THERE'S a truly "monstrous" exhibition on its way to the Grafton Regional Gallery and the whole family will be able to get in on the action.
How to Make a Monster: the Art and Technology of Animatronics - which opens at the gallery on Wednesday, August 22 - explores some of the "magic" of film special effects, the technique and creativity that goes into bringing monsters and other fantastic beings to life on the silver screen.
"The exhibition is one of the biggest exhibitions the gallery has presented in recent years - we're calling it a blockbuster, which it is - it's going to be massive," gallery director Jude McBean said.
She said the exhibition featured pieces covering many aspects of film animatronic special effects and cut across many arts including sculpture, painting and more.
It gave a real insight into the hard, creative work behind the scenes of some of the biggest blockbusters.
To celebrate, the Gallery is also holding a special competition to involve "little monsters".
The Little Monsters Tea Party will invite five families with preschool-aged children to come to the gallery for a special preview tour at 9am on the opening day, they will also be treated to a "monstrous" morning tea.
The exhibition will open to the public at 10am so the winners would be the first youngsters in the Clarence Valley to see it.
To enter the competition - which closes at 4pm on Sunday August 19, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your family name, phone number, number of family members and preschool children or collect an entry form from the gallery.
For more information, head to graftongallery.nsw.gov.au.