Toys made by Helle Jorgensen.
Toys made by Helle Jorgensen. Contributed

Grand dates: Bring your grandkids to the gallery

GRANDPARENTS are invited to bring along their grandchildren for a fun introduction to art at Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The playdates are a new initiative of the gallery's Early Learning Program, which focuses on children up to the age of five and recognises the important role a gallery environment can play in early childhood development.

The playdates, started this month, will explore the gallery's current exhibition, Margaret Olley: from the collection, with a specially commissioned set of playful art toys made by local textile artist Helle Jorgensen.

Ms Jorgensen took inspiration from Margaret Olley's artworks and made the toys entirely by hand.

The gallery's education and audience development officer Jodi Ferrari said the playdates were a great way to introduce young audience members to the gallery setting.

"Parents or grandparents can use the soft toys for role play or to start talking with their little ones about the artwork," Jodi said.

"They could even create new stories inspired by their favourite paintings in the exhibition. They could try catching some fish in the nets, making a new still-life scene with flowers and fruit, or play I-Spy.''


The gallery will open slightly earlier on the day of each playdate so families can enjoy a quiet experience.


What: Art Play at Tweed Regional Gallery

Who: Children up to 5 years, with their carers

When: November 11 and December 9, 9.30-10.30am

Cost: Free - One adult per child please.

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