START at the Gallery


First Sunday of the month, 11am - 3pm 

START at the Gallery offers an exciting introduction to visual art for children and families. Held on the first Sunday of every month, START is free and includes art activities, tours, live performance and entertainment.

START is recommended for children aged 5-10 years and parent / carer supervision is required. No bookings are necessary.

START at the Gallery hits the road for SALA
Saturday and Sunday,  8-9 August, 11am – 3pm  
On Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 August the Art Gallery of South Australia’s popular START program hit the road for the first time, heading North in August to Whyalla and Port Augusta to celebrate SALA with the support of Country Arts SA. 
In Whyalla, the free, family-friendly activities were held at the Middleback Arts Centre and in Port Augusta free START activities were run at the Institute Theatre, located within Yarta Purtli, the Port Augusta Cultural Centre.  We sincerely thank these communities for supporting our visit. 

" Thank you for visiting Whyalla , we had an absolute ball.  Please come again." Dianne Schmitz, Whyalla

Sunday 6 September, 11am - 3pm
START at the Gallery,   The Power of Pattern 
START at the Gallery is celebrating Japanese art and culture with traditional folkloric dancing, Taiko Drumming and Koto musical performances.  START artists can get creative cutting stencils to make a framed sunprint or making patterns with the giant building blocks of the Imagination Playground and on special guided tours of The Power of the Pattern: The Ayako Mitsui Collection explore the immense variety of designs created by Japanese artists working in katagami and shibori dyeing.

11 am, 11.30 am, 12 noon, 12.30 pm, 1 pm, 1.30 pm & 2 pm
Children’s Tours
Explore the immense variety of designs created by Japanese artists working in katagami and shibori dyeing on a special guided tour exploring the unique Japanese art of dyeing textiles using intricate paper stencils in the The Power of the Pattern: The Ayako Mitsui Collection.  
Location: Meet in the Santos Atrium

11am - 3pm
Pattern Power
Cut to create pattern stencils to make a framed sunprint.
Location: Radford Auditorium

11am – 3pm
Imagination Playground

Have fun and use your imagination to build and create patterns with giant building blocks, knock it down and start again!
Location: Sculpture Courtyard

11am & 1pm
Taiko Drumming
See the spectacular Taiko Drummers perform
Location:  Marquee, Sculpture Courtyard

11.30am & 12.30pm
Japanese Dance Performance

Enjoy a variety of traditional folkloric Japanese music and dances.
Location: Marquee, Sculpture Courtyard

12 noon, 1pm and 2pm
Storytelling Performance

What could possibly happen if you accidently dropped your lunch? Come along and find out as you listen to Rolly Polly Rice Ball, a traditional story from Japan that features dancing mice.
Location: Function room

11.40am & 1.40pm
Come and listen to the national instrument of Japan the koto (Japanese: 箏), a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument similar to the Chinese zheng, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.
Location:  Marquee, Sculpture Courtyard

Cost: Free, all materials supplied

At START you can also find out more about the Art Gallery of South Australia, the collection, exhibitions and public programs on offer.
No bookings are needed but for more information call 8207 7005.

Supported by the Balnaves Foundation, START is the Art Gallery's monthly children's program of activities.

  Start winners


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The Balnaves Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation established to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia. The Foundation supports eligible organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts, with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged, and Indigenous communities.