Dancing Umbrellas Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art latest temporary exhibition is a group show of contemporary Australian artists relating to light and movement called ‘Dancing Umbrellas‘.

Dancing Umbrellas Heide Museum of Modern Art

It’s a particularly engaging exhibition for kids due to the combination of moving image, collage, painting and installations creating a visually immersive and playful environment.

Dancing Umbrellas Heide Museum of Modern Art

Some of the works are quite hypnotic, such as the slow turn of Leslie Eastman’s reflective metal sculpture…

….and the oscillation of Taree Mackenzie’s Slinky live feed, which uses three cameras to film three slinky toys against a background of blue, green and red respectively and projects the combined images into mesmerising patterns.

Lady AB attended a one-off school holiday workshop with one of the artists, Minna Gilligan, to create collages similar to her work in the exhibition. It was a drop off session for 2 hours so I have no pictures of the workshop in progress – but I’m told that Lady AB enjoyed herself and followed instructions well even thought she was the youngest person in class. Plus after the workshop she was also able to show me around the gallery to where Minna’s work was exhibited.

Dancing Umbrellas Heide Museum of Modern Art

To enhance kids’ experience of the gallery, the sculpture park and Dancing Umbrellas Heide have developed free ‘Heide Detective‘ activities where kids are asked to search for clues to win a lucky dip prize.

Despite many years of visiting Heide it’s the first time we’ve attempted any of the Heide Detective trails and I highly recommend it as it really engages kids into watching, listening and noticing the artworks and their surroundings.

Dancing Umbrellas Heide Museum of Modern Art

Next month I’ll be visiting Dancing Umbrellas with Baby 2.0 as part of the Heide Art Bubs toddler/preschooler program. These popular art programs are offered twice a month and are fun and interactive, with the added bonus of a delicious morning tea from Café Vue Heide.

HOT Tips:

  • Heide’s school holiday programs are generally one-off events and suit children 5+ years;
  • School holiday programs are drop-off sessions;
  • Heide Art Bubs sessions generally sell out so sign up the newsletter to be notified of new dates;
  • It’s always worth joining the waitlist for any sold out sessions;
  • The Heide Detective activities are a great way to engage kids 5+ years and they win a lucky dip prize at the end;
  • adults need tickets, children are free;
  • enjoy a picnic lunch or sit down meal at Cafe Vue at Heide afterwards.

Dancing Umbrellas, Heide Art Bubs, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen +61 3 9850 1500

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm    

Closed Mondays

Exhibition 5 March – 5 June 2016

School holiday programs approx $33 per child for 2 hours

Heide Art Bubs tickets $25 for adults $20 for members/concession

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