Grand child’s play at NERAM

CHILDREN got a glimpse into the world of storytelling yesterday at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) for Goldilocks’ Grand Day Out.

The family day featured a range of storytelling- themed activities and attracted upwards of 200

visitors to the gallery.

Children’s author Madeleine Winch was on hand to read from her picture book Come By Chance, which is being featured in an illustration exhibition at NERAM.

Children enjoyed making clay figurines for short animation films, creating their own bookcovers, cupcake decorating, dressing up for photo booth pictures and playing drama games run by Felt Tip Theatre Company.

Live string music filled the gallery and a coffee cart, lemonade stand and sausage sizzle were on hand for refreshments.

NERAM marketing and development officer Jane Gifford said NERAM was delighted with the response to the day.

“At 11 o’clock, there was a line snaking around the courtyard, so we were thrilled,” she said.

“It’s so great to have the galleries full of people and children. To have it regarded as a really

welcoming place for everybody in the community is what we’re all about.”

Ms Gifford said the idea for the day grew from the initial plan for Ms Winch to come and do a reading at the gallery.

“We thought that it made perfect sense to have Madeleine come up from Sydney and do story-telling one day and then we thought, well, let’s make it a whole family day again for the community themed around story-telling,” she said.

The day also gave school students from Years 6, 7 and 8 a glimpse into event management as they volunteered as part of school-based community service.

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