Due to COVID-19, the collective activity component of All My Favourite Shapes is currently closed. Instead the artist, Sara Hughes, has created her own shape compositions for you to look at when you visit the Creative Learning Centre.
Find your favourite shapes at home. Use the colours, shapes and patterns you see when visiting this space as inspiration to create your own artwork. Share your creations on social media using the hashtag: #AllMyFavouriteShapes
The Creative Learning Centre will fully reopen at Alert Level 1.
Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for more information.
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 for kids, to help them discover art and how engaging it can be.
Previous installations commissioned for the space have included Reuben Paterson (2011/12), Tiffany Singh (2012/13), Sean Kerr (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 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 exhibiton for all ages by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama.
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 Mar–Nov 2019 was Fa’ani and RoBro present DiscoVERY, 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.
Opening on 30 Nov is Sara Hughes: All My Favourite Shapes, an exciting interactive exhibition where audiences contribute to a room-sized artwork using coloured magnetic shapes to make abstract patterns and forms on the Gallery walls, inspired by childhood games and abstraction.
Once Upon a Time in Art
Hole of Yellow Archipelago
Sean Kerr: What's It Doing?
Reuben Paterson: Gazillion Swirl!