About NGV Teens
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The NGV Teens program is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees.
The NGV Teens program is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees.
Blak to the Future celebrates Indigenous art in Australia. It looks at major artists across time and place who have been at the forefront in creating new forms of expression and in maintaining and regenerating customary cultural practices and iconography. Great individual artists, such as, Paddy Compass Namadbara, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Rover Thomas, Trevor Nickolls, […]
Guerrilla Girls is a group of anonymous feminist artists and activists who call themselves ‘the conscience of the art world’. Their posters, billboards, books, videos and live lectures use facts, humour and bold visuals to expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world and popular culture. The collective formed in New York City in […]
The NGV presents German-born, Hito Steyerl’s landmark video installation Factory of the Sun. This is the Australian premiere of this immersive work, which was first shown at the 2015 German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Steyerl’s work takes the digital image as a point of departure for explorations of the ethics, politics, economics and […]
Spanning nearly 40 years, from 1980 to 2018, Designing Women highlights the ongoing role of female designers as a dynamic and critical force in shaping contemporary design culture. From fashion design, contemporary jewellery, and product design, to architecture and digital innovation, Designing Women draws from the NGV Collection to showcase over 50 significant works of […]
Visions of Paradise presents the NGV’s internationally important holdings of Indian miniature paintings and takes exhibition visitors on a journey to the opulent palaces, sumptuous lifestyles and cultural activities of the famed Indian Maharaja and Maharana of Rajasthan. The exhibition features a selection of works from a major 1980 Felton Bequest acquisition of over 270 […]
The NGV presents the enigmatic work of William Wegman, renowned as a versatile artist who resists an easy classification, moving adroitly between painting, drawing, photography, film, video, books and performances. When a Weimaraner dog joined the artist’s family in 1970, and showed both an aptitude and a passion for performance before the camera, Wegman had […]
An annual favourite on the NGV exhibition calendar, Top Arts showcases the exceptional work of students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education. Comprising work selected from applicants across Victoria, the exhibition encompasses a range of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital and mixed media. Top […]
In 1854, after a period of over two hundred years of self-imposed isolation, Japan was forced by the United States to open its borders to international trade. The resulting influx of Japanese artworks into Europe and America, including woodblock prints, ceramics, lacquer and textiles, triggered a veritable revolution in the arts and design. Progressive artists […]
At eighty-six years of age, Ken Unsworth is a senior Australian artist who draws upon an extraordinarily diverse repertoire of skills, techniques and devices. He is an enigmatic creator known for his conceptual sculptures and sculptural installations, mechanical relief works, land art events and innovative performances that combine theatre, dance and art. Truly, Madly surveys significant […]
Colony: Frontier Wars explores the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First Peoples. The period, that to many, was the discovery of a ‘wondrous’ southern continent, was to others an invasion of homelands occupied for many millennia. This powerful exhibition reveals some of what Aboriginal people have […]
‘Coya’ (Little One) is the name Claudia Moodoonuthi’s Kaiadilt family on Bentinck Island have always called her, and still use today. To create this installation, Moodoonuthi collected once loved objects she found littered around Brisbane which reminded her of the fun she had growing up on Bentinck Island. Her use of images, patterns and text […]
Louise Paramor is well known for her large-scale public art commissions, which often combine formal concerns with a pop-inspired sensibility. The NGV has invited Paramor to take over a dedicated space of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia with a specially commissioned installation involving a multitude of new paper sculptures that reference Paramor’s earlier artistic practice […]
The NGV is pleased to present the Australian premiere of a major video installation by the Paris-based, Australian contemporary artist Mel O’Callaghan. In this stunning two-channel video work titled Ensemble, man protests against the violence of man, and triumphs. Ensemble 2013 was shown at the Centre Pompidou, in both Paris and Malaga, and the Institut […]
The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology – the swimming pool. As the 2016 Australian exhibition at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool offers a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity through […]
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 […]
Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives. A free exhibition, the NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2018 Teen Council has been busy with behind the scenes tours, curator tours of exhibitions, brainstorming programs, video projects, events and contributing to NGV Magazine. Applications for the 2019 Teen Council will open in January 2019 for 13 to 17 year olds.
The NGV warmly thanks The Ullmer Family Foundation for its support of NGV Teens.
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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Top Arts 2018 presents a rich range of diverse and accomplished works of art from students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) 2017. Fifty-four inspiring young artists from throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria have delved deeply into some of the greatest concerns of contemporary times. Environmental degradation, psychological resilience, the influence of mass media and materialism are a few. Celebrations of human diversity, transition and surprising views of our world are also wonderfully captured and presented. Our next generation of artists have courageously experimented with traditional and unusual materials. Some of them share their experience.