Rose Skinner with her artistic installation entitled: I Wish I Were in Wonderland.
Rose Skinner with her artistic installation entitled: I Wish I Were in Wonderland. Sarah Keayes

Wonder at display of great art

THE whimsical exhibition, I wish I lived in Wonderland, has officially opened at the Ipswich Art Gallery, taking local children on a colourful journey.

The installation by Perth-based artist Rose Skinner, features incredible arrangements of toys, coloured sugar-scapes, lollies, light and sound.

Ipswich Art Gallery operations manager Sharon Marsh said people should "expect the unexpected" when they attend the exhibition.

"Some kids have had a sneak preview of the exhibition and picked up little details in the work their parents missed, such as the plastic toys in the gumball machine," Ms Marsh said.

She said the surprising work of art had come to life over the past month and was even home to live rats in the renovated television sets.

"Some of the kids get scared, but overall they are delighted when they see the rats," she said.

"They think they are toys until the see them moving."

The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until November 1.

To celebrate the intriguing wonderland exhibition, the Ipswich Art Gallery will also play host to the nationally renowned Spaghetti Circus troupe on Saturday, August 8.

The free performance will include amazing acrobatics, crazy contortion and bewildering balancing acts.

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