A new and exciting initiative where art meets whimsy will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) starting in October, 2014. A ‘kaleidoscopic series of whimsical and otherworldly interactive installations by Sydney-based fashion house Romance Was Born” will be part of an exhibition held in three large gallery spaces, that will plug into their wildly imaginative aesthetic, by inviting visitors to enter, experiment, experience and interact.
The commission involves dynamic designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett. They will create a space with such an exciting environment, that will help further develop the duo’s richly imaginative aesthetic by expanding their field of play into the arena of children. They are both currently rummaging through the NGV Collection, gathering exceptional and wacky artifacts and searching through their archives to create something extraordinary.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, “Expect the unexpected as Romance Was Born create a bold and vivid new space in which visitors can experience their playful, often eccentric and always brilliantly colourful imaginations and designs. Art and fashion will come together in a lively, flamboyant setting where visitors of all ages will be encouraged to explore themes of fantasy and vibrant imagery.”
“This exhibition is central to the gallery’s refreshed approach to children’s programming… it’s also about showcasing the very best in contemporary design practice and who better to do this for us than the hugely talented Romance Was Born, who will put their unique aesthetic touch on our children’s gallery,” said Tony Ellwood.
“Children can break conventions and have creative free reign,” said Anna Plunkett, …expressing themselves in the immersive spaces we are developing that will encourage visitors and children particularly to engage with art and design in new and surprising ways.
“We want to encourage visitors to express themselves creatively” Anna said, particularly through the lens of colour! A vibrant children’s activity book is being produced to coincide with the exhibition, along with a diverse range of public programs for children and families. Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids -NGV International, St Kilda Road | Free Entry| Diarise the Dates NOW 17th October 2014 – 22nd March, 2015