Uneasy Seasons reflects leading Australian artist Fiona Hall’s lifelong passion for the natural world and her concerns about growing pressures on the environment. Nestled beneath large treehouses are two contrasting spaces – one for children and one for teenagers – in which to contemplate environmental issues and take part in making activities. The space for […]
Viktor&Rolf for Kids
Fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are the creative designers of luxury fashion house Viktor & Rolf. From their base in Amsterdam, the designers create spectacular fashion collections that reveal their interests in fantasy and storytelling. As part of the Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition, NGV Kids presents Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, an interactive space […]
The Great Exhibition
FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. An avid collector, Patrick Pound is equally interested in systems and the ordering of objects: an attempt, perhaps, to make things coherent. As Pound says, ‘to collect is to gather your thoughts through things’. Through complex […]
The You Beaut Country
John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents […]
Fake Food Park
Martí Guixé for Kids
Especially for NGV Kids, Catalan food designer Martí Guixé has created a vibrant environment in which children are inspired to think creatively about common foods via drawing challenges and hands-on activities. Just like designing a piece of furniture, Guixé thinks about food as an object that can be designed or reshaped. When he began food […]
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei for Kids
As part of the exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, NGV Kids presents Studio Cats, a large-scale installation especially for children and families that draws upon creative connections between the two artists and their mutual love of cats. Popular as a family pet, cats also have a strong presence in the homes and studios of […]
Our Land is Alive
Hermannsburg Potters for Kids
Australian Rules Football has taken over the NGV! The Hermannsburg Potters have created twenty pots depicting some of the AFL’s best and finest Indigenous players from all eighteen teams. Who do you barrack for? Many Indigenous communities all over Australia are passionate about footy. Long ago, a game named marn-grook was played by Victorian Indigenous […]
Bunyips and Dragons
Australian Children's Book Illustrations
Bunyips and Dragons is drawn from a collection of Australian children’s book illustrations, donated to the NGV by Albert Ullin OAM. This exhibition of over 60 original illustrations presents an overview of children’s picture books produced over the past 40 years. In the 1970s and 1980s the art of illustration rapidly developed, and a new […]
Tromarama for Kids
Tromarama have built a house inside the Gallery, and everyone’s invited over to play. Inspired by ordinary homes, this one is a little bit extraordinary – everything inside has come to life! Come explore Open House: Tromarama for Kids. Contemporary art collective Tromarama, comprising three artist friends, capture the excitement of interacting with new technologies to […]
StArt Up: Top Arts 2015
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.
Golden Mirror Carousel
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.
Pastello – Draw Act
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.
You started it...I finish it
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.
Express Yourself: Romance was Born for Kids
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.
The Call of Walls
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
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
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
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.
The cricket and the dragon
Animals in Asian Art
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.
The Gallery Ark
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.
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Let's Draw at the NGVFree NGV Kids activity sheets are available to collect from the Information desk on Ground level at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
The NGV Kids program is supported by a grant from the Truby & Florence Williams Charitable Trust. This grant provides crucial encouragement to the corporate and philanthropic community to support children’s programming at NGV.