NGV Summer

Summer is best spent indoors! Enjoy great art, eat, drink, shop, learn, play or spend some time in Melbourne’s best backyard this summer.

Visit one of our many exhibitions or explore the NGV Collection. Immerse yourself in the luminous colour of Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists, or wonder at the mind-blowing photography of two of the world’s leading living artists, Jeff Wall and Thomas Demand. Get to know the work of Indonesian contemporary artists, Jompet Kuswidananto and Eko Nugroho, or see free exhibitions about Ballet & Fashion, or contemporary Australian art and design.

Participate in our free family exhibition, just sing what you feel, take part in a tour, treat yourself at the NGV Shop, or drop into Persimmon for a special lunch.

The NGV is bursting with things to see and do in summer – and everyone’s invited.

NGV Summer Special Events

Melbourne Now Forum
Sun 3, 10, 17 & 24 Feb, 1–3pm

In anticipation of Melbourne Now later in the year, the NGV gets talking with Melbournians about the latest art, design, fashion, architecture, music and film in Melbourne. Join us each Sunday during February to explore the issues and subjects that drive our dynamic artistic community.
Watch the Melbourne Now forums online, streaming live on Sun 3, 10, 17 & 24 Feb, 1–2.30pm.
View video highlights after each forum.

NGV Summer Sunday Sessions
Sun 3, 10, 17 & 24 Feb
, 1-5pm
Enjoy the best of Summer on Sunday afternoons  in Melbourne’s best backyard. Picnic on the lawn, kick back to DJs, and enjoy family-friendly activities for free.

White Night: Sunset to sunrise
Sat 23 Feb, 7pm – Sun 24 Feb, 10am
NGV International

Encounter an all-night visual extravaganza and the opportunity to view selected exhibitions after dark.


White Night: Howl at the Moon
Sat 23 Feb, 7pm – Sun 24 Feb, 7am
NGV Australia

Stay up late with a live music program performed by Australian contemporary artists, and after-hours access to contemporary exhibitions.