It’s playtime at city museum

    He Waka Tuia manager Sarah Brown (left) and curator Gemma Baldock during the set-up of the new exhibition Play.


    A NEW exhibit in Invercargill hopes to bring fun and celebrate the simple joy that comes from informal play.

    The exhibition PLAY at He Waka Tuia opened to the public on Saturday. It displays a range of contemporary art and traditional toys as well as explores a range of ‘‘hands-on’’ activities to stimulate the creativity and enjoyment of families.

    He Waka Tuia manager Sarah Brown and curator Gemma Baldock finalised the last bits of
    the exhibition last Friday and said it was developed for tamariki, rangatahi and the young at heart.

    ‘‘It’s more than an exhibition — there’s lots to look at but also to touch and play with and then also things that will unlock some core memories for some visitors,’’ Ms Brown said.

    ‘‘There are a lot of different experiences. We have tactile, some creation spaces, some artefacts — just a whole lot of things that we really hope people come to enjoy.’’

    Ms Baldock said it was a perfect fit for the space during the school holidays. ‘‘It is the perfect place to come for some entertainment during that time.’’

    The exhibit will be in place until July 24.