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Art Gallery of NSW - Spring School Holidays, 1st October - 21st October 2018

Art Gallery of NSW - Spring School Holidays, 1st October - 21st October 2018

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Kids Club: Incredible insects

Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils.
Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.

When: Saturday, 6th October 2018 and Sunday, 7th October 2018 
Sessions: 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm
Duration: 1 hour 30mins
Age: 5 - 8 years old
Price: Members: $35, non members $45. Please book online here

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Drop in and make: Marvellous mementos
Free artmaking activity for families

Take inspiration from Kathy Temin’s large artwork My monument: black garden in the exhibition Spacemakers and roomshakers: installations from the collection to create your own textured diorama to celebrate someone special in your life.


Join us any time between 11am and 3.30pm. For children with their parents or carers. 
All materials and instructions provided.

When: Monday - Friday 1 - 5 October 2018, 11am - 3.30pm 
Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes 
Location: Entrance court
Age: All ages
Price: Free, no booking required

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Art Club 2018: For children aged 9–13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.

When: Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2018
10.30am, 1pm and 3pm

Price: $45 non-member
$35 member
per workshop

All materials supplied
Single sessions only
No series subscriptions available

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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Lightbox flowers
Free activity for all ages during Gallery opening hours

Drop into the family activity area in the exhibition Glorious: earthly pleasures and heavenly realms and play with light and shape to design a colourful pattern of petals and leaves.

When: From Saturday 29th September, daily during Gallery opening hours
Location: Lower Asian gallery
Price: Free
Related exhibition: Glorious

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Family workshop: Origami

School holiday activity for children aged 6+. Join origami artists Michael Clonaris and Midori Furze for this fun collaborative workshop designed for children and their grown ups. Working together, you will make a range of origami sculptures in a variety of different shapes. Animals, boats, gliders, and even a samurai helmet! Using traditional paper you will learn lots of great origami techniques and make a collection of colourful origami sculptures in different sizes and shapes to take home. All materials provided.

This collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 6+ with an adult.

When: Monday 8th Oct and Tuesday 9th Oct 2018, 10:30am
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Age: 6+
Price: BOOK ONLINE HERE for Monday, and BOOK ONLINE HERE for Tuesday
$45 non-member
$35 member
per adult with one child (6+ years)

$85 non-member
$65 member
per adult with two children (6+ years) per workshop

Sara Hughes  Torpedo  2008, Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of ARTAND Australia 2015, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © Sara Hughes

Make your own: Rangoli and diya

Free drop in workshop

In preparation for Deepavali/Diwali celebrations everyone is welcome to join two workshops inspired by the Festival of Lights. Facilitated by members of Didi’s Tribe, these workshops will highlight some of the traditions in one of the most important Hindu festivals.

In the first week participants will create rangoli patterns using stickers to take home and learn about the materials traditionally used.

In the second week guests will decorate diya (tea light holders) that create the row of lights that give the festival its name.

A project of the Multicultural Women’s Hub, Parramatta. Didi’s Tribe is a social enterprise program created by Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) in Parramatta for multicultural women in Western Sydney.

When: Wednesday 3 & 10 Oct 2018, 6pm
No bookings required
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Entrance court
Age: All ages
Price: Free

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Drop in and draw: October 2018

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced artist, join us on the first Saturday of each month to celebrate the Gallery’s collection by sketching it.

Drop in any time between 11am and 1pm. All ages and abilities welcome. All materials are provided.

When: Saturday 6 October 2018, 11am - 1pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: This week we will be drawing over two spaces; contemporary galleries on lower level 2 and on the ground level.
Age: All ages
Price: Free, no booking needed

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Drop in and make: Shake it up

Free artmaking activity for families

Be inspired by the artworks in Spacemakers and roomshakers: installations from the collection to create your own artwork that shakes up different ideas about what art can be.

Join us any time between 11am and 3.30pm. For children with their parents or carers. 
All materials and instructions provided.

When: Monday-Friday 8-12 October 2018 and Sundays 7, 21 October 2018, 11am-3.30pm
Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes 
Location: Entrance court
Age: All ages
Price: Free, no booking needed

Children's access workshop: Shake it up

Free artmaking activity for children with specific needs and their families and carers

Be inspired by the artworks in Spacemakers and roomshakers: installations from the collection to create your own artwork that shakes up different ideas about what art can be.

This is an opportunity for children with specific needs to connect with the sensory materials to express their own creativity in a fun and encouraging way.

We welcome visitors of all abilities to contribute and encourage those who need assisted access to contact the Gallery, including those with limited mobility, vision or hearing impairment or intellectual disabilities, and community groups working with children with specific needs.

Auslan interpretation is available on request when booking.
Meet at the information desk.

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All materials and instructions are provided.

When: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 11am
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes 
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Age: All ages
Price: Free, bookings required

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1740 Or email pp@ag.nsw.gov.au

For more info on the spring school holiday events at the Art Gallery of NSW, please check the official website here

Where: Contemporary galleries, Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Parking: Meter parking: on Art Gallery Road, Mrs Macquaries Road and other streets around the Gallery.
Parking stations: there are several parking stations near the Gallery, the closest is the Domain Car Park

Nearest Food and coffee: CHISWICK at the Gallery

Sydney MCA, Contemporary Kids school holiday program, 10:30am - 4pm, $18 (Family ticket), Age: 4+

Sydney MCA, Contemporary Kids school holiday program, 10:30am - 4pm, $18 (Family ticket), Age: 4+

St Ives Showground, Medieval Faire 2018, 9am - 5.30pm, From $18, Age: All

St Ives Showground, Medieval Faire 2018, 9am - 5.30pm, From $18, Age: All