Organising a family excursion to the Gallery? Here are some tips for a memorable visit.
Hosting children in the Gallery:
Take your time. Allow children to view art work at their own pace.
Children learn best in the company of a trusted adult, so please stay with your child at all times.
Let your children know that while you understand why they want to touch the art work, the Gallery needs to keep each artwork as perfect as possible so that people can enjoy them in future years. Even though visitors cannot touch the work, the Children’s Gallery has ‘hands-on’ activities designed especially for children to enjoy.
Some Children’s Gallery exhibitions are accompanied by ‘Tips for Adults’ in the form of labels that suggest ways in which adults can assist their children to engage with an exhibition. The ‘Tips for Adults’ encourage adults to: ask questions, pose problems, set challenges and share experiences.
We recommend children do not wear their best clothes when taking part in art-making activities at the Gallery.
After your visit to the Ipswich Art Gallery:
Remind children about the discoveries they made at the Ipswich Art Gallery and encourage them to draw, write about and discuss their visit with friends and family. Ask: What was your favourite artwork? Why? What didn’t you like? Why? How would you have made it?
The Gallery is wheelchair and pram accessible.
Small belongings can be taken into the Gallery, however umbrellas, backpacks, large bags and all food and drink (water bottles permitted) must be checked into the cloakroom at the Gallery Info Desk.
The Gallery has a Parents Room located on the lower ground level of the building.
A day out in Ipswich:
Make a day of it in Ipswich and enjoy these attractions right in the heart of town:
- Queens Park
- Ipswich Nature Centre
- Nerima Gardens
- River Heart Parklands
- Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve
- The Workshops Rail Museum
- Robelle Domain
Visit the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre to discover more local attractions and activities the family can enjoy!
Did you know the Ipswich Art Gallery was the first in Australia to have a permanently dedicated Gallery for children?