of the exhibition and walking into the mouths of people in the videos.

 Administrating Eternity 2011 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Administrating Eternity 2011 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Net curtains projecting Administrating Eternity were free flowing and one by one projected onto each other. 

 4th Floor to Mildness 2016 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

4th Floor to Mildness 2016 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

The 4th Floor to Mildness was an interesting room where we laid down on beds and viewed water and decay of organic plants and where we were taken into the feeling of water, mud, slime, molecules and atoms. The sound and visuals of water really made us relax on the beds and also have a nap ha!

 Your Room Opposite the Opera 1994 to 2017 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Your Room Opposite the Opera 1994 to 2017 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Your Room Opposite the Opera brings projections to the exhibition with vivid, colourful and sensual videos.

 Your Room Opposite the Opera 1994 to 2017 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Your Room Opposite the Opera 1994 to 2017 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

The room is filled with furniture, cushions, tables and chairs and a large bed with star projections which little Miss and her brother couldn't resist jumping into. When Pipilotti makes you a bed - you have to jump in it!

 Pixelwald Motherboard (Pixel Forest Mutterplatte) 2016 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Pixelwald Motherboard (Pixel Forest Mutterplatte) 2016 - Photo credit: @busycitykids

The most Instagrammable room of Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean must be the Pixel Forest Mutterplatte where you can walk amongst a forest of 3000 LED (light-emitting diode) lights as they represent pixels in a television screen. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

There are also two other rooms Das Zimmer (The Room) 1994-2017 with giant sofas and a small tv monitor projecting Pipilotti works from 1994 to 2017 as well as the Sleeping Pollen 2014 space where seven mirrored spheres project images of herbs and flora. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

You can listen and view more of Pipilotti Rist's works outside of the exhibition using the monitors and headphones provided. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Drop into the free creative space every Sunday at the MCA for Sundays with Pipilotti and experiment with low fi mirrored light and projections to create dream-like collages inspired by the artist's practice. Free drop in on level 3 on Sundays 10:30 to 4pm exhibition ticket not included.

We loved Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean! We loved walking throughout the exhibition and experiencing Pipilotti's vivid projections that explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology. We loved how some rooms took us out of our comfort zone and forced us to relax and open our minds. There is mild nudity in some projections but we didn't notice a great deal of it. 

The exhibition is great for kids but as the gallery's staff will remind you on your visit - installations are not to be touched and in some areas shoes are not permitted so I had a quick chat to the little ones before we entered the exhibition. Areas where shoes must be taken off: The couches in the Das Zimmer - The Room, the beds in the 4th Floor to Mildness' room and in some spaces where they are cushions it's easier without shoes. This at times meant that we found ourselves without shoes which was actually calming. 

Some installations are very tempting to touch especially the Pixel Forest Mutterplatte where little ones and adults are reminded not to touch the installation. Apart from being mindful of those things, you can walk around the exhibition and feel relax. My little ones loved walking around and immersing themselves into the projections.

'Pipilotti Rist - Sip My OCean' is on at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) from now until the 18th Feb 2018. For more info, checkout the MCA's website.

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Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park - Powerhouse Museum - Info - Sydney

Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park is the latest exhibition by Japanese art collective teamLab. Featuring eight interactive light installations never seen in Australia. Future Park is now at the Powerhouse Museum!

As the first teamLab interactives to come to Australia, Future Park is a playground for children and adults alike that brings together science and imagination to create collaborative artworks that change and evolve each day. Visitors will be swept into jungles of dreamt-up forests, compose symphonies, build cities and invent animals and people of the future.

Future Park features 8 installations that evolve in real time as they respond to human interactions with the art.

Visitors will have the opportunity to make music with Light Ball Orchestra as balls small and large, suspended and rolling connect with each other to create a live composition. This ever-changing symphony is combined with a light show as the balls change colour as they interact.

 Light Ball Orchestra - Photo credit: TeamLab

Light Ball Orchestra - Photo credit: TeamLab

A Table Where Little People Live: Little people run across this digital table. Place objects on the table and change the way these little people act. Watch them jump, climb and slide as they adapt to the new environment you create.

 A Table where Little People Live - Photo credit: TeamLab

A Table where Little People Live - Photo credit: TeamLab

Hopscotch for Geniuses gives a new, digital twist to one of the world’s oldest games. Part interactive dance, part traditional hopscotch, this is a game that will keep people on their toes. 

 Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses - Photo credit: TeamLab

Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses - Photo credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Mountains and Valleys creates a magical digital environment to be populated by visitor drawings of animals and plants. Witness a colourful world grow from a shared vision of what was, what is and what could be.

 Graffiti Nature - Photo Credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Photo Credit: TeamLab

 Graffiti Nature - Photo credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town invites visitors to populate a town of their collective imagination by drawing vehicles, buildings and public places. As Sketch Town grows its creators can interact with the townscape they have designed. 

 Sketch Town - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch People: Sketch yourself some new friends, scan them and see them come to life on our large screen. You can even interact with them as they form relationships with one another!

 Sketch People - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch People - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town Papercraft: Turn your 2D drawings into unique 3D memories to take home with you as you breakdown the barriers between the digital and the physical. Draw and colour your favourite Sketch Town images, scan your drawing, print it out and assemble your 3D model.

 Sketch Town Papercraft - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town Papercraft - Photo credit: TeamLab

Connecting! Block Town: Control the movement of cars and trains in this ever-changing town. Keep an eye on the traffic!

 Main Connecting - Photo credit: TeamLab

Main Connecting - Photo credit: TeamLab

As part of MAASive Lates: Digital Worlds, be among the first to see Future Park on Thursday 23rd Nov when preview exhibition tickets are available for one night only . MAASive Lates at the Powerhouse Museum is a quarterly night of free entertainment and interactive experiences. Also make the most of late Summer nights at the Powerhouse Museum when the exhibition stays open until 9pm every Thursday in January with adults only sessions to Future Park.

Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park will be open from Friday 24th of Nov 2017 until Saturday 30th of April 2018 at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Prices are: Adults $28 Concession $22 Children $17.30 Family Pass $74, Members and kids under 4 free. 

For more information and to book tickets to Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park at the Powerhouse Museum, head to their website.

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NGA Sculpture Garden - Canberra - Review

There’s nothing better than to walk in the fresh air and admire sculptures in the NGA Sculpture Garden. First created in 1981 by Harry Howard & Associates and James Mollison the first Gallery Director, it was designed to compliment the building with the diagonal of the main pathway and the floor plan of the garden matching that of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) main building. 

 Clement Meadiore’s Virginia - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Clement Meadiore’s Virginia - Photo credit: @busycitykids

The grounds lie between the NGA and the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and comprises of 26 carefully selected sculptures made by International and Australian artists with recent sculptures including Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North facing Lake Burley Griffin and the Fog Sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya so bring the kids to the Fog Sculpture between 12:30pm and 2pm daily. 

 Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Bert Flugelman’s impressive Cones in polished stainless steel is by far my favourite sculpture in the garden along with Clement Meadiore’s Virginia 'twist' as we call it.

 Bert Flugelman’s Cones - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Bert Flugelman’s Cones - Photo credit: @busycitykids

I do have a bias love for French sculptors (being French and all) so I was naturally in love with Emile Antoine Bourdelle’s Penelope, Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Figure and of course Aristide Maillol's La Montagne and Auguste Rodin's Nude study for Jean d'Aire and so was little Miss albeit a few questions ha!

 Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Figure - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Figure - Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Emile Antoine Bourdelle’s Penelope - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Emile Antoine Bourdelle’s Penelope - Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Aristide Maillol's La Montagne and Auguste Rodin's Nude study for Jean d'Aire - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Aristide Maillol's La Montagne and Auguste Rodin's Nude study for Jean d'Aire - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little Miss and her brother loved wondering through the NGA Sculpture Garden. It was nice and fresh that day but we still enjoyed looking at the different sculptures. Just be mindful of the large pond area and little hills that might not be suitable for little children. Little Mister was very intrigued by Dadang Christanto’s Heads in the Water. It is a very strange sculpture set and apparently very creepy when the Fog sculpture is on. 

 Dadang Christanto’s Heads in the Water - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Dadang Christanto’s Heads in the Water - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can also have a play in the NGA Play kids area and checkout the Reko Rennie's installation - see our review here.

 NGA Play Reko Rennie - Photo credit: @busycitykids

NGA Play Reko Rennie - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Entry is FREE to the NGA Sculpture Garden and most exhibitions at the NGA. There are parents rooms in the building as well as toilets and a café. You can access the NGA Sculpture Garden from outside or through the back of the building. There is reasonable parking nearby the building or under the NGA building and the area and the NGA are pram friendly.

