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Girl On Film: Erin Coates

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Blog – Family wall labels are here

Posted on Dec. 13, 2016 by Amanda Palmer in Creative Learning. View Comments

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our very first suite of family wall labels! Children aged 4 – 13 years and their families who make up the Kids Committee invite visitors of all ages to explore key works in the MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday by using the family wall labels as a springboard for starting their own conversations about contemporary art.

The short snippets of text displayed on each label connect visitors with artworks in a playful and conversational way, reflecting the perspectives of the Kids Committee families. The labels encourage children and adults to collaborate and share ideas directly in front of artworks in the gallery.

An important part of the label-making process has been to ensure the labels genuinely reflect the ideas and voices of children, giving space and time for visitors to investigate artworks alongside these young creative thinkers. Most wall labels are written by adults but I really wanted us to do something different. Nothing quite compares to the enchanting observations that flow from curious children. I really wanted these labels to document their unique imaginations and growth of their ideas as they bounce from one person to another.

‘These new labels are brilliant! My son and I love coming to the MCA but it can sometimes be difficult to know how to talk about art with a 6-year-old. The labels gave us some great ideas and a few giggles as we made our way through the exhibition. Great idea. Thanks!’ – feedback from a Gallery visitor

We had so much fun creating the wall labels together we wanted to build on this experience by delivering our very first suite of family led tours. Following training sessions where Kids Committee families had a chance to test their tour-guiding skills on a small number of families in the gallery, the Kids Committee courageously delivered their first official tour on Sunday 13 November.

Kids lead the first young tour

MCA Kids Committee Members Elliot and Amanda leading a family orchestra in response to Marco Fusinato, Parallel Collisions, 2008, photo: Anna Kucera

I would like to thank the MCA Kids Committee for their incredibly valuable contribution to the MCA this year. I invite you and your family to check-out our family wall labels next time you visit. Share your experiences and continue the conversation with #MCAkids

Find upcoming MCA Kids events here.

Nothing quite compares to the enchanting observations that flow from curious children

Amanda Palmer, Kids & Families Coordinator

Family wall label for Callum Morton, Monument #28: Vortex, 2011, polystyrene, epoxy resin, sand, wood, synthetic polymer paint, glass, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2016, image courtesy the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney © the artist

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Amanda Palmer
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Before coming to the MCA in 2011, Amanda could be found developing and delivering family programs at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. In her current role Amanda works with practicing artists to create engaging programs and resources that connect families with contemporary art, culture and ideas via fun creative learning strategies that encourage experimentation and collaboration. Amanda was born in Sydney where she has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Masters of Teaching and Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration. Amanda is currently studying children’s literature.

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