A couple of months ago I went to Utrecht, courtesy of Imaginate to see the KAAP festival – an annual visual art festival curated with children and families in mind. The Festival includes existing work by artists, and new work created for the Festival by younger artists. There is also a KAAP experimental art lab for anyone to have a go.
The venue is an old military base, part of the water defence line protecting Holland to the east – the canals could be flooded leaving a string of island forts. The exhibition is installed in and around numerous arched bunkers and in the rough open spaces of the fort. There’s loads of opportunity to play in different ways as well as enjoy the art. Friendly invigilators play a key role.
This work Pyranography by artist Zoro Feigl was particularly successful. The sphere of water acts as a lens in the sun. One little girl on seeing it declared ‘This is real magic.’