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Source: Australian Department of Communications

The Art Gallery of New South Wales and media partner the ABC are pleased to announce the second round of Together In Art Kids, which is now inviting entries from children all over the world after the first instalment of the project drew around 790 submissions from children across Australia.

Together In Art Kids is an online art project designed to inspire and support young people during this uncertain time by offering them the chance to participate in a shared creative endeavour.

The project invites children aged 5 – 12 to use materials available in their homes to create an artwork to a theme, which can then be photographed and submitted online.

The next round features Indonesian-Australian artist Jumaadi, who has chosen the theme “Special to Me”, inviting children to create an artwork of someone, something or somewhere special to them.

“As children here in Australia begin to return to school, many more children around the world remain isolated from their friends and community, and we are all experiencing a mix of emotions,” Jumaadi said.

“In times like these, I like to create pictures of my friends, loved ones, family – those near and far, and I like to draw from my fond memories of special places in my mind. Those things excite me to make more pictures. But more than that, they give me a kind of comfort.”

Launched last month, the first instalment of the project was inspired by the theme “Inner Worlds”, chosen by first participating artist Del Kathryn Barton.

A curated online exhibition of 25 themed artworks can be viewed now on the newly launched Together In Art website, alongside a gallery of all the submissions.

Art Gallery of NSW deputy director and director of collections Maud Page said she was delighted and impressed by the imagination and talent displayed by the young artists.

“Due to the tremendous positive response to the first round of Together In Art Kids in Australia we are excited to open the second round to international entrants and to be giving children living anywhere in the world a new avenue to express themselves creatively,” said Page.

“We are thrilled to be working with multi-disciplinary artist Jumaadi to present the second iteration of this uplifting project and look forward to sharing more creative artworks with our global audience through Together In Art and on ABC platforms.”

Entries for the “Special to Me” theme are open until 5pm on Sunday 12 July and the online exhibition will launch on Monday 27 July.

Together In Art Kids was the brainchild of ABC health expert and Coronacast podcast host Dr Norman Swan.

“This started as an idea prompted by kids’ questions on Coronacast,” said Dr Swan. “It’s fantastic to see such an amazing and ongoing response.”

Together In Art Kids is part of Together In Art a new social project that affirms the power of art to connect people and opens the Art Gallery of NSW to the world.

To view the online exhibition and submit an entry visit togetherinart.org/kids. For more engaging resources for online learning, visit education.abc.net.au

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 MEDIA CONTACTS

Sarah Shields | Art Gallery of NSW | 02 9225 1674 | sarah.shields@ag.nsw.gov.au

Sally Jackson | ABC NEWS | jackson.sally@abc.net.au

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Together In Art

Together In Art is a social project that opens the Art Gallery of New South Wales to the world and welcomes in artists, musicians, writers, performers and audiences. Launched online in April 2020, during the Art Gallery of NSW’s temporary closure due to COVID-19, Together In Art affirms the power of art to connect people in unsettled times. Together In Art collaborates with artists, educators, performers and our community and regional partners to create meaningful art encounters, including new works, soul-stirring performances, art classes, behind-the-scenes tours, deep dives into the riches of our collection, and more. togetherinart.org

About Jumaadi  

Jumaadi is a multi-disciplinary artist working in mediums ranging from small, poetic gouache on paper to large  drawings which can exceed 3 x 20 metres. His paintings are mixed media executed on plywood, timber, cloth, canvas and buffalo hide, and he is recognised for his sculptural works in wood and metal, as well as installation and performance. Since 1999, Jumaadi has presented 35 solo exhibitions and his work is featured in numerous public collections in Australia and overseas, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Born in 1973, Jumaadi moved from East Java, Indonesia to Sydney in 1997 to study at the National Art School. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Art, and then again in 2008 with a Master of Fine Art. He lives and works between Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Sydney, Australia.

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