Kid-friendly art display a hands-on affair

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It’s not often that an art display is meant to be not only be touched, but played with, dismantled and re-created.

 

But, that’s exactly the kind of kid-friendly display currently up on the second floor of the Prince Albert Arts Centre.

“I wanted something that children could experience,” artist Helen Sarich explained.

“In the realm of art right now, the idea of having interactive shows and the idea of having participation by audiences is very important.

“The idea is that they can come in, they can move all of the things around so they have a big play area, so they can create their own art show using the materials.”

The display melds Sarich’s two greatest passions -- art and early childhood education -- into the unique play space.

Large foam pillows join various other random-seeming kid-friendly items in filling out the gallery space -- items not traditionally viewed as children’s toys.

“I didn’t get pre-made toys, I tried to get things that might inspire them to use their imaginations and find unique ways to play,” Sarich said.

In the realm of art right now, the idea of having interactive shows and the idea of having participation by audiences is very important. Helene Sarich

Small pockets in some of the pillows have additional items within them, opening children up to making their own discoveries.

The space opened on May 1, with Sarich having sporadically watched children enjoy the gallery space since that time.

“I’ve learned that you need to provide children space to be their creative selves,” she said.

“I see that difference in the way they play, and I see that freedom – because it’s such a big room, and they can pile these things up …and create all kinds of different things.”

The kid-friendly display will remain up during regular Prince Albert Arts Centre hours through to Saturday, during which time parents are invited to bring their kids in to experience the space.

Organizations: Prince Albert Arts Centre

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