Be Animazed

AFTER unprecedented numbers of people flocked to see Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids, Fremantle Art Centre has extended the exhibition to January 28.

So far more than 30,000 visitors have wandered through the interactive exhibition, which is the first at the art centre to be devoted to children.

“The response proves there is an enormous appetite for family-friendly arts events in WA,” says FAC director Jim Cathcart.

“It’s amazing to see so many children and families captivated by the exhibition, connecting with the artworks and having fun in our galleries.”

Featuring animal-inspired art by more than 40 local, national and international artists, there is something for everyone, from the cute and cuddly to exotic creatures and mythical beasts.

Local artist Olga Cironis designed cuddly animals that kids could play with, and they have gone down a storm and been lugged around the gallery.

Also on display are quirky drawings by oscar-winner Shaun Tan, and works by local animator Rory Dalitz, and illustrator Austen Mengler, who recently appeared at Oz Comic-Con.

Other artists on show include the Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Sohan Ariel Hays, and artist Ross Potter, who is still working on his life-size drawing of Tricia the elephant from Perth Zoo.

by JENNY D’ANGER

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