Around Australia in January there are a variety of exhibitions to consider at each State’s national gallery, well worth taking the family or your friends to see. The National Gallery of Victoria, NGV International on St Kilda Road is open until 8pm 7 days a week throughout January, allowing time during the long twilight for everyone to enjoy outings, taking advantage of daylight saving. At the NGV International you have the blockbuster exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei and the inspiring Studio Cats | Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei for Kids. . The NGV Kids Summer Festival will be held 16 – 26 January and there are Twilight Tunes being held in the NGV Garden under the canopy of the NGV 2015 Summer Architecture Commission.
In Sydney The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland are now on show at the Art Gallery of NSW. They are opening late Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights in January with the popular Brett Whiteley Studio in Raper Street Surry Hills reopening Friday 8th January. Since 1995 the Studio has been managed as a museum by the Art Gallery of NSW and it is normally open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm.
Over in Perth at Art Gallery of W.A. Treasure Ships – Art in the Age of Spices is billed as an exhibition not to miss, revealing ‘complex artistic and cultural interactions between the East and West 1500 – 1800’s. The exhibition includes 250 examples of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, maps, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles, like the detail of a Dutch trading ship on a four panel screen from the Kerry Stokes Collection. The kids can enjoy themselves building Lego Ships.
At QAGOMA in Brisbane encounter the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Director Chris Saines, CNZM, said “… APT8 would explore the role of performance in recent art, and how the human form expresses cultural, social and political concerns”. The Gallery’s program for young visitors continues with APT8 Kids, a dynamic range of hands-on, drawing and multimedia activities.
The Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide is showcasing its most ambitious exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in its 134 year history, while across Bass Strait in Hobart, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery marks the WWI Centenary and the impact it had on Tasmanian society.
At the National Gallery of Australia the blockbuster Australian artist Tom Roberts‘ Show is in full swing.
In the top end at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Lego reigns supreme this summer. Models standing over 3 metres high, with stunning architectural detail and playful use of colours and textures are there to inspire the young and the young-at-heart to create their own ‘Towers of Tomorrow’ using 200,000 Lego Bricks, giving kids and adults who are young at heart, the opportunity to construct their own. Lots of fun to be had by all.