10 Nov

Queensland Art Gallery – GOMA

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Located at the Northern-end of the South Brisbane (Southbank) Cultural Precinct, affectionately known simply as GOMA spread across two adjacent river-side buildings it holds a collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art.

It's a favourite with parents and children, local and visiting, as it stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions that are typically child-friendly, but also host the Children's Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinémathèque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum. 

QAGOMA Children's Art Centre works with artists to create interactive installations, artist projects and activities for kids and families. They also offer Toddler Tuesday, a free booked program which uses games, storytelling and making activities to encourage toddlers, along with their parents and carers, to have fun while learning about art. Entry to the general gallery and the Children's Art Centre is FREE.

The gallery also invites parents and carers with babies aged 0 – 12 months to Art Starters, a new pilot program that explores Yayoi Kusama's exhibition 'Life is the Heart of a Rainbow' through a 45-minute engaging tour and multi-sensory interactive play session.

Entry to the general gallery is FREE and many of the exhibitions are also FREE which presents outstanding value as the gallery really does provide families with wonderful opportunities to engage and learn about art while having a heap of fun!
Most of the Gallery Staff are friendly, helpful and regularly on hand if you have a question. A reception desk and cloakroom are located at the entrance, where staff can assist you with any baggage, i.e. backpacks are not permitted in the gallery, although prams and strollers are welcome.
GOMA is located at the Northern-end of the cultural precinct and can easily be accessed using public transport (bus, train, citycat) as ($16 per day and metered street) parking is limited. The gallery is also pram and stroller friendly.
The Gallery is open to art-lovers of all ages. They are very family-orientated and have dedicated exhibits and interactive displays specifically designed for children. The gallery regularly changes their exhibits so it's important to see what's on and if you think it would be suitable for your little one.
The gallery requires children to be supervised at all times, and understandably so - no parent wants to fit the "you brake it you bought it" bill from this place! Some installations may also require extra vigilance as they may present hidden, or not so hidden dangers, e.g. climbing, falling, drowning, choking hazards.

Hints & Tips

 

Up-Coming Child-Friendly Exhibitions

CHILDRENS ART CENTRE - ME, MYSELFIE AND I

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