To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Auckland War Memorial Museum opens a new gallery on October 10th, Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War, an enduring legacy of the First World War centenary period. More than 18,000 lives were lost in WWI, and it remains one of the most significant events of the 20th century.
Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War is New Zealand’s first dedicated war memorial space designed to educate young people about the country’s experience of WWI. The interactive gallery is a public learning resource aligned with the school curriculum, aiming to make this significant event in New Zealand history relevant for young people today.
Auckland Museum Director Dr. David Gaimster says, “This Museum is Auckland’s War Memorial, built by the people of Auckland to honour those who lost their lives. Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War shares that experience with the next generation, making sure the memory and lessons of the First World War, which affected so many New Zealanders, is never lost.”
An aerial reconnaissance table allows visitors to gets hands-on and undertake a mission piloting planes above the trenches. A virtual reality head-set gets visitors up close to a 3D rendered artillery gun. Collectible content enables students and visitors to explore pivotal WWI events through letters, photographs, and diaries in greater depth online, back in school or at home.
Visitors can explore the question ‘Why Go?’ and use the ‘Letters from the Front Line’ interactive to understand the hopes and fears of people as they prepared to go to war, what motivated them to fight or not, and how they felt about the daily realities of war.
The gallery features a series of short films where young Aucklanders explore and reflect on the stories of war. New specially commissioned works by Māori artists Maureen Lander, Rangi Kipa in collaboration with Bernard Makoare, and Beronia Scott enhance the space. Young adult fiction illustrator Andrew Burdan contributed bold graphic illustrations to bring the graphic events of WWI to life.
For more information see: www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/galleries/pou-kanohi-new-zealand-at-war
The new Sunlight - Ihi Komaru Exhibition opened at MOTAT on 27 May 2017. We were lucky to be invited on the opening weekend to check out the exhibition.
The exhibition tells story of sunlight, through a fun hands-on, interactive games and challenges. The science based exhibition was developed by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History.
Not only will your kids have fun, but they will also learn how light is created in the Sun, how fast light travels, follow a photon, activate photosynthesis and more.
We think the exhibition will appeal the most to primary and intermediate school aged children. (However there is still plenty for adults to learn in the exhibition too.)
Add this to your list of things to do with your children in the July school holidays.
Sunlight Ihi Komaru is on at MOTAT until December 2017.
Entry to the exhibition is included in the general admission fee to MOTAT.
For more information about Sunlight Ihi Komaru see: www.motat.org.nz
We went to visit the new family-friendly installation Once Upon a Time in Art family friendly installation at the Auckland Art Gallery.
My children enjoyed both dressing up and drawing in Once Upon a Time in Art . We have been back more than once to this exhibition, and often in combination with the Saturday family drop-in sessions at Auckland Art Gallery.
The Hole of the Yellow Archipelago is still their favourite exhibition that has been in the Creative Learning Centre, but they still think Once Upon a Time in Art is fun to visit.
You can find Once Upon a Time in Art in the Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre on the mezzaine level of the Auckland Art Gallery. Once Upon a Time is on until Sunday 24 September 2017 and entry is FREE.
The Hole of Yellow Archipelago is a fun installation that opened this weekend at Auckland Art Gallery. The installation is a collaboration between artist Judy Darragh, Year 4 students at Balmoral Primary School and TurnSpace Collective from AUT University's Spatial Design Department.
Kids of all ages can enjoy this exhibition. When we went the kids got to draw on giant rolls of paper on the walls with the hanging crayons, slide down the carpeted hill, make sculptures with pool noodles to create the archipelago, an evolving landscape.
They also used the noodles to build sleighs to slide down the hill. They had fun climbing through the tunnels and hiding in them. Plus they happily played with the other kids while collaborating on what they could build with the noodles.
The only downside to the exhibition being so much fun is that your kids won't want to leave.
Location: Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre on the mezzanine level of the
Auckland Art Gallery, Lorne Street, Auckland.
Showing: 5 September 2015 to 31 October 2016.
More info: Hole of Yellow Archipelago
Photos: Auckland for Kids