MEDIA RELEASE – 14 September 2010

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra has launched a program of children’s events and activities to coincide with the upcoming school holidays and Floriade, which opened to the public on Saturday 11 September.

“We’d encourage families visiting Floriade to head over to the National Gallery for a range of fantastic children’s programs for our Life, Death & Magic exhibition,” said Peter Naumann, Head of Public Programs at the National Gallery of Australia.

“The programs are designed to spark children’s imaginations and bring out their creative side with mask making workshops, storytelling and drawing. The kids can even create their own ancestral figure and decorate it. Our programs fit very well with this year’s Floriade theme of Imagination – where will yours take you?” he continued.

The upcoming school holiday programs are part of the NGA’s Opening Season of exhibitions and special events taking place to celebrate the launch of the ‘new look’ NGA which opens to the public on 1 October and will include 11 new indigenous galleries, the spectacular Within Without Skyspace sculpture by James Turrell, a new entrance, function space as well as a new shop and sidewalk cafe.

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