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A range of hands-on art-making activities encouraging children to reflect on climate change and the environment will tour to the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre from 1–16 April. Now is the Time: Kids on Tour was developed by contemporary Australian artist Raquel Ormella in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

QAGOMA director Chris Saines said Ormella has a diverse creative practice that includes video, installation, drawings and 'zines. She has an ongoing interest in the many ways contemporary art can encourage processes of self-examination, political consciousness and social action.

"In first developing this project, Ormella was inspired by children around the world calling for awareness and action on climate change," Chris said. "Now is the Time is about engaging our youngest audiences through art on the most important contemporary issues related to the environment."

Now is the Time has been a major exhibition at the Children’s Art Centre at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) since August 2020, and the main activities are now touring to regional and remote centres across Queensland and the Torres Strait.

The exhibition invites children to create their own climate change placards, design a bespoke protest Tshirt, vote for what they care about, and share their climate message on collaborative drawing sheets designed by the artist. They can draw inspiration from posters with historical and contemporary protest imagery and watch two videos created by Raquel Ormella with students from Brisbane’s Junction Park State School, in which kids create their own protest song and share their views on climate action.

See ‘Now is the Time: Kids on Tour’ at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre at 11A Maple St, Cooroy, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 3pm (except public holidays).

‘Now is the Time: Kids on Tour’ is presented in association with the Children’s Art Centre exhibition, and is showing at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane until 1 August, 2021.

Image: Now is the Time: Kids on Tour - photo by Chloe Callistemon.


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