Calling all budding builders - Construction Site is back!

13 December 2016
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Construction Site, the family-friendly construction-themed exhibition, is back this summer for a fourth showing at the Ipswich Art Gallery. It is now bigger and better than ever with even more activities inviting children and families to play, build, collaborate, problem-solve, make, demolish, imagine, design and create together.

This year, Construction Site features the new interactive exhibit TapeScape, a two-storey creative play space made entirely of packing tape. The Ipswich Art Gallery is bringing TapeScape artist Eric Lennartson over from the US to design and install the exhibition in an Ipswich exclusive – so you could be the first in Australia to enjoy it.

“It doesn’t take much to have a lot of fun in the TapeScape,” says Eric. “Sometimes you’re crawling, sometimes jumping, or sliding down the sides of the tunnels, and as there are no hard surfaces it’s entirely safe to play in.

“The tunnels bend, curve and warp as children play and as they’re a bit bouncy and slippery, they give children the experience of getting inside a structure unlike anything they are used to - it just gives them a totally different experience. How often do you get to play in something that you can see through?”

Arts and social development committee chairperson councillor Charlie Pisasale said that this summer’s Construction Site was the biggest and best yet. “As one of the most popular exhibitions at the Ipswich Art Gallery, Construction Site is returning this year with large-scale foam blocks to build your dream cubby, along with the gravity-powered Ball Run design challenge, and a new Blue Blocks building activity for small-scale construction.

“We’re excited to be bringing TapeScape to Australia for the first time and can’t wait to see what American artist Eric Lennartson will create. It is a coup for Ipswich to host his biggest TapeScape yet using over 56,000 metres of clear packing tape.

“Families tell us time and again how their children enjoy visiting the Ipswich Art Gallery, and this summer they have gone all out to provide one of the biggest and best creative children’s programs in an Australian gallery.”

Construction Site featuring TapeScape is on at the Ipswich Art Gallery from Monday December 5, 2016 to Sunday February 26, 2017(the gallery is closed December 24 to January 2 inclusive). All day entry to Construction Site and TapeScape is only $5 per person or $15 for a Family Pass (admits up to 5 people). Free for under 2 years.

The Ipswich Art Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm daily and is located in d’Arcy Doyle Place between Limestone and Brisbane Streets, Ipswich.

Advance bookings can be made easily at the Ipswich Art Gallery website.

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