To make the most of your visit, head to the NGA front desk and collect information on what’s on at the NGA.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Canberra, head to our blog or our Canberra daily spots lists.

 

Melbourne - September School Holidays 2017

Here we go again, the school holidays are almost upon us again - let's do this! 

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  • Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers at the Melbourne Museum - Visit Bug Lab and marvel at ultra-detailed large-scale models of bugs, discover cutting-edge science and explore the world as bugs do, through immersive sensory experiences. On until Sunday 15th October 2017. Read our review here.
  • Bug Lab School Holiday Activities at the Melbourne Museum - Kids can make their own ant antennae and participate alongside Polyglot Theatre’s Ants free performances during these upcoming holidays. More info here.
  • LightTime: Illuminate your eyes, ears and mind at Scienceworks - A collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising work that invite visitors to engage their senses to explore the phenomena of light, sound and optics. Kids can be immersed in a space where lasers project holographic effects to an evolving original soundtrack; enter a room of LED screens that create a spectacle to confound and entrance; and lie beneath an ultraviolet garden of floral meditation. On until April 2018. Read our review here.
  • Happy Happy Joy Joy at the Immigration Museum - Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival with craft, storytelling and energetic workouts that promise to bring double the happiness and luck to the whole family. Suitable age 4 to 12 years old. On from Tuesday 26th Sept to Thursday 5th of Oct 2017. More info here.
  • Royal Melbourne Show - The Royal Melbourne Show is back this year from Saturday 23rd Sept to Tuesday 3rd of Oct and you can save up to 25% if you book tickets online before the 31st of August. Kids can get up close and see, pat and feed hundreds of farm animals at the Royal Melbourne Show’s expansive animal precincts and attractions. They can meet and greet adorable baby animals in the Animal Nursery, try their hand at sheep shearing and milking cows in The Farmhouse or visit The Animal Farmyard and see their favourite farm animals roaming their paddocks as they would on the farm. There's also food, rides, gourmet food in the Winning Tastes Pavilion and Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion, shows, demonstrations, performances and so much more! Checkout Kate's review to find out what to expect from the Royal Melbourne Show. Kate took her twins last year and they love every moment! Our review of the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show is now up on the blog.
  • Horrible Harriet at the Arts Centre Melbourne - Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs’ humorous tale of a wicked, wild and wonderful girl will be brought to life in Horrible Harriet at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 27th to 30th of September 2017 as part of a national tour. Families are invited to join Harriet's search for identity and friendship, with songs, humour and mischievous fun. More info on the blog.
  • The Pool at the NGV Fed Square - Dip your feet in the pool at the NGV Fed Square's free exhibition. With a multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space with a 11 metre long pool. More info here.
  • Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons at the NGV Melbourne - Uneasy Seasons is a captivating and imaginative response to the environment and changing seasons through the lens of one of Australia’s most brilliant artistic minds. The exhibition features two large scale tree houses - one for young visitors and the other for teenagers. Visitors are invited to explore the two spaces and participate in art making activities and how they feel about the natural world. On until 8th of October. Read our review here.
     
  • The Magic or Aardman at ACMI - Experience the magic of Aardman at the ACMI's latest exhibition: Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman. There is so much to see from original sketches, watercolours and models all the way up to full sets, finished movies playing and claymation workshops. On until Sunday 29th October. Read our review here.
     
