Family programming inspired by the exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel
The Gallery is open on Family Day, Monday, February 17
MoveCamp, the popular fun-filled exercise program for all ages returns Saturday, February 29
Family is at the heart of the National Gallery of Canada’s February programming with art-filled events, activities and tours for every age. Babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults and seniors are invited to make, play and celebrate art. Programming this month is inspired by the works in the European, American, Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, as well as those in the special exhibitions Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel, and the popular Beautiful Monsters in Early European Prints and Drawings (1450-1700).
Some events are free and others are free with admission. Year-round, the Gallery is pleased to offer free access to children 11 years of age and under. Admission to the National Collection is free to everyone Thursday evenings throughout the year. Family admission for two adults and up to three children under the age of 17 is $34. A Family Annual Membership for two adults and up to six children under the age of 17 with unlimited access to exhibitions, activities and great family memories is $105.
“FAMILY SUNDAY”: FUTURE IS ART - Sunday February 9, 2020
Imagine a future full of art! Get swept forward through art, space and time! Explore new visions of the future and reimagined worlds through the works of Indigenous artists featured in our special exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. Take part in a hoop-dance workshop with traditional hoop dancer Theland Kicknosway, then enjoy a live performance with glow-in-the-dark hoops! Family Sundays run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for children ages 0–11 and their adults.
FIVE FREE “FAMILY SUNDAY” EVENTS – Sunday, February 9, 2020
1. Dance Workshops with Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway
Theland Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, of the Potawatami & Cree Nation and a member of Walpole Island, Bkejwanong Territory in Southern Ontario. He is a singer as well as a grass and hoop dancer. The dance workshops will be offered in the Water Court Foyer throughout the day (10:15 am to 10:40 am; 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm; and 2:30 pm to 2:50 pm).
2. Performances by Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway
Performances by young artists and Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway will also be presented in the auditorium (10:50 am to 11:05 am; 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm; and 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm). All Ages.
3. Art Making: Hanging Sculptures!
Art doesn’t always hang on a wall! Create a sculpture that swings and sways, inspired by Jordan Bennett’s colourful Tepkik hanging in the Scotiabank Great Hall. This workshop takes place in the Great Hall from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
4. Screening: Molly of Denali (26 min)
The animated television series Molly of Denali recounts the life and adventures of 10-year-old Molly Mabray, a Gwich'in / Koyukon / Dena'ina Athabascan girl who lives in the rural Alaskan town of Qyah with her family. Molly and her family run the Denali Trading Post, serving the locals, tourists, trekkers and scientists who pass through. The episode titled Name Game (12 min) tells the story of Molly wanting to get her Indigenous name when she discovers that her Mom, Dad and others in the community have one. English screenings (26 min) will be In the Lecture Hall at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Ages 5+.
5. Inuit Games
Join educators from the Inuuqatigitt (Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families) in the Scotiabank Great Hall and try out some traditional Inuit games. These physical games help build strength, endurance and agility. Ages 5+. Bilingual sessions are offered at 11:30 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:15 pm.
“FAMILY SUNDAY” EVENTS INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION – Sunday, February 9, 2020
Gallery Tour: Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel
Be inspired by the work of contemporary Indigenous artists from around the world. During the 30-minute tour you will examine hanging sculptures, explore a glowing room, and discuss what the artists used to make their works. Ages 4–12. Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall. English: 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm | French: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Gallery Games: Sculpt-it!
Have a sci-fi adventure with Sculpt-it. Games provided. Ages 5+. This event will take place in the Fred & Elizabeth Fountain Garden Court from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Songs and Stories
Explore colour and shapes in contemporary Indigenous works of art. Ages 0–3. Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall. English: 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm | French: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
TOP 5 “FAMILY DAY” EVENTS – Monday, February 17, 2020
1. Spotlight Talks – Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel (Free)
Monday, February 17, 2020 | 2:00 pm: English 2:30 pm: French
Join interpreters in the Gallery’s public spaces (Main Entrance, Colonnade, Scotiabank Great Hall, Concourse, Rotunda) for fascinating ten-minute talks on selected artworks from this exhibition featuring international contemporary Indigenous art.
2. Inuit Throat Singing (Free)
Join us for an afternoon of Inuit throat singing with Tarniriik youth performers Samantha and Cailyn who will demonstrate and share their throat singing skills. Tarniriik will perform in the Water Court Foyer at 1:00 pm and 2:45 pm.
3. Film Screening (Free)
Tia and Piujuq — Duration: 1 h 20 min. Filmed on location in Montreal and Igloolik, Tia and Piujuq is a children’s movie. In the film, Tia, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic. There, she befriends an Inuk girl with whom she immerses herself into a world of Inuit myth and magic. Tia and Piujuq is screened as part of Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. The film screening will take place in the Auditorium at 1:15 pm (English subtitles) and 3:45 pm (French subtitles).
Families are invited to experience the Gallery, play art games, make their own artworks and share art with other kids. Artissimo activities are for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Participation is included with Gallery admission.
Have fun and get messy! Join us in the Studio for Imagination Station. It’s play time! Boxes, yarn, wire, tape, paint! Each week there will be new materials to spark your imagination. Get inspired, start working, and see where your ideas lead you. This activity is offered February 8, February 15-17 and February 22-23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participation is included with Gallery admission.
Experience the galleries, play art games, and make your own artworks. This month, make your own sticker art inspired by Métis beadwork. Ages 3+ accompanied by an adult. Look for the red kiosk. This activity is offered February 8, February 15-17 and February 22-23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participation is included with Gallery admission.
MOVECAMP - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Last month’s widely popular winter warm-up exercise program returns Saturday, February 29 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Bring your family, friends and neighbours for a free 45-minute bodyweight movement session in the Gallery’s Scotiabank Great Hall under artist Jordan Bennett’s piece Tepkik. Open to participants of all ages and fitness levels.
Register in advance via Eventbrite. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and running shoes and bring a water bottle and exercise mat. This event is in English. FREE
Sign up for a full year of fun! For $105 two adults and up to six children (under the age of 17) can enjoy a Family Membership which includes free access to all exhibitions, free access to Family Sundays and discounts on summer camps!
There’s something for everyone at the National Gallery of Canada’s Summer Art Camps! Registration opens February 24.
Art Camp for children ages 6 to 9 and 9 to 12: Campers start their day with a visit to the galleries, then create their own works of art inspired by what they’ve seen. During each session campers explore painting, photography, sculpture and design. A summer of inspiration and creativity awaits!
Photography camp for teens ages 12 to 14: Campers will visit the photo galleries, learn how to set up an indoor photoshoot, pick up tips and tricks for outdoor photography, and more! An easy-to-use digital camera will be provided to each camper for the week.
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