Kids on Tour to deliver artistic treat in the Redlands

Local youngsters are in for an exciting and creative treat with a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) artistic tour set to create a buzz in the Redlands from 9 April.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesperson Cr Paul Bishop said the Kids on Tour program would deliver an interactive and exciting experience for young art lovers.

“Developed in collaboration with Chinese-born, New York-based artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, whose landmark exhibition ‘Falling Back to Earth’ is currently showing at GOMA in Brisbane, Kids on Tour is not to be missed,” he said.

“Created by a leading international artist and the QAGOMA Kids on Tour includes hands-on making activities and multimedia interactive activities.”

The Kids on Tour program will visit North Stradbroke Island, Point Lookout Community Hall on Wednesday 9 April 2014 and Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland on Monday 14 April 2014, with a drop in session from 10am – 2pm.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the popularity of the exhibition and the accompanying Children’s Art Centre project Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai had been overwhelming, with 60,000 children visiting GOMA since it opened in November.

“Kids on Tour’ and Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai are proudly supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. The Children’s Art Centre at GOMA is sponsored by Santos,” Mr Saines said.

‘‘Kids on Tour’ reinterprets Cai Guo-Qiang’s popular Bridge Crossing activity, first staged for the Kids’ APT program at the ‘Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ in 1999, in which children use bamboo and masking tape to create their own small bridges inspired by the artist’s work.

“It also features activities from Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai, inviting children to participate in Cai’s working methods and create their own miniature exhibitions.

“Visitors can make their own small-scale installations using templates designed by the artist, and create spectacular multimedia ‘gunpowder drawings.

“A short animated film about the art and globe-trotting adventures of Cai Guo-Qiang will also screen.”