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 a rich array of programs.

The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

Visitors have an opportunity to look at the world and its past, present and future through the eyes of some of the most creative minds working today.

Free entry

NGV International

All levels

15 Dec 17 – 15 Apr 18


Five global themes that impact the world.
A host of global commentators.
Hundreds of conversations and ideas.

NGV Triennial: Voices brings together some of the world’s leading commentators and creative minds to explore the exhibition themes Movement, Change, Virtual, Body and Time, as they manifest in the real world. Presented in an immersive lounge space inside the NGV Triennial and accessible online, the project is an interactive platform for interviews, texts, podcasts, films and images. NGV Triennial: Voices reflects the diverse world we inhabit today and the changes and ideas that will shape our future.

The University of Melbourne has celebrated the interdisciplinary nature of the NGV Triennial with a range of leading academics commissioning new material for this project alongside local and international respondents.


Background image: Bella Li, from absence or – the Witch –

NGV Triennial for Kids

For the NGV Triennial, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has developed a large-scale interactive project that will transform the Gallery’s dedicated children’s space.

In visiting We Make Carpets, young visitors and their families will be inspired to create new patterns of their own using an array of everyday objects and will encounter the collective’s unconventional approach firsthand.


Background image: We Make Carpets, Peg Carpet


The 2017 NGV Architecture Commission will premiere to coincide with the NGV Triennial. The third in an annual series of temporary architectural structures commissioned to activate the Grollo Equiset Garden, the NGV Architecture Commission encourages architects to design a participatory, evocative and thought provoking work of temporary architecture.

In 2017, the NGV Architecture Commission explores the intersections and resonances between and across related design and adjacent sectors. Participatory in nature, it engages audiences with the dynamic forces that shape the world around us.

Through this commission the NGV seeks to explore and reveal progressive thinking and approaches to activation and audience engagement; new propositions in architecture and design; and innovation in material use, fabrication, technology and sustainability.

The 2016 NGV Architecture Commission was designed by M@ STUDIO Architects (2016) who transformed the Grollo Equiset Garden with a playful and ephemeral reinvention of the suburban car wash titled Haven’t you always wanted...?. The inaugural Architecture Commission was presented in 2015 by John Wardle Architects, who designed an exuberant pavilion of steel, timber and hand-formed textile elements.

Supported by RMIT University, The Golden Age Group, and The Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation. The NGV Garden is supported by Loris Orthwein.


NGV Triennial has been made possible by the support of donors whose early commitment has provided crucial encouragement, and we extend our sincere gratitude for their generosity:

Felton Bequest
Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund
NGV Women’s Association

Michael & Emily Tong
Fox Family Foundation
Rose Downer & John Downer AM
Orloff Family Charitable Trust
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty & the Campbell-Pretty Family
Robin Campbell & Bruce Parncutt AO
Maureen Wheeler AO & Tony Wheeler AO
John Higgins & Jodie Maunder
Connie Kimberley & Craig Kimberley OAM

Peter Clemenger AO & Joan Clemenger AO
The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation
Len & Elana Warson
Bonnici Family
Michael Schwarz & David Clouston
Karen McLeod Adair & Anthony Adair
The Gordon Darling Foundation
Spotlight Foundation
Norma & Stuart Leslie Fund
Elizabeth Summons Grant in Memory of Nicholas Draffin
Truby & Florence Williams Charitable Trust
Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation

Vicki Vidor OAM & Peter Avery
Cameron Oxley & Bronwyn Ross
Chris Thomas AM & Cheryl Thomas
Jo Horgan & Peter Wetenhall

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Michael & Andrew Buxton from MAB Corporation Pty Ltd
Gjergja Family
Bowness Family Foundation
John McCaughey Memorial Prize Trust
Esther Frenkiel OAM & David Frenkiel
Sarah Morgan
Brendan & Grace O’Brien
Andrew Cook
Prof. John Hay AC & Barbara Hay
Jane & Stephen Hains
Vivien & Graham Knowles
Norma Leslie
Neville & Diana Bertalli
Australia-Japan Foundation
Andrew & Geraldine Buxton Foundation
Victorian Fund for Living Australian Artists
Sarah & Ted Watts
The Trawalla Foundation
Nicholas Allen & Helen Nicolay
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Leigh Clifford AO & Sue Clifford
Virginia Dahlenburg
Anne Ross
John & Cecily Adams
Nick Perkins & Paul Banks
Culture Ireland
Tom Mosby
Robert & Karen Boscarato
NGV Supporters of Contemporary Art
NGV Patrons

Suzanne Dawbarn Bequest
Ruth Houghton Bequest
Donald Russell Elford & Dorothy Grace Elford Bequest


Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government's Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme. Find out more.