Accompanying the exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor is a dedicated workshop space for budding artists. Featuring hands-on and multimedia creative activities for kids and families inspired by Calder’s works.
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‘MY WORKSHOP BECAME SOME SORT OF A CENTRE OF ATTRACTION; EVERYBODY CAME IN.’ – Alexander Calder, 1966 American artist Alexander…
Julian Opie is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and has been making portraits since the 1990s. Inspired by the…
Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV presents New…
Louise Paramor is well known for her large-scale public art commissions, which often combine formal concerns with a pop-inspired sensibility. The…
The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame…
Uneasy Seasons reflects leading Australian artist Fiona Hall’s lifelong passion for the natural world and her concerns about growing pressures…
Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art…
Fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are the creative designers of luxury fashion house Viktor & Rolf. From their…
FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. An…
John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for…
Especially for NGV Kids, Catalan food designer Martí Guixé has created a vibrant environment in which children are inspired to…
As part of the exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, NGV Kids presents Studio Cats, a large-scale installation especially for…
Australian Rules Football has taken over the NGV! The Hermannsburg Potters have created twenty pots depicting some of the AFL’s…
Bunyips and Dragons is drawn from a collection of Australian children’s book illustrations, donated to the NGV by Albert Ullin…
Tromarama have built a house inside the Gallery, and everyone’s invited over to play. Inspired by ordinary homes, this one…
For over twenty one years, this popular exhibition has presented outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), providing insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices. StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 is displayed in NGV Studio, the Gallery’s dynamic contemporary art space at NGV Australia at Federation Square and features folios, developmental material and preparatory work as part of the installation. StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 presents the work of our freshest and most inspiring young artists and builds on a well-earned reputation for being one of the liveliest and most visited exhibitions on the NGV calendar.
Artist Carsten Höller works to turn reality on its head, creating situations through which we can reimagine how we move through the world and reconsider our place in it. Drawing on social spaces outside the museum, such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, the interactions that Höller proposes through objects and situations open up a range of new and unexpected sensory revelations in art.
Golden Mirror Carousel is supported by the Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund.
Presented by Melbourne Festival and National Gallery of Victoria, with the assistance of Gagosian Gallery, New York.
Design Commission 2014
As part of the NGV commitment to design and children’s programming, Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio have designed a new immersive kids space that broadens our appreciation of the simple act of drawing.
Pastello – Draw Act re-imagines traditional drawing tools and processes.
Children are invited to use their bodies to draw with their heads, feet and of course hands using crayon spheres and other unusual tools. They can be vigorous or considered to make their unique mark. Don’t expect the usual, do expect an experience that is fun, encourages experimentation and delights in gesture and expands understanding of the drawing process.
Continuing a recent series of major commissions by leading international artists for Federation Court at NGV International, the National Gallery of Victoria is delighted to present a major suite of new sculptural works by Italian artist Paola Pivi.
You started it…I finish it is an installation designed for Federation Court encompassing eight life-size sculptures of bears, adorned with neon-coloured feathers. These flamboyant figures adopt various attitudes and guises, playfully occupying the space of Federation Court, greeting visitors, posing and frolicking: one bear leaps from a balcony; others approach each other as if to dance, or engage in deep philosophical conversation, whilst others recline in joyful, carefree abandon.
Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature keynote works dating from 2001 to 2014 including major installations, lesser-known early works and a newly commissioned kid’s project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Working in sculpture, installation, printmaking and public art, Floyd is renowned for her text-based sculptures and pedagogically-inspired works which combine formal concerns with an interest in the legacies of modernism.
Until 12 April
What happens when fashion and creativity come together? Find out at Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids, an NGV Kids project by Sydney-based fashion designers Romance Was Born. Children and their families can explore this vibrantly designed interactive exhibition, featuring spectacular displays of artworks, fashion, hands-on activities, multimedia environments and other surprises. Children will express themselves as they make accessories and drawings inspired by the world of Romance Was Born.
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Fashion Detective takes a selection of miscellaneous garments and accessories as the starting point for a series of investigations. Using material evidence and commissioned fictions as alternate interpretative strategies, the exhibition is an encounter with the art of detection.
Robin Rhode is a South African artist based in Berlin who works in photography, animation, drawing and performance. The Call of Walls is an exhibition of new works that derive inspiration from the streets and politics of his hometown Johannesburg. Rhode’s witty, engaging and poetic works make reference to hip-hop and graffiti art; to the histories of modernism; and to the act of creative expression itself.
