Adelaide Festival Center unveils plans for interactive children’s gallery

Adelaide Festival Center today announced plans to open a new interactive children’s gallery – Children’s Artspace – which will be part of an international network of similar children’s galleries. The gallery will connect with similar institutions around the world and even exchange digital exhibitions and workshops with places such as the Hamada Children’s Art Museum in Japan and the Children’s Art Museum in New York. It is also currently in discussion with the International Children’s Art Museum in Oslo, Norway, and children’s museums in Australia.

The new space will be dedicated to children of all ages, students and their families, to share great ideas and engage in the art created by and for the children of South Australia. Opening on the 19the In February of next year, it will become a regular attraction at the Artspace venue of the Adelaide Festival Center, complementing the other arts events on offer.

Welcoming a new exhibition each school term, the gallery will present interactive workshops, performances and creative experiences for children and families as part of the CentrED programs, On Stage Adelaide Festival Center and the new Families At Adelaide Festival program. Center, starting next year.

Adelaide Festival Center General Manager and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier notes “Adelaide Festival Center has one of the most comprehensive education and learning programs among international arts centers and is the proud presenter of DreamBIG Children’s Festival – the creation of Children’s Artspace is therefore a logical extension of these activities.

“He was also inspired by similar international organizations and their remarkable achievements and creative impact. We are therefore very happy to be part of a global network of like-minded galleries in Japan, the United States and Norway. It has so much potential for international exchange and cultural engagement.

“We are also delighted to partner on this project with the Adelaide Central School of Art and the new Children’s Artspace will interface with the new Festival Plaza and be a major public attraction. I would like to thank the private donors and corporate partners who have made this possible.

Children’s Artspace will be launched as part of a special Family Day celebration on the 19the February in conjunction with the reopening of the Festival Theater, including the Festival Plaza areas. Family Day will feature free events, activities and workshops, as well as Adelaide’s very first children’s markets, where movers and shakers can create and sell their own wares. Young exhibitors (and their loyal adult assistants) can register now here.

The Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York City, USA, Seth Cameron, said he was excited by “The Children’s Museum of the Arts is delighted to welcome Children’s Artspace to the dialogue on children’s art , and we look forward to many successful collaborations between our organizations and among child artists around the world. “

Many local schools have already registered to be part of next year’s four exhibitions. Students will be mentored by specially selected local artists and graduates of the Adelaide Central School of Art, with which Children’s Artspace has a partnership.

Ruby Chew is one of the local artists who worked with Grades 3-7 students at Hackham West School and Keller Road Primary School to create new artwork for the opening exhibit, titled Kaleidoscope: Playing With Color.

The exhibition will include paintings and sculptures used to create a large mural and will encourage children to play with color and texture through expression, new skills and fun.

Adelaide Central School of Art Executive Director Penny Griggs said: “As a national leader in visual arts education, Adelaide Central School of Art is delighted to partner with Adelaide Festival Center to Connect Baccalaureate in Visual Arts graduates with schools in South Australia to undertake these special artists. residential homes.

“I am particularly looking forward to seeing the result of the residencies on display in the new Children’s Artspace and giving students the opportunity to share their work with the diverse audiences of the Adelaide Festival Center.”

Supported by the Adelaide Festival Center Foundation, Children’s Artspace will be hosted by Alice Dilger of Adelaide Festival Center who noted “with exhibits created by and for children in South Australia, Children’s Artspace will encourage creativity and expression while providing a safe place to discuss big topics children face in these difficult times.

Adelaide Festival Center Foundation is raising funds for the Children’s Artspace project which will ensure the next generation of South Australians the opportunity to participate, be inspired and fall in love with the arts.

Public donations can be made via this link:

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Image top and center: Hamada Children’s Museum of Art in Japan – Provided by Hamada Children’s Museum of Art; image above: Ruby Chew with Hackham West elementary school students C-Jay, Shi Shi and Paige

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