Escaped drawings to take over Ararat Gallery TAMA foyer

Posted Wednesday 19 February, 01:54pm

Many metres of brightly coloured electrical tape will soon adorn the walls, doors, columns and windows of the Ararat Gallery TAMA foyer as children and families are invited to create what can be described as “escaped drawings”.

Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia)’s newest family activity is called Tape It! and aims to get children imagining a drawing that has become bored of paper and has wandered off the page in search of a new adventure!

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said that over the next four months, Tape It! will inhabit the TAMA foyer with children and families invited to come in and let their creativity flow.

“The foyer is already looking very colourful with the creations of our visitors and we are looking forward to seeing what else people come up with,” Dr Harrison said.

“Tape It! is suitable for kids, families and adults – anyone who is keen to let their creativity flow.”

People can take part in Tape It! any time during the Gallery’s opening hours, 10am to 4pm daily. Coloured tape and scissors are supplied so just bring yourself, your children and your ideas!

Tape It! is based on the work of Melbourne-based artist, Briony Barr, who has designed and run collaborative drawings that have lasted from several hours to several months and that have involved children, families, students, artists, scientists and lots of tape!

Barr is interested in how rules can be used to shape a creative process and how the deconstruction of an artwork can lead to new inspiration.

There are only five rules to Tape It!, which are:

  1. Use the coloured tape and scissors to draw shapes and patterns.
  2. Make your drawing using only straight lines.
  3. You can draw with tape on the glass windows, white walls and columns.
  4. Do not go over the top of anyone else’s artwork.
  5. Please do not use the tape to write words.