05 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
Timetable: 11:00 a 13:00 h
Virginia Villar
Helena Salgueiro

This summer, the Leisure Workshops will be a body observatory for children.

We’ll explore a CGAC exhibition for each age group over a period of four days per group, accompanied by the stage designer and writer Helena Salgueiro. We’ll focus on the body and how, through art and language, it helps us to observe and discover things about ourselves and also about others.

These workshops offer children a unique chance to make direct contact with professionals from different areas of culture and art and to discover some of the keys to contemporary art, acquire tools to create, and have fun experimenting.

To carry out these activities, we’ll use different spaces designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and the CGAC’s surroundings—including the exhibition halls, the building’s roof and the gardens of the Bonaval Park.

Landscape Body

5-8 July

Timetable: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Age: 4 to 6

Places: 15

Over the course of a week, we’ll work on the concept of spatial writing and the body as a landscape, using as a reference the exhibition Nalgures by the artist Narelle Jubelin.

We’ll investigate how the body relates to architecture and the weather, and how an individual body relates to the collective body.

We’ll integrate ideas such as writing and drawing through movement.

We’ll treat the body itself as an external or internal landscape (with movements, emotions, temperatures, volume, textures, cycles, unique sounds and bodies of our own, etc.). How can the sound of water make me move differently? If my stomach were a museum, how would I design it? How many dots can I point out in space?

To do so, we’ll use references such as the Laban dance method, the Viewpoints technique, Body Weather, Leonardo de la Vinci’s sketches, martial arts, dance scores, cartographies and calligraphy.

Archive Body

12-15 July

Timetable: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Age: 7 to 8

Places: 20

In this workshop we’ll approach the concept of the archive translated into the body. We’ll use as a base the exhibition The Archive by Raniero Fernández, and we’ll ask ourselves: What gestures do we archive? What personal archaeology do we have? What movements do we most repeat? How does the place we live in and traditions influence our movements? How do society or adults modify our bodily habits? What gestures do we inherit from our family?

Also experimenting with photography, video and diaries, we’ll investigate how our anatomy acts as if it were a family album. We’ll reflect on the relationship between the present moment and the past and between movement and rest through the body (just as a photograph can capture an instant in movement and remain still).

The workshop contents are linked to sociology and the photography studio of Pierre Bourdieu, to the early days of cinema, the zoetrope and dancers Trisha Brown and Farah Saleh.

Museum Body

19-22 July

Timetable: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Age: 9 to 12

Places: 20

Drawing on the exhibition The Museum as a Stage and works by Rosana Antolí, Berio Molina and Marta Pazos, in this workshop we’ll work on the concepts of ephemeral sculptures, tableaux vivants (living paintings), or Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures.

We’ll create mini-actions with our body, which we’ll treat as a material to be exhibited in the space. We’ll choreograph the exhibition as if it were a sculpture that came to life. We’ll search for new forms and try to distance ourselves from what we are by using the body as an instrument.

We’ll see how the visual arts relate to the performing arts and how an action can be a work of art, and vice versa.





The workshops are free.

Applications for registration can be submitted from 9 June until 1 July at 1 pm via email at cgac.educacion@xunta.gal, and must contain the following information: the full name and age of the participating children, a contact phone number and email, the title of the workshop you want to register in and the name and ID number of the persons authorised to collect the children in the CGAC once the activity has finished.

A maximum of two participants can be registered per application. The CGAC will confirm receipt and status of registrations by email.

The number of available places to take part in CGAC activities may vary depending on measures taken by the health authorities in response to COVID-19.