Hours of playtime in the National Gallery of Victoria's new kids exhibition: Fake Food Park
Image c/o NGV
NGV Kids is the National Gallery of Victoria's purpose built art space designed just for children. Designers are invited to use the space to present a temporary art and play gallery for kids. Well known names in the art and fashion world change the theme of NGV Kids approximately three times a year.
NGV Kids exhibitions have so far seen the likes of Australian fashion designers Romance Was Born create Express Yourself, Indonesian art collective Tromarama present Open House, and the recent Warhol inspired gallery Studio Cats, created by Chinese Contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
Fake Food Park, a space put together by Catalan designer Martí Guixé, opened to the public on Saturday 11 June, 2016.
Fake Food Park now open
As yet, NGV's chosen designers have not failed to deliver a wonderful space for kids to enjoy. This time is no different. Fake Food Park is a delight for all ages, the little ones even more so.
The large-scale, custom-designed space sees the artist’s own graphics throughout the exhibition, along with design challenges and hands-on activities. The idea behind the Fake Food Park is to offer a space where children can explore and rethink familiar foods using textiles and plenty of interactivity on touch screen computers, which tap into all senses.
When you walk into the colourful exhibition space, awash with Guixé's food art wallpapered to the walls and oversized cut-out fruit, you first see computers with headphones set up for children to play with.
digital food creation
On each computer, your child can play around with food in a digital way. Little fingers can choose colour, decorate and redesign familiar food choices. Once finished, designs can be shared via email.
The aforementioned seems to be a big hit for school-aged kids, but it is at the back of the gallery space where all the action takes place and most excites the little foodies.
Fun with fake food
The 'kitchen' is where your children get to make and bake, using fake food of course. All ages are first encouraged to wash their hands and don a Guixé designed apron, before grabbing a metal bowl to collect ingredients.
Guixé designed aprons
It is here, your kids get to add texture, heat, sound and even smell (REAL smell!) using buttons to push, slide and twist.
Once complete, point your children over to the computer, where the fake food they've chosen, comes to life on the screen.
Bring that fake food to life on the screen
After all that designing is done, it's time to recycle the ingredients through the shoot in the wall, and go back for round two, three, four...
down the shoot
Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé for Kids at NGV opens just in time for the winter school holidays, and will run until 11 September, 2016. The exhibition is completely FREE, giving you all the more reason to visit this excellent new NGV Kids art / play space.
Where: NGV International, Ground Level
When: 11 Jun 16 – 11 Sep 16. Open 10am–5pm daily