A callout to contribute to the creation of Australia’s first public gallery of children’s art.
Inkahoots is part of a team committed to creating the Gallery of Children's Art (GoCA), a new venture intent on developing and presenting curated exhibitions of children’s art and associated programs. GoCA values and respects the voice, ideas and creativity of children, and their right to contribute to the cultural life of our community.
GoCA is a radical proposition. Children are rarely granted the status of cultural producers and decision makers. Even in so-called progressive democratic societies, we often still struggle to see children as fully human, with needs and rights as valid as adults'. And in the art world, institutions often relegate children to the periphery. Even galleries with children’s programming position young children primarily as learners, and seperate from adult’s experiences. When they’re not ignoring them, museums are “othering children with child-friendliness”. Not to mention a stubborn denial of their role as artists, which of course has a lot to do with what can and can't be commodified for the art market.
GoCA is a long overdue validation of children’s creative agency, and recognition of young people as active cultural participants.
We're helping raise funds for Stage 1 of the project, a proof of concept phase that includes the inaugural exhibition, Starting Early, a show featuring leading Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Judy Watson, Ross Manning, Luke Roberts and Gordon Bennett, and includes their adult art work alongside their childhood drawings and paintings.
The GoCA exhibition and public program will be developed and delivered by a curatorial team who will focus on diversity of art by children in early and middle childhood, and art by children in public and private collections (internationally, nationally and locally).
To be part of it go to Chuffed and give what you can. We need to raise $50K urgently!
And please share profusely!