START at the Gallery

START at the Gallery and the START Art Club are proudly presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation.

START at the Gallery offers an exciting introduction to visual art for children and families. Held on the first Sunday of every month, START is free and includes art activities, tours, live performance and entertainment.

START is recommended for children aged 5-12 years and parent / carer supervision is required. No bookings are necessary. 

When: First Sunday of every month, 11am - 3pm
Where: Gallery wide
Cost: Free
Suitability: Children aged 5-12 and their families
Enquiries: 08 8207 7578


Sunday 7 February
Photography is our focus this month with activities inspired by the display Public image: private lives. Explore the connections between the photographers and their subjects and create a mixed media portrait resembling a daguerrotype. Let your imagination run free in a storytelling workshop and have a photo with your friends and family in the photo booth to remember the day.

11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm & 2pm - Children’s Tours
Find out about the connections between the photographer and the people the photographs in Public Image: Private Lives, on display in Gallery 6.

11am–3pm – Photobooth

Strike a pose with friends and family in our pop up photo booth and remember this START day!
Location The Studio

11am–3pm – Mixed Media Memories

Have you ever heard of a daguerreotype? Find out more about this historic form of photography and make your own mixed media portrait that resembles this art of the past.
Location Radford Auditorium and Tent, Sculpture Courtyard
1.15am, 12.15pm & 2.15pm – Making Memories

Create the stories behind the photographs in these collaborative storytelling workshops.
Location Function Room, Santos Atrium

Soundscapes -
Hear this six piece all-acoustic band Various Nefarious and enjoy their Gypsy Swing style this START.
Enjoy the beautiful music of Classically Chilled Piano artfully performed by pianist and composer Rich Batsford.
Location Tent, Sculpture Courtyard

Sunday 6 March
At this magical and mysterious START, sing along with Horace the Wizard that Wasn’t as he shares some amazing insights into the mysterious world of wizardry. Find out about the extraordinary necklace of raindrops in the storytelling performances and take a tour of Magic Object to inspire your own creation of a magical wearable object.

Sunday 3 April
Trickery and fantasy will set the scene for START in April. Don't be a fool, come and see special theatrical performances of Much Ado About Nothing and find out more about magic in the performance of Joan Aitken’s tale, The Elves in the Shelves. Become a master of illusion as you make your own kinetic work of art.

Sunday 1 May
Explore the wonder that is the 'Wunderkammer' as you create your own 'Cabinet of Curiosities' while journeying through Magic Object with The Dream Collector. Let magician Mickster the Trickster show you a trick or two, then watch a storytelling performance about a girl who learns to skip in her sleep.

At START you can also find out more about the Art Gallery's collection, exhibitions and public programs on offer.