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Lotterywest gives art gallery space to play

23 Sep 2011

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today presented a Lotterywest cheque for $36,162 to Friends of the Art Gallery of WA for activities focused around Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600 - 1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Mr Day said the grant would help the gallery provide a supervised activity space where visitors could enjoy free art activities and performances, and children could enjoy workshops from the Spare Parts Puppets Theatre.

“This generous support from Lotterywest will go towards a series of free programs including touch tours for the vision impaired, artistic workshops for the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as enhanced school holiday activities designed to complement the Princely Treasures exhibition experience,” he said.

“These programs, and the facilitated learning through the breadth of activities and workshops in the Children’s Activity Space, are important in encouraging community participation and connection to the arts.

“Children in particular will be entertained by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s performances and workshops, the first time that Spare Parts and the gallery have worked together in the gallery space.”

The Children’s Activity Space and additional community access programs will run for the duration of Princely Treasures which opens on September 24 at the Art Gallery.

The exhibition is part of the Commonwealth Festival Perth and supported by the State Government. It will be held alongside CHOGM from October 23-30 with the People’s Space at the Perth Cultural Centre open from October 26-29.

Visit the Princely Treasures website for more information