Get Superpowers These School Holidays

Keep the kids occupied these school holidays with exciting and free hands-on art activities at the Tableland Regional Gallery.

‘Superpowered On Tour has been developed by First Nations Australian artists in collaboration with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern (QAGOMA),’ said Councillor Peter Hodge.

‘Children up to 12 years can take part in fun and interactive projects that focus on strong and empowering messages and humour, including making superhero collages, creating power icon props, and fashioning costumes and masks.

‘The artists — Kaylene Whiskey (Yankunytjatjara People), Tony Albert (Girramay/Yidinyji/Kuku Yalanji Peoples), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi People) and Vincent Namatjira (Western Aranda People) — use their voices and their art to empower Aboriginal people and create inspirational imagery for all children,’ he said.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said, ‘These artists have created interactives that invite young audiences into a world full of amusing and courageous characters.

‘The program is being presented in more than 180 art galleries, libraries and schools across remote and regional Queensland,’ he said.

Tony Albert often works closely with other artists, communities and organisations, and believes that one of the best ways to learn from and connect with people is to live and work together.

‘My activity for Superpowered On Tour is Warakurna Warriors and it invites children to create their own superhero identity.

‘They design their own costume using a template and trace a selection of outfits adding details and colour.

‘This activity was inspired by my photographic series Warakurna Superheroes 2017, which was made in collaboration with children from Warakurna in Western Australia,’ he said.

Superpowered On Tour activities are on at the Tableland Regional Gallery from Saturday 24 June until Saturday 8 July.

While you’re at the gallery stop in and see Waniju Bulumba — an exhibition by local Indigenous artist Dan Joseph.

Superpowered on Tour is a free QAGOMA Touring program available to regional Queensland communities.