HOTA's interactive Kingdom of Kindness opens this weekend

HOTA's interactive Kingdom of Kindness opens this weekend

We're excited to announce our all-new interactive Children's Gallery exhibition, Kingdom of Kindness!

Inspired by artwork from nationally recognised artist Abdul Abdullah, this inclusive exhibition officially opens this weekend on Sat 9 Mar.

In this free experience, families are invited to explore the artist's body of work about anthropomorphised rocks as they go on an immersive journey and experience a world of emotive connection, creativity and belonging. Kingdom of Kindness features immersive digital projections, multimedia interactives, and creative hands-on activities that explore the artist’s painted landscapes and the psychology of pet rocks in fun and unexpected ways.  

Expect Abdul's intricate paintings of rocks set against stunning landscapes as large-scale projections, while the artist's rocky characters are brought to life through animation and a new digital live drawing program for families and young creatives to experience. With a range of hands-on activities aiming to inspire play and creativity, the space features tic tac toe game boards, a mirrored wall of reflection and activity stations for families to get creative making kindness cards. An exhibition about rocks wouldn’t be complete without a rock-climbing wall, where kids can safely climb and adventure while the adults rest and relax amongst a soft and comforting landscape of rocks. 

Artist Abdul Abdullah

Artist Abdul Abdullah

Underpinning the artist's practice is the idea that 'belonging here is for everyone', so HOTA's Children's Gallery has been transformed into an inclusive space where children and adults alike can connect with art through imaginative play and storytelling. 

'We're thrilled to present this new exhibition for families by talented artist Abdul Abdullah. His work transcends the ordinary and invites children and their adults to share in an immersive experience that goes beyond the traditional confines of art exhibitions,' said Susi Muddiman OAM, HOTA Gallery Director.  
'Abdul’s artistic journey, marked by a deep exploration of identity and belonging, adds a meaningful layer to the Kingdom of Kindness and we hope that families will enjoy exploring and connecting in our Children’s Gallery.'

Abdul Abdullah is known for his multi-disciplinary approach with a strong commitment to inclusivity. Working across portraiture, photography and painting, his work has been shown extensively in Australia and overseas and is also held as part of the HOTA Collection. He's a seventh-generation Australian Muslim born in Perth and now lives and works in Sydney and Bangkok, Thailand.

Abdul Abdullah A pleasant surprise (detail) 2023 
oil on linen, 102 cm x 76 cm 
Image courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery
All Ages
Sat 9 Mar - Sun 6 Oct

Kingdom of Kindness

Abdul Abdullah

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