Art reaches out to Gowrie St Primary School

By Ilias Bakalla

Year five and six students from Gowrie Street Primary School have taken part in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art's Artreach program.

The two-part program invites students to the gallery to view an exhibition then encourages them to make their own artworks using concepts and mediums similar to those used by the artist on display.

Last Wednesday, the students visited London-based artist Haroon Mirza's exhibition The Construction Of An Act at the ACCA in Melbourne.

Artreach worker Eloise Breskvar said the exhibition used the gallery as a "multi-sensory immersive experience, making use of video, light, sound, sculpture and electricity".

"Just as Haroon Mirza used the ACCA gallery as an interactive art space and instrument, today the students will be exploring the schoolyard and using it as an instrument," she said.

Look at this: Asim Khan shows off his artwork.

Year five student Asim Khan said he was "excited to learn about new ways to make art".

He said his favourite part of the exhibition was a video work where "a monkey spoke to the google nest".

Artreach worker Andrew Atchinson said "experimentation and exploration is important for the kids".

"We also want them to feel connected to ACCA; that's why for one part of the program they visit us and the second half we visit them."

School art teacher Eden Maunder said she hoped the kids would be "inspired by the work of Haroon Mirza".