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Discover the Colourful World of Daniel Emma for Kids, National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria’s newest children’s gallery exhibition: ‘Up, Down and All Around: Daniel Emma for Kids’ invites budding designers to learn about the role of creative design in the world we live in. 

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Adelaide-based design studio Daniel Emma (started by industrial designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston) have created a colourful world where kids are invited to look at everyday objects and express their creativity and imagination through design challenges and hands-on activities. 

Up Down and All Around Daniel Emma
Up Down and All Around Daniel Emma

The centrepiece ‘Inspiration Train’ is inspired by a sushi train! It transports small everyday objects for kids to view, choose and then design into a new object. 

In another space Daniel Emma have created ‘Build 'em up' – a colourful set of upholstered geometric forms so that kids can play, stack and build whatever they want with the shapes. 

Toddler and preschoolers are particularly well catered for in the ‘Funny Face Maker’ activity station where kids can create endless funny faces from the sparkly colourful shapes designed by Daniel Emma. 

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Inspiration Train by Daniel Emma

‘Stack a snack’ is an interactive multimedia experience where children are encouraged to play with materials and explore the senses as they mix unexpected ingredients together to design wacky digital cakes.

Even better, all of these creative activities are free, so that you can really let your kid’s imagination run free!

Up, Down and All Around: Daniel Emma for Kids is located at NGV International, Ground Level – Children's Gallery, and runs from 2nd June – 8th October 2023.

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