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Christchurch City Council Media Release 13 August, 1999

Canterbury children’s art on display at the McDougall

On the Move

27 August – 24 October, 1999

Responding to the theme of On the Move through painting, drawing and sculpture, children explore ideas about life and action moving toward the next millennium. This exhibition illustrates the variety of interpretations of the topic, with subjects ranging from children’s activities, animals and insects, through to technological inventions. Each work displays the keen observation and imagination of the child.

On the Move involves the artwork of Primary and Intermediate school children aged from five to 12 years old, selected from schools in the Canterbury area. A total of 17 town and country schools are taking part, with 72 young artists involved.

As with past exhibitions of this nature it is anticipated that there will be a huge community response with children very keen to see the work of their peers, and adults entertained by the fertile imagination of children.

An interactive computer programme on art will accompany the exhibition along with an interactive computer survey.

A new self guided Weekend Activity Programme will also be launched during September for children visiting the Gallery with their parents, grandparents or care-givers. This will focus on interactive discussions and responses to some of the major artworks in the Gallery’s own collection, and will provide a stimulating and educative adventure for children and their adult companions.


The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, located in the Botanic Gardens, is New Zealand’s most visited public art gallery featuring regular, changing exhibitions of international and national historical and contemporary art. The McDougall Contemporary Art Annex, located in the Arts Centre, features changing displays of contemporary art. Both the Gallery and Art Annex are open daily 10am – 4.30pm (winter) and 10am – 5.30pm (summer).



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