At the Gallery & Museum, learn about Japanese culture through craft and hands-on activities

Excitement is rising at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM), as staff and volunteers prepare for this year’s Saiki Children’s Day. Hundreds of primary school aged children are booked to engage with hands-on Japanese inspired craft activities at the Gallery & Museum’s major schools’ event. 2019 marks the ninth year of Saiki Children’s Day which has proven to be enjoyable for both students and staff. The event is modelled on the Japanese centuries old, Children’s Day, a famous annual national holiday on the Japanese calendar where children are celebrated. In recognition of this event, and providing a glimpse into the lives of their peers in Japan, local children are invited to the Gallery & Museum to take part in a diverse offering of exciting educational activities. These free craft projects include, Koinobori (carp) kites, paper plate samurai helmets & fans, as well as Sumo Wrestler and paddle-pop doll making.

As well as the activities, a selection of works on loan from members of the local community, objects the GRAGM Collection and artworks created by local school students will also be on display.

School children will be attending Saiki Children’s Day between 10am and Ipm, 10 May 2019. Bookings are essential for the schools’ event. From 11- 25 May craft activities will be available for all to enjoy.

Saiki Children’s Day is a Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee initiative, supported by the Gladstone Regional Council. The event is one of many annual cultural exchange programs that the region and the Gallery & Museum holds in conjunction with our Sister City throughout the year.

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday.