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The Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre
Explore, experiment, create and share in the Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre. Located on the mezzanine level, the hands-on, family-friendly space is open daily 10am–5pm and is free to visit.
The Creative Learning Centre is a favourite of many families with its interactive and exciting installations designed especially to help tamariki discover and engage with art.
Previous installations commissioned for the space have included Reuben Paterson's Gazillion Swirl! (2011/12), Tiffany Singh's May the Rainbow Always Touch Your Shoulder (2012/13), Sean Kerr's What's It Doing? (2013/14), Wavelength (2014/15) created by Auckland Art Gallery in collaboration with AUT Colab, and Hole of Yellow Archipelago (2015/16), another collaboration, this time between artist Judy Darragh, Year 4 students at Balmoral Primary School and TurnSpace Collective from AUT University's Spatial Design department.
The 2016/17 iteration of Once Upon a Time in ART explored historical paintings from the Mackelvie Collection, and the 2017/18 installation was The obliteration room – a wildly popular participatory exhibition for all ages by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists – Yayoi Kusama. The most recent exhibition was All My Favourite Shapes by Sara Hughes, which finished in mid-November 2020.
From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country by artists and husband-and-wife team, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, was the first iteration in 2018/19. Using recycled cardboard boxes to create a model city, the artists invited collaboration by providing materials for Gallery visitors to produce their own small cardboard houses, which were then amassed into the installation, Pillars: Project Another Country.
From March to November 2019, Fa’ani and RoBro present DiscoVERY was where the public was invited to take the floor and dance to a music video, wearing something different from a selection of fun garments made by the artists, coinciding with the exhibition Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists.
Once Upon a Time in Art
Sean Kerr: What's It Doing?
Reuben Paterson: Gazillion Swirl!