Julian Opie is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and has been making portraits since the 1990s. Inspired by the world around him, Julian uses a bold style to record the people he sees, often reducing faces into simple shapes.
In association with the exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, NGV Kids presents a large-scale installation. Born to parents who were both artists, young Calder made ingenious objects with moving parts using wire, wood and metal.
Incorporating hands-on activities that explore the artist’s interest in inventing and constructing new artistic forms, this installation draws inspiration from Calder’s unique exploration of space using line, objects, scale and movement.
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.