A world of imagination and inspiration at AGSA this July school holidays

Looking for exciting ways to keep your kids entertained during the July school holidays? Look no further than a day at the Art Gallery of South Australia - best of all it’s free!

Whatever your age, there’s so much to see and do at AGSA throughout the school holidays. Start, AGSA’s exciting introduction to art for children aged 3-12 and their families. Held on the first Sunday of every month, begins at 11am on Sunday 7 July. Start will celebrate NAIDOC week with music from First Nations performers, workshops and cultural sharing circles with Kumarninthi. Wander through the Gallery on a Kick Start tour or experience the collection with movement in our choreography with the collection sessions.

Plan a visit to the Gallery this school holidays for a learning experience like no other.

Take in some of AGSA’s iconic works from Patricia Piccinni’s Big Mother, a hyper real sculpture that explores ideas of motherhood, care and compassion. A Break Away!, by Tom Roberts one of the Gallery’s most loved works of art or Guido Maestri’s playful approach to the sculptural bust. A visit to the Gallery wouldn’t be complete without seeing Chiharu Shiota: Absence embodied which weaves its way through Gallery 14 and don’t forget to look up in Gallery 16 to see Jeppe Hein’s Medium Red and Ruby Mirror Balloon aloft on the Gallery’s ceiling.

Image credit: Sam Roberts

Director, Rhana Devenport ONZM says, ‘Art inspires, sparks curiosity, engages critical thought and reveals different perspectives on the world around us. AGSA believes that by engaging and investing in young people, we are creating future generations of critical citizens, art enthusiasts and growing the long term well being and vibrancy of our community. The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation have long supported AGSA’s innovative Start program for young people and their families to enjoy along with The Studio a space for experimentation and creative making.’

Whilst here, drop into The Studio, AGSA’s free, hands-on activities space for art lovers of all ages open daily. With a range of creative and art-focused activities on offer, each iteration of The Studio is themed to current exhibitions or curated by of-the-moment artists.

AGSA Education Officer Kylie Neagle says about The Studio, ‘In response to Brent Harris’ exhibition Surrender and Catch, South Australian artist Emmaline Zanelli has designed a space for participants to engage in sensory play to experiment with biomorphism – a key technique used in Surrealism. Using light tables participants layer cardboard shapes to create new biomorphic forms that are projected onto the Gallery walls. Fun-house mirrors will also line the walls, providing opportunity for visitors to see strange biomorphic possibilities inspired by their own reflections.

And on a rainy day you don’t even need to leave home to visit the Gallery, you can explore the collection with AGSA’s Start at Home program.

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