GOMA Turns 10: Summer Festival 18-22 January 2017

On Wednesday GOMA’s all-ages summer festival brings a week of creative workshops, storytelling, film, talks and live music. The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival is a free, multi-faceted and participatory program bringing Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art spaces to life.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines says the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival is “a great opportunity for families, kids and adults alike to enjoy yet another rich program celebrating the Gallery of Modern Art’s tenth anniversary”, which also includes a special edition of Up Late profiling some of Brisbane’s favourite bands on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January.

The free festival will also feature tours of the Gallery, with GOMA Ambassadors Benjamin Law, Patience Hodgson and Alison Kubler; with free crash-courses in contemporary art offered daily at 2.30pm, along with a ticketed evening workshop ‘Arts & Craft After Dark’ with comedian Tim Ross and Queensland artist Sam Cranstoun at 5.30pm on Thursday 19 January.

We’re most looking forward to the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival live performance of Nick Cave’s weird and wonderful HEARD·Brisbane 2016, a spectacle of 15 brightly coloured raffia horse costumes given life by a 30-strong dance troupe from 5pm on Sunday, 22 January.

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Nick Cave HEARD•DETROIT 2015 Photograph: James Prinz Image courtesy: The artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Families are able to join Kids’ Tours, enjoy special performances and participate in workshops by artists including Gordon Hookey, the Gabori sisters, Anne Wallace, Julie Blyfield, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Pip & Pop, and author Morris Gleitzman.

Screening daily will be a free program of animated feature films exploring our relationship to animals and the natural world. Highlights include Irish animation Song of the Sea 2014, the award-winning Pixar film WALL-E 2008 and Australian classic Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest 1992.

An extended and unique Kids’ Up Late session on Friday 20 January will kick off with a set by Ben Ely and Family at 3.30pm. Continuing into the evening will be performances by Regurgitator, Yucca, The Goon Sax, The Creases and Blank Realm.

A second Up Late session on Saturday 21 January will start with a 2.30pm kids’ set from The Grates, followed by music from Cub Sport, Emily Wurramurra, Luke Daniel Peacock, I Heart Hiroshima and Jeremy Neale. Capacity for the Up Late performances are limited.

The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival celebrates the gallery’s tenth birthday, with over 300 artworks already on display for exhibitions including ‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’, ‘Lucent’ and ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’.

For more information and a full list of programs and events, download & print your full summer-festival-guide or visit the QAGOMA website.

Pictured at top: The Grates

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