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Silently Stirring

21 March – 8 June 2009  | Children’s Gallery

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What stirs?

Animals and magical beings are favourite subjects for many artists because they provide endless inspiration for the imagination.

Can you find the cat in Lionel Lindsay’s Siesta twitch its ear and restlessly wave its tail? One of Timothy Akis’s birds stretches its wings in flight, while the other creeps along the ground. Have you noticed the piercing eyes of Lesbia Thorpe’s Barn owls? Don’t look now but they are watching you as you read this text.

Just around the corner, a koala blinks, budgerigars are unpeeling, a wooden figure stands small but tall, and a giant rabbit’s nose twitches and sniffs. Find out all that stirs but remember, they may seem playful and even cute but an artist has carefully created them with meaning and purpose so things may be different than they first appear.

Choose an artwork from below and click through to find a fun activity.

 

image: Lesbia Thorpe Mouse-hole 1983 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Lesbia Thorpe 1989Lesbia Thorpe Mouse-hole 1983
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Lesbia Thorpe 1989
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image: Lesbia Thorpe Barn owls 1983 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Lesbia Thorpe 1989Lesbia Thorpe Barn owls 1983 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Lesbia Thorpe 1989
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image: Peter Peryer Sandy the Flemish giant 1988 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1988Peter Peryer Sandy the Flemish giant 1988 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1988
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image: Johnny Bulunbulun Flying foxes 1979 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gordon Darling Fund 1984Johnny Bulunbulun Flying foxes 1979 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Fund 1984
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image: Unknown Koala c 1950 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Diana Cameron 1988Unknown Koala c 1950
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Diana Cameron 1988
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image: Lionel Lindsay Siesta 1924 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Bequest of Alan Queale 1982Lionel Lindsay Siesta 1924
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Bequest of Alan Queale 1982
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image: Lionel Lindsay Flag lillies [Lilies]1925 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Bequest of Alan Queale 1982Lionel Lindsay Flag lillies [Lilies] 1925
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Bequest of Alan Queale 1982
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image: Lionel Lindsay Cat eating shrimps c 1922 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1976Lionel Lindsay Cat eating shrimps c 1922 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1976
© National Library of Australia
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image: Sharon Church Shimmer 2003 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006Sharon Church Shimmer 2003
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2006
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image: Ethleen Palmer Malay squirrels c 1934 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1978Ethleen Palmer Malay squirrels c 1934
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1978
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image: Dora Maar Portrait of Ubu 1936 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1987
Dora Maar Portrait of Ubu 1936
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1987
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