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Art alive at Hove


Alive Catholic Early Learning at Hove hosted its first art exhibition in September, showcasing inquiry projects in arts and expression across the centre.

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Parents and families toured the centre, viewing the displayed artworks as well as participating in the interactive art installation, ‘The Obliteration Room’.

The installation, inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her dot-themed artwork, was created and staged for the first time in 2002 by Australia’s Queensland Art Gallery. It represents Yayoi’s experiences with hallucinations where the world around her was covered in dots and she felt as though she had begun to self-obliterate – a feeling of losing oneself and becoming one with the universe.

Set up in the centre’s ‘piazza’, the installation was created out of furniture donated by families and painted white with over 40,000 dots provided to recreate Yayoi’s vision.

Children from each room, alongside educators, added to the installation in the week leading up to the exhibition, with students from the co-located school, McAuley Community School, also participating. Families joined their children on the night in adding to the installation.

“The exhibition and installation reflects Alive Hove’s understanding of the importance of quality relationships and learning experiences and the positive impact they have on a child and their development,” said Paula Hanna, the head of Early Learning at Alive Hove.

“Providing learning opportunities which engage the whole Alive community – children, families, staff and the McAuley Community School alike – are a key aim of the program, ensuring that children have the best start possible within their learning journey.”


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