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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 […]
Creating the Contemporary Chair
The Gordon Moffatt Gift
Creating the Contemporary Chair presents arresting and provocative chair designs by some of the most interesting Australian and international designers practising in recent decades. Comprising thirty-five new acquisitions supported by Gordon Moffatt AM, this exhibition explores the significance of chairs as markers of design evolution and as objects embedded with meaning, expression, experimentation and utility. […]
NGV Festival of Photography
As part of the NGV Festival of Photography, the NGV presents a suite of contemporary photography exhibitions, including presentations by William Eggleston, Bill Henson, Patrick Pound, Zoë Croggon and Ross Coulter, alongside dedicated events and programs. Photography is one of the most diverse and prolific areas of contemporary practice, including as it does the work […]
Top Arts 2017
Discover the creative talents and unique vision of a new generation of artists. An annual highlight of the NGV exhibition calendar, Top Arts presents exceptional work from students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Top Arts 2017 again celebrates the outstanding achievements of some of […]
The Right to Offend is Sacred
Brook Andrew is an artist of considerable daring and flair whose work often confronts dangerous ideas, or questions conventional readings of the world. His constantly shifting, interdisciplinary practice challenges stereotypical notions of history, identity and race, without apportioning blame or guilt. In re-discovering and re-positioning a complex practice, Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is […]
Out of sight
OUT OF SIGHT is a generic structure by American artist Lawrence Weiner. Based upon the concept of a hopscotch and designed for public institutions, OUT OF SIGHT is flexible. The work is conceived to be exhibited in multiple languages. Weiner’s signature is his text-based work. His language takes on a new dimension with OUT OF […]
StArtUp: Top Arts 2016
For more than twenty two 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). StArt Up: Top Arts 2016 presents work from forty-two inspiring young artists in a diversity of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and […]
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.
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.
StArt Up: Top Arts 2014
In 2014 the highly popular Top Arts celebrates its twentieth year at the NGV. The exhibition presents outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and provides insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices.
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.
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.
Fantastic, ambitious, angry, mysterious: take a step inside the extraordinary lives and times of twenty-five artists who have made an impact, and told a good story along the way. You’re invited to join author Ronnie Scott and guests on a journey through twenty-five of the most dramatic and exciting stories about artists and artworks in new NGV teen publication 25 International Artists Who Have Made an Impact.
We are extremely thankful to Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and the Campbell-Pretty Family for their generous support which has made this publication possible and has broadened access to the NGV Collection through ongoing programming for young visitors.
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The NGV presents American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s latest installation OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork that aims to inspire and engage through positive visualisation.
Hear Pip Wallis, NGV Curator of Contemporary Art, speak with a group of Melbourne teens on understanding conceptual art.
TOP ARTS HUBFor 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.
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Top Arts 2018
Applications now closed
Shortlisted applicants will receive notification in mid-November and final selection will take place in December.
We look forward to seeing you at Top Arts 2018.
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