Free Gallery Activities for Kids These Holidays

Head down to the Tableland Regional Gallery these school holidays for exciting hands-on art activities.

‘We’re really excited to have The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour from The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Children’s Art Centre and Regional Services at our gallery,’ said Deputy Mayor Dave Bilney.

‘The range of activities have been developed by Australian artist Natalya Hughes and include creating your own digital hybrid creature, decorating and assembling a 3D object, making elaborate patterns using printed paper, and self-portrait drawings.

‘Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer for the activities at the gallery between Saturday 15 June and Saturday 6 July,’ Deputy Bilney said.

Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art Director Chris Saines said the free program would be presented at more than 200 regional and remote venues across all 77 Queensland and Torres Strait councils.

The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour features a striking blue and white palette inspired by a grotesque castle interior by French designer, architect and engraver Jean Bérain (1640–1711).

‘Hughes creates paintings, textiles, sculptures and installations informed by decorative and ornamental traditions.

‘In The Castle of Tarragindi the artist has chosen to explore ‘grotesque’ design, a specific tradition of ornament known for its hybridity.

‘Hughes has also included imagery of things that are important to her in the activity materials, such as the Australian flora and fauna found close to her home in the Brisbane suburb of Tarragindi,’ Mr Saines said.

Stop in to see the current exhibitions — Between Worlds by Rob Mian followed by Haven by Annette Tranter and Hanna Wood — while you’re at the gallery.

The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour is free QAGOMA Touring program available to regional Queensland communities.

Photos: Taking part in an activity in ‘Natalya Hughes: The Castle of Tarragindi’, Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2023. Photographs by C Callistemon © QAGOMA.