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    Ararat Art Gallery and Town Hall.

Community tape project at TAMA

Many metres of brightly coloured electrical tape will soon adorn the walls, doors, columns and windows of Ararat Gallery Textile Art Museum Australia foyer with children and families invited to create ‘escaped drawings’. 

Ararat Gallery TAMA’s newest family activity is called Tape It! and aims to get children imagining a drawing that has become bored with paper and has wandered off the page in search of a new adventure.

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said during the next four months Tape It! would inhabit the TAMA foyer, with children and families invited to join in and let their creativity flow.

“The foyer is already looking very colourful with the creations of our visitors and we are looking forward to seeing what else people come up with,” he said. 

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“Tape It! is suitable for kids, families and adults – anyone keen to let their creativity flow.” 

People can take part in Tape It! any time during the gallery’s opening hours, from 10am to 4pm daily. Coloured tape and scissors are supplied so people need only bring themselves, their children and their ideas.

Tape It! is based on the work of Melbourne artist Briony Barr who has designed and run collaborative drawings that have lasted from several hours to several months and have involved children, families, students, artists, scientists and a lot of tape.

Barr is interested in how rules can be used to shape a creative process and how the deconstruction of an artwork can lead to new inspiration. 

Dr Harrison said there were only five rules to Tape It! These are: Use the coloured tape and scissors to draw shapes and patterns; make drawing using only straight lines; tape is allowed on the glass windows, white walls and columns; do not go over the top of anyone else’s artwork; and do not use the tape to write words.