From 6 to 16 June 2019 at Výstaviště Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds), the world’s largest theatre exhibition – the Prague Quadrennial 2019 – will offer a special program for children, students, and the whole family. The festival’s youth program is being organized by Do You Have a Knack for Art? in collaboration with various Czech artists and students from primary and secondary schools. The main exhibition, titled “Experience Miracle!” will bring to life one of František Křižík’s exhibition pavilions. Visitors can look forward to morning and afternoon workshops, including one with famous British illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill (known for her illustrations for J. K. Rowling), plus a film animation course with Aeroškola. A special children’s path will wind through the exhibition, and young visitors will have the chance to vote for the best exposition, which will receive the Child Visitors’ Award. Schools and afterschool organizations can become actively involved in the PQ program at www.pqskolam.cz.
The main goal of the Prague Quadrennial’s youth and family section is to introduce children and youth to the world of contemporary theatre. The PQ Family program is a space for developing your creativity that lets you peer into the world of scenographers and theatre architects from around the world. But children can get involved in shaping the core of the exhibition even today – through their schools, parent-child centers, or art classes. The main part of the interactive “Experience Miracle!” program, which is being organized for PQ by the Do You Have a Knack for Art? project, is a space in one of the pavilions flanking the Křižík Fountain in which six boxes are connected with one another via tunnels. The resulting labyrinth will consist of several “miraculous” stations whose form is the brainchild of three artists: Markéta Hlinovská, who often finds inspiration from the world of animals, multimedia artist Tereza Damcová, who combines audio installations with visual art, and the artist known as Kakalík, who creates comic books and humorous animated films. Other boxes will be filled by Lego or Czech Television, the latter of which will guide visitors through a virtual studio. The accompanying program includes a workshop with famed British illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill, known for her illustrations for J. K. Rowling, plus a film animation course with Aeroškola.
Once again, the Prague Quadrennial has put together a program for children and youth in which schools can become actively involved as well. From January to March, we held a contest for primary and secondary school students titled “Create Miracle in 27,000 cm3!” In a cube measuring 30x30x30 centimeters, the participating students could create their own model of the world and think of something “miraculous” that one might experience inside this object at a larger scale. All the created models will be exhibited at the Prague Exhibition Grounds in June as part of PQ 2019. The most interesting project chosen by an international jury of scenographers, artists, and teachers will be realized as an actual stage set open to the public for the duration of PQ! The submitted projects will be exhibited as part of PQ’s accompanying program. A full guide to the PQ Youth Program, including inspirational materials for teachers and kids alike, is available at www.pqskolam.cz. Schools may register for the exhibition section until 30 March 2019.
As part of their tour of the various expositions at the Prague Quadrennial, kids can pretend they are theatre critics and vote for which exposition will receive the Child Visitors’ Award. Every day, PQ features programs for schools or other groups – primarily in the morning hours, but afternoon activities can also be organized upon request. You can choose from three different programs – for little kids (preschool, grades 1–5), primary school grades 6–9, or secondary schools, with durations of 90, 120, and 180 minutes. Maximum capacity is 25 students. Prior reservations are required. Please contact www.pqskolam.cz.
Do You Have a Knack for Art? is an international project focused on contemporary art and how it is taught at primary and secondary schools. It organizes permanent programs, designs accompanying programs for galleries and cultural institutions, and also creates one-off projects. For secondary-school students and teachers, the organization also offers meetings with experts or invited artists.
Do You Have a Knack for Art? engages in long-term dialogue with students, teachers, artists, and representatives from various Central European galleries. In 2009, they created a survey of student projects based on themes from contemporary art and society.
Founded in the Czech Republic, the project has gradually spread to other countries. The idea to combine galleries with educational institutions is reflected in our long-term collaboration with some of the largest institutions in all of Central Europe. These include the National Gallery in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, DOX The Centre for Contemporary Art, Galerie Rudolfinum, the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, the Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest, and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.