Given that we live in Melbourne this blog is very Melbourne-centric. But we do travel occasionally (especially to Queensland where our extended families live) and sometimes we come across fabulous places and things outside Melbourne that we feel deserve a mention on the blog.
The Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane is one of them. This space didn’t exist when I was living in Brisbane but it’s one of my favourite haunts now.
It’s a very kid-friendly place to visit. The building is light-filled, spacious and filled with pockets of small exhibitions that aren’t too overwhelming for short attention spans and sometimes include kid-height explanation panels to engage young visitors.
There’s loads of access for prams (wide corridors, lifts), change facilities for babies and the atmosphere is not so rarefied that kids can’t roam and skip and talk.
What’s even better is that they have a specialist Children’s Art Centre, with exhibitions and interactive activities designed to introduce children to visual art. On our recent visit the Children’s Art Centre was showing two art works created especially for children and families – Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room and Australian artists Pip & Pop’s glittery, sugary fairyland installation ‘we miss you magic land!’.
I also like the sound of Toddler Tuesdays, a free weekly session where children aged 18 months to 4 years are given the opportunity to engage with one Collection work through games and activities. If I was living in Brisbane I’d be sure to make this event a regular feature in the calendar.
If you want to make a day of it I can highly recommend the GOMA Restaurant. The site has lovely views over parkland and the Brisbane river, the lunch menu is interesting beyond the usual sandwiches-and-hot-chips museum offerings (though our dishes were a little bit on the salty side for my palate) and the service impeccable. While it is the fine dining option in the gallery they do provide high chairs, which means they’re used to young diners who may be a bit noisier or BYO food. NKOTB was very restful, happily looking out the window and gnawing on the the complimentary crusty bread.