Start at the Gallery | Art Gallery of SA | 2019

START at the Gallery

START at the Gallery offers an exciting introduction to visual art for children and families. Held on the first Sunday of every month, START is free and includes art activities, tours, live performance and entertainment.

Each monthly event is themed around current exhibitions or the general collection.

START is recommended for children aged 3-12 years and parent/carer supervision is required. No bookings are necessary.

Upcoming START Days

Sunday 6 January 2019 | 11am – 3pm

Drawing from Nature

Help celebrate the rich and diverse art and culture of Australia’s first peoples. Discover kunred (places), animals and spirits depicted in works of art in John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new. Take part in Kuninjku language workshops, join a sketch tour with botanical artist Gilbert Dashorst, and join a workshop with Badimia artist Anna Dowling to create patterns from nature.

Sunday 3 February 2019 | 11am – 3pm

Eyes on Objects

Create your own clay object in Start Art workshops, collaborate with Little Music Lab, take a sketch tour with animator and illustrator Mitch Hearn, enjoy storytelling performances, and explore the curious art objects in the collection.

Sunday 3 March 2019

Mix it up

Mad March is only just beginning, and it’s time to mix it up! Get messy, get bold, get experimental with Start at the Gallery. Enjoy kids tours, live performances and hands-on art activities – all inspired by the thick paint, warped forms and lurid colours of acclaimed contemporary painter Ben Quilty. A mixed-up melting pot of art and ideas for the whole family!

Sunday 7 April 2019 | 11am – 3pm

Ways of Seeing

There are so many diverse ways to see, to sense, to think and feel and perceive. Art can help us look at the world differently. The Gallery has acquired some exciting new works and wants everyone to help them celebrate new energy and new ideas. Shift your viewpoint, try an unfamiliar approach and tune in with a fresh perspective.

Enjoy live music, hands-on art workshops, storytelling, audio-described and Auslan-interpreted tours as well as mesmerising magic and artful illusion performed by Mickster the Trickster.

ways of seeing

Explore the pretty and the peculiar, the beautiful and the bizarre, the crafty and the just-a-little-bit-creepy! Create a soft sculpture creature, goggle at gaudy and glamorous performance art, and get a shimmering glitter tattoo or two!

All day

Start Art Workshops – sparkly soft sculptures
Create a soft, crafted creature face from fabric, wool and shiny beads. Radford Auditorium.

Glitter Tattooing – Bling-ify your face and body with shimmering glitter tattoos from Mask Body Artists.
Sculpture Courtyard.

11am, 11.30am, 12 noon, 1pm, 1.30pm & 2pm

Discovery Tours – Inspired by Guardians, explore the spooky and psychedelic side of our collection on family tours with Gallery Guides. Meet in the Atrium.

11.15am, 12.15pm & 1.15pm

Storytelling Performances with Helen Lawry. Function Room.

11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm

Sketch Tours – Join contemporary artist Jenna Pippett on a sketch tour of the gallery, using drawing to engage with the works and themes in the Tarryn Gill’s Guardians. Meet at The Studio entrance.


Start Sounds | The Huxleys performance

Like sequin-spangled Pied Pipers, the Huxleys (VIC) will lead you astray in the best possible way with their unique mix of movement, character and costumed spectacle. Sculpture Courtyard.


Start Sounds – The Huxleys roving entertainment


Teens Talk – Join Neo’s team of trained teenage guides as they share their unique perspectives and thought-provoking insights with art lovers of all ages. Meet in the Atrium.

START at the Gallery and the START Art Club are proudly presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Art Gallery of South Australia website.

What:  START at the Gallery

When: First Sunday of every month, 11am-3pm

Where:  Art Gallery of South Australia | North Terrace, Adelaide

Who: 3-12 year olds and their parents/guardians

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.

Image Source:  Art Gallery of SA


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