A program of exciting free hands-on activities encouraging children to explore ideas around self and identity will tour to 90 venues across Queensland and the Torres Strait from January to April 2018, including Cairns Art Gallery from 3 February 2018.
QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM said the program ‘Me, Myselfie and I’ encouraged children of all ages to explore ideas beyond their physical appearance and to think about how they express their emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement.
‘The activities have been developed by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and international artists featured in the Gallery’s Collection, including Angela Tiatia (New Zealand/Australia), Ayaz Jokhio (Pakistan), Wit Pimkanchanapong (Thailand), Miloš Tomić (Serbia) and Phil Dadson (New Zealand),’ Mr Saines said.
‘This Kids on Tour program coincides with the exhibition ‘Me, Myselfie and I’ at GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre in Brisbane.
We’re thrilled to extend it across the state, including to 11 Indigenous communities throughout Queensland and the Torres
Strait,’ he said.’
In Wit Pimkanchanapong’s drawing activity I, you, we 2009, children can work with a sibling or friend to create a composite portrait to discover how our sense of self is shaped by our relationships with other people.
Angela Tiatia likes to explore the way people view each other, and in turn, the way we see ourselves. In her hands-on making activity Catch sight 2017, Tiatia encourages children to observe the transformation of their face in a series of patterned mirrors that distort their reflection, and to experiment with making an abstract portrait.
In 99 self portraits 2009, Ayaz Jokhio invites children to transform his image, which has been replicated 99 times, with an assortment of outfits from all over the world. Jokhio is interested in how clothing can be used to express ourselves and can change how people view us.
Miloš Tomić is fascinated by the world of sound and music that we all make in our daily lives. In his multimedia interactive My pocket orchestra 2017, children can express their mood and personality through sound.
In addition to the Cairns Art Gallery tour, ‘Me, Myselfie and I’ will visit a record number of regional venues, art galleries, libraries and community art centres, including Barcaldine, Cairns, Cape York, Cherbourg, Cunnamulla, Longreach, Mornington Island, Palm Island and the Scenic Rim.