Happy Birthday Play School Celebrating 50 years - Gold Coast City Gallery

Published by: Jen Gyles | 13-Oct-2016
Hip Hip Hooray! Play School birthday celebrations come to the Gold Coast. Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima are heading to the Gold Coast as part of a celebratory exhibition to commemorate the 50th birthday of the much-loved Australian television program "“ Play School. @theartscentregc #theartscentregc
Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 years is an exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra in collaboration with the ABC which honours Australia's longest-running children's television program and its special place in peoples' hearts. Play School has featured in the lives of generations of Australians and it provides the gallery with a wonderful chance to consider the changing nature and experience of Australian childhood.

As well as the Play School stars Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima, the exhibition will feature the iconic Rocket Clock, Flower Clock and all the Play School Windows.

"This exhibition offers a window on the changing experience of Australian childhood and allows adults the chance to indulge in a little nostalgia, while children wonder at the magic that the program still delivers to them on a daily basis," said National Museum senior curator, Sophie Jensen.

The colourful exhibition explores the five decades of Play School by featuring toys, props and costumes from each period, alongside archival audio and video clips of past programs and presenters having fun.

The exhibition was on show at the NMA earlier this year and Gold Coast City Gallery is proud to be the first to host the exhibition outside of Canberra and to bring the collection to Queensland. The exhibition will travel around Australia for the next two years.

"Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 years allows children to experience the wonder of one of their favourite shows and get hands on with a variety of fun activities associated with the exhibition," said Gold Coast City Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery.

"We are delighted to be the first gallery to host the exhibition on its national tour and continue the birthday celebrations on the Gold Coast," she said.

The exhibition will run from 3 December 2016 to 5 February 2017.

Look out for more exciting Gold Coast City Gallery announcements shortly about the exhibition, school holiday activities and associated public programs.

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