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School holiday and family weekend programs  
at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

25 September - 10 October 2004


Holiday Character Tours: Meet Mimih and Zhenmu Shou

Crossing Country Mimih Tour
Be taken on an exciting tour of the exhibition, Crossing Country, opening 25 September. Let our Mimih-inspired character teach you about the artists, country and stories of the exhibition of bark paintings, sculptures, weaving, etchings and wood carvings from Western Arnhem land.
· 25 September - 10 October, 11am & 1pm,
  continuing Saturdays and Sundays, 16 October � 12 December, 11am & 1pm
Free with exhibition entry

Zhenmu Shou - the guide from the grave: tour
After being frozen in time for over one thousand years, Zhenmu Shou springs back to life to become the guide from the grave! The fierce but friendly guardian warrior beckons children and adults to join him in discovering the treasures of the Asian galleries. Help him find strange camels, ancient watchtowers, delightful dragons and the elephant-headed god, Ganesh.

· 27 September - 8 October, 11am & 12.30pm and 10 October 11.45am & 1.45pm

Holiday Performances

Making Up Manga
Let cartoonist Dave Hackett show you how to create some Japanese-style cartoon characters.
· 27 September - 1 October 1.30pm and 3 October 2.30pm

Commedia dell'Arte
Meet a cast of 16th century carnival characters in a lively puppetry performance of Italian mask theatre, Arlecchino's Frog Prince. Discover a world populated by misers, wenches, witches and tricksters. Performed by Dennis Murphy.
· 4 - 8 October 1.30pm and 10 October 2.30pm

Holiday Practical Workshops

Crossing Country Workshops
Create your own personal response to the exhibition by creating individual signs and symbols to represent yourself and your environment through a variety of mediums. Hear about the different creation stories and diverse artistic practices of western Arnhem Land. Join specially invited guest Ben Taylor who will talk about his life and practise growing up in Kakadu, Western Arnhem Land.

· Ages 5-8: 27 September - 1 October, 10.30am-12 noon, $20
· Ages 9-13: 28 & 29 September, 2pm-4pm, $25
Bookings essential: Telephone (02) 9225 1740 Email

Celestial Silks Workshops
Listen to stories about festivals and celebrations and create your own stunning wall-hanging design using a range of textile techniques and materials.

· 5-8 year olds: 5-8 October, 10.30am-12 noon, $20
· 9-13 year olds: 5 & 6 October, 2pm-4pm, $25
Bookings essential: Telephone (02) 9225 1740 Email


Weekend character tours

Tour of Crossing Country exhibition
· Saturdays and Sundays, 16 September - 12 December 11am & 1pm
Free with exhibition entry

Zhenmu Shou
Tour of Asian Gallery
· Sundays, 10 October - 26 December, 11.30am & 1.45pm

Sunday performances at 2.30pm
A different performance every week

17 October: Chinese Acrobats
An impressive performance filled with amazing skill and magic, with Jerry Liu.

24 October: Chinese Acrobats
An impressive performance filled with amazing skill and magic, with Jerry Liu.

31 October: Making It Up
Enter the world of improvisation and explore the art of imaginative storytelling.

7 November: Koto Tales
A musical journey through Japanese folktales with Elizabeth Falconer on koto, the 13-stringed Japanese zither.

More dates and performances >

Fundays at the Gallery is proudly sponsored by the Sunday Telegraph.


On view:25 September - 10 October 2004
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney 2000
Telephone:(02) 9225 1744 or nationwide toll-free 1800 679 278
Hours:7 days a week 10am to 5pm
(closed Christmas Day and Easter Friday)
Art After Hours open every Wednesday until 9pm
Admission:All events free except for practical workshops and performance tours in charged exhibitions.
Media Information and Interviews:Jan Batten, Press Office
Telephone (02) 9225 1791 or 0418 279 348
Images available on request