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Media Release • 27 Dec 19

NGV Kids on Tour 2020

Various Locations | January 2020 | FREE

NGV Kids on Tour returns in January 2020 with the largest ever free program of art-driven activities and workshops for children and families across over 80 regional and metropolitan Victorian venues.

From Lorne to Swan Hill, Bendigo to Mornington, the 2020 program is the Gallery’s most comprehensive outreach to Victorian communities since NGV Kids on Tour began seven years ago.

The program explores the theme ‘Make Art, Make Friends’ through hands-on activities. Highlights include a creative kit for children designed by contemporary artist Brian Donnelly aka KAWS, containing a pop-up surprise and a set of alphabet stickers to write a message for a friend.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV said, ‘The Gallery has a long-standing commitment to connecting with children and families across the state through accessible art-inspired activities. NGV Kids on Tour continues to grow and 2020 will be our biggest year yet, providing more opportunities for kids across Victoria to engage with programming by Australia’s most visited gallery.’

Featuring workshops inspired by NGV’s summer exhibition KAWS: PLAYTIME – a free exhibition for children inspired by KAWS’s signature character BFF – the program aims to connect regional and metropolitan communities with the NGV’s exhibitions.

Families can participate in a diverse range of workshops and activities, including:

Inspired by KAWS: PLAYTIME, children are invited to explore making friends and making art by creating their own character as a friend for KAWS’s royal blue character BFF.

Kids can let their imagination wander with a pop-up kit designed for KAWS: PLAYTIME containing a special set of alphabet stickers created by KAWS. With this activity, children can learn and play, spelling out new words and leaving a message for a friend.

In this hands-on activity inspired by Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids, a free kids exhibition presented in early 2019, children can make their own sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder’s love of animals. Using customised templates, children select animal shapes to assemble using coloured guides and design features.


Along with activities inspired by NGV exhibitions, the program offers engaging craft games to foster creative play including Mystery Making, a clay modelling guessing game; Shoe Biz, a colourful way to practice tying shoelaces; and collage art for families to recreate their favourite foods.

NGV Kids on Tour activities are FREE and will take place at various locations during the January 2020 summer school holidays, running in conjunction with NGV Kids Summer Festival from Saturday 11 January to Sunday 19 January 2020. For further information, please visit the NGV website: ngv.vic.gov.au/kids-on-tour

KAWS: PLAYTIME is FREE and on display at NGV International until 13 April 2020. Further information is available on the NGV website: NGV.MELBOURNE

NGV Kids on Tour is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust managed by  Equity Trustees and Official Supplier, Canson Australia.

The NGV warmly thanks the Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees; The Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations, The Neilson Foundation and Official Supplier, Canson Australia for their generous support of KAWS: PLAYTIME and Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and The Fox Family Foundation for their support of KAWS: PLAYTIME.

Participating venues

Suburb/Town Venue
Ararat Ararat Gallery TAMA – Textile Art Museum Australia
Avondale Heights Avondale Heights Library
Bairnsdale East Gippsland Art Gallery
Benalla Benalla Art Gallery
Bendigo Bendigo Art Gallery
BENDIGO La Trobe Art Institute
Box Hill Box Hill Library
Broadmeadows Broadmeadows Library
Bundoora Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Bundoora Whittlesea Library
Caulfield North Benetas – Lovell House
Clayton Monash Children’s Hospital
Craigieburn Craigieburn Library
Cranbourne East Cranbourne Library
Daylesford Creswick Hub
Daylesford Daylesford Library
Daylesford The Warehouse – Clunes
Daylesford Trentham Library
Deer Park Deer Park Library
Doveton Doveton Library
East Doncaster The Pines Library
Echuca Campaspe Regional Libraries
Eltham Eltham Library
Emerald Emerald Library
Endeavour Hills Endeavour Hills Library
Flemington Flemington Library
Footscray Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Footscray Braybrook Library
Footscray Footscray Library
Geelong Creative Geelong Makers Hub
Gladstone Park Gladstone Park Community Library
Greensborough Diamond Valley Library
Hampton Park Hampton Park Library
Hastings Hastings Library
Hawthorn Hawthorn Arts Centre
Healesville The Memo Healesville
Horsham Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Library
Keilor Keilor Library
Lalor Lalor Library
Langwarrin McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
Lorne Lorne Community House
Manor Lakes Manor Lakes Library
Maryborough Central Goldfields Art Gallery
Melton Melton Library & Learning Hub
Mildura Mildura Arts Centre
Mill Park Mill Park Library
Moonee Ponds Sam Merrifield Library
Mooroolbark Mooroolbark Community Centre
Mornington Mornington Library
Mornington Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Morwell Latrobe Regional Gallery
Narre Warren Bunjil Place Gallery
Niddrie Niddrie Library
Pakenham Pakenham Library
Parkville Royal Children’s Hospital
Point Cook Point Cook Library
Portland Portland Arts Centre
Rosanna Rosanna Library
Rosebud Rosebud Library
Sale Gippsland Art Gallery
Somerville Somerville Library
South Yarra Linden New Art
St Albans St Albans Library
Stawell Stawell YMCA Community Hub
Sunbury Sunbury Library, Hume Global Learning Centre Sunbury
Sunshine Sunshine Library
Sunshine Refugee Migrant Children Centre
Swan Hill Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
Tarneit Julia Gillard Library Tarneit
Taylors Lakes Sydenham Library
Thomastown Thomastown Library
Trafalgar Trafalgar Station Art Space
Tullamarine Tullamarine Library
Vermont South Vermont Library
Wangaratta Wangaratta Art Gallery
Warburton Arts Centre Warburton
Warragul West Gippsland Arts Centre
Warrnambool Warrnambool Art Gallery
Watsonia Watsonia Library
Werribee Plaza Library
Werribee Werribee Library
Wodonga Arts Space Wodonga
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