Experience and enjoy four artist projects for children and families, including drawing, hands-on and multimedia activities and large-scale installations. The projects highlight the preciousness of life and natural resources, the importance of community and storytelling while engaging with the dynamic art, culture and life of the Asia Pacific region.
1. Joyce Ho
Do you like to read stories? In the UN-Covered Library, the books are wrapped in paper, hiding their titles and cover illustrations from view. Joyce Ho invites you to find joy in reading one of the books on display and to share your thoughts about it with others.
Choose a book and find a place to read in one of the small stage sets, when you have finished reading, give your book a new title and cover design using coloured pencils and place it on the display shelves for others to enjoy.
2. Sadik Kwaish Alfraji
A Boat to Carry your Dreams
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji received a special letter from his 11-year-old nephew Ali on a trip to Baghdad in 2009. Ali made Sadik promise not to open the letter until he arrived home to Amersfoort in the Netherlands. Inside the letter, Sadik found a drawing of a small canoe-like boat with the words, ‘I wish my letter takes me to you’. This was Ali’s way of sharing his dream to leave Iraq and join his uncle in the Netherlands. Sadik has created a number of artworks inspired by this letter, including the animation work Ali’s Boat on display.
What do you wish for? Write or draw your wish on a piece of paper and fold it into a boat. Maybe your wish will come true.
Related: A Boat to Carry Your Dreams
Ali’s Boat: The book
Ali’s Boat, adapted from the artist’s artwork tells a story about his past, his family and his relationship with his country.
3. Jeff Smith
On a visit to the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific island nation, Jeff Smith saw large fish traps extending from the shore as he flew overhead in a plane. These traps, known as te ma, are made from rock and coral pieces stacked together in a heart shape. As the tide goes out, the design of the te ma guides fish in and traps them for fishermen to collect at low tide. This is a sustainable method of fishing, as the community only take what they need.
Step into this underwater scene and watch how the fish respond to your movement. Try working together to gather fish into the trap projected onto the floor.
Make sure you see ‘Tungaru: The Kiribati Project’ display on Level 3 at GOMA during ‘APT9: Extended’.
Tungaru: The Kiribati Project
4. Jakkai Siributr
The Legend of the Rainbow Stag
As a young boy, Jakkai Siributr’s mother would read him stories based on the Jataka Tales – sacred Buddhist writings – to teach him about compassion, kindness and tolerance. One of Jakkai’s favourite stories, The Rainbow Stag, is brought to life in an animation narrated by the artist and features his version of this magnificent animal.
Watch your own version of the Rainbow Stag come to life by decorating a template and scanning the image. When you are finished you can share your animation with family and friends.
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APT9 has been assisted by our Founding Supporter Queensland Government and Principal Partner the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
APT9 Kids is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
Feature image: A young visitor watching her animation of Jakkai Siributr’s The Legend of the Rainbow Stag 2018