Inspiring learning with art and design

Top Arts 2019 Program

22 March – 14 July 2019

Top Arts 2019 presents diverse and accomplished works of art from students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Hosted at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the exhibition showcases young artists’ exploration of some of the greatest concerns of contemporary times, and their creative celebration of humanity and the world. Students from throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria included in Top Arts 2018 explored topics including gender identity, community, consumerism and the immersive experience of sporting arenas.

Top Arts also provides an opportunity to view selected developmental materials that give insights into students’ ideas and working practices and provide inspiration for audiences of all ages. Celebrating 25 years at the NGV in 2019, this annual exhibition is a significant part of the NGV exhibition calendar, offering young people an opportunity to exhibit their technical brilliance and innovation.

Self Guided Visits

Introduce your students to Top Arts.

Bookings are required for all school groups.

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Learning Programs

Introductory Talk

Mon-Fri, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Gain insight into the themes and ideas, working methods, materials, techniques and sources of inspiration of a range of exhibiting artists.

Includes discussion of support and development material and links to outcomes in the VCE Art and Studio Arts study designs.

Cost $5 (45 mins)

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Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 4pm

A hands-on opportunity for students to look closely at the visual diaries, sketchbooks and folios completed by exhibiting students to meet the requirements of the VCE Art and Studio Arts study designs.

Cost $5 (30 mins)

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Studio Arts: Tue 23 April & Wed 24 April, 11am

Art: Tue 30 Apr & Thu 2 May, 11am

Top Arts 2019 exhibitors discuss their completed work, support material and share their experiences of VCE Art and VCE Studio Arts, offering fresh and first hand insights into successfully completing VCE Art or Studio Arts.

Folio viewings must be booked separately.

Cost $10 (1hr)

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Top Arts After Hours

Fri 22 Mar, 5.30pm–8pm

Be amongst the first to visit Top Arts 2019 by joining us after hours for an exclusive viewing.

Open from 5.30–8pm, this free event offers a first glimpse at the exhibition, pop-up talks by featured students, and previews for upcoming NGV Teens programs. Dress up or down, bring your friends and enjoy a night of art.

This free program is for high school students and their peers. Adults accompanying teens also welcome. Bookings not required.