The NGV Kids Summer Festival takes place January 8 – 14, 2018, providing an action-packed engagement with the arts, including hands on activities and workshops inspired by The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) main summer exhibition the NGV Triennial. Special events for children will take place at both the NGV International on St Kilda Road and the NGV Australia (Ian Potter Centre) on Federation Square.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said ‘the NGV Kids Summer Festival is one of the most popular events for children and families at the NGV and it is an integral part of the Gallery’s commitment to providing a range of accessible art programs to visitors of all ages. This annual event ensures children through to teenagers and their families have the ability to access and connect with art in a dynamic program.’ he said.
Supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and the Campbell-Pretty Family, The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, The Ullmer Family Foundation and Official Supplier Canson Australia, the NGV Kids Summer Festival will engage children of all ages on many levels.
Live performances, making activities and meeting artists celebrate playing moving and making will be integral to the NGV Kids Summer Festival.
Teenagers, for the first time, are invited to take part in a dedicated artist-led workshop exploring painting techniques.
Melbourne illustrator Shelley Steer will conduct a workshop focused on botanical illustration through drawing and watercolouring painting with all materials provided.
Madame Lark (artist, singer and comedian Christine Johnston) will take centre stage in the Great Hall of NGV International 11 – 14, encouraging both children and their family members to get out of their seats and join into the festivities with music, movement and comedy.
She takes flight vocally, whipping up her alphabet of interpretations where objects seen become sound. Along with her particular interest in hairstyles and shapes, Madame Lark’s outrageous performance culminates in a harmonious symphony of ridiculousness.
Moscow-based NGV Triennial artist Olga Chernysheva has created a colourful exquisite corpse-inspired drawing flipbook. She will be inviting visitors to create their own unique creatures.
Hands on activities include a board game in which players completing drawing challenges, perform impromptu acts and answer trivia questions in a race to the finish.
The, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets who are exhibiting at NGV Triennial, have also created their first ever large-scale interactive installation within the children’s gallery, which is dedicated to four tactile, colourful artworks.
Visitors of all ages can explore and interact with their intricately designed activity walls, which have been created from thousands of household objects such as kitchen sponges and foam pool noodles.
All in all, participants will have a unique opportunity to meet the artist and to create their own wearable works of art and a great deal of fun will be had by all.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017-12-06
January 8 – 14, 2018
St Kilda Road