Prague’s littlest hands now have the chance to show off their work in an actual gallery. The city’s first Art Gallery for Children opened in March. Its organizers hope that not only exposing children to art, but letting them contribute to it will inspire them to be more creative.
“Nowadays, many parents are afraid to visit galleries with their child; there is so much frustration,” said Katerina Samkova, the project coordinator. “You can see ‘Do not touch!’ and ‘Do not shout!’ signs hanging everywhere. I wanted a brand new approach.”
Contemporary artists are commissioned to design an installation to which children can contribute. In the gallery’s first exhibition, called “Art of Recycling” (through June 17), children make butterflies out of plastic bottles and then hang them in a “forest” painted on the walls and cut up old magazines to put pictures into portrait frames painted on another wall. The gallery’s artistic director, Monika Burian Jourdan, said she hoped the gallery would teach children to make art a part of their lives.
“In the first exhibition the children are partners with the artists; the artists gave the first idea and the children are completing the work,” she said. “We have chosen works which show that even with used or recycled materials artworks can be created.”