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image: Mirka Mora Thinking of Bacchae 1980 brush and coloured inks, watercolour, pen and ink on paper Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

(detail) Mirka Mora 'Thinking of Bacchae' 1980 brush and coloured inks, watercolour, pen and ink on paper
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Celebrate childhood, creativity and the arts
Saturday 24 to Monday 26 September 10am–4pm daily

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Meet a curator, find out what conservators do, talk to education staff, make some of your own works of art, listen to fairy stories, take an interactive family tour with curators and educators, or follow your own trail to find out more about the fabulous works of art in the national collection.

For a touch of magic, step into the Children’s Gallery to see Stage fright: the art of theatre, an exhibition showcasing works on paper and costumes from the Gallery’s collection of Australian Theatre Arts. Stage fright leads young children and their families on a voyage of discovery through mythology, fairytales, visionary worlds and fantasy characters that appear in designs destined for the ballet, opera and theatre stage.

Works of art will come to life with Monique Dykstra and Daniel Cordeaux of Open Stage Productions. Join them for an exciting, interactive performance inspired by the national collection. Performances will take place in the galleries at 11am and 2pm daily. Bookings are necessary and will be taken at the Children’s Festival information desk on the day.

Don’t forget to look into the National Sculpture Prize and exhibition and see some of the most exciting and intriguing sculptures from contemporary Australian artists. Entry is free for families with children during the Children’s Festival.

Have fun at the Children’s Festival from 10am– 4pm daily. All events are free.


image: Learning about the Asian Art collection at the Asian Art School Holiday workshop

Learning about the Asian Art collection at the Asian Art School Holiday workshop

events include:
Creative art workshops
Between 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm a variety of drop-in children’s art workshops will be held throughout the Gallery.
Between 10am–12pm see works of art behind the scenes, in Conservation and Registration.
Interactive art performances
At 11am and 2pm with Monique and Daniel from Open Stage productions.
Interactive family tours
At 12pm and 1pm with Curators leading tours of the Gallery.
Free children’s activity trails
Children’s activity trails are available for the permanent collection, the National Sculpture Prize and exhibition, conservation, and the Sculpture Garden.

All activities are free; some require bookings on the day. click to see details >>
Free parking is available at the Gallery.

Contact Education on +61 2 6240 6519 or +61 2 6240 6619.

Interactive internet art ‘’
Visit Isobel’s online interactive shopping mall to watch animations and download graphics




Workshops are designed for children aged 4–12 years (but we can be a bit flexible); they are also restricted in numbers to 15 children at any given time. If a session is full, take the time to enjoy the works of art in the Gallery until there is space available. Parents are asked to supervise their children at all times.

For directions to activities, ask at the Children’s Festival desk in the Gallery foyer or ask our security officers and front desk staff. Walking in the Gallery with a pram or stroller is easy, with ramps and lifts, and a parent’s room and water fountain situated near the Gallery Shop on ground level.


Entry to all exhibitions is free of charge for children under 16 years. Entry to the National Sculpture Prize and exhibition is free for adults accompanied by children. An exhibition ticket is required for Bill Viola: The Passions.


Safety in the Gallery

To keep your family and the works of art safe, please :

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Please complete an evaluation form in the Gallery foyer. Leave your contact details if you would like to receive information about future events for children at the Gallery.


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