  • Have fun at Funtopia Maribyrnong - Experience Melbourne's newest indoor rock climbing center with two worlds - Playground World and Climbing World for hours of fun. Read our review here.
  • Melbourne Fringe - The Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone that embraces diversity and a spirit of independence. It is the most adventurous, inclusive, all-encompassing multi-artform festival in Australia with thousands of artists from every discipline performing 400+ events in over 160 venues to an audience in excess of 350,000 people. Find out more info here.
  • Melbourne Library Service - Celebrate the school holidays with the Melbourne Library Service this Spring from Mon 25th Sept to Sunday 8th Oct. Get your party clothes on, grab your friends and join Melbourne libraries for some party fun with great craft, food and dancing workshops or maybe chill out at one of our yoga sessions. Celebrate, it's party time! Bookings open Monday 11 September from 8am. More info here.
  • Junior Rangers - Web-Weaving Wonders at the Australian Native Gardens Join park rangers from Tues 26th Sep to Wed 4th Oct and go looking for arachnids in this fun-filled morning of games, exploring and craft. Take a closer look at the cute and curious eight-legged creatures of Royal Park. Free event. More info here.
  • Children's Garden Discovery at the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria - A hands-on holiday program for vacation care groups during which children will discover the wonderful world of plants and nature. There's also some school holidays activites at The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and Cranbourne Gardens. More info here.
  • Footy Festival at the MCG - Head down to Yarra Park to take advantage of all the great activities on offer. The Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site, Taste of Football featuring Melbourne's best food trucks, a Kids zone including NAB AFL Auskick Clinics and the biggest ever AFL inflatable obstacle course and a AFL Grand Final Eve Concert. More info here.
  • State Library of Victoria - Play Pod's NEW theme 'The Very Noisy Bear' - There is music in the air in the Jingle Jangle Jungle! Can Bear's friends help him find the perfect instrument to play? The new theme is super cute and there are lots of things to do. Check it out next time you pop into the city. Our review here.
  • State Library of Victoria's School Holiday Activities - 2nd to 6th of October - Head to the Library and Start your own family band and on a musical adventure in two workshops for kids and grown-ups. More info here.
  • SciencePlay Kids - School Holidays - SciencePlay Kids classes are designed to encourage your little scientists to explore science in the world around them. Each class runs for an hour, has 2-3 hands on experiments that foster creative thinking and problem solving in a fun and MESSY way. Dressing in mini lab coats and safety glasses, each child has their own scientific equipment and materials to undertake their experiment at their own pace. More info here. Read our review here.
  • To celebrate Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons at the NGV Melbourne - the NGV is holding ANIMALS! FOR REAL A free activity where there will be reptiles, marsupials, and bugs will be on show for children to draw and to find out about their incredible lives and habitats during this free program live in the Great Hall. Free from Monday 25th to Frida 29th September from 10am to 1pm. More info here.
  • Spring is here and Zoos Victoria zoos have cubs to meet, teddies to vet check and a photo exhibition to enjoy across Victoria’s three great zoos: Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo these school holidays! The National Geographic Photo Ark at Melbourne Zoo's Leopard Lodge. Closes on 1st of October. Entry part of the entry fee. Lion cubs at Werribee Open Range Zoo Teddy Vet Checks at Healesville Sanctuary. More info here.

The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity at the NGV Australia - Melbourne

Just when you thought the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was cool enough, comes The Pool!

An 11 metre long pool celebrating and exploring one of Australia’s greatest cultural symbols. With a multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs revealing the connection between landscape, culture and architecture through a singular architectural form.

 Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

We love it and so did Kel and Rav from Melbourne Minor when they headed there last week for a preview opening. How cool does Rav look! Definitely the perfect look for the pool this summer!
 Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

Tony Ellwood, Director at the NGV, said ‘Whether natural or manmade, inland or coastal, pools are undeniably linked to the Australian lifestyle and our national psyche. We encourage visitors to dangle their feet in the water or relax poolside as they reflect on the idea of the pool as a place of cultural exchange, socialising, competition and reminiscence.’

 Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The installation also includes a series of eight ‘lanes’ that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool, its architecture and Australian cultural identity. 

Olympic gold medal winning swimmers Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould; environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance Was Born; writer of best-selling book The Slap Christos Tsiolkas; winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Funder; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and Australian rock musician Paul Kelly will be featured.

 Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The Pool was co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects where it received more than than 100,000 visitors.

 Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The Pool is on at the NGV Australia, Federation Square on Ground Level in the Design Studio daily 10am to 5pm until the 18th of February 2018. Free entry.

For more information about The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity exhibition, checkout the NGV's website.

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Reko Rennie at the NGA Play - Canberra - Review

On our recent visit to Canberra, we visited the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for the first time. The NGA is a beautiful gallery which your family will enjoy. It has great work displayed throughout the permanent and short-term exhibition galleries as well as a kids space and sculpture park.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The current kids space aka NGA Play was designed and installed by contemporary Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi artist Reko Rennie and the NGA to challenge visitors' understanding of Australian Indigenous art, culture and identity.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The space is vibrant, creative and innovative and invites children to make their mark on the space with the use of fluorescent patterns and make drawings on iPads with the use of colour and patterns. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

It is an engaging space with a camouflage wall, a camouflage wall projection, interactive iPads, a table with colourful blocks, a stamp station talking about Australian Indigenous rights, an area where teenagers can express their views as well as a large bean bag where kids can relax and read books on Australia.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The NGA Play Reko Rennie installation is open daily from 10am to 5pm, it is free, near the entrance and on until the 3rd of December 2017.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information on the NGA Play and the Reko Rennie installation, head to the National Gallery of Australia's website.

