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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Innovative programs for children and young people at Picasso

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Sunday, June 08, 2008

    Innovative programs for children and young people at Picasso

    Arts Minister Rod Welford said the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) would feature innovative activities for children and dedicated programs for secondary school students during the exclusive Picasso & his collection exhibition.

    Mr Welford said the Children’s Art Centre at GoMA had developed a range of interactive education programs to complement the exhibition, from 9 June – 14 September.

    “There’ll be Yo Picasso Kids for children, the love art history talks for high school groups and professional development activities for teachers,” Mr Welford said.

    “Curated by the Director of the musée national Picasso in Paris, Picasso & his collection is the first exhibition of the artist’s personal art collection outside Europe and it is exclusive to Brisbane.

    “Secondary school groups will enjoy the love art history talk series which will explore the exhibition’s key themes. The talks will be presented by art historians, curators, artists and Gallery staff.

    “There will also be a dedicated contemporary media lounge featuring live-streamed TV, music, video, catalogues, journals and magazines from across Europe.

    “Young people will be able to listen to contemporary French electronic music and create their own tracks with interactive DJ turntables.”

    Mr Welford said Yo Picasso Kids features two Picasso paintings of his son Paulo (Paul en Pierrot 1925 and Paul dessinant 1923) and mask and paper sculpture making activities – two key creative forms which inspired Picasso throughout his career.

    “Picasso was a great family man who painted his children constantly and it is a privilege for the Gallery to display the artist’s works in the Children’s Art Centre,” he said.

    “The Gallery’s education program during Picasso & his collection will also include Look Out teacher professional development programs, where teachers can access online resources and take part in viewing sessions and workshops.”

    The Queensland Government has supported the exhibition through its core funding of the Queensland Art Gallery and through Queensland Events Corporation, Tourism Queensland and the Queensland Government’s Exhibition Indemnity Scheme.

    Picasso & his collection was also made possible by Art Indemnity Australia, an Australian Government program through which the Commonwealth acts as an insurer.

    Admission to the Children’s Art Centre is free. For more information on these programs in association with Picasso & his collection please visit www.qag.qld.gov.au/picasso

    Media contact: Emma Clarey on 3237 1000