Children’s Artspace Exhibitions | Adelaide Festival Centre

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Children’s Artspace: a place for learning through play, creativity, and expression.

Children’s Artspace at the Adelaide Festival Centre is a place for all children, students, and families to go and share ideas and engage in art created by South Australian children.

With a brand-new exhibition for each school term, Children’s Artspace provides a safe space for discussions around important issues and big topics facing the kids of today.  There will also be workshops, interactive experiences, and performances throughout the year that accompany the exhibitions.

Children’s Artspace is also connecting South Australian children with art experiences all around the world, with online workshops planned with galleries in Hamada, Japan, and New York City, USA. Other galleries and museums around Australia and the world will provide opportunities for fun and engaging learning through play and discovery.


Making Monsters | Sunday 15 October 2022 – Sunday 12 February 2023

Confetti Celebrations | Saturday 18 February – Sunday 16 April 2023

The Future of Toys | Saturday 29 April – Sunday 28 May 2023


Making Monsters | Sunday 15 October 2022 – Sunday 12 February 2023

Professional visual artist Jess Taylor, known as ‘Victor Frankenstein’, taught the inventive students of Klemzig Primary School how to design monsters for Children’s Artspace.

Before the students started building their creations, they attended ‘Monster School’. During these workshops, Jess explained the history of monsters, and why most monsters are terrifying because they are part human, part something else, like a werewolf, zombie, vampire, or mermaid.

Jess wanted the students to be able to design their monsters in three dimensions, aiming to create wicked 3D prints and augmented reality models. To do this, the students had to use an application called Makers Empire that allows students and teachers to learn about design and technology and create 3D renders of their creatures one shape at a time.

Creep around Children’s Artspace and find each of the monsters by scanning the QR codes with each of the 3D creatures. You can even become a monster yourself with brand new interactive screens. 

Opening Times:

  • Saturdays | 10am — 3pm
  • Sundays | 10am — 3pm

Visit the Making Monsters Exhibition webpage for more details.

Confetti Celebrations | Saturday 18 February – Sunday 16 April 2023

Catching Confetti explores themes of celebration and is created and curated by students from years 7 to 10 from Glenunga International High School. Students participated in a series of curatorial workshops led by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Exhibition and CentrED team in association with Glenunga International High School art teachers.

Catching Confetti, not only refers to theatre audiences collecting and keeping confetti after a performance as a souvenir, but also metaphorically refers to how people often gather memory tokens from achievements and life experiences.

Artworks include commemorative plates honouring their favourite animal or pet, ceramic party animals and celebratory busts that poke fun at the notion of celebrities.

Opening Times:

  • Saturdays | 10am — 3pm
  • Sundays | 10am — 3pm

Visit the Catching Confetti webpage for more details

The Future of Toys | Saturday 29 April – Sunday 28 May 2023

Curated by Benjamin Paul, The Future of Toys exhibition invites children to reflect on their lives, their city and their futures, and to question consumer choices associated with toys, plastic and play.

Children pull apart pre-loved toys and work with artists and designers to repurpose the raw material and create original designs with a new story to tell.

Using emerging sustainable technologies, including 3D printing with toy plastics, children have created 20 unique sculptural artworks to exhibit, all with their own stories to tell.

Delight in their artworks, hear their stories, and discover innovative ways to recycle and repurpose materials into new design ideas for the future.

This exhibition is suitable for ages 7-12 years. Admission is free.

Opening Times:

  • Wednesday – Sunday | 10am — 3pm

Visit The Future of Toys webpage for more details


Image credit: Louise Jones, UniSA.

Finding Freedom | Saturday 24 June – Saturday 12 August 2023

The Youth Poster Awards Exhibition has been a feature event of the SA Refugee Week for the past 12 years convened by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre.

The exhibition showcases posters from primary, secondary, and tertiary students. This project was created to encourage young people to engage through the creation of artwork about refugees promoting harmony, awareness, and social cohesion.

This year’s exhibition features 85 posters from 56 schools selected from 370 entries.

Since 2011, over 150 South Australian schools and over 6,000 students have taken part in this annual art project. They have created wonderful posters that overwhelmingly speak of peace, compassion, welcome, generosity and sharing the burden of refugees to support them to create a new life in Australia.

Opening times: 

  • Thursday & Saturday 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website

What:     Children’s Artspace Exhibitions at Adelaide Festival Centre

When:   Saturday & Sunday | 10am – 3pm (check times above for extra open days)

Where:  Adelaide Festival Centre | Enter via Festival Plaza or Dunstan Playhouse Foyer

Who:      Families (this venue is wheelchair accessible)

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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