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Say hello to APT10 Kids, the tot-friendly art haven where little ones can craft to their heart’s content Say hello to APT10 Kids, the tot-friendly art haven where little ones can craft to their heart’s content Say hello to APT10 Kids, the tot-friendly art haven where little ones can craft to their heart’s content Say hello to APT10 Kids, the tot-friendly art haven where little ones can craft to their heart’s content Say hello to APT10 Kids, the tot-friendly art haven where little ones can craft to their heart’s content

Say hello to APT10 Kids, the tot-friendly art haven where little ones can craft to their heart’s content

With school holidays extended, filling the days with fun activities that keep the little ones occupied can be a difficult task, to say the least. A summer-holiday savour has arrived in the form of APT10 Kids, QAGOMA’s newest colourful, art-filled playground. Sticking around until April 25, this awe-inspiring wonderland is filled with crackin' crafts, disco balls and unlimited entertainment.


Searching for a fun activity to take the little ones to? Look no further than APT10 Kids, a rainbow-hued haven that’s part of QAGOMA’s awe-inspiring exhibition, The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10). This kid-friendly arm of the showcase features seven projects by artists from across the Asia-Pacific region. Children and their families are able to get creative with a treasure chest of hands-on making and multimedia activities, artwork displays and large-scale installations that celebrate inclusion and diversity, and the importance of collaboration and community.

In New Zealand artist Shannon Novak’s project, Make Visible: All Welcome, kids can express what makes them happy through a digital flag-making activity in a rainbow-themed room. More creative goodness awaits, as youngsters can transform large-scale mandalas on the walls and floor by using colourful, magnetic blocks to produce patterns as part of Syagini Ratna Wulan’s Monad. They can also create their own tile pattern using a collage sheet as part of Phuong Ngo’s Pattern Exchange, which highlight the ways Vietnam has been shaped and changed by interactions with other peoples and cultures. In Thai-Australian artist Vipoo Srivilasa’s Garden of Love, children can reflect on the people they miss the most by writing them a message or drawing their portrait on a flower template, which can be planted in a growing garden of blooms.

Does your kid love Sesame Street (the more appropriate question is, perhaps, who doesn’t)? For APT10 Kids, Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts have collaborated with children from the village of Balia in Bangladesh to develop a puppet-making activity. Fun-loving rugrats can make a puppet of their own imaginary animal using paper shapes, and then even record a performance. There’s plenty of art from various countries to see too, with fire-inspired artwork made by children belonging to the Uramat clan in Gualim (Papua New Guinea), and children from Noosa and Stanthorpe on display. More eye-catching pieces can be seen in Thai artist Jamilah Haji’s exhibition Happiness and Desire, which showcases the work of children in Thailand who created a drawing of something that makes them happy. These heartfelt works are displayed alongside drawings made by children in Brisbane, who are connected to the Aussie Hands organisation, which supports people with hand differences.

APT10 Kids projects will be located across both the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) buildings. If you can’t make it to the gallery, fear not, there are plenty of at-home activities on the QAGOMA website to keep the nippers busy. For more information, head to the QAGOMA website.

Image one: Syagini Ratna Wulan / Indonesia b.1979 / Monad 2021 /Commissioned for APT10 Kids with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Joe Ruckli, QAGOMA
Image two: Shannon Novak / Aotearoa New Zealand b.1979 / Make Visible: All Welcome 2021 / Commissioned for APT10 Kids with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Lee Wilkes, QAGOMA
Image three: Phuong Ngo / Australia b.1983 / Pattern Exchange 2021 / Commissioned for APT10 Kids with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Chloë Callistemon, QAGOMA
Image four: Shannon Novak / Aotearoa New Zealand b.1979 / Make Visible: All Welcome 2021 / Commissioned for APT10 Kids with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Joe Ruckli, QAGOMA
Image five: Syagini Ratna Wulan / Indonesia b.1979 / Monad 2021 /Commissioned for APT10 Kids with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Lee Wilkes, QAGOMA

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