Family fun

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NOT content with drawing in the art crowd, Tramway has its sights set on families.

The southside venue is hosting the latest in its family day series this weekend, in a bid to bring in arts fans of every age for a taste of its latest exhibition, on Jannis Kounellis.

The Greek artist came to prominence in the 1960s, during which he introduced found objects into his work — anything from live animals to fire and (presumably at quite a cost) gold.

As for the day dedicated to him, there are free activities running throughout — but don’t be put off by the high culture subject matter, as (much like his own work) this is definitely a hands-on day.

Families are invited to make some noise at the first workshop of the day — a chance to use everyday noises to create sonic sculptures (perfect, then, for boisterous youngsters with something to say).

There’s also a chance to create your own at a multi-sensory workshop called Kounelli-sense, where everyone involved is given a bundle of materials similar to those used by the artist, and encouraged to display their own creative tendencies.

For those who just don’t get the art world, there’s a dance workshop — beginning with a tour of the exhibition and ending with a bit of a party, accompanied by some improvised music.

And last but not least is a chance to meet the man himself, as Kounellis hosts a drop-in visual arts workshop — but far from being an exercise in sitting back and listening, participants will again be making their own collages and installations.

The Tramway family days have been running for three years, and have seen 8,000 visitors pour through the doors to experience a little hands-on art — regardless of their age.

Who knows? The future exhibiting artists could be toddling their way to Pollokshields before they’re even out of short trousers — and one suspects, that’s just what Tramway hopes to encourage.

n TRAMWAY Family Day runs throughout the day on Sunday (August 5), and is free to join. For times and booking info for individual workshops, visit