Johanna Preston, designer, from Preston Zly Design, Melbourne, in her workshop<br/>

Melbourne Now countdown – day 22

Trugo-GoGo, Fables go Pop and MARLARKY are all waiting to be discovered by kids at the National Gallery of Victoria. They are three of a series of Children’s commissions, led by artists and developed in collaboration with the Gallery. They reflect a new approach to inspire and engage children of all ages with ideas, art and design.

Excitement and curiosity levels will rise as children find what is around the next corner. They will be invited to explore, touch, interact and participate in the commissions that are integrated throughout the exhibition across both NGV sites. At The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia fairy tales and fables meet shoe design with bespoke shoe-makers Preston Zly, selfies can capture visitors amongst The Hotham Street Ladies icing wonderland that fills the foyer, Daniel von Sturmer piques children’s curiosity and wonder, Jan Senberg’s shares his passion for picture maps, and Slow Art Collective has created a playful, environmentally sustainable, domestic habitat.  At NGV International Juan Ford considers how the natural world changes and our part in it, experimental music making devised by John Nixon will go off with a bang, sculpture intersects with jewellery in Meredith Turnbull’s installation and Melbourne’s own game of Trugo can be played on a lawn designed by PHOOEY Architects and guided by Tim Fleming’s Flatland characters Rowbin and Tobin.

Everyone can join in a Gallery experience where kids can have fun learning about art and design, as well as encountering many other exciting works of art in Melbourne Now. After your visit, don’t be surprised if you hear ‘Let’s go the NGV today’. And why not? It’s a great destination over the summer holidays and beyond.

Melbourne Now Children’s commissions are supported by Melbourne Now Champions the Dewhurst family.