A special exhibition for youth and families will accompany Rhode’s photographs and animations. This unique project extends the artist’s interest in wall drawing and encourages participants to come together to draw and colour in an interactive installation of large-scale paste-ups.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust.
TASTE , an installation by Aleks Danko explores the idea of beauty and who decides what good taste is and how an art audience can be DUH-HEADS!
Children receive an Aleks Danko mask and are invited to respond to the art works on display by drawing their DUH-HEAD!
Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.
This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.
Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community. The exhibition includes a series of ‘exhibitions within the exhibition’: commissions for children and families, installations by artists engaging with the NGV collection, off-site and special projects and a Community Hall and garden inviting a wide range of community expression.
just sing what you feel is an exciting installation by Melbourne artist Jon Campbell, encouraging people of all ages to contribute to, and play with, contemporary art and music. Drawing inspiration from suburban life, everyday language, and rock ‘n’ roll, Jon Campbell takes motifs from Australian culture and represents them in a colourful, pop art style. His art encourages us to look closely at the world around us and to find meaning and beauty in the everyday. Come to the exhibition to play, sing, and make art together.
Supported by Monica and Peter Edwards.
An Excellent Adventure invites children on a journey inspired by a time when sailing ships explored the seven seas. Climb aboard with our two intrepid young adventurers and along the way discover treasures, stories, myths and legends. Peek into the wonderful cabinets of curiosities to examine the intricacies of the ushabti figures from Egypt, ancient stories recorded on artworks from the Mediterranean and Asian symbols found throughout the NGV collection. Through hands on and multimedia experiences, children aged 0 – 8 and their families can journey together to explore the world through art. Excellent!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to follow the clues to step through time.
From an Egyptian hieroglyph to digital contemporary artworks, Time Catcher takes visitors on a journey from ancient times to the modern day. Exploring how art has been used to interpret key moments in time, Time Catcher showcases works as diverse as an ancient Chinese Tomb Ware dog and Victoria’s Centenary clock in the shape of a birthday cake. Incorporating a variety of hands on and multimedia experiences, children and their families can trace time through art and see firsthand how the creation of artworks has informed our understanding of the past, present and future.
Parent/carer supervision required. Groups of ten or more by appointment.
Kaleidoscope: Art and colour celebrates the power of colour and the impact it has on our lives, from how we see and experience the world around us, to how we employ colour to express ourselves.
Light Play presents artworks from across the NGV Collection that investigate the way light affects the world around us.From ancient Egyptian to contemporary works, this interactive exhibition allows children to bend, distort, reflect, and refract to their hearts’ content whilst engaging with some of the very basic, everyday principles of physics that are so fundamental within our lives.
Aimed at children of all ages, this fun and colourful exhibition explores images of animals – from elephants to insects – from the NGV’s Asian Collection. Featured are works in all media from South East Asia, China, India, Persia and Japan which explore the symbolic and mythological meanings of animals.
This National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition presents works by artists from across the world to explore the differing relationships we share with animals. The exhibition has been designed especially for children and aims to encourage a sense of curiosity while also presenting some of the treasures of the NGV Collection.
These social scripts or social stories are designed to help children on the autism spectrum and their families prepare for their visit to the Gallery. Developed in consultation with AMAZE, these scripts can be downloaded and edited so that families can tailor them to their particular visit.
Both NGV International and NGV Australia are fully pram accessible and you are welcome to take your pram into Gallery spaces. During busy times at the NGV Kids Gallery, we ask you to please leave your pram in the designated pram parking spaces outside of the Gallery space. Please remember to take your valuables with you.
The Great Hall and NGV Garden are great places for children to roam, relax, stretch their legs or lie back and gaze at the stained glass ceiling.
Enjoy babycinos and kids lunch boxes at the Gallery Kitchen and Tea Room or you are welcome to consume food from home in the Great Hall or NGV Garden. Bring a picnic lunch! Please remember food and drink cannot be consumed in NGV Kids exhibitions or in other Gallery spaces, for protection of artworks on display and any large bags, that are not stored underneath prams will need to be cloaked. There is a free water fountain located at Gallery Kitchen.
Both NGV International and NGV Australia are equipped with baby change facilities on Ground Floor. At NGV International, a dedicated parents room provides a quiet space for families plus private feeding space and a microwave.
The NGV offers a stimulating and wonder-filled environment for young learners. For groups of early years’ students, the Gallery offers interactive education programs that are developed and presented by experienced educators and align with outcomes in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
Parking is available in the Victorian Arts Centre car park located beneath NGV International. Enter from Sturt Street, Southbank, accessed from St Kilda Road/Southbank Boulevard and Alexandra Avenue/City Road.