For the first time Fremantle Arts Centre is putting kids front and centre with Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids, a fun and accessible exhibition specifically for kids.
Opening Saturday 17 November and running through the summer holidays, this free exhibition will immerse 5–12 year olds into the world of art and animals. Featuring more than 40 local, national and international artists, Animaze has all sorts of animals, from cute and cuddly to exotic creatures and mythical beasts.
Fremantle Arts Centre Curator Dr Ric Spencer said, “Often it’s parents dragging their kids to the gallery, so we’re really pleased to be presenting Animaze, a show full of great works that will have kids excited to come along.”
“The whole show has been designed for kids. Everything is laid out and arranged for kids to really get up close and enjoy the work.”
Kids and families can spend time exploring the generous mix of prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, textiles and aquatic critters. Animaze also has specially designed play spaces, story readings and craft activities to enjoy. Animaze includes works specially commissioned or borrowed for the show alongside works from the City of Fremantle Art Collection.
Highlights include WA artist Ross Potter’s life-size drawing of Perth Zoo’s Tricia the Elephant, which visitors can watch come to life as he works on it in the gallery throughout the exhibition; works by internationally renowned artist, author and Oscar winner Shaun Tan; local animator Rory Dalitz; and Austen Mengler, fresh from his appearance at Oz Comic Con.
Animaze kicks off with kids’ activities on Saturday 17th November from 10am. Families can enjoy a mix of free and paid workshops with some of the participating artists, as well as entertainment and food.
The exhibition program also includes weekly activities and tours.
Rashida Abdel Aziz
Sohan Ariel Hayes
and Zoe Atkinson
Robert Campbell Jnr
Golden Wattle Hookers
Mei Swan Lim
John Prince Siddon
Anna Louise Richardson
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Paul Trinidad Jnr
Sarah van Niekerk
Dr Ric Spencer, Curator, Fremantle Arts Centre
Andre Lipscombe, Curator, City of Fremantle Art Collection