Sculpture Garden Sunday 2013

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National Gallery of Australia family day
Sunday 3 March
|10:30 am – 1:30 pm

image: Drawing of Mark di Suvero’s Ik ook 1971-72 by 11-year-olds Adam and Drew

Eight-year-old Charlotte Morrissey’s drawing of Aristide Maillol’s La Montagne (The mountain) 1937 in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

On Sunday 3 March, the Sculpture Garden will come alive with a program of free art workshops and performances for children and families. Inspired by the magnificent sculptures and beautiful environment of the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden, the ninth annual Sculpture Garden Sunday provides an opportunity for families to enjoy art together.

Children can participate in drawing, sculpture, painting and clay workshops and in the creation of installation pieces throughout the garden. Drop-in workshops are facilitated by a range of local artists and Gallery Educators. The workshops are suitable for children of all ages. All materials are supplied and, in support of Clean up Australia Day, many recycled and recyclable materials will be utilised creatively.

Enjoy lunch under the trees and relax. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch to share under the trees. The Mulga Scouts sausage sizzle and a coffee cart are available for purchase. Refreshments are also available from Gallery indoor and outdoor cafes.

The event sponsor, National Australia Bank, will present prizes and assist with workshops.

An Information tent in the Sculpture Garden will provide general information about the event.

For their own safety, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Sculpture Garden Sunday will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.


Activities for children inside the Gallery include:


Toulouse-Lautrec Family Activity Room
10.15 am – 2.45 pm weekdays
10.15 am – 4.45 pm weekends and public holidays

Images from the NGA's Sculpture Garden Sunday Flickr collection

Images from the NGA's Sculpture Garden Sunday Flickr collection

The Yulgilbar Family Activity Room within the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge is designed for children and their families and provides the opportunity for children to design a poster inspired by cafe life in 19th-century Paris, create a silhouette for a shadow theatre production and perform in the footlights in costumes inspired by the era. Located within the exhibition, this room has educational activities for children and their families.

An audio tour and an exhibition trail for children are also available.

Free with exhibition ticket and pre-booking is not required.


Childrens Gallery

Creating worlds
23 February 2013 – 4 August 2013 | Childrens Gallery

An exhibition exploring artists’ responses to issues of sustainability, the natural environment and the interconnectedness of ecological systems. Creating worlds will present a diverse selection of Australian and Indigenous art from the national collection including sculpture and mixed media, paintings, prints and photographic works. It aims to inspire audiences of all ages to take positive action for a sustainable future, and to excite and educate visitors about the creative possibilities for looking after and interacting with our environment.



Sculpture Garden Sunday is proudly supported by


National Australia Bank