Posted by: debrakolkka | December 22, 2010

21st Century Art – the fun bit

GoMA does a wonderful job making art friendly and accessible.  There have been long queues to all of the recent exhibitions.  I think it is wonderful that they are so child friendly.  Hopefully it will help to encourage children to love art galleries all their lives.  I ran into some young friends at the gallery yesterday who had to be dragged away after nearly three hours.  They left with a promise they could return soon.  Here is why.

the slide

I’m going to do this, but I will wait until school holidays are over.

it looks like fun

You slide in a sack with a handle to grip onto.  I believe it is quite fast – I can’t wait to try it.

the very long lego table

a very popular spot

2 boys in lego heaven

art made while you wait

a quiet place to sit and watch The Jungle Book

make your own bird's nest from shredded paper

the results

very pretty

those kids have been busy

I have saved the best until last.  If you have ever wanted to get lost in a room full of purple balloons, now is your chance.

there are thousands of these things

Somebody must be kept busy blowing up replacements. 

it is amazing experience

you can see the reflection of my camera at the bottom

what fun!

can you see my hand?

You walk through the balloons and they just fly all around you.  You see nothing but purple (one of my favourite colours) and it smells as if you are inside a very large balloon.  I wish things like this had been around when I was a child.   I wonder what makes a person think up something like this.  It kept me amused for quite some time – perhaps I am strange.   What do you think?


  1. I wish we lived closer. My boys would be in heaven spending the day there with all those great things!…actually so would I. (Not strange at all Debra)

  2. I think…that it’s all too marvelous for words! Do the balloons explode occasionally? Adore the lego table! You inspired me, Deb, yesterday I took the boys to the terracotta Chinese warriors exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. I can’t remember the last time I was there – it was wonderful! Thank you.. 🙂

    • The ballons do pop occasionally, which might frighten small children. I love living close to the Gallery. When I was working full time I rarely went, but now I have the time I call in regularly. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful place close by.

  3. If Ican’t get my grandchildren down here so that I can go then I’m going to hire some – I have to have an excuse to barrel in amongst the balloons – it must have been fun for the staff who set it all up.

    • You don’t need grandchildren – go alone – I did.

  4. Can’t wait to see the photos of you jetting down the slide.. lol
    This museum sounds like it’d bring the kid out in anyone… lovin’ the purple balloons too.

  5. I love the Lego table but absolutely no thanks to that slide!

  6. This sounds amazing – if I ever make it up to Brisbane, I’ll be sure to go.

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