New Interactive Children's Artspace at Adelaide Festival Centre

New Interactive Children’s Artspace at Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide Festival Centre has revealed plans to open a wondrous new interactive children’s gallery, Children’s Artspace. It will officially launch with a Family Day event on February 19, 2022 and become part of an international network of similar children’s galleries. The new space will be dedicated to children of all ages, students, and their families, to share big ideas and engage with art created by and for South Australian children.

Children’s Artspace will become a regular attraction at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace venue, complimenting other arts events on offer. Hosting a new exhibition each school term, the gallery will present interactive workshops, performances and offer creative experiences for children and families as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrED, On Stage programs, and the new Families At Adelaide Festival Centre program, starting next year.

Children’s Artspace’s launch as part of a special Family Day celebration on February 19 will also include the reopening of Festival Theatre, and areas of Festival Plaza. Family Day will have free events, activities, and workshops, as well as Adelaide’s first ever Kidtrepreneur Markets, where movers and shakers can create and sell their own wares. Registration is open now at

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM shared, Adelaide Festival Centre has one of the most comprehensive education and learning programs amongst international arts centres…so the creation of Children’s Artspace is a logical extension of those activities. It was also inspired by similar international organisations and their remarkable creative achievement and impact – so we are very pleased that we will be part of a global network of like-minded galleries…This has so much potential for international exchange and cultural engagement.”

The gallery will connect with similar institutions around the world and even exchange exhibitions and digital workshops with places including the Hamada Children’s Museum of Art in Japan, and the Children’s Museum of Art in New York. It is also currently in discussions with the International Museum of Children’s Art in Oslo, Norway, and children’s museums around Australia.

Many local schools have already signed up to be part of next year’s four exhibitions. Students will be mentored by local artists who have been specially selected and are graduates from Adelaide Central School of Art, who Children’s Artspace has a partnership with. The opening exhibition, titled Kaleidoscope: Playing With Colour will include paintings and sculptures used to create a large mural, and will encourage children to play with colour and texture through expression, new skills, and fun.

Adelaide Central School of Art CEO Penny Griggs said, As a national leader in visual arts education, Adelaide Central School of Art is excited to be partnering with Adelaide Festival Centre to connect Bachelor of Visual Art graduates with South Australian schools to undertake these special artist residencies. I’m especially looking forward to the outcome of the residencies being exhibited in the new Children’s Artspace and giving students the opportunity to share their work with the diverse audiences at Adelaide Festival Centre.”

Supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, Children’s Artspace will be curated by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Alice Dilger. Alice said: “With exhibitions created by, and for, the children of South Australia, Children’s Artspace will encourage creativity and expression whilst providing a safe place for discussions around big topics facing children in these challenging times.”

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation is raising money for the Children’s Artspace project which will ensure the next generation of South Australians has an opportunity to participate in, be inspired by, and fall in love with the arts. Public donations can be made via this