QAGOMA’s Kids on Tour to Rockhampton Art Gallery

Published on 11 March 2018


QAGOMA’s Kids on Tour brings Me, Myselfie and I to Rockhampton Art Gallery

A program of exciting free hands-on activities encouraging children to explore ideas around self and identity will tour to 90 venues across Queensland and the Torres Strait from January to April 2018, including Rockhampton Art Gallery from 31 March to 14 April.

QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art) Director Chris Saines CNZM said the program Me, Myselfie and I encouraged children of all ages to explore ideas beyond their physical appearance and to think about how they express their emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement.

“The activities have been developed by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and international artists featured in the Gallery’s Collection, including Angela Tiatia (New Zealand/Australia), Ayaz Jokhio (Pakistan), Wit Pimkanchanapong (Thailand), Miloš Tomić (Serbia) and Phil Dadson (New Zealand),” Mr Saines said.

“This Kids on Tour program coincides with the exhibition Me, Myselfie and I at GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre in Brisbane. We’re thrilled to extend it across the state, including to 11 Indigenous communities throughout Queensland and the Torres Strait,” he said. 

Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Services Committee, Cr Rose Swadling said that she was thrilled that QAGOMA’s Kids  on Tour would be heading to Rockhampton Art Gallery in March-April.

“QAGOMA’s Kids on Tour program has been very successful on previous visits to the Rockhampton Art Gallery, firing up the imagination of our region’s children.  In Me, My Selfie and I, children will be able to express themselves with a range of activities inspired by the works of the artists featured in the exhibition,” she said.

In Wit Pimkanchanapong’s drawing activity I, you, we 2009, children can work with a sibling or friend to create a composite portrait to discover how our sense of self is shaped by our relationships with other people.

Angela Tiatia likes to explore the way people view each other, and in turn, the way we see ourselves. In her hands-on making activity Catch sight 2017, Tiatia encourages children to observe the transformation of their face in a series of patterned mirrors that distort their reflection, and to experiment with making an abstract portrait.

In 99 self portraits 2009, Ayaz Jokhio invites children to transform his image, which has been replicated 99 times, with an assortment of outfits from all over the world. Jokhio is interested in how clothing can be used to express ourselves and can change how people view us.

Miloš Tomić is fascinated by the world of sound and music that we all make in our daily lives. In his multimedia interactive My pocket orchestra 2017, children can express their mood and personality through sound. 

In addition to the Rockhampton Art Gallery tour, Me, Myselfie and I will visit a record number of regional venues, art galleries, libraries and community art centres, including Barcaldine, Cairns, Cape York, Cherbourg, Cunnamulla, Longreach, Mornington Island, Palm Island and the Scenic Rim.

Kids on Tour is offered as a free program to regional Queensland communities through the QAGOMA’s Regional Services department.

This project is supported by Gina Fairfax through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, and is presented in association with the exhibition Me, Myselfie and I at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

For more information about Me, Myselfie and I Kids on Tour and to review the extensive list of touring venues, visit

Kids on Tour Me, Myselfie and I will be held at Rockhampton Art Gallery from 31 March to 14 April. Entry is free.

Rockhampton Art Gallery is owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council.