So much fun was had at our recent ANZ Family Day. The Gallery was filled with tamariki (children) and their whanau (families) enjoying art, activities, dance and films at our second ANZ Family Day, timed to be part of Wellington’s annual Matariki Festival.
Many beautiful whetu (star) brooches were created using patterned papers and harakeke (flax). Thanks to artist Gina Matchitt and her daughter Aroha for sharing their weaving skills with families in the education room.
The Gallery reading room was transformed into a dance stage and came alive with families enjoying the chance to take part in a dance and movement workshop led by Lynn Pringle.
Many families found themselves so hooked on the Matariki badge making activity that they left with whole collections of badges to wear.
Children were delighted and transfixed by the Square Eyes Film Foundation programme. They watched animations and short films full of starry, night-time skies and stories of seasonal change.
There was rapturous applause for year 5 students from Queen Margaret College after their dance performance in the afternoon. Following a school visit to the Gallery’s Art and Dance Education Programme earlier this term they choreographed moves inspired by Bullet Time with the help of our dance tutor Lynn Pringle.
Our Art Cart was busy all day in the foyer with children making drawings on LOOK cards, and creating entries for the drawing competition.
Kids loved exploring the Bullet Time exhibition with Gallery Educators Claire Hopkins and Helen Lloyd.
Four lucky winners of the drawing competition will be collecting their prizes this week. Well done Asuka age 5, Andrew age 8, Irene age 10, and Danny age 13.
Visitors left happily clad with badges, woven brooches and goodie bags.
“It was a great way to explore the gallery”
“Awesome fun, educational and free. I have 2 moko so free is great”
“Kids really enjoyed it”
Our next family day will be on Saturday 24 September from 11am-4pm, free entry. We would love to see you there.
Visitor Learning Team.
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Thank you to event sponsor ANZ
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Photography: Mark Tantrum