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Room of Lucky Charms by Kate Beynon - MCA Sydney

A NEW contemporary art installation featuring 600 soft sculptural good luck charms opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) today and we love it! Room of Lucky Charms (2017) is a multi-sensory work created by Melbourne-based artist Kate Beynon for the sixth annual Bella Room Commission.

 Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

As part of the MCA’s Bella Program, the commission is pivotal to the museum’s commitment to access. In 2016, over 2,500 people of all ages with disability or access requirements experienced the Bella Room Commission by artist Kathy Temin.

Visitors can engage with the work by selecting, placing and rearranging the soft sculpture symbols to create patterns, messages and their own associations of meaning.

 Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

The work comes from Kate Beynon's personal perspective – a childhood immersed in lucky symbols from Chinese and Welsh culture. Imagery such as Chinese ‘happiness bats’ and Celtic knots decorated furniture, objects and textiles in her family home. Her maternal grandmother gifted her charm bracelets and carved jade pendants featuring lucky characters and signs.

In total, 11 symbols can be found in the room including plants and animals, such as the gingko leaf, orange, lotus bud and ‘happiness bat’; and symbols drawn from the human body through eyes, heart, lips and hands.

 Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

Visitors to the Museum can visit the room in various ways throughout the year by attending a Bella program, or by experiencing Artplay, a creative play session for children aged 5 and under and their families.

To find out when you can visit the Room of Lucky Charms by Kate Beynon, checkout the MCA's website.

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Van Gogh and the Seasons: An Art Book for Kids

Having grown up in France, I was often at the Musée d'Orsay with my father or with my primary school class admiring famous paintings from my favourite impressionists Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley and impressionists Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh of course.

 Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

While I have seen my fair share of Van Gogh paintings in my life, Van Gogh and the Seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria is a bespoke exhibition which takes visitors through the year's four seasons. 

 Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Visitors are invited to understand Van Gogh's affection for each season and how those reflected his feelings through nearly 50 paintings and drawings. 

 Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Due to its popularity, Van Gogh and the Seasons might have a large number of visitors at times however the space is designed to provide an easy flow throughout. The exhibition has now been extended until Wednesday 12th of July due to popular demand.

From now until Saturday 8th of July the exhibition will be open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 8am to 5pm. There will be a special 24-hour opening of the exhibition from Saturday 8th of July 10pm to Sunday 9th of July 10pm. And for its final three days it will be open from 8am until 11pm. Book your tickets online to avoid the queues and enjoy!

 Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

To accompany the exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria designed Van Gogh and the Seasons - An Art Book for Kids for little artists to understand the exhibition in a cute and colourful way. The book is guided by a little field mouse named Theo and like the exhibition, it explores the four seasons of nature through Van Gogh's vision. 

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The book is beautifully illustrated and kindly introduces little readers to Van Gogh, his family history, his birth town and how he came to love nature so much. It also takes a closer look at some of Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition's paintings and explains what Van Gogh was thinking when he painted them.

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We love the beautiful illustrations for each season and how it shows the readers the season's affect on nature and animals. We also love the little Van Gogh quotes throughout.

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The book also has facts and quizzes on primary and secondary colours, Van Gogh's favourite colour blue, how snow is made, the history behind potatoes in Europe, how to make a paper snowflake, how flowers grow, still life painting and much more. 

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Spring and summer are by far our favourite seasons. This book shows beautiful cherry blossoms, golden fields of wheat, harvest time and the French countryside. It also has a detailed the list of works at the end of the book. What's you and your child's favourite season?

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Van Gogh and the Seasons - An Art Book for Kids is available online via the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)'s website or at the NGV's store.
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To celebrate Van Gogh and the Seasons, we are giving away a family pass to attend the exhibition (admits 2 x adults and 3 x children valued at $65) and a copy of Van Gogh and the Seasons: An Art Book for Kids valued at $19.95. To enter, follow the instructions in the giveaway box below. Entries close Wednesday 21st June 2017. Good Luck! Winner will be drawn at random. Giveaway opened to Victoria residents only.

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