GoMA Family Festival 2008
- Kelly Apter
- 3 July 2008
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Sat 5 Jul
Messing around with paint, glue and glitter is fun at any age, so why should kids have all the fun? Although aimed primarily at 3–12-year-olds, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Family Festival encourages everyone to get involved.
‘The day is open to all ages,’ says Learning & Access Curator, Frances McCourt. ‘Family learning is a key focus of the Learning & Access department generally, and we like to encourage adults to get involved and explore their creativity along with the children.’ Now in its fourth year, the Family Festival features a host of activities, including art workshops, badge making, storytelling and live music from Newcastle-based drumming group, Mutandi. All of which is absolutely free and no booking is required – simply drop in anytime between 10.30am–3pm.
‘Lots of adults and children took part last year or just came along to watch the band,’ says McCourt. ‘So it’s a great place for social interaction with other families, for parents to spend time with their children and for everyone to get to know the building and the events that take place here throughout the year for future reference.’
Last year’s Family Festival attracted over 300 visitors, with events and exhibitions filling each floor. ‘It takes place throughout the whole building,’ says McCourt. ‘In most of the gallery and library spaces and we also utilise the outdoor portico with chalk drawing and music.’